January 1, 2014 |
Is Bill Green interested in becoming chair of the School Reform Commission? Sources say he is a finalist for the job; Green is mum on the subject. But the current city councilman is clear in his view that the Philadelphia School District is failing far too many children, and change must come quickly. "Eliminating all the bad seats in the School District is a concept I think is important to pursue," Green said Monday. "There are tens of thousands of kids in underperforming schools.
December 8, 2013 |
Residents of the upper floors at the Philadelphian are accustomed to exclamations of "Wow!" from first-time visitors. The condominium building faces the Parkway and offers panoramas of Center City, the Art Museum, the Schuylkill and Boathouse Row. In the condo of artist Bebe Weiss, however, the "wow" comes as soon as a visitor walks in, before those enviable vistas are even in sight. A red foyer provides a dramatic backdrop for her stunning bronze-toned sculptures and black-glazed ceramics.
November 3, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Witnesses to future executions in Pennsylvania will, for the first time in recent memory, be able to see and hear the entire procedure. Under an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year by The Inquirer and the Harrisburg Patriot-News, witnesses will view the process from the moment the condemned person enters the death chamber to the time he or she is pronounced dead. "This is a victory for First Amendment rights and the public's right to know," acting Inquirer editor Stan Wischnowski said.
October 10, 2013 |
Falling ridership at the PATCO commuter rail line and fewer vehicles across toll bridges are a result of many factors, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Monday. The Inquirer reported last week that PATCO ridership was down 1.7 percent for the first eight months of 2013, after a decade of steady growth. And vehicle traffic on the four DRPA toll bridges is also down this year, continuing a six-year slide. In August, PATCO ridership dropped 4 percent from the same month the previous year.
October 7, 2013 |
You can keep your inland towns that rise up over farms or crouch beside a busy river. Give me a city that turns its face to the sea. I like looking out at urban skylines from the deck of a ship. From here, at penthouse height, and out of the tangle of crowds and avenues, you get an almost map-clear view of how a port is shaped. So when I read about a Crystal Cruise ship that left from Venice, nosed into the Aegean and Black Seas, and ended up in Istanbul, I started imagining myself peering down at ancient capitals of trade like a king atop his sailable throne.
September 25, 2013 |
With the Federal Reserve intent on keeping savings rates low, investors are looking for income among master limited partnerships, especially those focused in the energy field. We caught up with one such investor, Kenneth Kaszak, a registered investment adviser in the Pittsburgh area who oversees $25 million for clients mostly invested in MLPs. He operates in the backyard of the Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania's homegrown natural gas boom. "Public pension funds are now getting into MLPs, which should give them an added boost," Kaszak said.
September 23, 2013 |
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
September 21, 2013 |
C.J. LaFragola used to wear blue and gold. Now he wears red and white. He used to play quarterback. Now he plays fullback. He used to travel down the Garden State Parkway every morning to Absecon. Now he goes inland to Hammonton. But some things are the same: It's Week 2, it's St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit, and the anticipation is building toward what will be one of the most hard-hitting and far-reaching games of the South Jersey football season. "It's like the South Jersey Super Bowl," LaFragola said of the game that will match his new team against his old team in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division clash Friday night at Holy Spirit.
September 8, 2013 |
One of the things Temple coach Matt Rhule wants his players to develop is a short memory. And for defensive back Anthony Robey and his teammates in the Temple secondary, this is the perfect week for that. "You can't hold onto things; you just have to learn from your experiences and be ready for the next opportunity," the defensive back said this week. "We are looking at the next challenge. " And what a challenge it should be. As Temple prepares to face Houston at noon Saturday (ESPN)
August 29, 2013 |
POLITICIANS are used to making headlines. But the one in yesterday's New York Daily News referring to Chris Christie as "fatso" was over the top. It was a retaliatory strike that came after the New Jersey governor called Manish Mehta - the paper's Jets beat writer - an "idiot. " In type as bold as the governor, the headline screamed: "Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" Christie talked trash about Mehta while appearing on WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton sports radio show in New York on Monday.