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 »
After a bruising primary campaign, Philadelphia's Democratic City Controller Alan Butkovitz easily won renomination over two-time challenger Brett Mandel and former city attorney Mark Zecca in a low-turnout election.
With over 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 Republicans have been tormenting Obama for his entire presidency. Now, equipped with what they imagine are dry twigs, wood chips, branches and limbs which they can ignite to destroy his presidency, they wonder why the 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 »
"Big government" is a convenient conservative bogeyman - until tragedy strikes. But now, with death and devastation in their own backyard, here's Tom Coburn: "As the ranking member of the committee that oversees FEMA, I 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.
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, More »
The women of ancient Athens are feeling repressed. They have equal rights, they even have the vote, but now the all-male Senate is trying to control their bodies with a "no womb left behind" act. More »
North of Philadelphia, in Bensalem, there is a mile-long dirt track, established in 1974. Then it was called the Keystone Racetrack. Now it is known as Parx Casino and Racing, on 417 acres, with 1,400 stalls 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 »
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 »
The game of roads is often understood as a battle between motorist and bicyclist, but this is not the full story. Every day on my bike convinces me that the mercenary pedestrian is among the most dangerous players.
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!
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 »
May is considered the most beautiful month for Philadelphia gardens, and it's no surprise that it's also the most popular month for horticultural events of every kind. From plant sales to garden tours to educational symposia, More »