There’s an old conservative joke that liberals will outlaw cigarette smoking about the same time the legalize marijuana. In Philadelphia, that joke will become almost literally true next week.
The Phillies are currently being rained out of their Spring Training game in Clearwater. It’s a mess: Apparently, there was even a tornado!
And so Phillies outfielder Ben Revere took this Ellen-style selfie. It is fantastic.
Aw, weren’t things so nice in early November? There was no snow on the ground — and the Sixers were 3-0!
Of course, since starting 3-0 the Sixers have lost 46 games with only 12 wins. They’re 15-46, second-worst in the league, and haven’t won a game in February. Since trading three players on deadline day they’ve been even worse. At the Iverson jersey retirement game the Washington Wizards — a top 10 team in defensive efficiency — were very clearly not even bothering to try on defense, and they won by 19.
The Sixers haven’t won since the now-departed Evan Turner beat the buzzer against the Celtics on January 29. There is a real chance they will lose out the rest of the season.
Each year, labor unions of a certain size are required to file annual reports with the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. The most recent report filed by IBEW Local 98, aka the powerful electricians union headed by Johnny Doc, covers 2012, and reports numbers like assets (Local 98 has over $22 million in net assets), salaries and other disbursements to officers and employees (Johnny Doc received $210,035, while at least 15 other officers received over $100,000), and other monies spent. Read more »
Now that the Netflix problem has been solved, no more streaming video controversies for Comcast, right?
Sony finally filled a major hole in its video app lineup yesterday with the introduction of HBO Go for PlayStation 3. Once installed, the app allows most cable customers to stream their favorite HBO shows and a wide selection of movies. We say most because there’s one major provider that isn’t yet on board with HBO Go for PlayStation, and that’s Comcast. Comcast subscribers are currently unable to stream any content using the app.
A study in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine has exciting news: Penn researchers may be close to finding a ‘functional cure’ for HIV.
What’s even cooler is how the doctors at Penn did this: They edited a gene — “snipped” it out, per the Inquirer‘s Marie McCullough — to make patients partially resistant to HIV.
St. Joseph’s University is facing financial problems. Revenue is not as high as projected. Expenses continue to rise. So they’re implementing budgetary cutbacks. Last year the university ran a $4.4 million deficit. Wow, what a huge surprise, right?
I don’t mean to pick on St. Joe’s. It is an excellent college. I have a St. Joe’s grad working for me and I often meet the school’s alumni in the business world and find them to be smart and successful. Also, I live near the campus (my kids often play soccer on their turf field) and I think their outreach to the community is great. I want them to succeed. But the university is facing a problem that many other excellent colleges in the area and around the country are facing: the problem of potential extinction.
People just can’t afford to pay $50-60K a year for a college education, even if it’s at a good school like St. Joe’s. The payback just isn’t there. The numbers don’t make sense. St. Joe’s has to make some hard and unpopular adjustments if they want to survive. Adjustments that won’t compromise their standards or reputation. And I’ve got a few tough ones to recommend.
Another week, another rumpus in the Inquirer newsroom.
This time, it involves longtime Inky columnist Karen Heller and Daniel Fee, whose strategic communications firm, The Echo Group, handles public relations for George Norcross, the South Jersey political boss and part-owner of the company which owns the Inquirer. When Norcross has communicated with the newsroom, it has often been through emails that have gone out under Fee’s name.
A few years back Rev at The 700 Level wrote a tremendously entertaining piece about a 1995 Penn State-Rutgers game. I know, I know: That’s not the type of article that sounds interesting, but it was good! Rev, a Penn State sophomore at the time, traveled to East Rutherford, N.J., for a PSU-Rutgers game. The Nittany Lions were 20-point favorites, and he and his buddies had placed some money on the game.
Penn State was up 18 with just over a minute left. The backups, including quarterback Mike McQueary, were in. They were supposed to run out the clock. And McQueary randomly threw a touchdown pass to beat the spread. Previously, the game was famous for the post-game handshake, where Joe Paterno cursed out Rutgers coach Doug Graber.
Fun story in today’s Daily News from William Bender: The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections literally has no idea how many buildings have collapsed in Philadelphia.
To make things even better worse, the Daily News has been trying to get this data for three months!
As a blue-ribbon commission investigates L&I in the wake of last year’s fatal collapse on Market Street, the beleaguered agency said this week that it cannot determine how many buildings have collapsed in recent years because the descriptions of the incidents to which its staffers respond are buried in an unsearchable database.