September 13, 2012 |
It's not unusual to see the name Rendell headlining a city arts event. So when Feastival - Wednesday night's fund-raiser benefiting Philadelphia's Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe - revealed its cochairs, no one was surprised to see the Rendells leading the charge. Only it's not Ed and Midge. It's Jesse and Beka. Meet the next generation of Rendell arts patrons. This is Jesse, 32, the Rendells' only child, and his wife of four years, Beka, 30. Along with real estate attorney Tony Forte, they're spearheading what many tout as Philadelphia's party of the year - the third annual gala where more than 700 patrons will sample from more than 85 local restaurants and watch Fringe-worthy avant-garde dance performances.
September 2, 2012 |
The opening of the football season is less than a week away and in the hearts of Eagles fans, optimism abounds and hope springs eternal. "This is our year, I can feel it. " "God knows after last year, we're due. "I just know it, if we get a few lucky bounces. " Such statements are commonly uttered this time of year. I've said them a few times in the past several weeks myself. The truth is, this same hope, this same feeling of guarded optimism is being felt by fans in 31 other cities right now (well maybe not Cleveland)
June 29, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A former state representative and Pennsylvania revenue secretary was convicted of corruption Wednesday in what could be the final trial from a five-year-old state investigation. A Dauphin County Court jury found Stephen Stetler guilty on six felony counts stemming from his alleged participation in a scheme to use public employees to do illegal campaign work. His case was the last of 25 defendants in the state attorney general's legislative corruption probe to be resolved.
June 27, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former Gov. Ed Rendell testified Monday that Stephen Stetler, his onetime revenue secretary who is on trial for allegedly requiring taxpayer-paid employees to perform illegal political work, has a reputation "as good as anyone could ever hope to have. " Rendell, a Democrat whose two terms as governor ended in January 2011, was a character witness for Stetler on the fifth day of his trial in Dauphin County Court. He noted the several dozen people who nearly filled the seats on Stetler's side of the courtroom as a reflection of community support for him. "I took a 6:25 train up here this morning and I'm on my way back" to Philadelphia, Rendell told reporters after his brief testimony.
June 25, 2012
Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell will appear in court Monday on behalf of a former Democratic legislator who is fighting charges that he directed taxpayer-paid employees to do political tasks to help win elections. Rendell will be a character witness for ex-Rep. Steve Stetler, said his spokeswoman, Kirstin Snow. The trial began last Monday in Dauphin County Court. Stetler, 62, of York County, is the last of 25 people charged by the state Attorney General's Office in a five-year investigation into corruption in the state Legislature.
June 19, 2012 |
I THINK Mitt Romney and Ed Rendell have a deal; I think Mitt's helping Ed sell books. There are two reasons I think this. One, Romney owes Rendell, for a variety of things I'll get to. Two, everything Rendell does these days seems to be about selling books. Let's start with the obvious setup over the past weekend. The Romney campaign schedules a stop at a Wawa in Quakertown. Rendell shows up ahead of Romney at the same Wawa. Romney diverts to a different Wawa.
June 18, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's small-town bus tour of swing states rolled across Pennsylvania on Saturday, allowing the Republican presidential candidate to campaign as the champion of the middle class in picturesque, everyday American settings. But first Romney dodged a group of about 250 Democratic protesters, led by former Gov. Ed Rendell, by diverting from a scheduled stop at a Quakertown Wawa to another Wawa three miles away. The abrupt schedule change gave a taste of the fight ahead in what is likely to be a close presidential campaign, where every move is contested by one side or the other.
June 16, 2012 |
A Wawa in Bucks County will be the site of dueling ex-governors Saturday as a visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be preceded by a counter-event led by Pennsylvania's ambassador of hoagies, Ed Rendell. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will make a brief 12:40 p.m. stop at the Wawa at 1960 John Fries Highway in Quakertown as part of his six-state bus tour to tell voters that, according to Romney, "President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies.
June 13, 2012 |
David Arquette this weekend became a man, in his own words, after undergoing a bar mitzvah ceremony at Jerusalem's most holy Western Wall. A few days later, he made that most adult, dread decision: to make official his breakup with estranged wife Courteney Cox, TMZ reports. Filed Tuesday, on the couple's 12-year anniversary, in Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, David's divorce papers cite the catchall "irreconcilable differences. " The forms are dated March 23, which means David held onto them for three months before making his move.
May 31, 2012 |
One possible reason for our current employment woes may be that Ed Rendell holds every conceivable job. Law partner, Penn professor, sports columnist, MSNBC commentator, Eagles analyst, energy adviser, professional speaker, board member, and, for a few weeks earlier this year, potential chairman of The Inquirer and Daily News. Now, the former governor has written a book, A Nation of Wusses , although written may be too taxing a verb. Dictated seems more likely.