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REAL_ESTATE
July 25, 1999 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Smart growth is a phrase on everyone's lips these days, but as with most politically charged catchphrases, it can have a variety of interpretations. As articulated by Vice President Gore and others, smart growth means matching housing to jobs, easing traffic gridlock, and preserving open space. The meaning for municipal planning and zoning authorities might be no growth at all, because the cost of providing municipal services, including education, to residents usually exceeds the revenue from property taxes, no matter how much homeowners are willing to pay. These municipalities prefer commercial and industrial growth, which provide much and require less.
NEWS
November 6, 1997 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dave Davies contributed to this report
By declining Monday to hear a challenge to California's ban on race- or sex-based preferences, the U.S. Supreme Court has added ammunition to efforts nationwide to kill affirmative-action programs. Philadelphia has been hit hard. But its attempts to ensure awarding of public contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities are not dead. The city is in an uneasy cease- fire, as the Rendell administration gears up to write a new affirmative-action policy to replace the one that was struck down in 1989.
NEWS
October 30, 2011
John Sullivan is a lawyer with the Project on Civil Rights and Public Contracting Roger Clegg is president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity Supporters of racial and gender preferences in public contracting claim that preferences are needed because, without them, few contracts would go to minority- or women-owned firms. But a study recently done for Charlotte, N.C., reached exactly the opposite conclusion. After race and gender preferences ended, work awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses increased.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | By Donna St. George, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
To become a county police officer in Louisville, Ky., an applicant must pass all sorts of tests. One of them is a written exam, and to pass the one given in April, whites needed a score of 92. Blacks needed a 73. When word of the disparity got out, the local newspaper wrote about "preferences," white candidates protested, the union threatened to sue and J. Alphonso Brown shook his head in disgust. "I said if that's what affirmative action means to you, you can keep your affirmative action plan," said Brown, a Louisville businessman and black Republican who sits on the federal Glass Ceiling Commission.
REAL_ESTATE
March 3, 1991 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anton C. Nelessen, urban planner, sat in his darkened office contrasting two slides projected on the wall. On one side was a picturesque one-way street in Boston's Back Bay area lined with three-story houses, brick sidewalks, trees and shrubs. The other side showed a contemporary townhouse development that was in Virginia but could have been anywhere, a cluster of identical units plunked down on a barren street. "It's all asphalt because there are no sidewalks," Nelessen said.
NEWS
June 13, 1995 | By Aaron Epstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU Donna St. George of the Inquirer Washington Bureau contributed to this article
A profoundly divided Supreme Court, echoing the widespread discontent with affirmative action programs, made it tougher yesterday to defend many federal programs that give preferences to racial minorities. Splitting 5-4 along ideological lines, the justices said that to pass constitutional muster, any race-based affirmative action program must be "narrowly tailored" to further "compelling governmental interests. " That is a more severe standard than the one applied in 1980 by retired liberal Justice William J. Brennan Jr. He gave Congress leeway to enact affirmative action programs that were "substantially related" to an "important governmental objective," such as enhancing diversity.
NEWS
August 10, 2004
GEORGE W. BUSH didn't idly sit by when the University of Michigan's policy of racial preferences in admissions was being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last year. He sent out the U.S. Justice Department to oppose Michigan's "anti-merit" admissions policy. So imagine our surprise last week after he was cornered by a columnist who got him to say he also opposes "legacy" preferences like the one he got as the son of a Yale alumnus when he was accepted at the Ivy League school.
NEWS
June 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Following is a breakdown, as of Friday, of the presidential preferences of delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. The preferences are based on actual delegates' public statements or binding state laws or party rules. The Democrats' super delegates - which include governors, and members of Congress and the party's National Committee - are included in the totals. DEMOCRATIC Bill Clinton 2,511.75 Paul Tsongas 551 Jerry Brown 608.25 Uncommitted 498 Other . 29 Total 4,198 Needed to nominate 2,145.
NEWS
September 3, 2009
TATTOOS ARE beautiful and significant artwork adorned on a body. Instead of judging others for their preferences, why doesn't your letter-writer fix the government and worry about himself? I'm sure there are worse things in life than criticizing someone for tattoos. Being in the medical field, I have to cover up just because I need to make sure I respect each patient the same. Blah! Theresa A. Collins Philadelphia
BUSINESS
October 3, 1986 | By Neill Borowski, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of the Federal Communications Commission came under heavy fire yesterday at a congressional hearing for suggesting that minorities and women should not be given preferences for broadcast licenses. For years, the FCC has encouraged the ownership of radio and television stations by minority and female investors by offering credits that gave them an edge over whites or males in the licensing process. But a federal court has thrown out the FCC's preference policy for women and harshly criticized the minority preference policy.
