September 11, 2013 |
The Obama administration moved Monday to insulate community nonprofits from demands of House Republicans, minimizing disruption weeks before a key part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in while potentially irking those who want to kill it. Fifteen Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters two weeks ago to 51 organizations that are receiving funds for "navigators" intended to help determine eligibility and enroll people in...
September 8, 2013 |
S.J. Group 5: Williamstown. The defending-champion Braves return their offensive backfield and have one of South Jersey's top all-around players, senior Marques Little. But this group has plenty of legitimate contenders, such as Cherokee, Eastern, Millville, Rancocas Valley, and Southern. S.J. Group 4: Timber Creek. The Chargers have talent across the board and a seasoned senior quarterback in Dan Williams, and they play with a confidence bred from back-to-back sectional titles.
September 6, 2013 |
The letter from Washington arrived on Laura Line's desk Wednesday, three weeks after her nonprofit won a federal grant to help consumers make sense of the health-insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act and four weeks before they were to open for business. It gave her nine days to provide Republicans on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce with all details and documents, electronic and paper, in her possession and not, involving the $953,716 her organization is getting to assist with health-insurance enrollment in 10 Pennsylvania counties.
September 5, 2013 |
In an impassioned letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 13 influential political and government officials and military figures demanded Tuesday that more than 3,000 members of a controversial Iranian opposition group be immediately airlifted to temporary haven. The demand was made in response to reports that 52 members of the Mujaheddin Khalq, or MEK, were killed Sunday in an attack on the Ashraf refugee camp about 40 miles north of Baghdad. "We were fearful of this day," said Tom Ridge, who was the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and served as Pennsylvania's governor from 1995 to 2001.
September 5, 2013 |
There's a bronze bust of Dave Robinson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. A small group of Robinson's family and friends are working to see that Moorestown High School gets one, too. The group is raising money for a likeness of the former Quakers star to be created for the high school's trophy case. "Dave Robinson was a great athlete but also a great student," said Gregory Gray, chairman of the fund-raising committee. "We want Moorestown students to understand he was a true scholar-athlete and a great person, as well.
August 30, 2013 |
JOHN AND Zulymar Rios, 6 and 9, were among undocumented immigrants' children who rallied yesterday at City Hall to urge city officials to abandon a collaboration with the feds that leads to deportation. In fact, John and Zulymar were the only children there whose parents are not facing deportation. Their father was granted a special visa after he was pistol-whipped in 2010 by Philadelphia police who suspected him of harboring a suspect in his North Philly home. "The police thought my dad was a criminal, and they took him and hit him with their guns in the face and arrested him while my mom and us went inside to the kitchen," recalled Zulymar.
August 28, 2013 |
The Homeowners Association of Philadelphia has endorsed Council President Darrell L. Clarke's plan to give the school district $50 million in exchange for a portfolio of shuttered buildings that later could be sold. Clarke prefers that exchange rather than Mayor Nutter's plan to borrow the $50 million the School District of Philadelphia needs to help solve a $304 million budget shortfall. Borrowing the money means paying $10 million in interest, Clarke has noted. Nutter, meanwhile, says Clarke's idea would saddle the city with dozens of shuttered schools with no guarantee that enough could be sold to earn back the $50 million.
August 27, 2013 |
DEVELOPER ORI Feibush has no doubt that whoever shattered the windows of his Point Breeze coffee house Saturday morning was put up to it by the Point Breeze Organizing Committee. "I'm 100 percent certain it is this group," Feibush said. "The idea that it's not is almost laughable. " But committee organizer Mindy Isser said the group had nothing to do with the vandalism. She said it was just "unfortunate and coincidental timing" that the vandal struck on the same day the committee held a march that was, in part, a protest against Feibush's development practices under his company, OCF Realty.
August 24, 2013 |
When the 10-man band Straight No Chaser started their 11-date run at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Wednesday night, it wasn't the a cappella pop sensation's first extended stay in the area. The multi-crooner act, which started in 1996 at Indiana University, has taken part in several residencies in A.C. "Our roots have been planted in Atlantic City since we did 40 shows at Harrah's Casino three summers ago," says Straight man Walter Chase. He reminds us the vocal ensemble did 50 more shows at Harrah's the next year.
August 22, 2013 |
Ten environmental organizations have asked a federal court to halt construction of the controversial Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, scheduled to begin Sept. 3. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. and PPL Electric Utilities are upgrading an existing 145-mile transmission line that crosses from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, including four miles of the national recreation area. The upgrade includes replacing a 230,000-volt power line with taller towers that will carry 500,000-volt lines.