April 1, 2014 |
IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
March 17, 2014 |
The Russian invasion of Ukraine should finally end the administration's fantasy that Moscow will help stop the war in Syria. And it ought to force the White House to forge a new strategy to deal with the most shocking humanitarian crisis of the century, which is spilling over from Syria to all of its neighbors. Otherwise, the level of human suffering will get much, much worse. U.S. officials have insisted for three years that there was no military solution in Syria; they clung to delusions that Russia would convince Bashar al-Assad to make way for a transitional government and free elections.
March 10, 2014 |
This has been the winter of our discontent. Two to three storms a week, nearly breaking a 130-year-old snowfall record, have had runners training for spring races rocking in the corner clutching schedules full of miles left un-run. I've tried to gut it out in snow, ice, and bitter cold while training for the Charlottesville Marathon, and in exchange I have been hit in the face with snow that flew off a car and had my leg sliced open on an ice pile. And still I haven't been able to keep up with my training.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddie Freeman walked to home plate Wednesday with two outs in the third inning. Reid Brignac, the Phillies third baseman, jogged to the opposite side of the field. He positioned himself between second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who occupied the center of the diamond. The Phillies employed a defensive shift, and Freeman responded by slapping a pitch to left field for a single. This was not a momentous occasion, although manager Ryne Sandberg later revealed that his team would adopt a practice common elsewhere in baseball.
March 1, 2014 |
CAMDEN Lorenz Bethea, 17, takes her one-mile walk to school pretty quickly. With no one on the streets in the early morning and a 10-block walk, "it's a long stretch if something were to happen," she said. Once inside Woodrow Wilson High School, she said, it's common to start her day weaving through fights in the hallways. "Sometimes it just feels like this isn't school," Bethea said. "Sometimes it's chaos, it's a party all the time. " On Thursday, in a move to make Bethea and all city students safer, Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announced a five-point safety plan for the district where, last year, 50 percent of students reported feeling unsafe and violent incidents in schools climbed from 138 to 163. At the same time - echoing President Obama's call to abandon zero-tolerance policies because they are often enforced inequitably - Rouhanifard said he wants to reduce unnecessary police calls and arrests while still ensuring that incidents are accurately reported to the state.
February 16, 2014 |
You want to sell your house. What must you do first? Call Uncle Joe, an excellent plumber and avid HGTV fan, to get his opinion on your house's value. Surf the Web for the names of three Realtors. Choose one who will list your home at the highest price, with assurances that he'll keep it there if you insist. Do your homework on which questions you should ask a Realtor. Then call a non-invested professional, such as your accountant or financial adviser, for three names. And interview them.
January 6, 2014 |
Apropos of New Year's resolutions and fresh starts, maybe you've decided that this is the year that you are going to gear up your game at work. But how? We asked chief executives and top leaders of local businesses and nonprofits - people who have proved their ability to succeed. As a species, they're an interesting group, as we've discovered in our question-and-answer Leadership Agenda profiles published each Monday in The Inquirer. They work all the time, weekends, evenings.
December 20, 2013 |
IKE REESE, the former Eagles Pro Bowl special-teamer and now the smarter and better-looking half of WIP's "Mike & Ike Show," was talking the other day about Chip Kelly's decision not to kick the ball to the Vikings' dangerous kickoff returner, Cordarrelle Patterson, in the Birds' 48-30 loss last Sunday. On the Eagles' first five kickoffs, Kelly had Alex Henery go with shorter squib kicks and mortar kicks. Patterson never got a return opportunity, but the strategy gave the Vikings a short field.
December 19, 2013 |
You could almost hear the gears spinning in Jean Gyurics' mind. Most coaches love thinking and talking the game of basketball. And here was Gyurics rattling off, probably faster than she realized, all the different ways, sets and scenarios that could lead to success for her Winslow Township girls' team. Gyurics was practically salivating over the possibilities, and that's no surprise. But what's most impressive about her team - even more so than its uncommon athleticism - is that the players are thinking the game just as much as she is, and they're just as excited about the possibilities.
December 15, 2013 |
Although fuel prices have been on something of a plateau recently, people are realizing that they are trending upward. That's why surveys are showing that prospective auto buyers are attaching a higher priority to fuel economy. So, let's look at some of the ways you can save on fuel and some of the ways automakers are helping you to do that. First, things you can do: Avoid jackrabbit starts. Lead-foot departures are a great way to waste gas or diesel. Instead of jumping on the gas and then laying off as you reach the desired speed, get away with a moderate, steady throttle opening.