March 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
March 17, 2014 |
Some of Pittsburgh's best players were missing Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, but eight minutes into the first period, it was the Flyers who were shorthanded after defenseman Andrew MacDonald was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. The Penguins still were "really dangerous," according to Flyers center Sean Couturier, because Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were not among the missing, and they are "two of the best players in the league and the world. " Even though it was early in the game, this was a potential turning point in the first half of a weekend showdown between the two Pennsylvania hockey teams that love to hate each other.
March 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA is now and always has been a city of immigrants, so it is good to see the Nutter administration pull away from a policy that allowed for harassment and deportation of immigrants, often after only minor brushes with the law. It's a major reversal for the administration, which had previously said it planned to make no major changes in its policy of the police cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, better known as...
March 14, 2014 |
IMMIGRANT-RIGHTS advocates packed City Council chambers yesterday during a nearly three-hour hearing to request that city leaders end all collaboration between the local police and federal immigration authorities. They want Philly police to stop honoring all detainer requests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. They were already preaching to the choir at the City Council Public Safety Committee hearing, moderated by committee chairman Curtis Jones Jr., who, like Council members Jim Kenney, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Jannie Blackwell and others who were in attendance, agree with the advocates' cause.
March 10, 2014 |
This has been the winter of our discontent. Two to three storms a week, nearly breaking a 130-year-old snowfall record, have had runners training for spring races rocking in the corner clutching schedules full of miles left un-run. I've tried to gut it out in snow, ice, and bitter cold while training for the Charlottesville Marathon, and in exchange I have been hit in the face with snow that flew off a car and had my leg sliced open on an ice pile. And still I haven't been able to keep up with my training.
March 9, 2014 |
ASTON They talk funny. They drink Labatt beer, and they are incredibly friendly. They also love cowbells. At least that's how some of the locals described the out-of-town visitors at this year's U.S. National Curling Championships in Aston, Delaware County. Apparently, those with Minnesota and North Dakota accents seem quite foreign - but endearing. "There was a guy, I felt so bad. I think he was trying to order a hamburger," said Teagen Holzhauser, who works at the bar and café at IceWorks Skating Complex, where the tournament is being held through Saturday.
March 6, 2014 |
The Boots were homely to begin with. Women's footwear, like 19th century literary heroines, tends to split decidedly into two camps: fetching and impractical, or plain and sensible. The Boots - dirt-brown, scuffed, salt-encrusted, attempting to be both biker and cowboy, yet failing at both - are decidedly of the second camp. Also, The Boots were not cheap. A friend sniffed, "Not my favorites. " Then again, what does she know? She wears hand-painted clogs. Now, more than a decade later, The Boots verge on antique.
February 24, 2014 |
Now is not the winter of our discontent. Now is the winter of our stressed-to-the-max, pull-out-our-hair, if-we-get-more-snow-I'll-move-to-Florida - because we have lost heat, electric, and Internet, and we have salted, shoveled, and plowed through snow, sleet, and ice. But to me, the problem isn't heat. It's ventilation. As in, we need to vent about how much this winter sucks. Who says talking about the weather is boring? All I want to talk about is the weather.
February 21, 2014 |
IMMIGRANT advocates and City Council members yesterday called for the city to stop honoring requests by federal immigration authorities to detain noncitizens in jail longer than U.S. citizens would be held. Such holds by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are not mandatory and cause fear in immigrant communities, Blanca Pacheco, an organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement, said at a news conference organized with Juntos, the Latino immigrant-rights group. ICE holds can be placed on people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally or of being green-card holders previously convicted of a felony.
February 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter is poised to sign an executive order largely ending a controversial agreement that allowed federal agents to detain undocumented immigrants arrested in the city on even minor offenses. City Councilman James F. Kenney, who called for a hearing on the policy, said letting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold prisoners based on their immigration status has "a chilling effect on people who would think of coming here, documented or undocumented.