December 9, 2012 |
The bell kept ringing at the Be a Hero, Hire a Hero job fair for veterans at the National Constitution Center on Friday - each ring signaling a tentative job offer or a second interview. Maybe it's a reflection of Friday's news from the U.S. Labor Department that the nation's payrolls expanded by 146,000 jobs in November or that the unemployment rate dropped to an unanticipated low of 7.7 percent - a five-year low. Or maybe it's just another confusing signal in a confusing job market.
November 30, 2012 |
GLACIERS ARE shrinking so rapidly we might have to change the definition of the word "glacial. " To proceed at a glacial pace nowadays means to move backward at a rapidly accelerating rate - like, say, the Eagles. The process is chronicled in the new documentary "Chasing Ice," which uses time-lapse photography to show just how drastically fast ice sheets up yonder are turning to water, raising sea levels. But wait, you say, not all glaciers are receding. Some are advancing, right?
November 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities in September, a sign that recent jobs gains have been widespread. The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates declined in 355 of the 372 metro areas, the most since April. The report also shows that nearly half of cities now have unemployment rates below 7 percent. And the number of areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent dropped to 35. That's down from 84 a year ago. Rates rose in September in only 11 cities and were unchanged in six. Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September.
November 1, 2012 |
As if flooding, power failures, and fallen trees weren't enough, Hurricane Sandy has left one more nasty trick on the region's doorstep: Many spooked communities have canceled Halloween. The fear is that costumed trick-or-treaters might otherwise be traveling through virtual minefields of debris and downed trees. Instead, towns, many in storm-battered New Jersey, are rescheduling parades and advising children to stay home Wednesday night. The issue in New Jersey is so acute that Gov. Christie said Tuesday that "Halloween is not going to happen tomorrow in New Jersey, unfortunately . . .. but I don't want kids to be disappointed, so tomorrow we will reset Halloween by executive order.
October 26, 2012 |
With two weeks remaining in the regular season for PIAA District 1 football teams, it's time to look at the Class AAAA and AAA postseason pictures. Here's how we expect things to shake out, with projected seedings, current records and power-points average, and our prediction of each team's final regular-season record and power-points average. That will be followed by our projected first-round pairings. Class AAAA The 16 teams with the highest points average will qualify: Top eight: No. 1 Downingtown East (8-0, 136.25; 10-0, 143)
October 25, 2012 |
It was an unfortunate incident, but one that propelled artist Michelle Ortiz into a career as a muralist dedicated to social change: Ortiz was a teenager, one of the few Latinas in her private high school. Fresh from art class, she went to the school store to look for a gift for her sister. The teacher in charge told her to stop handling the goods. "She told me, 'Don't touch that because your hands are dirty,' " Ortiz recalled of the conversation in 1996. Ortiz looked at her hands, puzzled.
October 11, 2012 |
Michael Vick declined to answer a question about whether he owned a dog after he posted a photograph on Twitter of him and his daughter at home last Thursday night that included a box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. "I'm here to strictly talk about football," Vick said Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex. "What goes on in my personal life is not to be talked about. What's most important right now is the Philadelphia Eagles and getting the win Sunday. " The 3-2 Eagles host the 1-3 Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field.
October 8, 2012 |
Edgar Allan Poe's troubled life, which ended 163 years ago Sunday in Baltimore, was relatively brief, just 40 years, but his macabre stories and poems earned him a celebrity that has endured for more than a century and a half. Vividly imagined works such as "The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" made him one of the most widely illustrated authors of the 19th century. In fact, some artists who weren't primarily illustrators were inspired by his intensely gothic imagery, even into the late 20th century.
October 5, 2012
I WISH MY FATHER were here just now. I wish I could ask him what he thinks about the so-called "advocates" who are patting each other on the back, now that Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson invalidated a provision of Pennsylvania's voter-ID law. I'd love to know how he feels about Pennsylvanians who didn't care enough about a right they profess to revere to seek an appropriate form of photo identification, or if he's as angered as I am by the...
September 30, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The use of drones in Pakistan normally brings to mind images of U.S. spy planes attacking tribal areas. But drones now are being used to capture a different kind of picture in the country - showing some of the world's highest mountains being scaled by world-class climbers through some of Earth's thinnest air. Drones, or remote-controlled aircraft, have long been the domain of the American military and are used extensively in...