May 27, 2016 |
William H. Snyder was a good enough baseball player as a teenager that his high school wouldn't allow him to play. Northeast High School in Philadelphia "didn't play him because he was getting paid in a sandlot league," son William A. said. To show that his father made a splash, the son read from an undated 1940s photo caption in the Evening Bulletin: "Bill Snyder, safe at third, on one of his three stolen bases yesterday, as he pitched Cohocksink to the Northern District junior playground title with a 2-1 victory over East Germantown juniors.
May 20, 2016 |
THERE WAS one out and the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon when Odubel Herrera came to the plate, the Phillies still trailing by five runs. David Lough had just worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch, a great veteran at-bat, forcing a pitching change and breathing more hope amid a Citizens Bank crowd of 27,869, many looking for yet another reason for another return to the cathedral they once attended regularly. Herrera, whose improved plate discipline has been one of the many surprising success stories of Pete Mackanin's brief managerial reign, stepped into the batter's box, took a ball, and then hacked at a pitch well beyond the strike zone, grounding feebly back to the pitcher.
May 20, 2016
By Douglas A. Brook In March, President Obama signed the Presidential Transitions Improvement Act, which requires the outgoing president to put together a transition apparatus six months before Election Day. Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has named New Jersey's Gov. Christie to head his transition preparations. Hillary Clinton will soon follow with hers. The candidates are preparing for the postconvention period, when the government will provide them with office space and equipment, information technology, and staff assistance.
May 16, 2016 |
It adds up: Pennsylvania paid more than $600 million in fees to hundreds of private firms managing money for its state and school pension systems in 2015. Plus more in submanager fees, and profits that hedge funds and real estate managers pocket at liquidation of their investments, which the pension systems don't count. The fees that the state pension systems reported total more than the investment profits the funds collected last year, a tough one for investors. Maybe it's not surprising, then, that professional money managers so often split these fees with the guides who promise to help them land government investment contracts.
May 14, 2016 |
After turning his heating and cooling business over to his two sons in 1993, Theodore J. Speer Sr. became a docent on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden. And relying on cabinetmaking classes that he had taken in high school, he built a welcoming podium at the spot where visitors first set foot on the ship. Mr. Speer was "very much into the Navy," said Joe Holland, a friend of 40 years and a former neighbor who, like Mr. Speer, a fellow Navy veteran, had never served on the battleship.
May 14, 2016 |
Katie McGinty, who last month won a tough race to become the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania, has changed her campaign manager. McGinty this week brought on Jordan Marks, a longtime political hand who has ties to former Gov. Ed Rendell, McGinty's campaign chairman. Marks worked in Rendell's gubernatorial administration and on his 2006 reelection campaign, was on Hillary Clinton's 2008 team in Pennsylvania, and worked for national Democrats' congressional campaign operation.
May 13, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School District has failed to conduct background checks of all of its police officers and bus drivers, uses unreliable student-data technology, and is the victim of a "broken" state funding system, according to a performance audit released Wednesday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. In addition to those key findings, DePasquale pointed out two other faults: He called the district's accounting system for unused textbooks after dozens of school closings in 2013 "inexcusable," and pointed out that the School Reform Commission had not conducted timely performance evaluations of Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. "Financially, the whole system for funding the Philadelphia School District is broken," DePasquale said at a news conference attended by Hite at School District headquarters.
May 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am the building manager of a high-rise office building. Every year, we perform a fire alarm test to determine whether all our fire alarm systems work properly. Employees in the building must evacuate in a timely manner. Two years ago, a very overweight woman told me she had a heart condition and could not make it down the stairs during the drill. I told her to proceed to the stairwell, have one of her coworkers give me her location, and in the event of a fire, I'd send a firefighter up to get her. A year later, another obese woman told me that she, too, couldn't make it down the stairs.
May 2, 2016 |
Santigold Mount Airy's own Santi White, touring in support of 99¢, her new avant-pop album about music and commerce. Sunday at the Theater of Living Arts. "Under the Cherry Moon. " Test the limits of your Prince devotion with the screening of this 1986 black-and-white period piece that was the filmic follow-up to Purple Rain and that gave the world "Kiss" and "Sometimes It Snows in April. " Monday at the Balcony at the Trocadero. "The Night Manager.