February 21, 2012
Vacant land has drained the spirit of many Philadelphia neighborhoods and tapped city finances - costing taxpayers $20 million a year for maintenance of neglected properties - and has dragged down the total value of city real estate by $3.6 billion, or $8,000 per household. The political will to fix the problem has been lacking. Programs to move abandoned properties off the tax-delinquency rolls have been fragmented, with some more successful than others. But finally, it looks like the stars are lining up to create a land bank that could be a one-stop-shopping center for vacant land.
February 20, 2012 |
LONDON - The successor to Rupert Murdoch's scandal-tarnished News of the World newspaper will start publication in a week, a senior News Corp. executive said yesterday. In an email to staff, News International CEO Tom Mockridge said that Murdoch himself would be staying in the British capital to oversee the launch of the Sun on Sunday . The Sun on Sunday will replace the top-selling News of the World , which was closed in July after revelations that members of its staff had routinely hacked into phones and paid bribes to score exclusives.
February 14, 2012 |
Pennsylvania State University has incurred nearly $3.2 million in legal, consultant, and public relations fees as a result of the case against its former assistant football coach charged with molesting boys, the university said Monday. A small portion of the cost is expected to be recovered through insurance policies, the university said. The rest will be covered with money other than tuition, taxpayer money, or alumni donations, the school said. The university said the fees would be covered by interest on a repaid loan and an athletic project that it maintains is not taxpayer money.
February 9, 2012 |
Evan Turner was named Wednesday to play in the Rising Stars Challenge game, which replaces the old rookies-vs.-sophomores game during all-star weekend later this month in Orlando, Fla. Turner did not play in last year's game even though he was the No. 2 pick in the draft. He is playing much better in his second season, making it much easier for the assistant coaches who select the 18 players to add the Sixer to the game. "The format will be fun. I just want to make sure that we win," Turner said.
January 31, 2012
The trouble with using a liquor-by-the-drink tax to support the Philadelphia public schools is that there's a natural temptation to look for ways to keep tavern patrons perched on their bar stools longer. So, along comes a proposal from City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to let bars stay open an extra hour - until 3 a.m., rather than the 2 a.m. closing time that's the rule in most cities across the country. Brown estimates the extra 60 minutes at the brass rail would mean the city raises an additional $5 million each year through its 10 percent per glass tax on retail sales of liquor, wine, and beer.
January 25, 2012 |
THE OAKLAND Raiders reportedly agreed yesterday to hire Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach, breaking a more than 3-decade stretch of offensive-minded head coaches for the franchise. The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports and ESPN, with both outlets saying final details were still being worked out last night. The Raiders had no immediate comment on the reports. New general manager Reggie McKenzie decided on his new coach exactly 2 weeks after he was hired.
January 6, 2012
HARRISBURG - The parents of a woman murdered more than four years ago stepped forward Thursday to pay a past-due animal-rescue bill that had led officials to tell police to kill, dump, or adopt stray animals. Vincent and Margaret Moran of Tempe, Ariz., told the Harrisburg Patriot-News they would cover the city's $800 balance with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. Their daughter, Darlene Ewalt, was stabbed to death in her home outside the city in 2007. The newspaper said the Humane Society stopped serving the city in October because of the outstanding bill, but with the bill paid, a new contract was expected to be signed.
December 14, 2011
Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald is No. 1 in the eyes of PGA Tour players. Donald capped off a sensational season Tuesday by winning PGA Tour player of the year, the most significant of the postseason awards because it's a vote of the players. He became the first British player to win the award since it began in 1990. "It's a great honor to cap off what has been an amazing year for me," Donald said from the Australian Masters in Melbourne. "Thank you to all the players for their votes.
December 6, 2011 |
COLLEGE basketball coaches Pat Summitt (Tennessee women) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke men) were selected yesterday as Sports Illustrated's sportswoman and sportsman of the year. Summitt, who announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, earned her 1,075th career victory Sunday. Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight as winningest men's coach on Nov. 15. In other college news: * Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III (Baylor) and Andrew Luck (Stanford)