May 29, 2016 |
Here's a feel-good economic story. It's still being written, and it won't have a storybook ending, but given that it involves Washington, we should be thrilled it doesn't end in tragedy. Puerto Rico is the story. The island's finances and economy are a wreck. The territory's government and public institutions have amassed a stunning amount of debt over the years and are now choking on the principal and interest payments. Last year, the island shelled out 40 percent of its tax revenue making these payments, compared with 5 percent for the typical state.
April 27, 2016
DEAR ABBY: For the last five months, I have been talking to a guy I met via a dating app. We live a few states apart and have yet to meet in person, but we communicate regularly. With my tax refund this year, I'd like to do something for me. He suggested that I visit him. I don't get any red flags from him, and I'm sure I'd be 100 percent safe while I'm there. However, I'm anxious about taking a trip by myself to visit a guy I've developed a massive crush on. I have thought about offering to pay his way here instead, or simply not going at all. I asked my friends and family for their opinions.
April 21, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a lively speech that pounded his message about income inequality to a packed house Tuesday night at Pennsylvania State University. And he pounded his rival for not sharing transcripts of paid speeches that he said must have been "Shakespearean prose. " Thinking ahead to next week's Pennsylvania primary, Sanders spoke even as New Yorkers still were voting in that state's primary, where polls closed at 9 p.m. Hillary Clinton trounced Sanders there - but when he took the stage in Recreation Hall just after 7, he noted that it was too soon to know the night's victor.
March 11, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Yesterday, you felt determined; today, the motivation wanes, which is a good thing. It will help you move to the next ideas, which are packed with potential energy. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). No one is better at being you than you. Today, other people will tell you what you should do, how you should feel, and whom you should love. It's ridiculous really. Your best move? Ignore them. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It feels like the doors of the banquet of life have opened to you on this, the first day of your new diet.
November 6, 2015 |
When I showed up with my bag of groceries at Wiggins Prep Elementary School in Camden, my plan was to teach these fifth graders how to make a healthy quesadilla. When I mentioned the Mexican fast-food favorite, I got blank stares. "Don't you go to Taco Bell or other take-out Mexican restaurants?" I asked. They all shook their heads no. "Then I am going to introduce you to quesadillas," I said, thinking I was lucky they didn't know the greasy, cheesy, high-fat, panfried ones, to compare with the oven-baked ones we were making with whole-wheat tortillas, lean meat, and apples.
November 2, 2015 |
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.
July 15, 2015 |
It might not seem true, but not everything is targeted at millennials. TV Land, born as an offshoot for Nick at Nite's reruns of classic TV, has been trying to reinvent itself as a hub for sitcoms geared toward Gen Xers, the once-ballyhooed generation now smack-dab in the middle of adulthood, looking to escape their ever-growing bundles of joy with a little TV. That strategy works exceedingly well for the The Jim Gaffigan Show. Starring Gaffigan, the King of Clean Comedy, it premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
May 25, 2015 |
The sports draft, devised 79 years ago in Philadelphia because Bert Bell knew his Eagles couldn't otherwise compete, is a curious institution. Without one, wealthy teams such as the 1927-1964 New York Yankees can dominate. But with one, shrewdly run franchises such as the 1957-69 Boston Celtics can do the same. Though its worst-goes-first structure is meant to level the playing field, the system, as tank-ful 76ers fans understand, can still be manipulated. To preserve parity and integrity, leagues have tinkered constantly with their drafts.
October 29, 2014
Imagine buying a car and never doing routine maintenance. That's pretty much the case with Pennsylvania's charter-school law, which was passed back in 1997 and hasn't been touched since. In the meantime, the world of charters has changed dramatically. In 1998, charter enrollment in the state was just a blip on the screen. Today, 120,000 students statewide are enrolled in bricks-and-mortar or cyber charters, among them 67,000 students in Philadelphia alone. While charter operators and school boards disagree on many things, they both believe it is time to update the law. Last year, a bipartisan commission came up with a series of recommendations for a new law. Bills were duly introduced in the House and Senate, and that's where the issue has sat all year.
August 1, 2014 |
RETIRED cardiologist Linda Ann Long doesn't have a single regret about her decision to become a consecrated virgin. "I can tell you that I've seen all sorts of conditions of men in my 44 years of medical practice," Long said. "And surveying their bodies . . . God has been most gracious to me. " Long, 70, of St. Paul, Minn., is one of 42 consecrated virgins from across the country attending the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins' annual convocation, being held for the first time at the Malvern Retreat House in Chester County.