December 18, 2007
THE CITY'S Commission on Human Relations says it will take about two months to decide whether cheesesteak entrepreneur Joey Vento discriminates against customers who don't speak English. Two months? Two minutes would be more like it. This case is weak where it needs to be strong. There's no proof anyone was denied service because he failed to adhere to the sign on Vento's steak-shop window: "This is America. When ordering, please speak English. " Say what you will about the sign.
March 2, 2007
Political supporters known as "bundlers" are an inevitable part of federal election campaigns. Bundlers are wealthy or well-connected individuals who promise to raise, well, bundles of cash for a candidate, in return for who knows what. In the case of former Texas state Sen. Teel Bivins, the reward for being a "bundler" for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 was an appointment as U.S. ambassador to Sweden. Bivins was a Bush "pioneer" in 2000, raising at least $100,000 from other donors.
September 4, 2008 |
A star was born last night. Feisty and smart, tripping rarely on her words, Sarah Palin accomplished what she needed to do, introducing herself as a legitimate national candidate who knows how to gleam through a TV camera. Speaking authoritatively and forcefully as an energy expert, while also presenting herself as a hockey mom, Palin charmed and invigorated her audience at the Republican National Convention. "The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull," she quipped: "lipstick.
January 10, 2008
If this is chaos, let's have some more. The results of the presidential primaries in New Hampshire have kept both races wide open, giving voters in New Jersey and elsewhere a chance to cast meaningful votes. That's good for democracy. The danger of this early primary calendar was that the races would be settled by mid-January, with only Iowans and New Hampshire residents having their say. But the lack of front-runners is turning the Democratic and Republican primaries into the most exciting in recent memory.
November 4, 2001
Afghanistanism used to be a derisive term applied to pundits who delighted in pontificating on far-flung topics, while ignoring local problems. These days, most Americans understandably engage in constant Afghanistanism. The word no longer refers to some remote area whose repressive government and dire living circumstances make for an interesting intellectual exercise. Now it calls to mind the front line of the war on terrorism. Yet on Tuesday - Election Day - Americans necessarily must shift back to thinking locally.
April 11, 2006 |
Hillary Clinton lends her fund-raising strength to Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. today, hosting an event for him - in Chicago. Despite their differences on a key issue - she favors abortion rights, he opposes them - Sen. Clinton (D., N.Y.) has emerged as a generous supporter. The former first lady and potential 2008 presidential candidate gave more money to Casey in 2005 than to any other candidate. Her political action committee, HILLPac, donated the maximum allowed by law, $10,000, records show.
February 20, 1999 |
Gov. Ridge says he's going to hold New York City to its promise not to ship the city's garbage to a place that doesn't want it. So he's asking municipalities outright whether they're willing to take the Big Apple's trash. Meanwhile, Philadelphia officials want to know more about the possible shipment of thousands of tons of New York waste onto southbound barges through a Northeast Philly dock. "We're not rejecting it out of hand and not prejudging them in any way, shape or form," said Kevin Feeley, Mayor Rendell's spokesman.
September 3, 1997 |
Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Philadelphia reminds him of the Charles Dickens story "A Tale of Two Cities. " "Your national image is of a city on the move," Bratton told reporters yesterday. "But evidently there is another city not as well known that is of great concern. Something is not happening here that is happening in other cities. " Bratton, saying he was relying on media reports and the opinions of the legislators who recruited him to speak here, was commenting on the relatively skimpy decline in crime here when compared to other cities.
August 30, 2002 |
John F. Timoney is on the short list for top cop of Los Angeles. A source familiar with the situation said Timoney, who stepped down as Philadelphia's police commissioner in January, is among 13 candidates to be interviewed by the Los Angeles Police Commission. Interviews will begin Wednesday, and the commission hopes to narrow the field to three finalists by mid- to late September, said Tami Catania, the commission's public information director. She declined to identify the candidates.
May 30, 1998 |
Contemplating a splurge on a taxi Monday? It could be the only surefire way of getting to work. And for Philly cabbies, it would be a surefire way of reaping profits. But don't count on Old City cab driver Tammy Jones to pick you up. Jones, head of The Voice, a nascent advocacy group for cab drivers, will be sitting out on Monday with SEPTA workers if they strike, hoping that Philadelphia comes to a "standstill. " Sympathy pains? A bad case of Big Apple envy? Sort of. Jones wants to unionize Philadelphia taxi drivers, and she's using the SEPTA strike to further her cause.