May 2, 2016 |
When the 1849 Gold Rush hit, it wasn't the miners who got rich. The businessmen who sold blue jeans and pickaxes amassed the real fortunes. When Gov. Wolf signed a medical marijuana bill into law on April 17, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. In Old City on Saturday, about 300 entrepreneurs and venture capitalists gathered at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for what was billed as the "Innovation in the Cannabis Industry" conference. There were heady predictions - euphoric estimates of how large the marijuana industry could grow and the many opportunities for profits it might bring.
February 7, 2016
About this time two years ago, Philadelphia Gas Works chief executive Craig White was in the middle of negotiations to sell PGW to a utility company in Connecticut. The PGW deal fell apart in December 2014, and now, a little more than a year later, the 180-year-old, city-owned utility is playing catch-up - embarking on new business ventures and an accelerated schedule of replacing its brittle cast-iron pipe infrastructure. "We had a number of things on hold during the sale process, which we're now addressing with vigor," said White, 59. "When you have something that is that much of a distraction, it impedes advancement of the utility," he said.
October 2, 2015 |
In 1992, not long after the Soviet Union collapsed, I wandered through the massive Russian Embassy compound in Damascus. As a center of Soviet power off limits to Westerners, it had been a beehive of activity, with about 5,000 civilian and military advisers. Now it was virtually deserted. As news flows in about the new Russian military buildup in Syria, I can't help thinking how delicious this reversal must be to Vladimir Putin, who has openly rued the collapse of the Soviet Union.
September 26, 2015 |
City Within a City. Project Arizona. Cherokee. Those are just a few of the Camden redevelopment schemes that have failed over the last 50 years in this tough old town, where empty promises are almost as common as empty lots. I'm reminded of this Thursday as a blockbuster announcement - a $1 billion mixed-use downtown waterfront complex anchored by two sleek high-rises - lures me to the Adventure Aquarium. I sigh as I remember how often I have sat in this very room, or others like it, scribbling madly as parades of politicos and assorted developers urge an audience to look beyond the Camden all around them and focus on the Camden of the future.
November 14, 2012
After his state became one of two where marijuana legalization was approved by voters last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that "federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly. " Hickenlooper's allusion to marijuana-induced munchies was amusing, but it had a sly, sinister subtext - namely, that the measure was brought about by nothing more than a ragtag army of stoners who just want the government to let them get high.
March 16, 2012
THE SIXERS could have screwed this up. They could have operated under the misguided idea that they stand on the brink of contention. They could have tried to mortgage what appears to be an extremely promising future, both near and far, for very limited returns. They did not. Smart. They traded with Memphis for Sam Young, a steady, strong swingman, just before yesterday's trade deadline. They gave up the rights to Ricky Sanchez, a 24-year-old, 6-11 project who has collected checks in two American minor leagues and in five different Spanish-speaking countries, most recently Argentina.
November 28, 2011
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May 13, 2010 |
'DEATH" IS NOT a word in the Flyers' version of Merriam-Webster. And for this team, the "easy road" is just about as fairy tale as the Yellow Brick Road. Just 6 days ago, the Eastern Conference finals were a pipe dream. Trailing 3-0 in their best-of-seven series with Boston, the Flyers were dead in the water. They were written off. They were beaten. They were banged up, starting last night's game without Brian Boucher, the goaltender who carried them through the first round.
March 20, 2010 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On several occasions throughout his postgame news conference, coach Fran Dunphy kept intimating there were minimal issues he'd had with his team's defensive performance. They had played tough. They guarded. They competed. They executed. If Cornell hadn't done the same thing, perhaps he'd have a reason to be satisfied. Except Dunphy's disappointed, instead. No doubt the Temple contingent, truckloads of supporters who showed up to cheer, departed bemoaning the 78-65 beat-down their Owls absorbed at the hands of Cornell, as well.
July 12, 2009 |
Anne Mahlum can't count the times she has been called crazy. Crazy for wanting to run marathons on every continent (five down, two to go), crazy for passing up a six-figure job to chase a seeming pipe dream and, oh yes, crazy for believing the homeless can be saved with sneakers. "If you have an idea, and you can convey it with passion and confidence, people won't think it is so crazy," she said with a shrug. Mahlum has nothing if not passion and confidence. At 28, she has become an overnight star, having taken an improbable notion - that running can restore stability to homeless lives - and turning it into what is quickly becoming a national movement.