It's beginning to dawn on more of us that Philadelphia's school system could truly suffer a meltdown in the coming months -- fail to make payroll, fail to open schools in September, maybe see a federal judge take control of the More »
The three Democratic candidates for city controller in Philadelphia spent close to $1 million communicating with voters over the past few months. But I've encountered smart, socially aware people who, as recently as yesterday More »
Apple thinks not-so-differently from the rest of America's big corporations. It behaves like Westinghouse and the rest, whose armies of lawyers minimize their tax bills. Apple is just better at it. The More »
The good news is that the venerable Boy Scouts of America have finally taken a big step forward into the 21st century, by voting yesterday to welcome openly gay kids into the ranks. The bad news is that gay scout More »
How is it possible that a small city situated smack in the middle of Oklahoma's tornado alley, a community that had already been devastated by a tornado in 1999, does not require its schools and citizens to have More »
The estimated 1,000 high-school students who marched Broad Street to protest School District budget cuts on Friday were not just visible. They were loud, rambunctious and utterly unmoved by the politics of the moment.
Hormones are erupting all over the place at Theatre Horizon's "Spring Awakening" in Norristown – I nearly slipped and fell on the way out. So be careful if you go.The Tony-award winning musical, essentially about raging More »
Someone asked me if I've seen the current local production of "Lend Me a Tenor," and I burst out laughing. That pretty much sums up the whole affair. The rest of the laughter you may hear is coming directly from Ambler, where More »
It's graduation season, a milestone moment known for its mandatory dress of cap and gown.
Recently, when visiting a commencement ceremony at Philadelphia University, many soon-to-be grads used the top of their caps as a square More »
Temple University hosted its annual Neighborhood Job Fair on Thursday, May 23. Over 65 employers participated, including many federal, state, and city agencies, along with many private companies including CBS Radio, More »
If an advertising agency gets money from clients to produce television ads touting the clients' products, the advertising agency has income on which income taxes must be paid. But if the advertising agency is a non-profit More »
"Why should young people vote in local primary elections?" Public education, climate change, civil rights, the justice system, taxes, services. Primaries are where most of the actual decisions in this city get made. "Why didn't More »
The Philadelphia district attorney has been criticized for its spending, yet Seth Williams himself has testified that his office was one of the most underfunded in the country. How much is actually budgeted to 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?
Shock and outrage were bound to follow when the famous biologist-writer E.O. Wilson proclaimed that many scientists are at best "semiliterate" in math. When this heresy appeared in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, More »
Using technology to make cities better.
That's the theme of the 2013 Mayors' Innovation Summit. It's the work of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is current president.
More people seem to be ditching office chairs in favor of standing desks. A recent article in the New Yorker even tackled the trend of treadmill desks.
A mounting body of research suggests that sitting is bad for you — More »
Celebrate books with wonderful events and author meet and greets from The Big Blue Marble Bookstore, and this year, a partnership with the Color Book Gallery. Lots of fabulous activities for your little bibliophiles!
Gardeners wonder about those wads of what looks like brown styrofoam that you notice attached to stems and branches, usually once the leaves fall in autumn. They stick there all winter until the first unseasonably hot weather, More »
It's been a lovely spring; the dogwood and azalea flowers held on longer than usual so there hasn't been the typical fifteen minute intermission between the first and second acts in the garden. Now the iris are blooming, the More »
NewsWorks would like to congratulate all of this year's Rutgers University graduates. You are the school's biggest graduation class ever. School officials say the class of 2013 included an estimated 14,302 graduates from the university's More »
When Superstorm Sandy damaged the beaches in the Delaware River bay, it left horseshoe crabs without a place to nest. The loss of spawning grounds dramatically worsened the plight of an endangered shorebird which depends More »