June 7, 2013 |
Former 76ers coach Larry Brown threw cold water on a report out of New York that suggested the 72-year-old Brown has been contacted by the Sixers about their vacant coaching job. Appearing Wednesday morning as a guest on ESPN-FM 97.5 with Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes, Brown said that the Sixers have not contacted him about the job. The report, citing sources close to Brown, first appeared Tuesday on SNY.tv's blog. Presently the coach of the men's basketball team at Southern Methodist, Brown also was linked to the vacant coaching jobs in Brooklyn and with the Los Angeles Clippers.
June 5, 2013
THE GREAT RECESSION has done many bad things to many people. But perhaps one aftermath that has been beneficial is the increase in multigenerational households. Their numbers expanded from 2007 to 2009 - the recession years - to a record 51.4 million people, according to the Pew Research Center. "Starting right after World War II, the extended-family household fell out of favor with the American public," according to a Pew report. "Since bottoming out around 1980, however, the multigenerational family household has mounted a comeback.
May 21, 2013
By Cathy M. Weiss and Timene Farlow When Latanya was 12, she stole a bike that was left near a neighborhood store. She was adjudicated delinquent and, nearly four years later, is still a part of the juvenile-justice system. She has been shuttled back and forth among detention centers, residential programs, and a few community-based programs. And, like 95 percent of the youth across the country who are confined in residential facilities, she did not commit a violent crime. Initially, both she and her mother were hopeful that Latanya could get help with the problems she'd been dealing with for years.
May 20, 2013 |
The destitute Philadelphia schools are counting on Kevin Sosinavage, and others like him, to come to the rescue by continuing to do what they're doing: smoking and drinking. Sosinavage, 45, sat at the bar at SugarHouse Casino on Friday, sucking on a Marlboro and sipping from a bottle of Heineken, both of which would be heavily taxed under Mayor Nutter's plan to avoid doomsday for the school system. "I wouldn't mind the tax increase if my salary increased as much, but that's not the case," said Sosinavage, a warehouse worker who lives in Northeast Philadelphia.
May 5, 2013
Upbeat region if taxes, regs eased Philadelphia needs to step up its game to foster small-business growth. As a business owner and entrepreneur who chose to start and grow my business here, I was proud to see Young Entrepreneur magazine recently list Philadelphia among the top 10 nationwide start-up hubs. But I wasn't surprised to read that, despite this ranking, we get D's and F's in networking opportunities, and for burdensome regulations and policies. A blasé business community paired with high taxes and strict regulation is at best unattractive.
May 5, 2013
Harris Wofford is a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania John Gomperts is president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance Seeing images of the living presidents together last month in Dallas brought us back to Philadelphia. Sixteen years ago, we had the privilege of helping organize another presidential gathering - a summit whose influence can still be felt. From April 27-29, 1997, Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald R. Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing Ronald Reagan)
May 3, 2013 |
CATHY ORTIZ worked hard to bring beauty and good works to her city. Her activities for the greater good included Habitat for Humanity, Philadelphia More Beautiful, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, YMCA/YWCA and a number of organizations for young people. All that while teaching in public schools for 33 years, running several businesses, raising a family and traveling the world. She also managed to fit in four college degrees. Catherine Janice Vinson Rivera Ortiz, who was also an outstanding cook whose peach cobbler and fried chicken were always in demand, died Saturday.
April 4, 2013 |
CHRISTOPHER Watson said he feels an obligation to write music about the violence and other life stories in his North Philadelphia neighborhood. Recently, a close friend suffered a broken jaw and a broken hand when a group of young men jumped him. "It makes me upset," said Watson, a 17-year-old rapper who uses the stage name "Bless. " "It's just not right. He could have died. . . . I write about stopping the violence. " Watson, a high school senior, is one of several young people set to perform Friday as part of the Uptown Theater's Youth Got Talent showcase.
March 29, 2013
By Shirley Greening and Cheryl Feldman These days, it is rather impossible to discuss workforce development and education issues without hearing about STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The main reason behind this increased buzz is that there are not enough young people pursuing STEM careers to meet the demand for the high-technology jobs of the 21st century. Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Commerce found that STEM jobs grew at a rate three times that of non-STEM jobs in the first decade of this century, and they are projected to grow by 17 percent during the second decade.
March 26, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart and promising to go to a youth jamboree in Brazil in July, while the faithful enthusiastically waved olive branches and braided palm fronds. The square overflowed with a crowd estimated by the Vatican at 250,000. Pilgrims, tourists, and Romans jostled each other in an effort to glimpse Francis at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day. Keeping with his spontaneous style, the first pope from Latin America broke away several times from the text of his prepared homily to encourage the faithful to lead simple lives and resist the temptation to be sad when obstacles come their way. "Don't let yourselves be robbed of hope!"