August 2, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation. The plans were first reported by Re/code, a Vox property. Quoting unnamed sources Friday, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both said NBCUniversal was poised to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed - about a one-sixth stake at a $1.5 billion valuation - and raise its 14 percent ownership share in Vox. Industry analyst Jeff Kagan said Comcast's interest in new media was likely fueled when federal regulators blocked its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
January 15, 2015 |
No Bey for Obama girls! Malia and Sasha Obama 's brains will rot - and their souls will be claimed by Mephistopheles - if they continue listening to Beyoncé 's devil music. That's the gist of a sermon delivered by the nation's conscience Mike Huckabee , via People mag. Yes, it's election season, and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who many say is poised to run for the White House in '16, is making points with his GOP base by sizing up the White House's morals - and finding them wanting.
September 10, 2014 |
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story.
August 27, 2014 |
After negotiating for 12 months, New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first contract. The agreement provides the first salary scale in the school's 10-year history, and includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications and bonuses for improved school performance. The charter board approved the contract Thursday. The 27 teachers at the school in the Stenton section had approved the proposal Aug. 4. Both votes were unanimous.
August 22, 2014 |
For the last 19 years, Philadelphia has had an annual festival, under one name or another, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender films. A common denominator has been Thom Cardwell, who helped oversee the ambitious Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, called QFest since 2009. After producer TLA Entertainment Group changed hands and focus earlier this year, 2014's QFest was dropped from its usual spot on the July calendar. Cardwell, however, stepped up to fill the vacuum.
July 20, 2014 |
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
June 21, 2014 |
The former William Penn High School, a sprawling structure on North Broad Street, was permanently closed by the School Reform Commission on Thursday night and sold to Temple University for $15 million. Part of the property will be razed and turned into athletic fields and recreation space for Temple students. The school building fronting Broad Street will remain, and will house a job-training academy run by the Laborers' District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund.
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Devin Bullock was barely two months away from graduating from high school when a gunman opened fire on a North Philadelphia street on a chilly evening last month. For 12 days, he clung to life in the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. The senior at New Media Technology Charter School died Sunday night, shortly after police arrested a 20-year-old in connection with his shooting. Bullock, 19, was captain of New Media's basketball team and had led the team to two city championships.
March 4, 2014 |
PIAA BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS THE FIRST ROUND of the PIAA basketball playoffs is upon us and 15 teams out of 75 (15 of 79 last season) from the Public and Catholic Leagues are dancing. The first round in all four classifications will be held Friday (A and AAA) and Saturday (AA and AAAA) with eight games being played between Pub/Cath sites and Philadelphia University. (District/Seeding in parenthesis) FRIDAY CLASS A Delco Christian vs. Math, Civics and Sciences (12-1)
February 18, 2014 |
MICHAEL JORDAN once famously joked that he stretched as a youngster in hopes of growing a few more inches to compete with his older brothers on the basketball court. Martin Luther King High forward Jahmir Taylor cannot relate. Taylor was once a 6-foot freshman at Frankford without any athletic ambitions. Now, the 6-8 senior's height is a frequent topic of conversation at family get-togethers. He estimates his mother, Junetta Taylor, is 5-10, and his father, Willie Charles, is maybe 6-foot.