July 23, 2016 |
Job applicants no longer need to disclose any criminal history when applying to work for Montgomery County, which on Thursday joined cities and counties across the country in waiving the requirement. The new policy is aimed at helping those who are leaving jail find employment and reduce their chances of being rearrested, said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. "Montgomery County has now officially banned the box, and that is the box that often shuts people out from second chances," he said, referring to the box that candidates check on applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
May 5, 2016 |
For months, Tiesha Smith had dreamed of ringing the bell. Sometimes, a week would pass without the sound of it. Then, while sitting in one of her job- training classes at the workforce development agency Philadelphia Works, she would hear it peal. As in It's a Wonderful Life , the sound of the bell meant someone had received wings. It meant someone had landed a job. And now, they were ringing the brass bell in the lobby - "the sweet bell of success" - to celebrate, to let everyone know.
February 14, 2016 |
SINCE ITS founding two years ago, the Center for Contemporary Mysticism (CfCM) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill has aimed to stretch the boundaries of what's sacred. Its members seek ways to "connect with things spiritual and mystical in the world when we might not be looking for it or even recognize it as such," says Joseph Irwin, the center's coordinator. The group's eclectic events programming - including talks by visiting authors and mystics, and classes in mindfulness and meditation - is already attracting hundreds of patrons.
August 5, 2015 |
AOL co-founder Steve Case wants to take in entrepreneurs' new ideas, to pick their brains, before picking one to receive an investment of $100,000. "The idea has to be more than a scribble on a paper napkin," he said Monday. "There has to be something to show, a product with some momentum that needs a boost of cash but hasn't gotten big enough to get the interest of venture capitalists. " Case has been on this mission for a year or so, clocking 3,000 miles on a bus, visiting towns (14 so far)
March 31, 2015
ISSUE | FREE TRADE With each new deal, more jobs leave What a disappointment it was to read former Gov. Ed Rendell's endorsement of yet another expansion of supposed free trade between the United States and Asia ("For the middle class, trade issues are crucial," March 20). Apparently, Rendell belongs to that group of politicians who actually believe the expansion of trade provides a net benefit to the American worker and the U.S. economy, rather than the sad truth that these moves often promote more imports than exports for our country.
February 17, 2015 |
Villanova University law professor Michele Pistone sensed the growing problem in the nation's asylum system even before new data released this month presented a stark picture of the backlog. "For 15 years, I could count on getting appointments for [asylum] interviews" promptly at the regional office in Newark, N.J., she said. "Students could start a [client's] case and have it adjudicated by the end of the semester. "This year, for the first time, that's not happening," she said, and appointments her students requested in September still have no interview dates.
August 22, 2014 |
Mark Manzoni, a bartender at the doomed Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, has a manila envelope in his hand and a smile on his face. "I just got a job," the Galloway Township resident says. "My last shift at Revel ends at 8 a.m. on Labor Day, and I go down to Maryland Sept. 2. " Manzoni, 50, was the first to arrive and the first hired during the job fair sponsored Tuesday and Wednesday by the Maryland Live! Casino. With the Atlantic Club already dark and Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza scheduled to shut down within weeks, an estimated 8,000 Atlantic City casino workers will have lost their jobs this year.
February 13, 2014
Hoop dreams The communities of Abington and Neshaminy should be recognized for the absolutely incredible sportsmanship demonstrated by their varsity basketball teams and coaches last weekend when a Bensalem student with Down syndrome was included in their basketball games ("A special player helps lift Bensalem," Feb. 9). The four-year member of our team who serves as team manager, Kevin Grow, took the court and forged memories for himself and all of us who had the pleasure of watching this fine young man score numerous points.
September 13, 2013
WE APPLAUD Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to bring criminal charges against XTO, a gas driller, for a few reasons. First among them is that Kane's move is a strike against a culture. Not the culture of "Welcome to Pennsylvania - Drill wherever you want," but the culture of major corporations inflicting damage - human, environmental, financial - and making the problem go away with cash or a wrist slap. Consider, for example, the West Virginia coal-mine explosion that killed 29 workers in 2010.
July 11, 2013 |
The new The Lone Ranger , with Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto, never misses a chance to poke fun at the myth of the American West. The campy film includes a madam with an ivory leg, an outlaw who carves the hearts out of his victims, and a Lone Ranger who constantly abandons Tonto. Too much camp, for sure, but as someone who grew up listening to The Lone Ranger on radio, I'm grateful that this latest Lone Ranger doesn't challenge my generation's straight-arrow version of him. I was enough of a fan to realize that if I fiddled with the radio dial long enough, I could find a second radio station that played The Lone Ranger at a different time.