November 1, 2014 |
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.
October 29, 2014 |
THERE ARE a ton of statistical reasons why the Eagles shouldn't be 5-1 right now. Start with a quarterback who is 28th in the league in passing, 29th in interception percentage, 29th in completion percentage and 27th in yards per attempt. Move on to a defense that is 23rd against the run and is on pace to give up a franchise-record number of touchdown passes. This a team with the fifth-worst turnover differential in the league and the third-most number of giveaways. Their star running back was averaging just 2.9 yards per carry until the Giants came along wearing a red suit and black boots.
October 15, 2014 |
A bill expected to pass this week in the legislature would gut protections for Pennsylvania's cleanest streams, critics say. The proposal, which would remove a requirement that developers leave a 150-foot forested buffer along some streams, has drawn the opposition of environmental groups, land conservancies, and wildlife groups such as Trout Unlimited. It is backed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association and officials in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, who say that the requirement is arbitrary and that they need flexibility.
October 4, 2014 |
You may think that Philadelphia is run by the mayor in City Hall. In fact, there are 10 mini-mayors around town who rule their turf with near-absolute power: City Council's district representatives. They alone determine what projects get built, where bike lanes are located, whether residents can nominate their neighborhoods for historic status, and much, much else. Their power comes largely from their ability to veto zoning bills. That may explain why some Council members remain intent on undermining the new zoning code, which was designed to simplify development in Philadelphia by reducing the need for special bills and variances.
October 4, 2014 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners and its proposed Marcellus Shale Mariner East project have public utility status, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. The decision was a victory for Sunoco, which is repurposing a petroleum pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale ethane and propane to Marcus Hook. The commission noted that Sunoco's pipeline routes and services have been certificated as public utilities since the early 1930s. "Sunoco's amended petitions adequately plead sufficient facts for the commission to find that it is both a 'public utility' and a 'public utility corporation,' " said PUC vice chairman John F. Coleman Jr. and commissioner Pamela A. Witmer in a joint motion approved 4-1 by the commission.
September 8, 2014 |
Federal housing Secretary Julián Castro visited the West Philadelphia Promise Zone on Friday, but not everyone went along on the tour. Angry members of the Mantua Civic Association, one of the main local groups working for change, said they weren't invited. "I thought it was supposed to be collaborative," said association president DeWayne Drummond, who stood, steaming, outside the tour starting point at the Mount Vernon Manor apartments while Castro, Mayor Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and others went inside.
September 6, 2014 |
A semirural enclave in Lycoming County has become the latest legal battleground pitting neighbor against neighbor over Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The environmental group PennFuture is hailing a judge's ruling last week that threw out a township decision allowing natural-gas wells to be drilled in an area zoned residential. Judge Marc F. Lovecchio's Aug. 29 opinion is the first known to cite a December state Supreme Court ruling that rejuvenated a 1972 amendment to the state Constitution guaranteeing citizens a right to clean air and pure water.
September 5, 2014 |
The feds promised to help West Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around. Julián Castro, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city. The effort, led by the William Penn Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood children in high-quality child care within three years.