September 30, 2015 |
Phil Murphy, a likely Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor in 2017, launched a political organization Monday that he says will spend millions of dollars to promote a "middle-class-first" agenda. The organization, New Way for New Jersey, aired its first cable TV ad Monday night in parts of Bergen County, a key area of Democratic voters. The ad will expand starting Tuesday. "These guys have it wrong," Murphy says as the 30-second ad shows images of Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump and Gov. Christie.
September 26, 2015 |
Hay Group, a Philadelphia human resources consulting firm best known for its compensation surveys, will be sold to Korn/Ferry International, one of the world's largest executive-search firms. For Korn/Ferry, the $452 million stock and cash deal announced Thursday will broaden its reach beyond recruiting into the field of human capital management, organization building, and leadership training. For Hay Group, the combination "will allow us to get to scale quicker," said Hay's chief executive, Stephen Kaye, providing broader access to the executive suite and an expanded market for Hay's services.
September 24, 2015 |
Environmental groups and a state senator on Tuesday asked a judge to let them appeal his approval of a $225 million settlement between New Jersey and ExxonMobil Corp. in a long-running pollution case. Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan, sitting in Mount Holly, had rejected the groups' request to intervene while settlement proceedings were underway. Now that the judge has signed off on the agreement, the groups say, they should be able to appeal. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action, want to ensure that the "state and the citizens of the state are getting adequate remedy for damages done to it," their lawyer, Ed Lloyd, told Hogan at a hearing Tuesday.
September 23, 2015 |
WHEN PHILLY native Michael Bayer heard about the ticketing system for papal events in Philadelphia, he was beside himself knowing that it would be nearly impossible to get 55 tickets for the busload of college students he was bringing from Iowa. So Bayer, director of outreach and education at the University of Iowa's Newman Catholic Student Center, took to traditional media and social media to share his story and to air his concerns. Over the weekend, his prayers were answered when a courier delivered 55 tickets to Bayer for both the Festival of Families and the papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
September 19, 2015 |
Question: We belong to a 10-person gourmet group where eight of us get along well. One person is very picky about all kinds of things and makes snide comments during conversations where her input is not appropriate. All of us have been polite, accommodating, and forgiving, but in the last few months, she has chosen to single out one person for especially unkind treatment. Everyone listening to the insults is appalled, but rarely does anyone stand up in defense of the picked-upon person for fear of upsetting the woman more or becoming her next victim.
September 19, 2015 |
Born in Syria and living in Bryn Mawr, Nizar Alkurdi grieves the tragedies of his homeland: Crude barrel bombs that kill and maim. Swathes of Syria under Islamic State control. The photograph of a refugee toddler lying drowned on the shore. Published worldwide this month, the photo of the toddler became an instant icon of Syria's civil war and refugee crisis, which have displaced half the country's 22 million people. Similar to the Vietnam War-era photo of a girl running naked because napalm burned off her clothes, the powerful picture of this one dead boy seemed to cut through the noise.
September 18, 2015 |
Backers of a plan to hasten development along the Delaware River by building a trail with pocket parks and other attractions along the South Philadelphia waterfront are closing in on the land they need for the project. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. has acquired a section of riverside property from builders K4 Associates and is close to a deal with local developer Bart Blatstein for the final land to build the 0.7-mile bike and walking trail, said Tom Corcoran, president of the nonprofit.
September 18, 2015 |
Words as music. The idea has been explored in many ways over the decades, from the global chatter in Luciano Berio's landmark 1969 Sinfonia to music-over-sense dialogue of the 1994 David Mamet play The Cryptogram . Suite No. 2 by the French group Encyclopedie de la Parole perhaps reached further than any, as seen in its regrettably short performance Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the curated section of the Fringe Festival. A five-member group re-created everyday voices, Anna Deavere Smith-style, grabbed from almost every imaginable source - a reality show, a webcam seduction, a guided meditation - from cities around the world that one has barely heard of, and in many languages.
September 16, 2015 |
Camden Churches Organized for People, a community group focused on improving the city, has used its influence to draw attention to health-care issues, immigrant rights, and reentry programs for inmates. This weekend the organization will hold a rally aimed at talking with city residents about how the companies moving to Camden can invest in the city. Hosts of the event, "Creating an economy of inclusion," plan to discuss how community benefit agreements can be used to get corporations to contribute to schools, local nonprofits, and more.
September 11, 2015 |
Uber's billboards promised opportunities to earn $25 to $30 an hour, so Takele Gobena quit his $9-an-hour job at the Seattle airport, borrowed money to buy a car, and began working as a driver for Uber and Lyft. "We're not earning a living wage," Gobena said. After expenses, he said, he wound up earning $2.64 an hour, not enough to cover car payments or support his infant daughter. Gobena served as Exhibit A on Wednesday as advocates for low-wage workers released a report about problems and possible solutions for a growing class of workers such as Gobena in what is known as the on-demand economy.