September 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) defended his accomplishments in Congress Monday and said he had not done anything illegal, though he declined to address the actions attributed to him in a top political aide's guilty-plea deal over misusing federal funds. Instead, Fattah said he would focus on the positive work he was doing - including helping millions of students prepare for college and providing billions of dollars in foreclosure relief - and argued that news media should do more of the same.
August 27, 2014 |
BEING AN Ivy League pre-med student who spends hours each week undertaking neurological research is a demanding college lifestyle, rife with sleepless nights, crowded class schedules, and endless laboratory assignments. The same constraints apply to Division I football players during their tenure on campus. Trent Rivera has navigated these time-consuming situations during his first 3 years at Penn, as he now prepares to begin his senior year, his first as the squad's incumbent starting center.
August 22, 2014 |
Jessica Moscatel came out as transgender in 11th-grade English class this spring. The teen asked classmates and teachers to call him Riley Matthew Moscatel from then on. They did. The request met little resistance at Bucks County Technical High School, which has other transgender or openly gay students. "Everyone supported him," said a friend, Kate Cimino, who will be a junior this year. "Everyone loved Riley. He was everyone's best friend. " But on Monday, the 17-year-old appeared to commit suicide, the county Coroner's Office said.
August 14, 2014 |
A Camden-based joint venture between Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden will hire a project manager and spend most of its $10 million budget this year on developing a "health sciences" building in the city. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors adopted a budget Tuesday that designates $8.3 million for a building, including property acquisition, construction, and engineering fees. Part of an additional $250,000 will be used to hire a project manager, and $125,000 was set aside for planning and architect services.
April 30, 2014 |
What keeps fund-raisers up at night? Having to raise funds. They worry about having the time to pursue the big donors while small tasks clog schedules. They worry about their jobs - their performance, or lack of it, is painfully obvious. And they worry about having to come up with new and novel ways to raise money. All this according to a recent "Demon Exchange Survey" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Philadelphia Chapter. "It's a much higher-profile profession than it used to be," said Stan H. Retif, a fund-raiser and president of the 550-member Philadelphia chapter.
April 8, 2014
THERE was an eerie familiarity to the headlines when a soldier on Fort Hood Army base reportedly went on a rampage last week, killing or wounding 19 people before turning the gun on himself. In the immediate aftermath of such tragedies, we often find ourselves with more questions than answers. But with the facts now available, a narrative all too common among our nation's servicemen and women is quickly beginning to take shape. During a news conference after the shooting, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding officer at the military installation, told reporters that the alleged gunman, identified as Spec.
April 3, 2014
THE POSITIVE effects of working out extend far beyond the gym. As you might have guessed, physicians, researchers and mental-health practitioners have long discovered the positive relationship between exercise and mental health. More than a decade ago, researchers at Duke University released a groundbreaking study demonstrating that 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week is just as effective as drug therapy in relieving the symptoms of major depression in the short term, and also that continued exercise reduces the chances of the depression returning.
February 20, 2014 |
Across a brightly lit room, three dozen immigrants sit shoulder-to-shoulder on three pew-like benches. Many look scared. Some murmur in Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Haitian Creole. There is no bailiff; none but the judge to maintain order, call the cases, and render judgments, DIY-style. Lawyers waiting for clients' cases to be called pile up outside the four small courtrooms in the cramped corridor that one translator calls the "Hall of Anxiety. " With a backlog of 4,901 cases, Philadelphia's Immigration Court, housed on the fifth floor of a federal building in Center City, is chronically overburdened and thinly staffed, and reflects the workload crisis afflicting the nation's 57 other immigration courts.
January 13, 2014 |
Many people settle for a job, but there are online tools that can help you choose a career that suits your personality, education, stress tolerance, and, of course, your need for money. Stressed out? At BusinessInsider.com, there's a list of "high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress" - illustrated, strangely, with a photo of a couple nursing tall glasses of beer. The list includes jobs with annual pay averaging from about $65,000 to $186,000, the latter number belonging to orthodontists, who apparently find it relaxing to realign people's teeth and jaws.
November 27, 2013 |
You've seen the signs everywhere, and days before Black Friday - in your inbox, online, and screaming from store displays: Holiday doorbusters starting "TODAY!" And promises of more deals to be had on Turkey Day itself. If last year's unprecedented early store openings were perceived as a fluke, this year is proof that Black Friday is no longer the marketing hook that kicks off Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other holiday shopping. Instead, the day after Thanksgiving is taking a permanent backseat, it seems, to shopping everywhere, all the time . What began as an experiment to inspire shoppers stung by a poor economy has become the new tradition.