October 23, 2011
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January 26, 2011 |
No Schuylkill? No problem. Ride the Ducks, a tour-boat company, said yesterday that it has approval from the Coast Guard to reboot its operations on the Delaware River, after the city denied its bid to operate on the scenic Schuylkill. "I'll expect that we'll aim for returning to the Delaware, and we're going to work closely with our stakeholders, being the Coast Guard and the city, on that decision in the coming weeks," Chris Herschend, president of the company, said yesterday.
February 19, 2009 |
The e-mail video that General Motors Corp. sent to its Saturn dealers Tuesday night was an odd mix of apology and pep rally. The automaker had just told Congress it would do away with Saturn as part of a drastic restructuring plan to qualify GM for billions more in emergency taxpayer loans. For 209 Saturn franchises across the country - a dozen of which are in the Philadelphia area - the news was potentially devastating. "I know you've been dealing with the emotion of it, the frustration of it, maybe even the anger of it," Jill Lajdziak, general manager of Saturn, said as dealers Tom Zimbrick and Todd Ingersoll sat by her side in the video.
January 15, 2009
Gov. Rendell should reverse his hypocritical hiring of a Democratic pal for a state job in the midst of a hiring freeze. In September, faced with a worsening budget deficit, Rendell ordered state agencies not to fill about 5,000 vacant jobs. He also told department heads to cut their budgets by 4.25 percent. In December, as the recession took hold, Rendell froze wages for more than 13,000 nonunion state employees. "I am asking all commonwealth employees to pull together during this difficult time," the governor said.
September 23, 2008
It's bad enough that taxpayers are being asked to bail out Wall Street firms and banks to the tune of $700 billion for their greed and recklessness. But lawmakers should draw the line at asking the public to pay for golden parachutes for the CEOs who helped to bring the financial system to the brink of collapse. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson presented Congress over the weekend with a two-year bailout plan. The document was only three pages long, a brevity belying the enormous consequences for the U.S. economy and world markets.
June 1, 2008 |
There's nothing harder for a mom than letting go. A mom is a human Star Wars defense system, scanning the skies for incoming threats and blasting them to smithereens. And then one day your kid walks through the shield and off to college, and you don't know his friends or where he's hanging out. You're forced to let go. Last summer was my time to let go. My son, Owen, started at Penn State in the fall. But before he left, we took a cruise to the Caribbean - one last vacation together - and signed up for adventurous excursions, including a thrilling zip-line ride.
December 4, 2006 |
Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel will abandon his mayoral bid, possibly clearing the way for a run for mayor by his close friend U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. "As I thought about the race, what it would take to win, and the impact it would have on my ability to earn a living and take care of my family, I realized that I could not be as committed to the race as I would need to be," Saidel told The Inquirer through his spokesman yesterday. The decision comes after two weeks of intense back-and-forth discussions between Saidel and Brady.
February 1, 2001 |
Though admitting their chances are slim, scientists said yesterday that they would try to land a Volkswagen-sized spacecraft on the rugged surface of an asteroid. The craft has been orbiting the potato-shaped body for the last year. The proposed Feb. 12 landing, which was not part of the plan when the craft was launched in 1996, would be the first on an asteroid. Called 433 Eros, the asteroid is about 21 miles long and 8 miles wide and is one of thousands that orbit the sun, along with the planets of our solar system.
December 17, 2000 |
History never repeats itself, but it sometimes rhymes. Mark Twain's observation seems to fit the way the economy is playing out, at least as far as David Lereah, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, is concerned. "We have another soft landing," he said. "It's exactly what the Federal Reserve did in 1994. It orchestrated a soft landing and prolonged the expansion. " So the Federal Reserve is rhyming. Lereah was among a group of real estate experts weighing in on the present and near-term state of the economy at the National Association of Realtors' November convention here.
December 18, 1999 |
Renowned jazz musician Grover Washington Jr., 56, died last night after collapsing during a television production at CBS studios in New York. Mr. Washington collapsed around 6:30 p.m. while waiting at the CBS studios after taping four songs for a performance on today's Early Show, said Hal Gessner, the show's executive producer. Security staff members were summoned and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed, Gessner said. Mr. Washington was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 7:30 p.m., according to Jim Mandler, a hospital spokesman.