January 14, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A Philadelphia gift H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, has provided great news for the city with his landmark gift of his and our daily newspapers and website. It feels as though professional journalism has been saved, at least here. A nonprofit institute created by the venerable Philadelphia Foundation will operate the for-profit enterprise, making this journalism advance credible now and for the future. While the first three estates of government are troubled and stymied, it's important that the fourth estate have strength if we are to governmentally and individually adapt to changing times and our democracy is to thrive.
January 13, 2016 |
A crowd of about 75 people turned out at the National Constitution Center this morning as the owner of The Inquirer and its sister publications signed a ceremonial document marking his donation of the news organizations to a new media institute. "What would the city be without the Inquirer and the Daily News?" asked H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who until his gift was the sole owner of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com website. No TV, radio or internet portal can match the news agencies in-depth coverage, he said.
January 12, 2016 |
A South Jersey riverfront town is planting historical markers along its streets, though the majority of sites being commemorated disappeared long ago. Such is the fate of historic structures that aren't preserved - in Delran Township, they will live on only in small blue signs. The township's 30-by-30-inch signs will have plenty of company. More than 81,000 markers worldwide have been photographed and cataloged on the Historical Marker Database website, which was created 10 years ago. J.J. Prats, the editor and publisher of the website (hmdb.org)
January 7, 2016
BERWYN - The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District received top honors in the Niche.com rankings, based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and student and parent reviews in areas including academics, teacher quality, student life, and school resources. The district, which has eight schools, including Conestoga High School, received an A-plus in every category, save for an A in sports and fitness, and a B in student culture and diversity. It has an average graduation rate of 99 percent and SAT scores well above the national average, according to Niche.
January 7, 2016 |
Nervous about flying and airline safety? AirlineRatings.com released on Tuesday its annual survey of the world's 20 safest airlines for passenger travel. For the third year, the Australian airline Qantas topped the list of 407 airlines monitored. AirlineRatings.com, which began its annual listing in 2013, said Qantas is the world's oldest continuously operating airline and over its 95-year history has an "extraordinary record" with no recorded fatalities. The safety and product rating website looked at audits from aviation governing bodies, government audits, the airlines' fatality and incident records, and operational histories.
November 13, 2015 |
Not all daily fantasy sports operators are gearing up to fight the industry's latest setback. Four smaller daily fantasy sports sites - TopLine Game Labs L.L.C., which operates fantasy site DailyMVP; DraftDay; DraftOps; and MondoGoal Trading Ltd., an international platform focused on soccer - told Bloomberg News they will stop letting users from New York enter their paid contests. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sites, DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc., to cease operations in the state.
November 4, 2015
HE LIED. We suspected as much, but now Philly boxer Yusaf Mack is outright admitting that he lied about being drugged into doing gay sex for a XXX-rated porn flick. "I was ashamed," the former champ told me yesterday. "I'm sorry for lying. I've always been curious. " By now, you've probably heard about Mack and the infamous "Holiday Hump'n" sex tape circulating that shows him engaging in a steamy threesome with two other hunky men. It's been the talk. Not just in Philly but nationwide.
October 23, 2015
THE INDEPENDENT league Camden Riversharks announced on their website on Wednesday that they were "ceasing operations immediately" after failing to come to an agreement with the Camden County Improvement Authority, a branch of the Camden County government that purchased Campbell's Field, the 15-year-old ballpark, in April for $3.5 million. "We would like to thank our partners and fans for supporting the club for 15 memorable seasons," read the statement on the team's website. "We did everything we could to keep affordable, family entertainment alive and well in Camden.
October 6, 2015 |
COLLEGES AND universities in and around Philadelphia are bolstering police patrols today after federal agencies notified them of a threat made on an Internet post. The threat was posted Friday on 4chan, the same website that carried postings threatening a school in the "northwest" the day before nine people were slain at an Oregon college, a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the Philly threat confirmed to the Daily News yesterday. "This is only the beginning . . . " the Philly-area threat says.