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NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It's the innkeeper's life to be barged in on, so Harmon Brown, 90, barely raises an eyebrow when you walk through the swinging wooden doors to the kitchen - though it is way too early to be barging in on Harmon Brown. Turns out you're not the first person to take liberties with his time that day. He was answering the phone at 2 a.m., talking to people looking to arrange accommodations at Brown's Nostalgia Bed & Breakfast in the middle of the night. "They think there's a front desk," Brown said, looking up from his cryptoquip, coffee, and cinnamon bun, still in deer-hunting pajama pants.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: This is really starting to wear my heart down. My son is 10 months old, and for the last five months, he desperately prefers his dad, my husband, to me. Before that, he showed no preference. When Dad enters the room, he lunges for him. When Dad hands him to me or steps out of the room, Baby sobs, sometimes gasping for air, choking he's crying so hard. I really try not to take it personally, but it is getting hard. We both work full time.
TRAVEL
July 25, 2016
Name: Lola app. What it does: Connects you with travel agents who can find the best options for you based on your preferences, including favorite airlines, hotels, where you like to sit on a plane, preferred hotel class and amenities, hotel budget, and more. Your trip chats are organized by departure date and can be archived inside the app. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Cost: Free. What's hot: Type in your trip-related question, meet your agent in a chat room, and then put down the phone and go live your life.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
It turns out it's not that easy to change your name in college systems: There's no one record. Many documents - financial aid, insurance, medical records - require students' legal names. Colleges have more flexibility with other registries, such as class rosters, housing lists, student ID cards, and email addresses, but those often dwell in disparate systems. As colleges and universities examine their support for transgender students, they're struggling to find ways to recognize the students' name preference across the board.
NEWS
February 28, 2016
The 88th Academy Awards - hosted by Chris Rock, sure to remind audiences more than once about the striking lack of diversity among the nominees - airs tonight on 6ABC. Red-carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m., the ceremony itself at 8:30 p.m. Here are my predictions of likely Oscar winners in the top categories, the ones I would like to see win, and the films, and stars, whose inclusion would have made for a more meaningful show. A complete list of nominees can be found at www.oscar.go.com/ nominees.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Lately, my toddler son has shown a very strong preference for my husband. This affects everything from our morning routine (he wants Dada to get him dressed) to meals (he wants to play with my husband, not me, so I am always stuck cooking, lest we endure an hour-long temper tantrum) to playtime. If I do try to spend time with my son while my husband is around, my son immediately starts crying for my husband. This is (I hope) a normal part of child development, but it is still hard on me. I miss spending one-on-one time with my son, and it seems the only way this can happen is when my husband is not there.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2016 | Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
In recent weeks, the postings on Craigslist have taken on a desperate tone: "Looking for two tickets for . . . Jan 12th. Willing to negotiate price. " "In search of 1 ticket. . . . Price negotiable!" "Forgot to purchase, and they are now sold out. Please email or text if have tickets. " These hot tickets were for, of all places, the Franklin Institute - more specifically, Science After Hours, the museum's monthly, no-kids-allowed science rave. More than 2,600 people bought tickets for the Tuesday-night event, a speakeasy-theme gathering focused on the science of booze and bootlegging.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PENNSYLVANIA is a decrepit old train, sputtering along in the wrong direction, with a bunch of hapless politicians behind the controls. Those were some of the takeaways of a new Daily News/ Franklin & Marshall College poll of 614 registered voters in the state. The poll results, which will be made public today, show that 62 percent of voters believe the state is on the wrong track, an eight-point increase from just two months ago. Government and politicians were identified as the state's biggest problems by 39 percent of voters.
NEWS
October 7, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Like their counterparts elsewhere, Pennsylvania Republicans would prefer that the party's 2016 presidential nominee be a political outsider, according to a poll released Monday by Mercyhurst College in Erie. Fifty-seven percent say it is "important" that the next nominee come from outside the normal political pipeline, the poll finds. "Republicans in the state are expressing a great deal of dissatisfaction with Washington," said Joseph Morris, director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics.
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