Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille says fellow Justice Seamus McCaffery should reconsider his position on the court after reports surfaced that the FBI is investigating McCaffery's conduct.
The desire to be at one with nature is as natural as the sun, the wind, the rain...and the next hurricane. We are enthralled by a sweet seduction. We are lovers of the shore. We know that the summer is More »
Are we right to be constantly vigilant, lest our civil liberties be abused by the government? Of course.
Have the American people been abused by the government's surveillance program which, whether you like it or not, has been More »
Please make them stop.
Yet again, a member of the House Republicans' loony wing has taken it upon himself to school us in the particulars of female biology. Last year, Todd Akin said that the gals have the gift for identifying More »
The corporate-funded conservative movement, which lost big in the 2012 presidential election, is nonetheless thriving at the local level — most notably in the swing state of North Carolina, where ascendent right-wingers More »
For years I've worked in schools, both as a volunteer and an instructor. I've worked with students and teachers, parents and administrators, and I've discovered that despite the negative stereotypes, there are many caring More »
In Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons," a taut, terrific new play getting the world-premiere it deserves at Bucks County Playhouse, values and perspectives clash for the entire 80 minutes and the tension constantly More »
Therapy dogs are often used to help hospital patients deal with the stress that comes with illness and injury. A new program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania aims to bring the same kind of relief to More »
Artists from the United States and around the world, from as far as Singapore and India, came to Atlantic City, N.J., to compete in the 2013 World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Pieces were designed and executed by sculptors, More »
I'm not sure how much of this I can take.
It's so painful to see so much well-meaning energy so misdirected through naivete and misconception.
I speak, of course, again and ever more sadly, of the Philadelphia schools.
Since its earliest days, the United States of America has been a great experiment testing whether a free people are capable of governing themselves through law without a king or dictator. King George III of England was the More »
Paul Krugman is a Nobel-prize winning economist and a prolific writer, both on economic theory and as a public intellectual. Through his regular column in the New York Times and in his blog which he calls "The Conscience of a More »
With the doomsday budget here, we have heard a lot about the sorry state of our schools and our government's inability to find stable and adequate funds for them. However, it is important to recognize the achievements of More »
In 1907, Mark Twain published a scathing attack on Christian Science, which held that all illness lay in the mind. In his trademark satirical style, Twain congratulated the religion for providing "life-long immunity from More »
Here are two questions I would have gotten wrong before the release of a new Institute of Medicine report on sodium intake and health:
1. True or False: The American Heart Association's recommendation of 1,500 mg/day is still More »
Some are baffled and others saddened by the fact that humans put footprints on the moon more than 40 years ago and have not ventured a fraction of that distance from home since. Have we lost our spirit of exploration?
Last we checked on Sidecar, the new ridesharing startup out of San Francisco was locked in battle with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Its business model was under attack; its drivers were subject to PPA sting operations.
You know it's truly summer (if not officially summer) when the concerts are back in Pastorius Park! This year marks the 65th season of this community favorite for all ages, and the line-up consists of many crowd pleasers:
June More »
When the summer days of childhood are full of spray grounds and popsicles, school ends and other kinds of schedules begin, and the ripe tomatoes are in full blossom, something else could be blossoming too. More »
Last in our series of discussions on beloved garden insects that perhaps don't belong and may be of dubious benefit is the environmental ambassador the honeybee. Much has been made in recent years about our dependence on More »
In my last post I wrote about the debatable merits of praying mantids, most of which aren't native insects and are indiscriminate eaters of other bugs. Since then I've been doing some digging on the other insects we most More »