November 8, 2012 |
For the second time in four days, representatives from the NHL and the players union had a lengthy meeting as they attempted to end their labor feud and take a step toward a new collective bargaining agreement. The meeting in New York, attended by 13 players, including Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, lasted more than seven hours Tuesday night. Neither side would disclose what occurred at the meeting. They planned to meet again Wednesday. "The players' view has always been that we ought to keep negotiating until we find a way to get an agreement," Donald Fehr, the NHL Players' Association's executive director, told reporters before the sides met. "You sort of stay at it day by day, so it's very good to be getting back to the table.
September 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The replacement officials are gone, and the NFL is sorry it took so long. Now fans can go back to complaining about the calls made by the regular refs. The sport's experiment with replacements ended Thursday night when a veteran crew worked the Browns-Ravens game. Referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year veteran, strolled onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium with little fanfare about 21/2 hours before kickoff, still wearing a coat and tie as he paced along the sidelines. Among his other routine tasks was a brief talk to a stadium official about the wireless on-field microphone the referee wears.
August 14, 2012 |
On June 27, with enormous pride, optimism, and a sense of history, the CEOs of Abington Health and Holy Redeemer Health System faced reporters and announced their plans to form a partnership. The leaders knew this was a bold move, even shocking, to partner a secular hospital with a Catholic one, but they felt it was so beneficial and important they were sure the community would come to see it as they did. The community did not. Within three weeks, the proposed partnership - a year in planning - was dead.
August 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The legislation will pass in September. The deal would also lighten the crush of business in a postelection congressional session agenda that's already overloaded.
July 29, 2012 |
The Chester Upland School District has reached an agreement in legal action against the state Department of Education where the department will provide about $30.2 million to pay off the district's debts and allow it to open for the coming school year. The settlement was presented before U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson on Friday. A final hearing is set for Aug. 15. In a related settlement, the state agreed to pay Chester Community Charter School more than $12 million. In June, the school received $5.5 million from the state related to delinquent charter-school payments from the district.
June 27, 2012 |
Despite the bravado and sometimes delusion that has accompanied Lenny Dykstra's fall from grace, the former Phillies outfielder has decided to make a plea agreement in his federal bankruptcy case. Dykstra was facing more than 90 years in prison for bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice and money laundering. Prosecutors allege he took $400,000 worth of furnishings from his $18 million mansion in 2009 and sold them. Additional charges were added in April, regarding selling baseball equipment that prosecutors say was part of his bankruptcy estate.
June 27, 2012 |
District 1199C of AFSCME's National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering 1,300 workers, mostly support staff, the union said. The union said it is still in contract negotiations with 12 other area employers, including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, and Temple University Health System. Existing agreements at those facilities expire Sunday and cover about 6,000 additional workers, the union said.
June 20, 2012 |
MOSCOW - High-level nuclear talks involving Iran and six world powers fizzled Tuesday, creating increased opportunity for Israel to use the setback to argue that military force is the only way to stop Tehran from developing atomic arms. As she announced the indefinite pause in negotiations, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they could be resumed - but only if a low-level July 3 meeting of technical experts in Istanbul, Turkey finds enough common ground to warrant such a step.
May 26, 2012 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission on Friday renewed operating agreements with two city charter schools and approved additional students for those two and a third charter. And in a special session otherwise devoted to charter-school issues, the SRC assured parents from Creighton Elementary that the five-member panel will vote next week on whether the school's teachers will be given permission to try to turn it around. "We have to take a vote that resolves the Creighton issue by the end of next week," SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said.
April 20, 2012 |
US Airways on Friday took a step toward merging with bankrupt American Airlines, as it reached agreements with American's unions for pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. The three unions, which represent about 55,000 American employees, announced their support of a merger, which would create the world's largest airline under the American Airlines name. American said it will continue its efforts to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone company. Philadelphia is one of US Airways' three main hub cities, and it would remain a hub for the merged airline, according to US Airways chief executive Doug Parker.