December 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Signaling new movement in fiscal cliff talks, House Speaker John A. Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
October 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Five hours of talks in two sessions between the NHL and the players' association did little to move the sides closer to a deal in the nearly 1-month lockout. The NHL's top two executives - commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly - met with the NHLPA's main negotiators - executive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr - for nearly an hour Wednesday morning to assess where the sides were on Day 25 of the NHL lockout, but there was no concrete discussions on the troublesome core economic issues preventing a deal.
October 8, 2012 |
John Thompson spent 14 years on death row in Louisiana's notorious Angola state prison before he was sprung by two Philadelphia lawyers acting on a hunch. Only hours after a Louisiana state judge issued a writ of execution for Thompson, a private investigator sent by his lawyers to search the files of the New Orleans district attorney found blood evidence showing that Thompson was not guilty of one of the charges. The murder conviction was overturned and Thompson won a $14 million jury award in a lawsuit alleging prosecutorial misconduct.
September 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Protesters will converge Monday near the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate Occupy Wall Street's anniversary, marking the day they began camping out in Zuccotti Park. Marches and rallies in more than 30 cities around the world will commemorate the day. About 300 people observing the anniversary marched Saturday. At least a dozen were arrested, mostly on disorderly conduct, police said. But the movement is now a shadow of its mighty infancy, when a group of young people harnessed the power of a disillusioned nation and took to the streets chanting about corporate greed and inequality.
July 25, 2012 |
The clock continues to tick for the Nashville Predators, who must decide by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday whether to match the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer to restricted free-agent Shea Weber. "We have no clue what's going to happen," Kevin Epp, one of Weber's agents, said Monday night. "We're all in a state of limbo. " Epp believes that the size of Nashville's ownership group - 10 people - may be slowing the process. "There's a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision," he said.
July 7, 2012 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was released from jail Friday for a second time while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges in the fatally shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail a day after Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions. He ignored shouted questions from nearby reporters as he walked out and got into an SUV. The judge is requiring Zimmerman to stay in Seminole County.
July 6, 2012 |
After a five-day gathering that drew about 200 members of the national Occupy movement to Philadelphia, the protesters left town Thursday for a seven-day trek to New York City. Despite temperatures in the 90s forecast for the next four days in New Jersey, about 45 people signed up to walk the entire 99-mile route from the Liberty Bell to Wall Street, according to Daphne Carr, a graduate student from New York City who organized the march. About 100 people began the march Thursday morning.
June 29, 2012 |
Organizers of two groups that grew out of the Occupy movement kick off events in Philadelphia Saturday and are promising, peace, love, street protests, and fierce political debate. And, probably, camping. Only one of the groups has members that may camp. That would be the people who organized the Occupy Philly encampment last fall outside City Hall and are pulling together six days of activities they are calling the "National Gathering. " Dustin Slaughter, one of the representatives handling media questions for the National Gathering, said organizers don't know how many people will attend but believe it could be as many as 2,000.
May 31, 2012 |
For Ed Snider, founder of the Flyers, this offseason has a different feel from last year's. Even though the Flyers were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season, Snider is much more optimistic about the team's direction. "To me, every year we want to win the Cup, so if we don't win the Cup, it's an unsuccessful year," Snider said in a phone interview Tuesday from his mansion in Santa Barbara, Calif., just before playing in a tennis match.
May 21, 2012 |
So Americans Elect wasn't a subterfuge for Michael Bloomberg, Colin Powell, or Jon Huntsman after all. Too bad. Americans have demonstrated their desire for an alternative to the status quo. That a large number of us seem open to the idea of voting for a presidential candidate who is not a Republican or Democrat would seem to be supported by voter-registration figures and polling data that document the rise of independents. According to USAToday, from 2008 until the end of 2011, Democratic registration was down in 25 of the 28 states that register voters by party, and Republican registrations were down in 21. Independent registrations were up in 18. In five Gallup surveys in 2012, an average of 42 percent of Americans have identified themselves as political independents (compared with an average of 29.4 percent identifying themselves as Democrat and 27.4 percent as Republican)