August 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - In a time when budget cuts and debt ceilings may make government-spending decisions seem ever more impenetrable, the State of Pennsylvania wants to make it easier for taxpayers to monitor how their tax dollars are being spent. Starting in 2013, individuals will be able to search a single online database to see what the state pays their senator's secretary, or the amount spent to repave a highway, which agency spent it, and who beat out their brother's construction firm for the contract.
November 12, 2013 |
IT WAS about 3 1/2 years ago that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said famously that "we have to pass the [health-care bill] so that you can find out what's in it. " The remark was ridiculed at the time, but Pelosi appears to have been on to something. In 2013, the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act - a/k/a "Obamacare" - are finally taking effect, and it appears as if Americans are just now learning what's in the bill. Some like what they're finding, while many particularly vocal folks do not. What's really going on with Obamacare?
November 12, 2013 |
You see something. You hear something. You want to tell the cops. But you don't want to be seen, heard, or traced calling 911? In Philadelphia, you can use your phone keyboard to text PPDTIP, then a message. Anonymously. That's at least one fewer step than in, say, New York, where people are asked to type both a text code (TIP577) and a destination code (CRIMES), then answer questions. Other towns have smartphone apps you have to download. You don't need that in Philly.
August 16, 2012 |
The Camden City School Board approved a $1.2 million contract Tuesday evening with a South Jersey-based substitute-teacher placement agency for the 2012-13 school year. Officials said the board's decision to privatize substitute services by hiring Source 4 Teachers L.L.C. was prompted both by a high teacher-absentee rate in the district and by difficulty obtaining certified teachers as substitutes. Between teachers calling out sick and those on leave, the district must find substitutes each day for as much as 40 percent of its teaching staff.
February 10, 2012 |
PAULA'S NOT SOLD on the college dating scene. Because of her workload as a Temple University biochemistry student, she's more likely to be found cracking open books in her dorm than beers at a frat party. Besides, she thinks that guys her age are, like, so immature. "I've always been attracted to older men," she said. "They've been through more and know how to treat women better. " Paula (not her real name) has a new strategy for finding potential mates, one that can also help pay her tuition.
January 27, 2013 |
Students enrolled at the Marlton campus of CDM Institute reported Friday that the New Jersey-based chain of technical and vocational schools appeared to have gone out of business with no warning or explanation. A sign posted Friday on the door of the Marlton location read "CDM Institute is closed," with no additional information. CDM's website offered no indication that the for-profit, nine-location chain had closed its doors, and did not say how many students were enrolled. Calls to numerous phone numbers posted on the website also went unanswered.
October 5, 2013 |
Philadelphia high school students are eligible for a year's free admission to 12 of the city's most prominent and popular art and cultural institutions, thanks to a new program to be launched Friday afternoon at a special ceremony at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dubbed STAMP, Students at Museums in Philly, the program began as a $75,000 Knight Foundation challenge grant two years ago. "STAMP reflects the cultural community's collective effort to invest in the youth of Philadelphia," Michael Norris, interim executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said in a statement.
July 12, 2012 |
The national spotlight shone on David A. Mahoney and his buddies six decades ago, when they sang as the Four Aces, four men from Delaware County whose 1950s records topped the charts. But when his performing days ended, so did his singing, his son, Blair, recalled. Not even at family gatherings? "Never. That was business. And family was family. And the two never really crossed paths. " Mr. Mahoney, 86, former owner of the David A. Mahoney Insurance Agency in Woodlyn, Delaware County, died Sunday, July 8, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Chadds Ford.
October 1, 2013 |
On the 1500 block of Walnut Street, a culinary story is unfolding. Telling this tale of the gastronomic venture that will emerge where the once-regal, now-retired Le Bec-Fin thrilled so many palates will fall to a small business in the midst of its own reinvention of sorts. Since its launch in April 2011, HyLo Boutiques (for hyperlocal ) has been primarily promoting fashions created in Philadelphia using an unconventional marketing approach - one premised on the idea that consumers will buy local if they get to know the person or people behind the designs.
June 10, 2012 |
Hackers attacked Wawa's website Friday afternoon, replacing images of hoagies and smoothies with a cartoon Hitler. A hacker group called UGNazi announced that it had defaced the website. The group replaced Wawa's promotional content with a portrait of "Kawaii Hitler," an obscure Internet meme. A spokeswoman for Wawa initially denied that the Delaware County company's website had been compromised. But late Friday, Lori Bruce issued a statement acknowledging that visitors were being redirected to a "non-legitimate Web page.