July 2, 2013
As the city kicks off its annual Independence Day celebration, it's important to remember that there is little freedom without participation. And freedom was threatened last year not only by voter-ID laws, which set up barriers to legitimate democratic participation, but also by confusion at the polls in Philadelphia, where thoughtful revolutionaries once gathered to write the Declaration of Independence. Seven months after the Nov. 6 election, three separate investigations - by Mayor Nutter, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, and the City Commissioners - have examined why more than 27,000 city voters had to use provisional paper ballots instead of voting machines.
May 20, 2013 |
Inside the former Collingswood Theatre, Tom Marchetty and Josh Longsdorf talk about assembling the cast of their new production. "We've got a photographer, a printmaker, a guy who makes portable power systems, and a woman who's got her own clothing line," Marchetty says. "We're looking for innovators," Longsdorf adds. "People who are passionate about what they do. " The 1,200-seat Haddon Avenue movie house, which was renovated decades ago for other commercial uses, reopened in January as the Factory Workers ("the Factory" for short)
February 1, 2013
Pennsylvania regulators on Thursday proposed new air emission standards on natural gas compressor stations, the machinery that moves gas from well sites to transmission lines that environmentalists have targeted as a major pollution source associated with Marcellus Shale development. The Department of Environmental Protection says the new standards impose limits that are 75 to 90 percent stricter than current standards for the largest compressor stations. DEP will accept comments on the proposed changes until March 19. More information is available on the agency's website: bit.ly/WikzXZ.
October 27, 2012 |
In their song "Human," the Killers ask: "Are we human, or are we dancer?" The singer intones, "My sign is vital, my hands are cold. " On Thursday night at Christ Church Neighborhood House, Meredith Rainey and Marcel Williams Foster put that question to the test in Carbon Dance Theatre's Science per Forms . It's a wonderful title for a piece that explores humanity's contest between body and machine, and the question of which drives which. The 45-minute work had multiple collaborators: Nine science, technology, architecture, and design wonks from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania associated with IK Studio and the Hactory (yes, a haven for hackers)
June 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Small businesses that make machines and components for other manufacturers are experiencing an upswing that could be a sign of things to come for the broader economy. The industries fueling the demand vary. In some cases, business is coming from medical device makers, which are expected to see increasing growth as baby boomers age and need more medical care. An uptick in orders is coming from oil and gas producers supplying energy to growing economies in countries such as China and India.
November 9, 2011 |
Al Schmidt, the leader of a dissident faction inside Philadelphia's Republican Party, won a hotly contested race for city commissioner Tuesday, defeating four-term incumbent Joseph Duda, who was backed by the GOP's longtime power structure. The vote leaves the commissioners - long the province of battle-toughened ward leaders schooled in the rough-and-tumble of street-level politics - with two Ph.D.'s among their three members - Schmidt with a doctorate in history from Brandeis University, and a new Democratic commissioner, Stephanie Singer, with a doctorate in mathematics from New York University.
November 8, 2011 |
Al Schmidt, the leader of a dissident faction inside Philadelphia's Republican Party, is the likely winner of a hotly-contested race for city commissioner, holding a solid lead over four-term incumbent Joseph Duda, who was backed by the GOP's longtime power structure. With 67 percent of the vote counted, Schmidt had built up a 7,600-vote lead, showing strength throughout the city. Schmidt held his own on Duda's home turf in Northeast Philadelphia, while outpolling Duda in neighborhoods like Center City, University City and Northwest Philadelphia, where some liberal groups had paired Schmidt and Democrat Stephanie Singer on a slate to bring change to the commissioners' office, responsible for running city elections.
June 7, 2011 |
They're agrarian images of days gone by, from the late 1800s to the 1970s. A horse-drawn wagon loaded with a mountain of freshly harvested hay crosses an open field under puffy white clouds. A beauty queen, wearing a crown and white gloves, smiles as she stretches her arms over a pile of apples. An elderly farmer in overalls cradles a plump white chicken and poses for his portrait. The vintage black-and-white photographs are among more than 7,000 from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's vast collection in the state archives in Trenton.
October 16, 2009 |
In terms of sheer numbers, construction is the second-most dangerous occupation in the nation, and James Wilson's fatal fall Monday from 125 feet as his aerial lift toppled is another sad example. Even though Wilson, 41, was by all accounts a highly trained union journeyman with an expertise in high work, the type of equipment he was using in Center City can pose problems on construction sites, experts say. That's because it carries the risks of any large piece of machinery, yet is used by all sorts of tradesmen - painters, bricklayers, and electricians who often receive only general training in its operation.
June 8, 2008 |
To spend a day on the job with the city's new managing director, Camille Cates Barnett, is to pull your chair up to some of the cleanest, most paper-free desks and conference tables in all of North American municipal government. This is a woman who takes no notes. "I can remember what I need to know," says Barnett, 59. All day, her cell phone rings maybe one time, and it's the movers. She takes one crisis call, about Wi-Fi, and appoints a youngster to deal with it. Her handpicked performance management team keeps the details, a group of clean-cut wonkish youngsters who skate around her all day with charts and reports and solutions.