Crossword Kathy: Separate Checks →
Wow, has Will Shortz caught the Google Plus bug? Because this is the fourth puzzle this month with circles in it.
Lottery ticket collectors eye keepsakes, not money →
Among the mountains of losing lottery tickets piled high in a hotel conference room, someone may yet hit a jackpot. But it won’t be money that makes the winner. For members of the Global Lottery Collector’s Society, the scratch-off cards themselves are worth keeping because of their quirky themes and colorful designs.
Would-be grad students face longer, revised GRE →
Graduate school applicants will soon face a new hurdle in their bids for admission: a longer and revamped GRE that test administrators say more accurately assesses the skills needed to earn advanced degrees.
Crossword Kathy: Nine of Diamonds →
Looks like America’s favorite pastime has made a guest appearance in Will Shortz’s favorite pastime.
Recovery of burned Pa. horse offers hope to humans →
To hear her owner talk, Suki has always been a bit of a diva. And that hasn’t changed even after the massive barn fire that burned the chestnut mare over two-thirds of her body.
Crossword Kathy: The End Is In Sight →
In today’s puzzle, the end is not only in sight but in sound. The crossword theme is another aural gem, where circled letters provide “the end” of common phrases that otherwise appear to stop short.
Pa. orders cheating probes, new analysis of test... →
Pennsylvania’s top education official has ordered more than three dozen school districts to investigate suspicious scores on state standardized tests and asked a data company to analyze another year’s worth of exams.
Pa. looks into possible cheating on state tests →
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is looking into a report that has surfaced highlighting possible cheating on state standardized tests in at least 35 districts and noting aberrant scores in dozens of others, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Crossword Kathy: Body Enhancement →
No, I did not get collagen pumped into my lips. Sunday’s NYT crossword puzzle was the one with the implants.
Philly jury sees best, worst of starved teen's... →
Jurors hearing a case about the starvation death of a disabled teen saw photos Wednesday of the best and worst years of her life, from happy images of horseback riding to disturbing photos of the filthy, debris-strewn house where she later died.
Philly sprouts a produce garden downtown →
Now when some of the city’s best restaurants boast locally sourced food, they mean really local: a garden in the heart of downtown. Bounded by two skyscrapers and another pair of high-rises, the Pops Up Garden has filled a long-vacant lot with plots of peppers, corn, quinoa and other crops, promising fresh produce for Philadelphia residents for the next few months.
Crossword Kathy: Triple treat or triple threat? →
Ah, the words everyone loves to hear: “My treat!” It’s a crossword title that could refer to someone else footing the bill, but today it’s more about the “treat” itself.
Temple U tuition goes up 10 percent →
Temple University is hiking annual tuition this fall by about 10 percent — or nearly $1,200 — to make up for recently approved deep cuts in state education aid, school officials announced Friday. The Philadelphia institution is the first of four state-related universities to set its rates following Thursday’s adoption of the state budget, which reduces aid to the campuses by 19 percent....