March 21, 2011 |
With age comes experience. And wisdom. And, apparently, advances in technology. Brian Boucher has been the recipient of all three in the NHL - both on and off the ice. It is Boucher's experience off the ice - with nutrition, diet and interaction with his body's signals - that has enabled him to continue his NHL career into its second decade. Ten years ago, when his career first started, Boucher notoriously struggled with cramping on the ice during games. There was no medium in hydration for Boucher; his muscles either would be deprived of water because of profuse perspiration, or he would flood his system to compensate.
November 26, 2009 |
White Christmas, making a two-week stop at the Academy of Music during its national tour - four years and counting - is more holiday event than actual theater. Cobbled together from the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, with extra songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, this show is about as genuine, and as exciting, as the soapsuds snow that showers down on the audience during the finale. There are, of course, some great Irving Berlin songs; with a lineup including not only the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," but also "Sisters" and "Blue Skies" and "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," we should all leave humming happily.
November 23, 2009
ALL RIGHT, from now on, the description of the Pennsylvania Legislature in any encyclopedia should read: "the place where things have been so screwed up for so long that they seem normal. " This occurred to me as I listened to state Attorney General Tom Corbett announce his corruption case against state Rep. John Perzel and seven others. Corbett says they used up to $10 million in tax dollars to develop sophisticated computer systems for chosen Republicans to use in election campaigns.
July 5, 2009
Republican legislators who are demanding more budget cuts from Gov. Rendell should look in a mirror. Pennsylvania's legislature is the second-largest and second-costliest in the nation, with annual operating expenses of more than $300 million. Legislators have agreed to some in-house cuts already, but their budget pain isn't as deep as in many other state agencies. If legislators are looking for places to cut the budget, they should also take a whack at WAMs. "Walking-around money" projects are special expenses for legislators' home districts, and they serve as taxpayer-funded protection for incumbents.
October 8, 2008 |
The corruption trial of former Camden County Sen. Wayne Bryant has thrown a sharp twist into one of the most closely watched congressional races in the nation. In a Third District campaign that one poll labels a virtual dead heat, Republicans have seized on the trial's revelations about a fund controlled by top state Democrats and used for handpicked projects, attempting to link Democratic candidate and State Sen. John Adler to the scandal. Republican candidate Chris Myers, mayor of Medford, personally went on the attack yesterday with an issue that Rutgers University political scientist Ingrid Reed said meshed well with the existing political narrative.
October 7, 2008 |
The state treasurer's office had almost no authority over who received millions of dollars from a special-grant program, even though the office administered the money, according to testimony in federal court yesterday. Instead, legislators and the governor's office supplied lists of recipients, and the treasurer's office then notified the grant winners, said state Treasurer David Rousseau. The so-called "MAC account" grant program, which distributed a total of $128 million in 2004 and 2005, has become a focal point in the ongoing corruption trial of former State Sen. Wayne Bryant (D., Camden)
July 13, 2008
In the final days of budget-making in Harrisburg, House and Senate leaders were willing to cut just about any program except their cherished slush fund. The kitty of taxpayer dollars that is being hoarded by Republican and Democratic leaders has grown to about $211 million, according to an audit earlier this year. Legislators say they're saving it for an emergency (i.e., to keep paying their salaries in case of a government shutdown). The slush fund fueled the outrageous staff bonuses and other abuses alleged in an indictment last week.
March 21, 2008
Who says Harrisburg doesn't know how to be thrifty? Legislative leaders at the state Capitol are so good at saving money, they have managed to stash a whopping $211 million surplus over the years. Only trouble is, they don't give any of it back to taxpayers. Each year, the legislature appropriates itself money to run its operations. For the fiscal year that ended in June, the General Assembly spent $308 million. But in many years, legislators don't spend all that they budget.
March 20, 2007 |
City officials yesterday said Friday night's unexpected ice storm - arriving instead of just the anticipated snow - led to difficulties clearing streets throughout the weekend. The city received 18 calls yesterday from residents still seeking to have their streets plowed, Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said. Tolson said that despite the hard-packed snow and ice that covered the streets, city crews had plowed about 2,000 of the 2,500 miles of road about 24 hours after the storm ended.
February 27, 2007 |
VIEWED YESTERDAY from the 34th floor of Center Square at 15th and Market streets, pedestrians navigate snow and slush and game pieces in the courtyard of the Municipal Services Building. Predicted severe weather did not materialize in Center City.