November 19, 2010 |
Recurring budget woes aside, California has an economy against which all other states are compared. The state is a magnet for technology talent and an incubator, production line, and even slaughterhouse for industry-changing ideas and products. At $1.7 trillion, its economy is the biggest of the 50 states. So everyone knows that California is the elephant. But who is the mouse? Well, it's not Rhode Island, the smallest state. Its real gross domestic product was $43.2 billion in 2009, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis . Or tiny Delaware, which had real GDP of $54.9 billion last year.
April 24, 2012 |
For University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann, bringing more than 50,000 personal Holocaust testimonials to campus is a personal milestone. The video testimonials were compiled by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by the director Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimony of survivors. Gutmann's father fled Nazi Germany in 1934 and eventually settled in the United States, where she was born. She first talked to Spielberg about the possibility of bringing the collection to Penn about a year ago. "I have spent some hours listening to them, and for me, personally it's just incredibly moving and important," Gutmann said in an interview.
July 8, 2011 |
John "Book" Ksionska is working again - finally, after two years of unemployment. "I lost almost 15 pounds since I went back to work," Ksionska said gleefully. That's what happens when an older guy like Ksionska, 55, of Fairless Hills, once a supervisor, goes back on the line in a factory. But Ksionska isn't complaining. "It's a busy, busy little place," he said of his new employer, Alro Steel in Huntingdon Valley. "We just hired two salespeople. This place has nowhere to go but up. " Ksionska can count himself part of Pennsylvania's statistical success story, as it fits into the national employment crisis.
July 18, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million donation to create a center that aspires to develop new energy policy by reframing the relationship between research and practice. The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will be named for donor Scott Kleinman and his wife, Wendy. He is a Wall Street private-equity manager and 1994 Penn alum. It will be directed by Mark Alan Hughes, a professor of practice at Penn's School of Design. Hughes was the city's first director of sustainability and is a former adviser to Mayor Nutter.
December 6, 2002 |
A few weeks ago, Penn State Press published Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth. It is as huge as it is handsome, more than 600 pages long, extravagantly illustrated, on life in the commonwealth over the centuries since King Charles II granted William Penn his charter - indeed, over the many more centuries before. It is the first new history of Pennsylvania in 30 years. I wrote one of the chapters of the book. My assignment in this grand collaboration of scholars was to integrate the other historical essays, to come to some sort of conclusion about the meaning of the state's past.
April 15, 2012 |
When the cherry tree blossoms over my city street with a lush canopy of pink, the neighbors reemerge onto the sidewalk after their long hibernation with chairs and wineglasses in hand. It's time again to hang out al fresco with old friends, and to pour something light, bright and affordable. But that doesn't have to mean "boring. " Try this 2010 Mastro Bianco, an excellent entry-level white from one of my favorite southern Italian wineries, venerable Mastroberardino, and it's been marked down 35 percent from list price in Pennsylvania, to $12.99.
August 17, 1992 |
What appealed most to Mary C. Smith about setting up business in Pennsylvania was its "infrastructure," as she describes the services and resources her customers would require. So far, she's found even more than she counted on. Wayne Braffman's blueberry French toast and homemade yogurt with fresh raspberry sauce, for example. And the giant fungus growing on a tree along the scenic reaches of the Upper Delaware. Smith is delighted with these discoveries, but not surprised.
June 16, 2012 |
Skyler Mornhinweg still remembers the first team meeting that Gabe Infante held at St. Joseph's Prep. So does the 39-year-old coach. Infante had just taken over after Gil Brooks was fired, and some players had already made arrangements to visit other schools to transfer. So Infante called the meeting. In front of his players, he discussed Xs and Os and the offense he wanted to run. He talked about the unique situation they were in. And, most important, they talked about each other.
February 25, 2013 |
Even if Tommy Lee Jones fails to win an Oscar on Sunday night for his indelible portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln , the fiery Lancaster abolitionist congressman is already a winner for being rescued from the dustbin of history. "He has been in the shadows for 150 years," said historian and movie script consultant Harold Holzer. "It will never happen again. " For a state with few legends among our elected politicians, Stevens is a giant, albeit a largely forgotten or falsely maligned one. He was a champion of civil rights so far ahead of the curve as to be reviled by many during his day. Stevens wrote: "It is easy to protect the interests of the rich and powerful.
December 6, 2012 |
University of Pennsylvania trustees decided earlier this year that Penn's debt load and U.S. interest rates had fallen far enough to make it worthwhile to borrow $300 million through taxable 100-year bonds - and sell them to eager investors at a cheap interest rate just below 4.7 percent, a bit less than MIT and Caltech had to pay on similar recent "century bonds. " What's the attraction? You stretch the payments out, and you don't have to worry about refinancing until everyone who approved the deal is dead.