February 26, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I am going to double back on something I wrote yesterday, and because there are still 37 days left in spring training, I'm not going to feel bad about it. Words will be written on other topics. For now, though, let's look at an issue that several people raised via Twitter and email yesterday with regard to the Red Sox' signing of Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada. As I mentioned in the column, one of the mitigating factors that clubs had to consider before signing Moncada was the accompanying forfeiture of the right to sign any international players for more than $300,000 for 2 years.
December 2, 2014 |
MARC LAMONT HILL, the CNN political commentator and African-American studies professor, told an audience at Mother Bethel AME Church yesterday that there's an upside to the protests and looting that broke out in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown in August. It shined a national spotlight not just on police behavior in the St. Louis suburb, said the Philly native, but on the larger problem of cops around the country who see black people as "disposable. " "If they hadn't looted and burned down half of Ferguson, we wouldn't even be talking about Michael Brown right now. Ferguson is a story because of what they did," Hill said at the historic Society Hill church, referring to residents who were outraged by Brown's death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.
July 22, 2014 |
NOT EVERYONE can be Derek Jeter. Chipper Jones won his only world championship as a rookie. Cal Ripken Jr. was in his second season when the Orioles beat the Phillies to win his only World Series in 1983. Tony Gwynn reached the World Series twice, in 1984 and 1998, when his San Diego Padres were beaten in five games by Detroit and swept by the Yankees, respectively. Now in his 11th season with the Mets, his career batting average an even .300, David Wright has played in the postseason just once, when the Mets lost to the Cardinals in a seven-game National League Championship Series, in 2006.
May 11, 2014 |
She's already completed a half-dozen real estate development projects, and Sheila Dragon is just getting started. "Nicole Curtis, watch out!" Dragon said, referring to her television inspiration, the host of the DIY Network reality show Rehab Addict , who rescues historic houses. Dragon is one of a small but growing number of female developers in the Philadelphia area. Working for many years as a home stager through her West Chester-based company Dragon Design, she realized she was increasingly overseeing renovations and architects, completing the sales process from start to finish but not being paid for the end result.
September 17, 2013
IT'S HARD to believe, but Washington has trumped Harrisburg when it comes to bipartisan action on a serious problem. Pennsylvania's own Sen. Robert Casey somehow convinced Democrats and Republicans in Congress to put down their weapons and act together. It didn't get many headlines, but Congress voted last year to direct 15 percent of federal highway money to pay for repairs to "structurally deficient" bridges, a bureaucratic name for a frightening problem if there ever was one. This year Casey and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are asking Congress to direct 25 percent of the federal money that goes to the states for bridge repair.
April 19, 2013 |
Kermit Gosnell has been accused of "snipping" the spinal cords of babies born alive in his Philadelphia abortion clinic. Is such behavior crazy, or does it simply follow the logic of an industry that believes the mother's choice overrides any right to protection that the baby has? Now I'm not saying Gosnell, if found guilty, shouldn't be held accountable for the eight murders he is charged with. But I am suggesting that a certain set of presumptions has been created by our public policies on abortion and the arguments made to justify these policies.
February 22, 2013
Q: UNDER MAYOR NUTTER's Actual Value Initiative, why has the city determined that some properties are worth less (or more) than what they sold for in the last couple of years? A: Just a couple of months ago, a building at 7th and Bainbridge streets sold for $950,000. The city assessed it for tax purposes at $545,600. Several blocks away, a home on Morris Street sold for $100,000 last September. But guess what the city assessed it at? $202,700. Why is this happening? Well, there are a few potential reasons.
January 9, 2013 |
OK, Pennsylvanians, let's see a show of hands: How many of you were harmed by the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal? Gov. Corbett says you were, so he's suing the NCAA, which slapped a $60 million fine and a four-year bowl ban on Penn State last summer. Corbett initially accepted the sanctions, but he changed his tune last week, arguing that the penalties "irreparably harm the citizens and the general economy of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
October 17, 2012 |
The math never made any sense to Crystal Perkins. Medicare paid more than $100,000 for her kidney transplant and for three years covered the bulk of the $2,400-a-month drug that kept her body from rejecting the organ. But then her Medicare coverage expired. For a few years she managed to keep up her medications, paying out of pocket or begging at pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. But eventually she started skipping doses, and by 2009, the kidney was failing and had to be removed.
April 20, 2012
MY NEPHEW is a very smart 3 1/2-year-old with an unassailable sense of logic. Like most toddlers, he sees the world in a linear way, without the usual adult contortions. Here is a recent conversation I overheard between Alex and his mother: "Alex, honey, time for night-night. " "I not tired. " "C'mon, it's late and you need to go to bed. " "I want to watch SpongeBob. " "You can watch Sponge Bob in the morning. " "I want to watch him now. " "Mommy is sleepy, Alex.