March 5, 2016 |
With his first budget address Thursday, Mayor Kenney extended an olive branch to a City Council he hopes will back him in the first big fight of his term. One by one, he acknowledged all 17 members by name. And for each, he listed an initiative in his budget that the member has championed. Then, he asked those members to support the linchpin for his own bold initiatives - a tax on sugary drinks, which the chamber has twice rejected in the past. "I know that one tax can make some very wealthy and very powerful people very, very upset," Kenney said.
June 18, 2015
TODAY'S TOPIC is opportunity. As in opportunity in Harrisburg following developments this week that ended two fights - for now - between Gov. Wolf and the Republicans running the Legislature. Wolf reinstated longtime GOP Senate aide Erik Arneson as head of the Office of Open Records, even though Wolf's appealing a court ruling that he was wrong to fire Arneson. And Wolf's pick for State Police commissioner, Marcus Brown, is no longer Wolf's pick even though Brown remains acting commissioner until Wolf picks somebody else.
November 22, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - There are no doubt partisan battles ahead, but for now, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is trying to set a positive tone with Republicans who control the state legislature. Wolf, a Democrat, surprised some legislative leaders on the other side of the aisle with a phone call shortly after his election. Then he sent a handwritten introductory note that was read aloud to Republican and Democrats in both chambers during caucus meetings. Then he called some top lawmakers a second time.
March 31, 2013 |
ROME - Pope Francis reached out in friendship to "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East. The new pontiff, who has rankled traditionalists by rejecting many trappings of his office, mostly stuck to the traditional script during the nighttime Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum, one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week With torches lighting the way, the faithful carried a cross to different stations, where meditations and prayers were read out recalling the final hours of Jesus' life and his crucifixion.
March 26, 2013 |
DETROIT - Detroit's new emergency manager offered a "sincere olive branch" Monday to local leaders who fought against creating his job, even as a crowd of protesters rallied outside City Hall during his first day of trying to revive the city's beleaguered finances. Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy lawyer and turnaround specialist who represented automaker Chrysler LLC during its successful restructuring, met with Mayor Dave Bing and at least two City Council members Monday as he began an 18-month term as emergency manager.
July 28, 2012 |
Matthew McConaughey tells MensHealth.com his Magic Mike character is a twisted sociopath who has a few strange pastimes. Joe sports a thong at one point. "The weird thing about a thong is, you forget it's there," says MM. Call him daring, never careless. "Before I went on the set, I tried to check out all the angles, just to make sure I was covered. " Joe also engages in sexual acts with a chicken. "I thought about and worried about that scene for a long time," says MM. "It's a tricky scene.
October 27, 2009 |
It was Jon and Kate plus a court date yesterday in Norristown. Although Kate Gosselin wasn't there, Family Court Judge Arthur R. Tilson ordered the stars of TLC reality show Jon and Kate Plus Eight to continue arbitration on matters related to their bitter divorce. The judge scheduled their next court session for late November. The pair, who have eight children, split in June amid rumors of marital infidelities denied by both sides. Following the brief hearing, Jon Gosselin said he had returned $230,000 he took this summer from the couple's joint marital account.
August 12, 2004 |
This is a tragedy, laments Greek fashion designer Filimon. A total catastrophe. Picture this, he commands. It's opening night for the 2004 Olympic Games. Dusk is falling over Athens. Greece's young athletes enter the packed stadium carrying the Greek flag, with its neat blue and white stripes, the colors of Greek patriotism. But what are they wearing? Shades of drab olive green. The darker colors are meant to represent the Greek olive branch - a symbol of peace and harmony in the world.
May 20, 2004 |
The expected developer of a billion-dollar neighborhood revitalization project in Cramer Hill said yesterday that opposition to his company's massive proposal was to be expected, but that his firm would do all it could to meet the community's concerns. "Anytime you go to somebody else's place and say you have these brilliant ideas . . . it is very logical that people would be asking, 'Why would I trust you?' " Thomas Darden, chief executive of Cherokee Investment Partners in Raleigh, N.C., said in a brief phone interview.
April 26, 2004 |
Afghan President Hamid Karzai returned yesterday to a Taliban stronghold where he was nearly assassinated 19 months ago, and said he would welcome rank-and-file members of the militia back into society. Karzai said about 150 leaders of the ultra-religious Islamic movement supplanted by his government after a U.S.-led war are unworthy of rehabilitation and could be prosecuted. "But those Taliban who are doing jobs and tilling the fields and working as shopkeepers, we want to welcome those Taliban," he said.