October 29, 2013 |
TEA-BAGGER! Marxist! Racist! Traitor! From the political name-calling you get from the extremes, you'd swear that Americans, politically, are as divided as North and South Korea and have no center. You'd be wrong. Here's the New American Center: * Photo ID at the polls: 75 percent support, 58 percent strongly; * Gun control: 60 percent want background checks and/or stronger gun laws; * Ending affirmative action in hiring and college admissions: 57 percent support; * Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: 54 percent oppose; * The Constitution can't provide guidance for many modern problems, 54 percent agree; * Religious organizations should have no role in politics: 59 percent agree; * Increase to $10 minimum wage, 67 percent support; * Government assistance (food stamps, welfare, Medicaid)
September 23, 2013 |
The state and city officials and business and labor union representatives who oversee the Convention Center haven't fixed the national problem of too many taxpayer-funded exhibit halls chasing too few big conventions. Nor has the board rewritten the local labor contracts that pit unions protecting workers' hours against exhibitors who want to hook up their own stuff. The center's contracts have been extended into next year. But the center's board is going ahead, almost on schedule, to farm out management of the Center City complex to Conshohocken-based SMG , which beat Comcast affiliate Global Spectrum to get the job. Lawyer Greg Fox , the board's chairman, had hoped to install SMG by Oct. 1. But Gov. Corbett's budget office responded to the draft proposal with a fat file of questions, which Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni wouldn't show me because, he says, they are "pre-decisional.
June 15, 2013 |
At a critical moment, with American forces in full retreat, George Washington appeared on horseback to rally his troops and turn the tide against the pursuing British. The Battle of Monmouth - June 28, 1778 - showcased Washington's leadership and the growing effectiveness of the Continental Army after its six-month encampment and drilling at Valley Forge. It will be marked Friday with the opening of an $8.5 million visitor center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, N.J., and, on Saturday and Sunday, with the re-creation of the clash for its 235th anniversary, with nearly 1,000 Revolutionary War reenactors.
May 30, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania's law school will launch a center focused on improving the country's criminal justice system with a $15 million gift from a banker and alumnus who spent several years fighting charges in the criminal justice system, the university said this week. Former Credit Suisse Group banker Frank Quattrone was convicted of obstructing a federal probe into Credit Suisse First Boston, but the verdict was overturned on appeal in 2006. The government agreed to drop its case if Quattrone did not break the law for a year.
May 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The World Trade Center's rebirth has long revolved around creating a centerpiece of unsparing symbolism: a skyscraper 1,776 feet tall, its height an homage and a bold statement about looking forward. The new 1 World Trade Center reached that height with the lowering of a silvery spire from a crane on Friday, officially taking its place as a signature of the city's skyline and, with some argument, the nation's tallest tower. After years of waiting for and watching the building's rise, the moment resonated for many, from workers who looked on from the building's roof to visitors on the ground.
May 3, 2013 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said Wednesday it will break ground this summer on a new specialty care center in King of Prussia, replacing one that opened in 1997. The new center, in the Village at Valley Forge, will have 115,000 square feet, up from 70,000 square feet in two buildings at the existing site, CHOP said. Completion of the new center, which can be expanded to 195,000 square feet, is expected in early 2015. CHOP currently offers 20 medical and surgical specialties in King of Prussia, including a sports medicine program, pediatric imaging center, and a day hospital for oncology patients.
April 19, 2013
FAMILY Maps at Winterthur A few years back, Miss Teen South Carolina famously said, "Some people out there in our nation don't have maps. " Not so at this Wilmington-area museum, where more than 100 rare objects form a new exhibition, "Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience. " 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, Del., through Jan. 5, $5-$18, 302-888-4600, winterthur.org. Jimmy and Johari Rollins You knew they were passionate about physical fitness, baseball, politics and Camryn, their 11-month-old daughter.
April 19, 2013 |
THE NUMBER of Philadelphians who need free or low-cost health care has increased, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Northeast, home to a severely underserved, uninsured, high-risk population, according to health-care advocates. At Health Center 10, on Cottman Avenue near Bustleton, the average wait for first-time adult patients is 251 days, city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz told City Council during a budget hearing Wednesday. That's 15 fewer days than last year, but still much higher than the average at all eight city-run health centers, 83 days, he said.
March 6, 2013 |
Alfred M. Brown was not a dancer or a singer or an actor. But "Mr. Al" brought the arts to thousands of children and teens through the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, a cultural haven in a section of South Philadelphia that has struggled with crime and violence. "We had some of the best and most talented teachers who worked with young people and turned them into professionals," said his wife, Donna. Mr. Brown, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, of a heart attack. A graduate of Bok High School in South Philadelphia, Mr. Brown was trained as a draftsman.