May 17, 2013
By Jun-Youb "JY" Lee When I heard Vice President Biden proclaim to University of Pennsylvania graduates Monday, "China is going to eat our lunch," I wondered if he understood his audience. Onstage with him were Amy Gutmann, Penn's president, and Princeton professor Kwame Appiah, one of Biden's fellow honorary doctorate recipients. Both are leading thinkers on cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. What did they think of Biden's patriotic call to serve American interests above all other nations'?
April 13, 2013 |
Two years ago, CyOptics Inc. was looking to go public and raise $100 million, but it dropped those plans last May. On Thursday, the Lehigh County maker of optical components agreed to be acquired for $400 million. The buyer? A cash-rich Singapore company called Avago Technologies Inc. It's telling that Avago was able to pull off its initial public offering during one of the worst years for such financings (2009), while CyOptics couldn't squeak through the IPO window during the year when Facebook went public - the biggest tech IPO ever.
April 12, 2013 |
TWICE IN THE last week, the Flyers faced off against teams desperately clinging to their playoff lives - riding identical five-game losing skids into the matchup. Both times, Winnipeg and Ottawa skated off the ice with a pair of points, quickly rejuvenating their playoff hopes in this crazy, shortened season. It was the Senators' turn Thursday night, scoring two third-periods goals - including a rare breakaway, power-play tally - to down the Flyers, 3-1, in a somewhat empty and lifeless Wells Fargo Center.
March 6, 2013 |
IT'S LIKE a juggling act for 76ers coach Doug Collins right now. His team is seven games behind Milwaukee for the last playoff spot in the East, has lost 10 straight on the road, and plays 15 of its final 24 games away from Philly. Still, Collins' approach will be to try to win every game. At the same time, evaluating for the future is something that must be done at some point, whether the team is mathematically out of the running or just hopelessly removed from it. "It's continuing as a coaching staff to create a very positive environment for our guys to come to work to every day, to continue to teach," Collins said of the remaining 6 weeks of the season, barring playoffs.
March 2, 2013 |
Peter Laviolette appeared annoyed at hearing yet another question about the Flyers' trying to reach a level the coach considers way too low. When the Flyers host the Ottawa Senators in Saturday's noon affair at the Wells Fargo Center, they will be attempting for the seventh time this season to scale Mount .500. The Flyers (10-11-1) are 0-6 in their other attempts to reach .500 and have been outscored by 29-12 in those games. "Five hundred isn't going to do anything for us," he said following a long practice on Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
February 27, 2013
By Thomas C. Woodward Back in the late 1970s, I had a summer job as a bank teller that helped point me toward my career in banking. That's not unusual. Summer jobs not only provide critically needed skills and an introduction to the working world, but they also often ignite a desire to develop educational and professional goals. Unfortunately, too many young people are not receiving these necessary opportunities. Recent data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that youth employment is at its lowest level since World War II. Moreover, in Pennsylvania, the youth unemployment rate is 15 percent higher than the general unemployment rate.
February 12, 2013 |
The Phillies' projected opening-day catcher enjoyed the attention. After the best season of his career, he was in demand and happily answered questions during a banquet stop at a hotel and casino in Bethlehem, Pa., late last month. These are the best of times for Erik Kratz, a blue-collar worker from the town of Telford on the Bucks-Montgomery County line who refused to let years of rejection deter his pursuit of a big-league dream. This, however, is not the ideal catching situation for the Phillies.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - As he walked down one of the long hallways at the New Orleans Convention Center on Monday following a night of celebration and a morning news conference, John Harbaugh still was having trouble getting used to the fact that he is a Super Bowl-winning head coach. "I mean, I can't even believe we're having this conversation walking down the hallway after winning the Super Bowl," he said. "To me, I can't believe we're having this conversation, in all honesty. " They're probably having trouble believing it at Syracuse and Boston College, as well, two of the many places that thumbed their noses at the then-Eagles special-teams coach when he was looking for a head-coaching opportunity.
January 22, 2013 |
It's hard for anyone to care for an ailing, aging family member, but Im Ja Choi faced extra challenges when her mother's stomach cancer was diagnosed in 2002. Choi's mother, who had come to the United States from Korea in 1978 to help raise Choi's children, had never learned to speak English or enjoy American food. Choi thought she would be miserable in a nursing home. But her mother weighed 62 pounds and had a colostomy bag when she got out of the hospital. Choi and her husband both worked.
January 18, 2013 |
ON MOMENTOUS occasions, excited by opportunity and exhuasted by the process, principals tend to utter phrases that ring for years to come. This is where we get the gold standard of quotes; pearls with a luster that lingers for generations. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly possesses the gift of glib. Certainly, a few of his cleverer quips from Thursday's interviews are worth gilding: On the gravity of his decision to leave Oregon, and the fallout for his players, staff and bosses: "You're not just making reservations for dinner.