July 23, 2013 |
DETROIT - The battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next. Soon after Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder approved a bankruptcy filing Thursday, groups representing the 20,000 retirees reliant on city pensions successfully petitioned a county court to effectively freeze the bankruptcy process.
July 15, 2013 |
Hillary Clinton, you may have heard, is old. Like Methuselah old. At least this is what Republican leaders claim. In 2016, when America will be forced to endure another presidential campaign, she will be 69. "Don't tell me Democrats are the party of the future," said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, "when their presidential ticket for 2016 is shaping up to look like a rerun of the Golden Girls . " He was speaking of Clinton and Vice President Biden, though mostly Clinton, given the "girl" thing.
June 28, 2013 |
For years, Unite Here Local 634 placidly represented lunch ladies at the Philadelphia School District, both the cooks and kitchen staff and the aides who kept peace in the cafeteria. But these days, with 1,202 of their members laid off and the school district's budget hanging in the balance in Harrisburg, the ladies - and their male counterparts - are placid no more. With a revolving crew of hunger strikers, stationed at a hard-to-miss location on South Broad Street, they are attracting attention.
June 24, 2013
Gov. Corbett's shaky plan to use city sales-tax dollars, plus federal funds that the state is unlikely to get, to bail out Philadelphia's destitute schools winks at the state's constitutional obligation to provide a "thorough and efficient" education to Pennsylvania's children. The scheme provides no assurance that enough money would arrive in time to stave off a devastating 3,800 layoffs before the city's state-controlled district resumes classes in September. Corbett unrealistically is relying on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to forgive a $108 million debt that HHS has been trying to collect from the state for years.
June 16, 2013 |
FORT HOOD, Texas - A uniformed Army psychiatrist had no justification for gunning down U.S. troops and won't be allowed to tell jurors that he was protecting Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, a military judge ruled Friday, appearing to clear the way for the Fort Hood murder trial to begin. Maj. Nidal Hasan's "defense of others" strategy fails as a matter of law, Col. Tara Osborn said during a 45-minute hearing. That strategy must show that a killing was necessary to prevent the immediate harm or death of others.
June 2, 2013 |
The United States risks "snatching defeat from the jaws of something that could still resemble victory" if it speeds up its withdrawal from Afghanistan and fails to make long-term financial and military investments in the country, according to a new report coauthored by a former U.S. military commander there. The report, written by retired Marine Gen. John Allen, former undersecretary of defense Michele Flournoy, and defense analyst Michael O'Hanlon for the Center for a New American Security, calls on Washington and Kabul to clarify as soon as possible the size of a continuing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan after combat troops withdraw at the end of next year.
May 31, 2013
FEW FOOD writers have done more to make vegans both cheer and grumble than Mark Bittman. Certainly, the guy knows food, particularly the plant-based kind. He's a columnist for the New York Times Dining section and the lead food writer for the Sunday magazine. He writes for the Times opinion page and blogs, too. He also wrote the best-seller How to Cook Everything . Leafy greens are a trendy topic now, but Bittman wrote the book on 'em back in 1995 (see Page 25). He's done a vegetarian cookbook and has examined some of the problems associated with overconsumption of meat.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A New York Police Department detective told a federal judge that he has seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims into making incriminating remarks. But text messages obtained by the Associated Press show otherwise. While the detective, Stephen Hoban, described the activities in a new legal filing in U.S. District Court as narrowly focused on a few people under investigation, text messages show a wide-ranging effort.