April 30, 2015 |
Camden was named one of eight new "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday, meaning the city will receive help in securing federal funding for revitalization efforts. The Promise Zone program, initiated last year by President Obama's administration, is aimed at creating jobs, reducing crime, and improving schools. The program does not come with any immediate funding but asks communities to work with businesses and civic leaders to develop an improvement plan.
February 28, 2013 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Wally Joyner stuck out his left fist for a bump Wednesday as Domonic Brown dashed past the batting cage. When Brown poked one the opposite way a few minutes later, Joyner nodded his head and said, "Atta boy. " In between batting-practice rounds, Joyner mimicked a swing to make a point while Brown watched. A day earlier, Brown credited his hot spring start to Joyner, the Phillies' new assistant hitting coach. "It seemed like God maybe sent an angel down toward me," Brown said, citing the strong connection the two made.
February 12, 2013
For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect - $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense. The idea had been proposed and promoted by the White House during the July 2011 debt-ceiling negotiations. The political calculation was that such draconian defense cuts would drive the GOP to offer concessions. It backfired.
January 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - There's a growing sense of resignation that the country's political leaders will be unable or unwilling to find a way around looming automatic spending cuts, despite fresh signs the trims would threaten the recovering economy. On one side are conservative Republicans, outnumbered and frustrated, who see the painfully large cuts as leverage in their battle to force Democrats into concessions on the budget. On the other side are President Obama and his Democratic allies, who are pressing to replace some of the cuts with new tax revenue.
September 10, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I recently received some exciting, but private, news that I shared with my family members. Unfortunately, threatening to share sensitive information with others is a weapon some members of my family have used in conflicts. When I told each group, I explicitly stated my desire to tell the others personally. I recently found out that, despite my clear communication of my own expectations, one part of my family told the other. I'm upset they didn't respect what I had asked, but don't want to make this into a bigger deal than it is. Unfortunately, this has made me lose trust in some members of my family.
June 5, 2012
Q. A number of years ago, we bought a refrigerator from a major appliance store and paid with a check. Almost from Day 1, it gave us trouble. They sent out a repairman who made a temporary fix. It failed. Twice more, they sent a repairman who could not get it to work right. We tried very hard to get a replacement, even writing to the manufacturer. All we got in response was a statement that they would repair but not replace the unit. It now works, but sometimes decides for itself to overcool for a day or two. Last month, we bought a new big-screen TV. Fortunately, we charged it on our credit card.
February 14, 2012
It was called Philadelphia Regional In-Home Sports & Movies, and it was ahead of its time. The Phillies started televising their games on Prism in 1977, long before regional cable sports networks funded massive spending sprees in baseball - as in this postseason. The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels have spent lavishly on free agents because of TV contracts that total approximately $4.6 billion. In Philadelphia, the Phillies have made good money dating back to Prism, the original joint-venture operation with Comcast SportsNet, and subsequent rights deal.
October 23, 2011 |
Once upon a time, collective bargaining actually saved the National Basketball Association, and did so at a moment when everyone agreed that it was, for the most part, a good thing. It was 1983, and NBA teams were hemorrhaging money as their little, antiquated arenas, modest ticket prices, and more modest television revenues could not keep pace with salary increases made possible by the advent of free agency in the previous decade. Things were bad, and there was serious talk of some franchises going out of business or, less drastic but not so appealing either, operating as second-division teams without hope of ever improving their station.
June 10, 2011 |
Heist movies live and die by their ability to find the right balance between drama and comedy. The heroes are usually pretty shabby, tragic figures, but their best cons are nothing less than masterpieces in theatrical farce. TNT's terrific drama Leverage , about a group of con artists who play Robin Hood in modern-day Boston, has the perfect mix. The show's latest season, Leverage: Third Season , was released this week, just ahead of the fourth-season premiere on TNT. Leverage star Timothy Hutton puts down Leverage 's success to the peculiar energy whipped up by the show's ensemble cast, which includes a supremely flirtatious Gina Bellman as confidence trickster Sophie, Christian Kane as bruiser Eliot, Aldis Hodge as the computer and tech head Hardison, and a remarkable Beth Riesgraf as the emotionally challenged safecracker Parker.
June 3, 2011 |
Mayor Nutter may save the day with new taxes to close the Philadelphia School District's budget deficit, but it will cost him. Nutter will surely be nailed politically for raising taxes in three of the four years of his first term. In the short-term, Nutter's call to tax sugar-sweetened beverages could push former Mayor John Street to challenge him in an independent run for mayor. Street was a vocal opponent of a similar soda tax proposed by Nutter last year. In the long-term, candidates seeking to follow Nutter as mayor in 2015 if he wins a second term this year will probably position themselves as public servants who hold the line on taxes.