February 10, 2015 |
The chief executive of the Gallup polling service calls the current 5.7 percent unemployment rate a big lie. Jim Clifton unsettled the financial world last week with a controversial blog post, writing: "If you, a family member, or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job - if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks - the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed....
February 10, 2015 |
THE GALAXY is dimming at an alarming rate. Kobe and Peyton ground to a rusty halt over the past few weeks, but hope sprang in the world of golf. No other sport offers the promise of renewal in the worst of February's doldrums; scenes of Hawaii, California and Arizona, dazzling green, while much of the rest of the country slumbers under icy white. Then, the stars fell. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to reach the weekend in consecutive weeks. They played two punch-line tournaments, and never were a factor.
February 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like nature itself, the most important job for farmers in the Garden State is to evolve, according to agricultural officials hosting the 100th annual New Jersey State Agricultural Convention, which officially opened here on Wednesday. Hundreds of farmers of vegetables, fruits, nursery stocks, and even aquaculture packed the parking garage at the Tropicana Casino & Resort with their "No Farmers No Food" bumper-stickered pickups and cars. The two-day convention offers conferences and meetings on dozens of farm-related topics.
January 30, 2015 |
THREE MEDICAL experts yesterday offered conflicting opinions on whether charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown is mentally competent to stand retrial. Brown, 77, is accused of defrauding three brick-and-mortar charters and a cyber charter she created of about $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to cover up the alleged activity. A retrial was scheduled after a jury acquitted her on six charges but deadlocked on nearly 50 others. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered Brown to undergo examination upon request from her defense team.
January 29, 2015 |
The white house on Main Street is falling down. Its back porch is unstable, and its windows are broken. Inside, the walls are decaying and the floors are covered in debris. John Haigis sees past the blight of the 19th-century house. "It has character," said Haigis, president of Darby Borough's Historical Commission. Home to the oldest continually operating free library in the United States and a Quaker meeting house that dates to 1805, Darby is rich in history. But the small Delaware County borough is not rich in resources.
January 26, 2015 |
Rachel Levine stood tall in the doorway, offered a polite handshake, and took a seat at the L-shaped desk in her drab, blank slate of an office. The room, with its empty bookshelves, dual computer screens, and not much else, seemed appropriately open to possibility as the headquarters for a woman about to chart new territory. Levine, who has just been named Pennsylvania's physician general, spent most of her 57 years - at least outwardly - as a man. If the state Senate confirms her appointment, the doctor, who until a few years ago was known as Richard Levine, will become one of the nation's very few, openly transgender people in public office.
January 9, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING took to Twitter hours after appearing on a Boston radio station to tweet he was kidding when he said his right-wing views cost him votes in the recent Baseball Hall of Fame election. Damage control? Let's just say that Schilling, not known as a funny guy, sure sounded serious when he appeared on WEEI yesterday morning. On Tuesday, the former Phillies ace received 39.2 percent of the Hall of Fame votes, well short of the 75 percent needed to get to Cooperstown. The four players who were selected - John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio - all received more than 450 votes.
December 11, 2014 |
Two of the nation's largest pay-TV operators, Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., are marketing slimmed-down, low-cost TV bundles to young adults who might only be interested in Internet-delivered entertainment - the so-called cord-cutters. The double-play product offerings, or Internet and TV services, are part of the ferment in the pay-TV industry as YouTube, Netflix, and other Internet-delivered entertainment gain footholds with Internet-savvy millennials. Premium-network HBO and broadcast network CBS Corp.
November 22, 2014 |
Listening to the president's words Thursday night, Belinda Holguin of South Philadelphia began to cry, knowing firsthand the life-changing impact his historic action could have on millions of families. Her parents were undocumented workers from Mexico when they were granted legal status under the amnesty act of 1986 - a change, she said, that allowed them to find better jobs, send their three children to better schools, and buy a home. "It really pushed us into the middle class," said Holguin, one of about three dozen people who crammed into Taquitos de Puebla in South Philadelphia for a viewing party during the speech.
November 17, 2014 |
In less than an hour Sunday morning, a Center City landmark was transformed, and Philadelphia's skyline along with it. The building at 1 S. Broad St. was quickly stripped of its iconic "PNB" signs as a crew atop the 28-story building worked in tandem with a helicopter to remove the letters, each of which weighed a ton and a half. The giant letters - four sets of PNB on each side of the former Philadelphia National Bank building - had been in place since the 1950s. "It took an hour this time to remove nine letters - and last time it took four hours to remove three, so they're doing better," a police officer quipped as the letters were put onto large flatbed trucks to be hauled away.