November 3, 2015 |
YES, IT'S TRUE that in America, you can rise from nothing to become a wealthy celebrity/sports star/businessperson/etc. It's just getting more difficult. Why? Because when the rich get richer, there's less for the not-yet-rich. And because the fix is in. The Washington Post reports that if the legalize-marijuana initiative passes tomorrow in Ohio, 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey will become a weed kingpin. Should the bill pass, it would restrict virtually all large-scale marijuana cultivation to 10 specifically designated Ohio farms.
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | STUDENT ARREST What if police manhandled your child? I'm hearing comments from people saying a South Carolina sheriff's deputy was just doing his job when he assaulted a girl for refusing to leave a classroom ("U.S. opens probe of S.C. student's arrest," Wednesday). It's interesting that people are placing the blame on the girl. I'm not surprised. Here's a scenario: Your son or daughter allegedly was rude to a police officer who then assaulted your child.
October 28, 2015 |
The 76ers likely will lose many basketball games in their NBA season, which begins Wednesday, but the off-court team business looks promising. The team's local revenue is rising, team executives say without disclosing numbers, because they have invested in the business side since Josh Harris' group bought the team in 2011. Having a player payroll that is near the league low also helps. Beyond local efforts to keep and attract season ticketholders and corporate sponsors, the franchise value rose from $469 million to $700 million in the last year, according to Forbes, because the National Basketball Association last fall signed a nine-year, $24 billion TV contract with ESPN that starts next season.
October 17, 2015 |
When New Jersey regulators revoked Steven Brigham's medical license last year for illegally performing risky late-term abortions, he was required to divest his ownership in eight abortion clinics in the state. Now, the state Attorney General's office has subpoenaed Brigham's corporate records to see if he has added another offense to his long, multistate history of misconduct: faking an ownership transfer to Vikram Kaji, the obstetrician-gynecologist listed as medical director of the clinics.
October 5, 2015 |
2016 Infiniti QX70 AWD: Fun on all fours. Price: $59,630 as tested ($47,300 base trim level). A technology package added $2,950 to the price, which covered all of the lane-departure and collision-prevention bases. More options are discussed further down. Marketer's pitch: "Intensify the feeling of performance. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "sporty performance; luxurious interior; abundant standard features; easy-to-use electronics interface; distinctive style" but not the "modest rear passenger and cargo space; restrictive options packages; firm ride.
September 28, 2015 |
Pope Francis did not accept an invitation to Saturday's "LGBT Family Papal Picnic" in Philadelphia, but his words still rang out there. Educator Margie Winters, who drew national attention in July after she was fired by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion for being in a same-sex marriage, quoted the pontiff's speech at the White House on Wednesday. There, Francis told President Obama that Catholics are committed "to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.
September 18, 2015 |
IN AN EFFORT to foster a more racially diverse workforce, a move is afoot in City Council to undo the way the city hires its employees. The problem, according to Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Maria Quinones-Sanchez, is the 1950s-era Rule of Two, a part of the city charter mandating that only the top two scorers on a civil-service exam be considered to fill a job opening. A resolution they introduced yesterday calling for hearings to examine changing the charter was approved during Council's regular meeting.
September 16, 2015 |
SO WHAT'S the difference between a trip to the Fiesta or Peach Bowl, and going to, say, a Miami Beach Bowl? Glad you asked, because a year ago, it came down to maybe one loss. As part of the College Football Playoff agreement implemented last season, one team from the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Conference USA, MAC or Sun Belt must play in one of the four other New Year's bowls if they are not among the four teams that make it into the actual tournament. That team will be the one ranked highest in the final CFP poll.
September 12, 2015 |
Vegetarians need not apply for this one. French director Franck Ribière, along with his favorite butcher, Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec, goes on a quest to find the perfect steak in Steak (R)evolution . They travel the world, to Brooklyn's Peter Luger, to Montreal's Joe Beef, to Le Bourdonnec's Parisian butcher shop, to farms in Argentina and beyond. Through their mouthwatering journey, they consider trends in the beef industry and the ways globalization has affected how we eat. The breeding of cows in France, for instance, was affected by the rise of grilling in the United States in the 1950s.
September 11, 2015 |
Those who want to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge with their bicycles during the pope's visit can walk the bikes into Philadelphia, but cannot bring them within the papal event perimeters on the Ben Franklin Parkway or Independence Mall, transportation officials announced Wednesday. Strollers also may be used to cross the bridge and aboard PATCO trains, but must be folded to accommodate passengers in train aisles, said Kyle Anderson, director of communications for the Delaware River Port Authority.