February 10, 2013
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - The National Park Service says a record number of people visited the Flight 93 Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania last year. Park Superintendent Jeff Reinbold said nearly 350,000 visitors came to the permanent memorial in 2012, the first full calendar year since it was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Members of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission were to be briefed on the numbers at their quarterly meeting Saturday and given an update on visitor center construction, due to start in spring or early summer.
February 8, 2013 |
ANOTHER DAY, another poll bearing bad news for Gov. Corbett. A Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Thursday shows that registered voters strongly oppose Corbett's plan to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery and don't like the way he's pursuing that goal. And, as with a long-running series of polls, Corbett's job approval numbers are anemic as he turns toward a campaign for a second term in 2014. Sixty-four percent of the voters polled said they oppose his plan to turn over control of the lottery to a British company, Camelot Global Services.
February 6, 2013
US Airways Group Inc. said nearly 5 million passengers boarded its planes in January, a 2.4 percent increase from a year earlier. The Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier, the dominant airline in Philadelphia, flew 4.9 billion mainline revenue-passenger miles, which are the miles a plane flies multiplied by the number of paying passengers, last month, up 4.8 percent from January 2012. US Airways' passenger-load factor, or the percentage of filled seats, was 80.7 percent, up from 78.2 percent a year earlier.
January 31, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 290 of the nation's 372 largest metro areas in November compared with the same month a year ago. Rates rose in 68 cities and were unchanged in 14. The number of metro areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent fell to 47 from 70. The biggest annual decline was in Las Vegas, where the rate fell to 10 percent from 13.3 percent. Midland, Texas, reported the lowest rate, at 3.1 percent. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest rates, at 27.3 percent and 25.5 percent, respectively.
January 31, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Tuesday started out rough for Gov. Corbett, and never got any better. The morning brought news of sinking poll numbers. Voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, are largely unhappy with the job he has done as the state's chief executive. By a wide margin, they said he does not deserve reelection. Then, the top Republican in the state Senate - who could be a natural ally to the Republican governor - voiced dissatisfaction with the administration's handling of the run-up to the next state budget.
January 30, 2013
OPPONENTS OF the school district's plan to close 37 schools have come up with another argument against the proposal. At a news conference this week, the group - which includes the local NAACP - accused the district of unfairly targeting predominantly black schools in poor neighborhoods. According to an analysis done by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, 81 percent of the roughly 15,000 students who would be affected by this year's proposed closings and mergers are African-American.
January 30, 2013 |
HE WAS one half of what many if not most Philly hoops authorities still consider to be, even more than a half-century later, the best backcourt the Big 5's ever seen. And those same folks will tell you that lead guard Guy Rodgers remains the player everybody else has to be measured against. You could certainly argue for Tom Gola, who did his thing at LaSalle before there was a Big 5. Either way it's a legit debate. "Oh God, Guy was so unbelievable," said his Temple teammate for one season, Overbrook High's Hal Lear.
January 29, 2013 |
THERE ARE numerous connections to the Philadelphia area between the two Super Bowl teams. Baltimore's owner was born here, and its quarterback grew up in South Jersey. San Francisco's kicker is the Eagles all-time leading scorer and its defensive coordinator is one of the few people alive who can say he's won a pro football championship for a Philadelphia team. With conglomerates the size of NFL organizations, it's impossible to list everyone with a tie to this area, but here are some notable ones among Sunday's Super Bowl participants: BALTIMORE Players Sean Considine, safety: A former fourth-round pick of the Eagles, who played here from 2005-08.
January 24, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - Halfway numbers: As Monday marked the halfway point of the season, let's take a look at some of the numbers the Sixers accumulated during their first 41 games. * The Sixers were 15-0 when leading at the end of the first quarter this season. They were 2-24 when tied or trailing going into the fourth quarter. Both wins came against the Toronto Raptors. * The team was 9-3 when scoring 100 or more points and 3-17 when scoring below 90. * The Sixers had made 18 more shots than their opponents, but were outscored by 170 points.