August 18, 2016 |
Question: My brother-in-law recently lost his apartment, so my husband and I offered to watch his dog while he finds a new place (he is staying with his girlfriend, whose complex prohibits dogs). The dog is so skinny, you can clearly see his ribs and his hip bones. I've heard about this dog being neglected, so this is not the first time. We gave him food and water, and he ate and drank a ton. We were given the dog crate, but there was no bedding - apparently the dog stays on the hard metal floor of the crate for long hours.
September 7, 2012
IN ITS 22 YEARS as the city's fiscal watchdog, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) has done plenty of barking, but has not yet bitten the city's budget. That "bite" option - rejecting the city's five-year spending plan - would be nearly lethal to the city, since without PICA's approval, any state money coming to the city would be frozen, and the city's lenders would go running for the hills. This year, PICA's barking was a little louder than usual, after an arbitration panel awarded firefighters retroactive raises and benefits increases that will cost the city $200 million over the five-year plan.
May 11, 2011
What rule will they change now? The Phillies aren't the only ones with hitting problems. Baseball's 30 teams put up 72 shutouts through Sunday, a pace that would leave baseball with more shutouts this year than all but two seasons in major-league history. Those were 1968 and 1972, when, as SI.com's Tom Verducci said: "Offense was so putrid baseball changed its rules both times to inject more scoring into the game. " The lords of baseball lowered the mound from 15 to 10 inches in 1969 to counteract overpowering pitchers.
March 4, 2011
THE NFL OWNERS have put off their billion-dollar cash grab for another day. They and the NFL Players Association have agreed to extend their collective bargaining agreement for 24 hours, ensuring another fun-filled day for reporters waiting outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, many of them wearing the same clothes as the day before. C'est la guerre. What happened? No one knows and anyone who says he knows is relying on the whispered spin of one side or the other - which really isn't knowledge at all. But we can all guess.
June 22, 2010
SO NOW, according to your June 17 editorial "Join or Diet," we can add the military to the growing list of people who need to step up and raise the kids of Philadelphia. It's not good enough that we have the liberal mantra of "it takes a village" or the increasingly popular notion that somehow city teachers are responsible for raising these criminals, um, I mean children. Now you want to add the military to this distinguished list of people that only disguises the fact that the parent(s)
April 9, 2010
BY LIMITING our "nuclear option," President Obama has made us safer. Yesterday in Prague, Obama and Russian president Dmitri Medvedev signed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that will cut each country's nuclear warheads by a third - reducing stockpiles to their lowest levels since the baby boomers were ducking and covering under their desks during civil-defense alerts. But even more important was Obama's announcement earlier this week pledging that the United States will not use nuclear weapons against a country that doesn't have them.
December 28, 2009
AT A RECENT meeting with the Daily News editorial board, Gov. Rendell read one of his favorite lists of items, one that includes such diverse items as helicopters, dental floss, dry cleaning, candy, caskets, gold bullion and sunburn ointment. The connection among these disparate things? They are among the many items exempt from taxation in Pennsylvania. Don't look for obvious logic Pennsylvania's tax policy is too often based on the power of lobbyists and their money rather than coherent strategy.
May 10, 2009 |
It's no mystery what Philadelphia's property-tax system ought to be built on: realistic assessments, an ethical and competent staff, and an end to backroom deals for property owners with pull. It is a formula that cities, counties, and states across the country figured out long ago. In Seattle, in Maryland, in Chicago, and in many other places, the setting of accurate property values has been a basic and unremarkable government function for decades. What has been missing in Philadelphia, reform advocates say, is the political will to make necessary changes - to restructure or abolish the Board of Revision of Taxes, the obscure independent agency that sets property values in the city.
August 24, 2008 |
Hospitals prepare for emergencies they can't predict. But when the hospital itself needs acute care from taxpayers, New Jersey officials would like a bit of notice. That's the thinking behind a new state law requiring hospitals to file monthly, rather than quarterly, reports on their financial health. State health officials say it's meant to be an "early warning system" for hospitals teetering toward financial failure. Health Commissioner Heather Howard hopes the system prevents phone calls such as the one that arrived on a Friday from hospital officials who said they didn't have enough money for the paychecks due Monday.