June 3, 2015 |
IT'S SUNDAY about 7 p.m., a time when most people try to wring out that last drip of relaxation before the start of another workweek. Nope. Not the high-octane "Jim Kenney for Mayor" team. Instead of kicking back, Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, was at her computer, alerting the media to a clean-water advocacy event: "Kenney joins representatives from the EPA, Philadelphia Water Department and PennEnvironment to discuss new, historic clean water protections for Philadelphia.
May 14, 2015 |
Add another independent expenditure (IE) group to the mix in the final week of the Democratic primary campaign for mayor of Philadelphia. A new nonprofit, Leadership Matters Inc., is expected to start airing commercials Wednesday. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney, the front-runner in Tuesday's election, appears to be the group's target. The group was registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State last week by Chris Lapetina, a Democratic political consultant with a firm in Washington.
May 4, 2015 |
LAYTON, Utah - There are days when Aaron Fisher believes he has finally put the past behind him. Days when his chief concerns are the new friends he met at a party or a truck axle he snapped during an off-roading trip in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Days when he hardly gives a thought to the aging man he helped put in a prison cell hundreds of miles away. But those days tend to be fleeting. Even now, Fisher is still growing up in Jerry Sandusky's shadow. Seven years ago, Fisher, then a scared 15-year-old, publicly accused the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach of sexual abuse, launching an investigation that would shake the state and its flagship college to its core.
May 1, 2015 |
Two weeks ago, a child who was sexually abused in Delaware County was shuffled from sterile office to sterile office as police, then prosecutors, and then social workers all asked the child to recount the incident. That was standard procedure, and one that often further traumatized child victims, experts say. But now, a victim will have to tell that story only once. On Tuesday, Delaware County dedicated a Children's Advocacy Center in Media that will serve as a child-friendly setting in which investigators and social workers can coordinate responses to child-sex-abuse cases.
April 28, 2015 |
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
March 6, 2015 |
The reintroduction of a Pennsylvania bill that would bar undocumented immigrants from state and federal benefits is again drawing fire from immigrant advocacy groups. They contend the legislation would cost the state $20 million to verify what it already knows - that Pennsylvania immigrants are not illegally accessing public benefits. The bill, introduced by Sen. Patrick Stefano (R., Fayette) with 19 co-sponsors, recently passed the Senate and went to the House, where it awaits action in the state government committee.
January 16, 2015 |
DECADES AGO - before houses sprang up between his block of 12th Street and Broad Street - Wes Hatton used the open space in his North Philadelphia neighborhood to teach his daughter and her friend Kim Jones how to ride bikes. Hatton, who has lived on 12th Street near Jefferson for 55 years, knew Jones all her life. He can't grasp the fact that someone killed her Tuesday morning, firing a single bullet into the back of her skull just steps from Hatton's and Jones' side-by-side rowhouses.
January 15, 2015 |
FOR KIM JONES, life was about caring for others. The mother spent the last several years working at an organization that helps abused and neglected children. But with the pull of a trigger yesterday morning - a single bullet fired into the dedicated child-advocacy worker's head as she went off to work - that was all gone. Police said Jones, 56, left her North Philadelphia home about 9 a.m. and walked less than a block to a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets, just as she had each day for several years on her way to her job at Center City-based Turning Points for Children.
November 7, 2014 |
THE EDUCATION advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools has taken legal steps to challenge the School Reform Commission's decision last month to cancel the teachers' contract. Retired teacher Lisa Haver, a member of the alliance, alleges the SRC was "in clear violation" of the state's Sunshine Law when it called the Oct. 6 meeting to impose conditions on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The action would have forced PFT members to begin paying for health-care benefits next month, but subsequent filings by the district and the PFT has stayed the decision.
September 25, 2014 |
As with anything involving small children, the monthly Kidical Mass Philadelphia bike ride was running behind schedule on a recent Saturday morning. But before it could get underway, a precautionary pit stop was necessary. "That is true Kidical Mass style," said Dena Driscoll, 30, with a laugh. "Bringing the Ikea potty with you is something that always happens. " Anything goes at this monthly family biking event, which Driscoll brought to Philadelphia two years ago as a way to build a community of parents and kids who can ride safely together.