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Philly schools can't hire enough plumbers. So they're growing their own

Robert Hunter has a problem: In a strong economy, he can't find enough steamfitters, plumbers, and other tradespeople to keep up with the demands of maintaining the Philadelphia School District's 200- ... read more

Seven Lessons I Learned from Working an Assortment of Odd Jobs

I can’t count the number of times someone said to me, “I wish I had stayed in school ... a better test score so that they could get into a decent college still doesn’t sit right with me, even after mo... read more

LeBron: The Sequel

LeBron James To men who hate having their power tested, Maverick Carter is a special nightmare. Heat president Pat Riley, a Hall of Fame coach, can't control ... "They hire these people not because of ... read more

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Dayton Duncan Interview

I think he, he offered Clark not only to be a co-captain, but he said, "If you can't do this ... on the fire, so that they know that they're coming into contact with Indian peoples, who've come in con... read more


Public Schools for Sale?

And he said to the states, you can't ... schools are not public schools. They're private corporations. BILL MOYERS: So this puts their accountability off limits, right? DIANE RAVITCH: Right. And in fa... read more

Too much stuff: Minnesota cities confront hoarding

With high-profile headlines and a TV show that focuses on hoarding, public awareness may be growing ... that have their own environmental health departments. A thorny challenge For cities, hoarding ca... read more

Model to aid street people gets results, earns praise for Philly

Unlike those models, permanent supportive housing gives people a place to live indefinitely, as long as they can chip in enough for rent, which is subsidized by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Par... read more

Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams: ‘God makes me look much better than I deserve’

And I felt like that was where I started to grow.” A 6-foot-8-inch small forward, Williams averaged 30 points and 16 rebounds as a high school senior at ... “Nobody’s strong enough to get through that ... read more

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Since vowels evidently abhor a vacuum, this empty slot was eventually filled by the “o” sound, so that “pod” came to be ... to new speech patterns isn’t always enough to cause people to adapt their ow... read more

Report: Ben criticized Brown in meetings, wanted him off the practice field

Jones suggested that Brown doesn’t respect Roethlisberger enough to talk face-to-face with him about their issues ... people in the Steelers organization he’s spoken with, but they’re clearly people w... read more

A Southwest Phila. school that runs on fumes

"We're just asking for enough to educate our kids properly," she said. Her school, at 55th and Kingsessing in Southwest Philadelphia ... of their own pocket to fill their classrooms, the ones who burn ... read more

Parenting coaches? Frazzled families pay for advice

When the kid is having their tantrum, you just can’t ... hire a coach, if they’re able. “A lot of the time, it’s nice to not have to think so hard, and just go, ‘OK. What do you recommend?’ ” she said ... read more



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