March 13, 2016
Special live broadcast: 2-4 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): More than 400 singers and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians fill the stage and the Conductor's Circle, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin marshals these tremendous forces in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand. "
March 2, 2016
TODAY IS Super Tuesday, and, by day's end, we could know the respective presidential nominees from each major party. But for Philadelphians, that news pales in comparison with Mayor Kenney's intention to embark on a $600 million plan to remake the city's parks and recreation centers. All politics, after all, are local. And here's our local political reality. The largely white Electrical Workers Union and its equally white counterpart, the Carpenters Union, have dominated taxpayer-funded construction work for years.
February 27, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET City's poor at risk "Uncertainty is death for real estate projects," a University of Pennsylvania professor said, but for the 130,000-square-foot Share building at 2901 W. Hunting Park Ave., uncertainty about a $2 million state grant will have a devastating impact on 600,000 low-income Philadelphians. Pennsylvania's budget stalemate is not only undermining human services but holding hostage the money for capital improvements at nonprofit organizations such as the Share food program.
February 19, 2016 |
AN INVESTMENT in young Hispanics today will mean a more prosperous future for all Philadelphians. Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in Philadelphia. And the Latino student population here is growing faster than any other group. Leadership across the city has been charged with confronting the nuances of this growth. But with growth comes growing pains . . . for Latinos, that is. The achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students is still hugely problematic, exacerbated by the fact that 44 percent of Latinos in Philadelphia live in poverty.
February 8, 2016
DANTE'S JOURNEY into the netherworld starts with these words "In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood. " And from that point on, with the wise guidance of Virgil, our hero plumbs the depths of hell, taking us on a journey through human sin, fallibility, sorrow and even love. I know how he felt. This Friday, I took my own journey into that dark forest, only it was a few blocks from the subway at Broad and Pattison, and my Virgil was my dear friend John (accompanied by his beautiful wife Masako.)
February 4, 2016
IN DISTRICT Attorney Seth Williams' letter to the Daily News, published Jan. 27, he wrote: "I want to make this clear: I . . . make decisions based on the merits and facts at my disposal. My number one job is to keep all Philadelphians . . . safe from crime, fraud and corruption and I take that role seriously. " That you felt the need to defend your person in such public way belies your words, makes your motives suspect and speaks volumes, which you kept silent. If you really do "make decisions based on the merits and facts at (your)