May 9, 2013 |
The same coalition of labor unions that shouted down Mayor Nutter during his budget message to City Council in March is organizing a two-day protest May 22 and 23, tied to a U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Center City. "NO MORE Mayor 1% Nutter," says a flier advertising the protest, an afternoon rally May 22 outside the Westin Hotel at 17th and Chestnut Streets followed by a morning rally and march to City Hall the next day, when Council may be voting on a budget. "The mayor represents himself one way nationally with the U.S. Conference of Mayors," said Cathy Scott, president of AFSCME District Council 47, "but a very different way when he is dealing with local city workers.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - On this, some of Washington's highest-ranking budget players can agree: A "grand bargain" this year to close the nation's chronic budget deficits seems like a long shot. That was the consensus at an annual Washington "fiscal summit" thrown by billionaire deficit hawk Pete Peterson, who's staked $1 billion of his fortune on a foundation aimed at raising public awareness of the dangers of the government's growing debt. But barely 100 days into President Obama's second term - supposedly a time of peak possibility in a divided capital city - a bipartisan squad of Washington's budget big shots was decidedly downbeat on the chances of following up January's big tax increase on the wealthy with a follow-up deal.
May 5, 2013
Harris Wofford is a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania John Gomperts is president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance Seeing images of the living presidents together last month in Dallas brought us back to Philadelphia. Sixteen years ago, we had the privilege of helping organize another presidential gathering - a summit whose influence can still be felt. From April 27-29, 1997, Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald R. Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing Ronald Reagan)
May 3, 2013 |
At the 21st annual Equality Forum Summit, you'll hear talk of how much is changing nationwide for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community - and how little is changing in Pennsylvania state law. That's the irony surrounding the summit, one of the nation's foremost LGBT gatherings. It started Wednesday and runs through Sunday at locations throughout the city, with 18 panels, an art exhibition, special guests, a four-man production of Romeo and Juliet , and some great parties.
April 19, 2013 |
Philadelphia will be the site of the 2013 Beyond Sport Summit from Sept. 9 to 11, Mayor Nutter announced at City Hall on Wednesday. The Eagles, who won the Beyond Sport award in 2011 for their work in the community, will host the annual event for the global organization that promotes and funds sports as a vehicle for social change. "I think we're the greatest sports town in the United States of America, and we know that sport has a tremendous impact, especially on our young people," said Nutter, who was joined at the announcement by former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins and former 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo.
March 20, 2013 |
Jenny Roca sat with her legs dangling off the stage as she urged 300 educators to close their eyes, clear their minds, and pay attention to their bodies. In the span of minutes, the teacher from Arise Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia hoped, those attending a summit Monday on the impact of poverty and violence on children's ability to learn would better understand how the body is stimulated and reacts. Children can learn to recognize physiological changes to fear, anger, or other emotions, Roca said.
February 27, 2013
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. Identity Thief (Universal) $14.0 $93.6 3 $4,350 2. Snitch (Summit) 13.2 13.2 1 5,244 3. Escape Planet Earth (Wein.) 10.7 34.8 2 3,186 4. Safe Haven (Relativity) 10.5 47.9 2 3,244 5. Die Hard (Fox) 10.2 52.
February 7, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Islamic summit that opened in Egypt on Wednesday lay bare the multiple divisions within the Muslim and Arab worlds, with conflicting approaches to the Syrian civil war exposing the Sunni-Shiite sectarian fault lines that have torn the region for years. Egypt's Islamist leader sharply criticized President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime in his address to the summit, though he hedged his comments by making only an indirect call for the Syrian to step down. The Syrian government "must read history and grasp its immortal message: It is the people who remain and those who put their personal interests before those of their people will inevitably go," Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said.
February 4, 2013 |
Mafia Summit J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob By Gil Reavill Thomas Dunne Books. 304 pp. $26.99 It is a quintessential event in the history of the American Mafia. On Nov. 14, 1957, dozens of mob figures, including some of the biggest bosses in the country, gathered in the home of Joseph Barbara in the tiny hamlet of Apalachin in Upstate New York. Barbara, a mob soldier, had stocked his country estate with loads of provisions, including 20 10-pound boxes of top-grade steaks and two 10-pound boxes of veal.
February 1, 2013 |
CAPE MAY - When the agenda was planned for the 2013 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit - a biannual gathering of scientists, academics, and government officials - Sandy hadn't devastated the New Jersey Shore. But the storm that struck Oct. 29 was at the forefront of conversations and some workshop discussions during the four-day conference, titled "Weathering Change - Shifting Environments, Shifting Policies, Shifting Needs. " "So much has happened within the environment since our last summit in 2011, coming in on the heels of what perhaps is the worst natural disaster in the mid-Atlantic in modern times," said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which has hosted the event every two years since 2005.