October 9, 2014
HOW ABOUT some tax talk? Wait, wait, don't leave. This is important, or could be. It's a big part of the governor's race and likely to be a focus of the final debate in Pittsburgh tonight. Republican Gov. Corbett says he should be re-elected for keeping taxes low and because Democrat Tom Wolf will raise taxes - without saying how much. Wolf argues Corbett's management and tax policy hurt education, job creation and state fiscal ratings. Wolf says he just wants to make taxes fairer.
October 6, 2014
Boys' Soccer CATHOLIC LEAGUE Archbishop Wood 1, Father Judge 1 (2 OT) Archbishop Carroll 2, St. Joseph's Prep 1 (OT) NONLEAGUE W.C. Henderson 2, Owen J. Roberts 0 Springfield (D) 4, Phoenixville 2 State College 3, Coatesville 1 Hill School 4, Westtown 0 Malvern Prep 5, Kiski Prep 2 West Chester Rustin 1, La Salle 0 St. Benedict's 4, Holy Ghost Prep 0 Football CATHOLIC LEAGUE AA West Catholic 30, Neumann-Goretti 13 CATHOLIC LEAGUE AAA Bonner-Prendergast 21, Archbishop Ryan 20 DEL-VAL LEAGUE Glen Mills 18, Chester 12 (2 OT)
September 25, 2014 |
The cigarette tax approved by Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday will soon make a pack of $6.65 Newports cost $2 more at the corner store that Hanif Woods patronizes in West Philadelphia. But don't think for a minute that he or his friends will bother hustling to the nearby county line for a price break. Even with the promise of much lower prices in the suburbs - a short drive from Jesly Food Market at 60th Street and Girard Avenue - the 24-year-old Woods didn't expect his shopping habits to change when the levy goes into effect.
September 22, 2014 |
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
September 22, 2014 |
They packed the apron in front of the glass-encased grandstand and surrounded the paddock, filling the steps up to the jocks room, straining to get a look at reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. He was about to contest the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the first reigning Derby winner to appear in the race. Once the race began, Bayern's jockey said he couldn't see California Chrome. As Martin Garcia pointed out, he wasn't turning around to look back. The crowd at Parx Racing, estimated at 16,000, got a thrill early Saturday evening, but it was from Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, who led from the gate to the wire and set a track record over the 11/8-mile distance.
September 12, 2014 |
THE STATE Supreme Court is deciding whether Pennsylvania will add pen and paper to its mainly electronic voting system. Accuracies and constitutionality issues concerning the current voting system in most of the state were brought in front of the high court yesterday in City Hall. The appeal comes from a 2006 case that argued that votes cast using direct recording electronic machines, or DREs, leave opportunity for tampering because they don't create a physical record of a voter's choice, but rather store electronic records that can be printed later.
September 11, 2014
AH, PENNSYLVANIA. Just when you think the governor's race is shaping up as a staid, boring, G-rated affair, along comes a couple of bizarre, saucy stories of porn. Lord, I love this state. How about the western Pennsylvania lawyer with, um, other acting credits, who appeared in a TV ad promoting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor? Turns out Alan Benyak, of Charleroi, last year played Mr. Cannibal in a flick called "Breeding Farm. " I believe I can state with some confidence that it isn't the best first-date movie.
September 7, 2014 |
Parx Racing will play host to the 14th edition of Pennsylvania's Day at the Races on Saturday with a card featuring five stakes with purses totaling $400,000. Topping the racing program is the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes, a one mile and one-sixteenth turf test for fillies and mares 3-and-up. The 2-1 morning line favorite is Waterway Run, a 4 year-old Arch filly racing for owner Martin Schwartz and trained by Chad Brown. A four time winner on the grass, she's also a graded winner, having won the G3 Beaugay Handicap back in May at Belmont Park.
August 29, 2014 |
With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company. Jeffrey Gribler is gone. The energetic personification of the company, who arrived in 1975 as an apprentice and quickly worked his way through the corps to become principal dancer and ballet master, was let go after nearly four decades. Tamara Hadley, who joined the same year and was much loved as principal dancer in the major classical roles, has been dismissed as ballet mistress.
August 28, 2014
FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty was into one of her cheerleader-type speeches on the Capitol steps. The subject was women in politics. "Are we fired up?" she asked. "Are we fired up?" I know I was. It was hot in Harrisburg's midday sun. McGinty yesterday stood in front of two dozen women running for Congress or the Legislature and suggested more women in office means more investment in education, pre-schooling and health care and also more jobs.