Welcome to another episode of Perils of Pauline: Education Edition. The exhausting city school crisis shows no end in sight. Instead of the heroine being tied to the railroad tracks, students are being thrown under the school bus. Harrisburg seems to have stopped listening to our cries.
Welcome home, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. Or halfway home. On Tuesday, after four years in a Kentucky prison, you are scheduled to be transferred to the Kintock Erie Avenue facility in North Philadelphia, six miles but a world away from your 33-room, Oreck-filled Green Street mansion with the heated sidewalks.
Certainly there are second acts in American life, especially in politics. Anthony Weiner, the tighty-whitie selfie artist and former congressman who launched a thousand pun-filled tabloid headlines, is running for mayor of New York City. Indeed, he's leading in the polls.
Friends, welcome to the latest installment of the Pennsylvania parlor game, "Why Think Big?" This is where local and state legislators resist much movement toward progress. Instead, they do what comes naturally, thinking small and doing little until their backs are pushed against the wall.
Karen Heller has interviewed Philip Roth and Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent time with Pink and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the celebrated and the exemplary unsung. She's covered Miss America and political conventions. She's been a provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, garnering awards for criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting, and was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.