July 22, 2015
SAINT JOSEPH'S annual Holy War with Villanova moves back to Hawk Hill this season, and that Dec. 1 matchup highlights SJU's nonconference schedule, which was released yesterday. The Hawks will open by hosting Drexel on Friday, Nov. 13, play two of their four Hall of Fame Tip-Off games at home, and see visits from Princeton, Illinois State and Maryland-Eastern Shore before the new year. All that is in additon to their matchup with Penn in half of the Big 5 Palestra doubleleader (with Temple-La Salle)
July 21, 2015
LET'S TAKE a peek inside Katie McGinty's tug of war. We know there is one. Otherwise she'd simply say, "I am not a candidate for U.S. Senate. " That would end speculation that started in May, after Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he won't run against Republican Pat Toomey next year. So, just the fact that McGinty's not talking shows, as one source close to her put it, she's "seriously, seriously considering. " She needs to make a decision soon because as Gov. Wolf's chief of staff she's a distraction to the many distractions keeping the governor and GOP lawmakers from agreeing on a now three-week-late budget.
July 20, 2015 |
As he runs for president, Gov. Christie is trumpeting rehabilitation for addicts and condemning the war on drugs as a "decades-long disaster. " It's not an approach typically associated with the Republican Party, but Christie balances it by maintaining that dangerous offenders must be locked up. His call last week to replicate New Jersey policy nationally and make treatment programs mandatory for drug-addicted, nonviolent offenders offered voters...
July 13, 2015 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Sonoran Desert surrounding Tucson is a hauntingly beautiful place. Majestic saguaro cactus forests rise from a landscape that reveals an unexpected array of plant and animal life. For years, visitors and new residents have been drawn to its sweeping vistas. This desert, though, is about not only nature, but also human nature - at its most maleficent. Burrowed in a bunker deep beneath the scrub and the scurrying lizards, I prepared to turn the launch key for a Titan missile.
July 10, 2015 |
A military contractor at the center of what the Defense Department has described as the largest contracting and bribery case to come out of the Iraq War was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday. But as George H. Lee Jr. saw it, he did little, if anything, wrong. In a rambling speech to U.S. District Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Lee, 72, a Montgomery County native, said he was remorseful, yet repeatedly denied having done anything to be remorseful for. Despite pleading guilty to bribery this year, Lee rejected prosecution claims that he gave more than $1 million in cash, jewelry, spa treatments, and hotel stays to Army officials who steered $20 million in contracts his way. "I know what I did was wrong, but I just have this feeling that I didn't do anything wrong," he said.
June 26, 2015
I WAS AFRAID for a while Philadelphia City Council wouldn't come up with the funds to close the school-funding gap. Well, Council didn't, just $70 million of the $103 million Schools Superintendent William Hite had requested. The remaining deficit will come (we hope) from Good Gov. Wolf, handcuffed by a tax-averse Republican Legislature. Where will Philly's $70 million come from? It is reported $50 million will come from a 4.5 percent property-tax increase, $10 million from an increase in the use-and-occupancy tax on commercial property (I'll let the Chamber of Commerce worry about that)
June 23, 2015 |
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
June 13, 2015 |
After meeting behind closed doors in Harrisburg earlier this week, Gov. Wolf and state House Speaker Mike Turzai said little about their talks to find common ground on a new budget. But as both swung through the Philadelphia region Thursday, they left little doubt their gap was as wide as ever. Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, used a stop in Delaware County to rip Wolf's plan to tax natural-gas drillers, a key plank in the Democratic governor's budget proposal. Fifty miles away, in Doylestown, Wolf and his wife sat with school officials extolling his plan to levy a 5 percent tax on extracted natural gas, which they say would raise about $1 billion for schools.
June 5, 2015 |
Elizabeth Emma Miller Zaro, 95, of Valley Forge, an officer in the Navy WAVES during World War II and later a homemaker and secretary, died Saturday, May 23, at Paoli Hospital of complications following a fall. Born in Williamstown, Pa., she was the daughter of Dr. Morris W. and Harriet E. Humphreys Miller. She grew up in Ebensburg and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., briefly before transferring to the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University), from which she graduated in 1941.
May 30, 2015 |
May the force be with you at the Franklin Institute's Star Wars Day. Show your Star Wars swagger and come dressed as your favorite movie character, see a huge Lego version of the Millennium Falcon space craft, and meet members of the Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization. They will be dressed in galactic fashion, and families can take selfies with their favorite hero or villain from the film series. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Admission: $19.95, $15.95 ages 3 to 11, free for members.