August 24, 2016
ISSUE | MILLENNIALS Making Philly a magnet Business columnist Joel Naroff pointed out that millennials dominate the workforce and that Philadelphia will need to woo them to keep our regional economy strong ("Selling job," Sunday). Fortunately, this is something many Philadelphians recognized even before "millennial" became part of our vocabulary. In the late 1990s, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the city Commerce Department, and area colleges and universities created Campus Philly.
June 20, 2016
If there's a hard-to-reach place - the sliver of space between the car seat and center console, under the hotel mini fridge, behind the dresser - I will inadvertently send a key, credit card, coins, my cellphone, or some other important item into that void. Retrieval can be a painful and futile reach for fingers too fat, short, or klutzy to do the job. Hello ODii, my new ace weapon for tight-space recovery maneuvers. The slim, 13-inch-long plastic cylinder houses a flexible metal rod that telescopes out an additional 7 inches, with a four-pronged claw at the tip. Squeeze a spring-loaded mechanism in the handle, and the claw grabs tightly onto your prey, contracting to just a quarter of an inch for withdrawal.
April 10, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Gas Works shut off Ruth Mathieu-Alce's service 14 months ago, after PGW workers discovered a suspicious device on the gas meter at her Lawncrest home. PGW said the power converter tampered with the meter by emitting a magnetic force that caused it to dramatically underreport fuel usage. Mathieu-Alce proclaimed her innocence and filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. On Thursday, the PUC upheld an administrative law judge's finding that PGW had failed to prove that the power adapter caused her meter to run slowly.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH INSURANCE A sour side of the land of milk and honey I have relatives in Northern Ireland and Canada and friends from Australia. Not one of them has ever said, "We wish we had the health-care plan you have in the United States" ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," Tuesday). |Desmond McCaffery, Trooper
February 14, 2016
Shoes with Velcro closures instead of laces are a great aid for those with arthritic or otherwise challenged hands, or for folks in a hurry to shoe-up and go at, say, airport X-ray checkpoints. But what if you love your lace-up shoes - except for the laces? Enter Zubits Magnetic Shoe Closures. Just unlace the shoe's top three eyelet rows and relace through the holes on both sides of the rectangular plastic Zubits casing, with the magnetic inner edges connected. Then, twist the two sides of the rectangle in opposite directions to pull them apart.
August 10, 2015 |
The Divine Lorraine Hotel has been called a billboard of blight, an urban ruin among North Broad Street's empty storefronts, auto-repair lots, and grand but decaying historic buildings on the fringe of the city's revitalizing center. But that could soon change, as the 121-year-old architectural landmark becomes the signature project in a burst of investment along the once-bustling corridor that begins just north of City Hall. Envisioned there are the rebirth of the Divine Lorraine as apartments with ground-floor dining, at least two new residential complexes, and conversion of the former headquarters of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com into a boutique hotel.
July 12, 2015 |
OLIVIA KINSLEY didn't spend her 13th birthday like other girls. Or like any other girl. Kinsley, who wore a small "It's my birthday!" balloon and pin, spent most of her morning yesterday waiting with her family in line at the Free Library of Philadelphia just to get a book signed. No, Justin Bieber wasn't in town to promote his memoir and Beyonce hasn't released her tell-all. Not yet, anyway. Kinsley was at the library to meet a 90-year-old superstar and former president, Jimmy Carter.
June 26, 2015 |
GEORGE WASHINGTON Carver High School of Engineering and Science, one of the city's top magnet schools, has received a $200,000 grant to aid its middle-school expansion in September. Officials said yesterday that the grant, courtesy of the Philadelphia School Partnership, will enable the school to enroll 120 students in grades 7 and 8. Specifically, the school will purchase 120 Google Chromebooks for a one-to-one student-laptop ratio, engineering kits and other materials. The money will also pay for professional development.
March 25, 2015 |
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
March 18, 2015 |
The state Department of Education has denied requests from two Camden magnet schools that applied to be converted into charters. In letters sent to the schools last week, Education Commissioner David Hespe wrote that the proposals from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and MetEast High School, which filed the petitions last year, did not provide enough evidence that the schools could work as effective charters. In the letter to MetEast, Hespe said that the school's proposal relied heavily on developing community partnerships and creating an internship program for students, but that the application did not show that school leaders had secured that community support.