July 13, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - A contentious bill that would place new restrictions on abortions in Pennsylvania passed a key Senate committee along strict partisan lines Monday, despite a threatened veto from Gov. Wolf. The measure, approved in a 9-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies, instead of 24 weeks under current law. It would also sharply curtail a procedure called dilation and evacuation that is often used in the second trimester of pregnancy.
July 11, 2016 |
For any parent who has stepped barefoot on a Lego brick, or crawled around the house looking for missing pieces, Larry Davis' new career might sound like a nightmare. With Philadelphia's only Snapology franchise, Davis prefers to be thought of as a pioneer, and to inspire children to embrace what educators say so many American students lack: skills in science and math. "There's any number of businesses you can start," said the 53-year-old resident of the Graduate Hospital area and father of a 4-year-old son. "This is something that can keep you young, and it can really benefit children.
July 8, 2016 |
The season's first potentially dangerous heat wave is forecast to pick up steam Thursday and Friday, when heat-index values could crack triple digits. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly has declared an "excessive heat warning" for the immediate Philadelphia region through 6 p.m. Friday, and the city has activated its well-regarded heat-alert system, held up as a national model by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, the official temperature at Philadelphia International Airport reached 94 - the highest reading of the season by 2 degrees.
June 17, 2016 |
An explosion at a steam-generating plant in Grays Ferry rocked the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Veolia Energy's Schuylkill Station facility at 2600 Christian St. shortly after 3 p.m. Paul Whitmore, a company spokesman, said one employee suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene, but he did not know how that person was injured. Whitmore said employees reported hearing a loud noise, but said he did not know what happened. "It's not clear what exploded, if anything," Whitmore said.
November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Even before his breakout debate performance and national surge, Marco Rubio was building momentum in Philadelphia. The Florida senator, ascendant in an Oct. 28 debate and subsequent polls, has raised more money in the city and its seven surrounding counties than any other Republican contender, according to an Inquirer analysis of the most recent Federal Election Commission filings - and that was before a lucrative swing through the...
May 10, 2015
Ken Giles' fastball has yet to reach triple digits this season. The Phillies reliever has not lived up to his "100 Miles Giles" nickname. But, "95 Miles Giles" has proven effective despite his fastball's decreased velocity. "100 miles per hour is just a luxury thing," Giles said. "I'm still 95-96. Who cares? I'm going to be more effective if I learn how to pitch. That's how I get out. Not blowing guys away. It's learning how to pitch. " Giles' fastball has averaged this season at 94.7 m.p.h., according to Pitchf/x data.
January 12, 2015 |
It's getting personal. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz accelerated his two-year campaign to break up the DuPont Co. last week by naming himself and three allies to run against CEO and chair Ellen Kullman and her backers, when shareholders vote in April. Peltz wants more, deeper, and faster management cuts, a breakup of DuPont into smaller chunks he thinks will make faster profits for shareholders, and closer scrutiny of research and development spending. The Kullman board shot back with an existential defense of the 200-year-old, Wilmington-based global manufacturer.
December 11, 2014 |
Several nationalist groups in Japan have called for the country to ban Angelina Jolie because of her film Unbroken , which, they claim, represents Japanese officers during WWII in a negative light. Jolie's film tells the story of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini , an Army Air Forces second lieutenant taken prisoner by the Japanese. One scene has an imperial officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe mercilessly beating the American. The film is based on Laura Hillenbrand 's biography of the same name and Zamperini's own accounts.
November 19, 2014 |
After seven years of deadline writing for newspapers, Bryon MacWilliams quit his reporting job and moved to Russia. He knew only one of the nearly 150 million people who lived there. He couldn't speak Russian, either. He was 30. "I knew I wanted to live more in the moment . . . and write, perhaps essays or short fiction," said MacWilliams, who departed for Moscow in 1996. "I just knew it was time for me to go," he added. And when he returned after a dozen years, "I knew the last part of the journey was this book.
November 9, 2014 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last few years, ski resorts in cowboy country - and the skiers who love them - have been riding a bucking bronc. Huge dumps of snow blanketed slopes in the up years; in down years, late snow and warmer days cast a pall over the industry. At Steamboat Resort, in western Colorado, hard-core skiers were over the moon in 2008 when monster storms dropped 433 inches of snow on the slopes. But disbelief followed when the next winter brought fewer, weaker storms and half as much snow.