Saturday, February 13, 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.
Harrisburg's Democrats, the same bunch who insist that the government should run liquor stores but ignore its pension crisis, have performed the unlikely feat of finding an even more absurd cause to rally behind: fellow Democrat Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's criminally charged, legally unlicensed, corruption-coddling attorney general.
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET STALEMATE It's a matter of dollars and sense Gov. Wolf cannot reach a deal with the legislature on the 2015-16 state budget. So his solution is to goad the other side and double down in his 2016-17 budget ("New Pa. budget, familiar reaction," Wednesday). Clearly he has no intention of compromising with anyone.
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so.
By John Nivala The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has said that any historic designation of any church property without its consent "allows the government to place undue restrictions on religious structures and property, which in effect interferes with the free practice of our religion."
By Shari Botwin A Montgomery County judge ruled last week that the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby may proceed. For countless people who have suffered in silence, including more than 50 women who have alleged that Cosby attacked them, the prosecution shows that the world is starting to condemn this kind of behavior and listen to its victims. My hope is that this will help many more survivors speak up soon after a crime occurs.
Acel Moore, an Inquirer reporter, editor and columnist who changed the way his newspaper and others cover the black community - and who encouraged young people from minority backgrounds to enter and succeed in the profession he loved - died Friday. He was 75. .
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.
One day in the 1980s, Franklyn A. Barnaby and his bagpipes were on a double-decker bus, part of a wedding party heading along a busy Manhattan street, slowly.

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