December 25, 1986
The Department of Human Services' actions in placing and keeping a young black child with a white foster couple and then removing him from them, raises serious questions not only about the judgment of those involved but also about the underlying policies of the agency. The issues of transracial placement, indeed of placement itself, are complicated and sensitive. So too is the life of each child placed in care. The need for policies that make sense generally but from which there can be exceptions is clear.
December 20, 2007 |
IN THE LATEST James Bond epic "Casino Royale," the very first vehicle the British action hero wheels across the terrain isn't some sleek, luxurious Aston Martin, Jaguar or BMW touring car; instead, it's a bright, yellow earth mover that lays waste to everything in its way. In case you missed the point, the manufacturer's name - New Holland - is neatly painted across the big scraper blade and fills the screen for several raucous, heart-pounding moments....
April 15, 2011
ALTOONA, Pa. - On April 27 there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents in the Allegheny Mountains about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name for two months to make some money - and to help independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point. The Altoona Mirror reports that the city council on Wednesday approved a deal to change the city's name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
January 23, 2005 |
When the ladies of Wisteria Lane strode the runway in a charity fashion show on ABC's Desperate Housewives, they wore Halston gowns. Like their kitchens furnished by Thermador and Bosch, and the Buick LaCrosse that Gabrielle posed alongside for a modeling gig, the Halstons were product placements, little commercials embedded in scripts in exchange for goods or money. Such placements aren't new - remember Seinfeld's Snapple and Junior Mints? But their numbers are exploding as programmers seek new revenue to meet rising production costs and advertisers try to counter fragmenting audiences and ad-skipping technology such as the TiVo and similar recorders, which cable and satellite firms are increasingly providing to customers.
February 11, 1987 |
The Phoenixville Historic District has been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chester County Board of Commissioners announced yesterday. The district, known for its broad range of outstanding late 19th- and early 20th-century styles of architecture, contains 960 structures and includes 297 acres. It would be the largest historic district in Chester County and second in size to the Norristown Historic District in the Pennsylvania suburbs of Philadelphia.
August 28, 1986 |
The state Public Welfare Department paid $3,300 per placement to a nonprofit Philadelphia group that found jobs for welfare recipients primarily in newspaper advertisements. The contract with New Jobs Inc. of Philadelphia spanned a two-year period ending in December. During that time, the state paid New Jobs nearly $373,000 to place 113 recipients. Though the intent of the no-bid contract was to place the recipients in jobs with newly created minority- and female-owned firms, state records show that many of the placements claimed were with retail establishments and fast- food chains.
December 5, 1987 |
Two private foster-care agencies that stopped accepting Philadelphia children because the city had failed to pay for services including placement said yesterday that they would resume working with the city after having been assured by officials that the money would be paid. Both agencies - Tabor Children Services of Doylestown, which halted its Philadelphia placements Tuesday, and Concern, a Reading agency that began refusing Philadelphia children in February - have been contracting with the city Department of Human Services to operate group homes and place children with foster parents in the Philadelphia area.
July 27, 2001
[W]eren't we finally done with these guys? Despite respectful nods - such as the dutiful placement of Sgt. Pepper's, that largely unlistened-to and virtually unlistenable record, at the very top of lists of "greatest rock albums" - Beatlemania had finally become as worn out as . . . Father McKenzie's socks. Now it's back. Nick Gillespie, "The Long and Whining Road" Reason, June 2001
March 13, 2012 |
BEFORE WE marvel that there are 30 percent fewer Philly kids in foster care or delinquent placement today than three years ago, let's marvel that Rashan Clarke survived the system at all. From the age of 3 months until he aged out of foster care last year, Rashan, 18, bounced from placement to placement. A few of his caregivers were well-intentioned, he says, but those relationships were short-lived. Mostly, he endured abuse or neglect by people who were supposed to protect and care for him. "Too many of them are just in it for the money.
February 27, 1995 |
Maybe you've never heard of Romertopf. But if you're among the millions who watch "Seinfeld" every week, you've probably seen a piece of the company's distinctive clayware on top of Jerry's microwave oven. Rick Keppler is the guy who placed it there. Keppler, president of Keppler Entertainment of Hermosa Beach, Calif., is in the product-placement business. What's product placement? The first sentence of this paragraph, for starters. In return for talking to a reporter about a practice that has created the unzappable commercial, Keppler requested that his company's name and location be included in this story.