July 21, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and congressional leaders worked furiously Wednesday to craft a compromise plan to cut federal spending dramatically while raising the nation's debt ceiling, with Obama saying he could accept a short-term deal if it's tied to a bigger agreement. With 13 days left before the government loses its authority to borrow - forcing an unprecedented default that could trigger an economic crisis - lawmakers were looking seriously at whether to include some elements of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" proposal in a debt-ceiling hike.
June 1, 2011 |
For Thomas Treusch, the relocated Washington Township library could not open soon enough. "I've been unemployed for several months, and I was always using the computers and the other resources to look for work," said Treusch, 54, who lives in the township. So when the expanded Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Gloucester County opened its doors Wednesday, after several weeks to complete the move, he was first in line. Fortunately for Treusch, the new library, on Delsea Drive, has 16 computers in a quiet area off the main room, twice as many as its predecessor about a block away on East Holly Avenue.
May 27, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti watched the number of Indianapolis 500 qualifying spots dwindle in the final minutes of Bump Day last weekend, and the Andretti Autosport teammates knew one of them could end up knocking the other out of the race. "We were talking about that this may come down to cannibalism," Hunter-Reay said. It didn't come down to cannibalism. It came down to politics. And money. Hunter-Reay's No. 28 Honda was indeed knocked out of the centennial anniversary of the 500 when Andretti snatched the last spot in the 33-car field just as qualifying ended.
May 27, 2011 |
Lloyd Bankson Roach, 66, was just a boy when his grandmother told him about her connection with the Rose Tree Tavern. Widowed at 41 with six children, Alice Bankson Roach left the Brookline section of Delaware County and moved into the tavern with her brood. There she operated a teahouse for ladies from 1922 to 1926. "They had tea and muffins, that sort of thing," Roach said. "At the time, there was no safety net [for widows]. She had to do something to support the kids. " A broadcaster from Birmingham Township, Chester County, Roach was moved enough by family history to attend Thursday as the handsome fieldstone building in Upper Providence Township was dedicated.
May 12, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister offered his clearest opening yet Wednesday for the possibility of extending the U.S. troop deployment past the Dec. 31 departure date, saying he would do so if most of the country's political blocs support the decision. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's comments were just as significant for what he did not say. On many previous occasions, he has insisted American troops will not be needed beyond the end of the year. But this time, when asked by a reporter whether he personally supports keeping troops in Iraq, he declined to answer.
March 24, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Wednesday opened the door to imposing an impact fee on natural gas drillers, signaling that he may be easing up on his strong opposition to any levy on the industry. The governor said he would consider allowing municipalities to impose such fees on drillers as long as the money generated stayed in those communities. He was clear, however, that he would not discuss any proposal that included sending even a portion of the dollars collected to the state's coffers.
February 28, 2011 |
Investigating clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was an exercise in frustration for the 2005 grand jury. It identified 63 current and former priests credibly accused of molesting minors and lambasted the hierarchy for an "immoral cover-up" of the alleged crimes. Yet no one was indicted. The reason: Pennsylvania's statute of limitations had expired on assaults dating back to the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. "We surely would have charged them," the hamstrung panel wrote, "if we could have.
September 19, 2010 |
If you saw Todd Herremans at Eagles training camp, odds are you also saw Jamaal Jackson. The two linemen rehabilitated injuries together, apart from their healthy teammates. They invariably left the Lehigh locker rooms in unison, the brawny Herremans often wearing a flat-brimmed baseball cap, "Jack" in an oversize T-shirt. They were supposed to be together on the field, too, Herremans at left guard, Jackson immediately to his right at center, a pair the Eagles hoped would be as impenetrable as they were inseparable.
August 12, 2010 |
Reviewing the news from the last two weeks during which I was enjoying a Cape Cod vacation, I've been gripped by the story of 10 medical aid workers murdered last week in Afghanistan. This human tragedy provides some insights that may surprise you about the prospects for progress in the Afghan war. The aid team, six of whom were Americans, was attacked while returning from an arduous trip to a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan where they provided medical services to Afghan villagers.
June 29, 2010
Gov. Christie should sign the legislation passed Monday in the state Senate that would allow schools to charge fees for summer classes. This bill is a smart way to generate financial support for summer school programs that would otherwise be cut, and give kids a second chance. Facing a major budget crunch, many New Jersey schools are no longer able to support summer school programs. If Christie doesn't sign this emergency legislation, many schools won't be able to offer summer school.