August 3, 2016 |
It has been a few days since the massive announcements during the presentation for Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con, and with time to reflect, this much is clear. When it came to revealing the casting of its first female film headliner-Marvel Studios blew it. This is especially infuriating since Kevin Feige had said the purpose of Marvel's Comic-Con presentation would be "announcements. " Not trailers. Not footage. Announcements. Then they treated arguably their biggest announcement as an afterthought.
July 29, 2016
The Democratic National Convention missed an opportunity to present a powerful, unifying image when it didn't put family members of slain police officers on stage with the mothers of those killed by officers. That would not have diminished the message that racial bias exists in policing, just as it does in other aspects of American life, and that people have died as a result. Nine "Mothers of the Movement" were introduced at the convention Tuesday night, including Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who was strangled by a police officer in Staten Island, N.Y.; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times by Milwaukee police; and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. John McNesby, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, had criticized the omission.
July 5, 2016 |
Lincoln High School and St. Joseph's University graduate Adele Cirone Oliva has made a name for herself in her hometown - and has just raised $200 million for a health-care investment fund. Oliva cofounded 1315 Capital with Michael Koby to put money to work in health care. She previously worked at Ira Lubert's Quaker Partners, which she joined in 2007. Prior to Quaker, Oliva had been cohead of the U.S. health-care group at Apax Partners, a private equity firm, starting in 1997. The new fund tops off Oliva's two decades of experience in the investment business, and although she's lived all over, she says the Philadelphia region and New Jersey are "much richer places" for health-care acquisitions than locales such as Boston, New York, or Silicon Valley.
July 4, 2016 |
This summer, I've been reading past columns I've written for both the Sunday Inquirer and the Daily News. I began as a columnist at the latter in 2001 and for the next 10 years, my work ran every Thursday. In 2007 I began writing separately for the Sunday Inquirer and for four years, I had the unique honor of writing for both newspapers. In 2011, I scaled back to just the Inquirer. By my count, I wrote a total of 489 columns for the Daily News and this is my 555th column for the Inquirer.
July 2, 2016 |
Cross-border deals, a big source of revenue for law firms in Philadelphia and beyond, likely will take a hit from the British vote to exit the European Union, lawyers who specialize in international transactions say. Mergers-and-acquisitions activity had already been softening by June 23, the day of the Brexit referendum, as high asset valuations had begun to discourage investors. But the British vote to leave the EU created a whole new set of problems. For many American companies, the United Kingdom long has been a launching pad for selling into the European continent.
June 28, 2016 |
IN THE FIRST game of his youth baseball career, 9-year-old Zach Spiker stood in the on-deck circle, with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning. Spiker sprinted from the dugout, bat in hand, to get a few practice swings in. The batter ahead of him walked. The bases were loaded. Spiker was going to get a shot at winning the thing. He trotted to the batter's box with a confidence - not a cockiness, his father, John, asserts years later - that he has since carried with him at all times.
May 23, 2016 |
When Widener University honors me this weekend by allowing me to be its commencement speaker, I will share with the students the reaction at our dinner table several months ago when the invitation arrived. "Dad, the students must be bummed," was the response from our eldest son, himself in college. His dismissal became a source of motivation. How to achieve my objective, I wasn't so sure. My thought process included reviewing well-received commencement addresses. Only I'm not Bono, Bill Gates, or Ali G. I'm not particularly funny.
May 13, 2016 |
I ALWAYS considered myself to be Trans Gender. No, it has nothing to do with bathrooms. My biological apparatus matches both my birth certificate and sense of reality. What I mean is that I've always looked at things from an essentially gender-neutral perspective. While I suppose there are some quirky differences between the ways men and women view the world, and while I admire the marketing savvy of the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," I never put much stock in the idea that our minds were fundamentally different.
April 18, 2016 |
Jim Kenney was 15 minutes into his pitch for a 3-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and still hadn't mentioned the word obesity . Philadelphia's mayor was far more focused on the city's pre-K crisis than its residents' waistlines. "We have a 26 percent poverty rate," he told me. "We have an incarceration rate of almost 7,000 people at any given time. And if we don't change generationally, educational opportunities, training opportunities, job opportunities for people, we're never going to get that 26 percent poverty rate down.
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.