Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Philadelphia Inquirer
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.
Quitting is in. More than three million Americans quit their job in December 2015, the highest number since 2006, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The quits rate, which measures how many people ended their employment out of everyone who worked each month, reached its highest level in seven years.
The failure of Gov. Wolf and the legislature to agree on a budget that should have been passed seven months ago is costing the state a fortune, including mushrooming interest payments on money it keeps borrowing to help make ends meet. That's hardly responsible leadership.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was right at home amid a breakfast crowd the morning of his most recent political triumph. Just before 9 a.m. he escaped the freshly fallen snow to enter the iconic Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, N.H. Then the son of a postman from McKees Rocks, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh, set about greeting patrons lined up on bar stools in a venue that is an obligatory stop on the way to the White House.
While the presidential candidates fruitlessly argue over how to handle immigration, there should be no debate over welcoming one category of immigrants:
We'd had a year of economic shifts. We were keeping things tight. Celebrating the art of the $4 meal, the significance of the handmade gift, the ingenuity that lies at the heart of an ever-crimping budget. When you have each other - and when those you love are well - the rest comes down to math. I've never been exceptionally good at math, but I am getting better.
The term Philadelphia Sound conjures for many the lush arrangements and piercing horns of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff tunes from the 1970s. For fans of classical music, however, the silky strings of the Philadelphia Orchestra define the city's namesake sound. Consider the story of the man who did much to perfect it: Eugene Ormandy.
Acel Moore, 75, an Inquirer reporter, editor, and columnist who changed the way the newspaper and others cover the black community while encouraging young people from minority backgrounds to enter and succeed in the profession he loved, died unexpectedly at his Wyncote home Friday evening.
Drew Lewis, 84, a Norristown High School graduate who became a close ally of Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan, died Wednesday from complications of pneumonia.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, the intellectual cornerstone of the court's modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died Saturday on a ranch near San Antonio. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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