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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:59 PM
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'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

Karen Heller @ 1:59 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 1:58 PM
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'Tis the season of the tablet. I love buying books. Even more than shoes. But we've run out of space. The shelves are crumbling. Do I get a Kindle, an iPad (The New Yorker, the cover featured here, has an awesome app for that) or keep buying hardcovers and supporting local bookstores. I wrote about the dilemma in today's column.

Like many people, I love Apple products, even wrote an appreciation of Steve Jobs, though after reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, a not altogether likeable character with a dismal record on philanthropy.

But then we ran Donald Barlett and James Steele's investigation on Apple's factories in China, and I had doubts all over again.

Karen Heller @ 1:58 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 10:03 AM
Filed Under: City Life

She's baaaccck. Arlene Ackerman, the controversial former Superintendent/Queen Bee of the Philadelphia School District, made headlines today for her efforts to collect unemployment on top of her nearly $1 million golden parachute.

Much of the outcry -- read this, and this -- centers on the perceived greed of the supposed champion for poor kids.

I, however, couldn't help but focus on the backstory: Ackerman seems to want people to think she quit the job on her own terms, as opposed to being fired, laid off or, in her case, paid lavishly to make like a tree and leave.


Monica Yant Kinney @ 10:03 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:03 AM

Perhaps to protect its trademarked brand, "America's Greatest Family Resort," Ocean City, NJ set up its own ethics board in 2007. Most New Jersey municipalities let the state handle ethics complaints.

In four years, the all-volunteer OC board has fined a single individual: Beach Patrol chief Thomas Mullineaux. 

But Mullineaux' appeal of the $200 penalty has so far cost the city $22,000, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

Kevin Riordan @ 6:03 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 4:10 PM
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Anamarie at 3

It's no surprise that the case of the 200-pound Cleveland Heights third grader who was placed in foster care after the county claimed his mother wasn't doing enough to keep him healthy has generated debate across the nation.

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that, when it comes to the welfare of our children, we've got a lot more pressing issues to concern ourselves with (hello, Jerry Sandusky) than whether a mom gives her kid too many Happy Meals.

Not that I'm making light of childhood obesity. Far from it. When roughly 2 million of our children are obese, nobody can argue we're dealing with a national epidemic. It's why First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative is so needed.

Annette John-Hall @ 4:10 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 9:55 AM
Filed Under: City Life

Update: The City Hall Cessna has departed. The tiny plane's brief occupation, documented Monday in Blinq, ended shortly after it began when Nutter administration officials deemed the aircraft's presence a no-no given all the human occupiers still camping out on the other side of the building.

My colleague Bob Moran has a story today explaining whose plane it was, why it was there and why it left as quickly as it arrived. If only I'd stopped in at the protest sooner, or later: Apparently, the aircraft wasn't just hauled to the Hall; it arrived in parts and was assembled - over nearly fours - on the spot.

Gawkers may be able to get a look at the twin-engine beauty a few blocks away: The city relocated the plane to a parking lot behind the Criminal Justice Center.


Monica Yant Kinney @ 9:55 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 8:44 AM
Falling a drop of water

Get ready to pay more for tap water in New Jersey.

The state Board of Public Utilities is considering a proposal, initially made by the N.J. American Water Company, to allow providers to pass along some of the cost of infrastructure upgrades to consumers.

According to BPU President Lee Solomon, this would encourage upgrades now, rather than in the (presumably more expensive) future.


Kevin Riordan @ 8:44 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 10:55 AM
Filed Under: Americana | Modern Times | Money | On Holiday

Having successfully ignored another Black Friday, I find myself conflicted about Cyber Monday. I'd love a 47-inch LED TV but do I really want to buy it sight unseen from Walmart.com while talking to a source on the phone at my desk?

It's not like I'm a luddite afraid to type my Visa number into a laptop. So far,  I've done all my holiday shopping online.

I only buy what ships for free and I generally check a few competing sites, but who knows if I get the Best.Possible.Deals? I work all day and take care of my kids when it's dark. To track toy and tech prices across all platforms would be a third job.

Monica Yant Kinney @ 10:55 AM  Permalink | 0
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