November 29, 2000 |
The parents of 2-year-old Morgan Lee Pena, killed by a cellphone-dialing driver in Hilltown Township last year, have settled a lawsuit against the motorist, a lawyer for the parents said last night. Attorney Christopher C. Fallon Jr. said he could not comment on terms of the settlement because of a confidentiality agreement. "I can tell you it was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties," he said. The settlement was reached on Monday, 11 months to the day after Hilltown became the second municipality in the United States to outlaw cellphone use while driving.
April 5, 2001 |
The crisis at Zany Brainy Inc. is deepening. With the King of Prussia retailer's cash almost gone, a major toy supplier said yesterday that it had halted shipments to Zany Brainy warehouses until the company solved its most pressing problem: finding a willing banker within two weeks. First Union Corp. froze Zany's credit line last month, and raised the interest rate on its outstanding loans, saying Zany was in default. The bank first became troubled after it inventoried the toys in Zany's warehouses, and placed a lower value on them than it had expected.
March 3, 2014 |
Officials from the union representing Philadelphia School District principals have a tentative agreement on a new contract with "serious concessions. " Members of The Commonwealth Association of School Administrators will consider the new pact on Thursday. The principals' contract expired in August. The near-broke district has said it must get major concessions from all five of its unions. The district is banking on $130 million in givebacks over five years from the unions, including CASA and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the district's largest bargaining unit.
March 7, 2012 |
THE BRITISH government has rejected advice from its Olympic team's top doctor that athletes should not shake hands at the London Games to avoid germs that could make them sick. Government health advisers seemed perplexed by the guidelines, put forth yesterday, which Olympic hopefuls derided as "rude" and "pointless. " By the end of the day, the British Olympic Association had softened its stance. Yes, the athletes will be able to greet the 10,000 visiting Olympians and hundreds of dignitaries with handshakes.
February 6, 2008 |
An admitted Southwest Philadelphia drug dealer told a federal jury yesterday that he routinely purchased three to five kilograms of cocaine a month from reputed drug kingpin Alton "Ace Capone" Coles from early in 2003 until summer 2005. Desmond Faison said three of those kilograms usually were converted into small doses of crack cocaine sold by a network of dealers working for him around the Paschall Homes in Southwest Philadelphia. The remainder, he said, was resold to dealers from other parts of the city or from New Jersey.
June 27, 2002 |
A Superior Court jury decided yesterday that Charles "Crazy Eddie" Reddish Jr. should be put to death for the 1991 suffocation murder of Yeda Sharon "Dede" Rosenthal during a break-in at her Cherry Hill apartment. Reddish, 41, showed little reaction as the verdict was read. He looked up to the ceiling briefly when the foreman said the jurors had voted against a life sentence, leaving the death verdict to come next. Judge Frank M. Lario Jr. ordered Reddish held in solitary confinement and set a Sept.
August 23, 1990 |
Interboro School District teachers and school board members have reached a tenative contract agreement and expect to hold ratification votes next week. But at three other area school districts - William Penn, Penn Delco and Southeast Delco - negotiations continue as the scheduled opening day of schools draws closer. The threat of a strike and the long-term damage it can cause was on the minds of Interboro school board members as they negotiated with the teachers. "The Garnet Valley strike loomed over our decision process," said John Costello, Interboro school board president.
February 28, 2014 |
A two-year stalemate over the redevelopment of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Queen Lane property occupied by a potter's field in the 18th century is finally over. The authority has entered into an agreement with neighbors and other stakeholders, promising to take special measures if any human remains are unearthed during construction. That includes "reinterring" remains, Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA's president, said Wednesday. The agreement was signed by PHA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Pennsylvania historic preservation officer, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
February 28, 2014 |
Daniel Dougherty has always insisted he's innocent, that he didn't set the fire that killed his two young sons in 1985. Nobody believed him. Not the officers who arrested him, 14 years after flames destroyed the family's Philadelphia home. Not the fire marshal who testified that the blaze was arson. Not the jury that took three hours to find him guilty of murder, and 31/2 more to sentence him to death. But in the 15 years between the fire and Dougherty's trial, and during the 131/2 years he's been in prison, something important changed: the science of forensic fire investigation.
September 2, 1987 |
Picket lines went down yesterday at eight South Jersey Pathmark supermarkets, and union members are expected to vote on a tentative agreement this evening. Members of Local 1360 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been on strike against the supermarkets since Aug. 21. The picket lines in front of stores went down yesterday afternoon after local president Sam Rocco, representatives of the union's international and Pathmark officials emerged from a morning meeting with a tentative settlement, said Clay Bowman, Rocco's assistant.