September 22, 2013 |
The employment picture for the region and nation was mixed in August, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in July as the number of people without jobs in the state increased by 9,000, the department said. New Jersey's rate dipped to 8.5 percent from July's 8.6 percent as the number without jobs fell by about 3,000. All the numbers are seasonally adjusted. The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.
August 15, 2013 |
Supporters call them "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to America as children, who hope to take advantage of an amnesty program offered by the Obama administration. A study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution reveals that two out of three were younger than 10 when they came; three out of four were born in Mexico; and 60 percent entered "without inspection," which means they crossed the border secretly. Eleven percent came on visas and overstayed.
June 18, 2013
This is an excerpt from a report by Daily News staff writer David Murphy that originally appeared in the Phillies blog, High Cheese. ANY PROFESSIONAL who talks to the media about his area of expertise is susceptible to a certain level of contrarianism. Legend has it that even God the Creator once answered a question with the words, "I don't know if 'rest' is the word I'd use to describe that seventh day, but . . . " So when the man responsible for the short- and long-term success of the Phillies organization said yesterday that he doesn't "do 5-year plans," it might have offered more of an insight into his psychology than his business philosophy.
June 14, 2013 |
Question: Is it unreasonable for my expecting wife and me to ask her family not to post pictures of our baby on Facebook once he's here? We are learning more and more every day, nothing is truly private, and in 20 years, our son may not want his baby pictures all over the Internet; we want him to make the choice himself when he's old enough. In addition, we don't want a corporation to be able to use his image without asking, and especially in the case of my much younger sister-in-law, who friends people she doesn't know, we don't want potential predators to have access to our baby's face and information.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A New York Police Department detective told a federal judge that he has seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims into making incriminating remarks. But text messages obtained by the Associated Press show otherwise. While the detective, Stephen Hoban, described the activities in a new legal filing in U.S. District Court as narrowly focused on a few people under investigation, text messages show a wide-ranging effort.
May 12, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - The man accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his home terrorized the mother of his children, frequently beating her, playing twisted psychological games, and locking her indoors, her relatives say. Several relatives of Grimilda Figueroa, who left Ariel Castro years ago and died last year after a long illness, painted a nightmarish portrait of life with Castro. In interviews with the Associated Press, the relatives described Castro as a "monster" who abused his wife and locked his family inside their own home.
May 9, 2013 |
Swarthmore College is in rare company nationally as a school that collects nearly as much or more revenue from investments as it does from students. Its $1.5 billion endowment - about $1 million per student - allows the highly ranked college to spend more on each student, but it does not fully shield Swarthmore from the economic forces threatening higher education. "When we think about the future, we're worried about . . . economic growth in this country," said Suzanne Welsh, vice president for finance and treasurer at Swarthmore.
May 7, 2013 |
If the doomsday budget being floated by the nearly broke Philadelphia School District comes to pass, this is what school will look like in September: "No books, no paper, no clubs, no counselors, no librarian," Masterman teacher Elizabeth Taylor grimly told City Council last week. There would be bigger classes, but no aides to help manage them. Schools would lack sports, support staff to monitor lunchrooms and playgrounds, and secretaries. Some would lose security officers. Thousands of musical instruments would sit unplayed because there would be no music teachers to give lessons.
April 16, 2013 |
THE HOUSTON Texans are hoping two massive new video screens will help lure the 2017 Super Bowl to Reliant Stadium. The Texans are in the process of installing the video boards, which will be ready for use in Houston's first preseason game in August. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington currently has the biggest screens, and Houston's will be about 30 percent larger than those. The two new boards will have about six times the area as the current video boards and will be placed in each end zone.
March 26, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yuniesky Betancourt snared a line drive in the ninth inning Sunday and turned it into a double play for his final act as a Phillie. Six minutes after a 7-6 loss to Boston ended, Betancourt slipped on red shorts and walked to Charlie Manuel's office. He emerged a free agent four minutes later, destined for a job elsewhere in the majors. "It was a very difficult decision," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He played great for us. We had some other guys feel great, and we're comfortable with where we are as far as those players are concerned.