September 17, 2016
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a civil forfeiture complaint to seize possession of six pit bulls that a Glassboro man allegedly used for dogfighting. Justin Love, 36, was arrested in early June and charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act. He allegedly kept the dogs at a property his family owns in Westville. One dog, named Momba, had severe scarring, and the others had injuries from participating in dog fights, authorities said. Love could face up to five years in prison if convicted, authorities said.
September 14, 2016 |
An overwhelming majority of faculty in Pennsylvania's state university system voted to authorize their faculty union to call a strike when leadership deems one necessary, the union said Monday. Faculty at the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education cast their votes last week, with 82 percent of eligible faculty voting. Of those, 93 percent voted to give the leadership of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties the authority to call a strike, the union said.
September 10, 2016 |
As the name implies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority's speciality is housing. Though its designs have been a mixed bag - from the dystopian Schuylkill Falls towers to the gentle, rowhouse-scale MLK houses - the agency has ensured that thousands of low-income families have a basic roof over their heads. It might surprise some to learn that PHA is the city's biggest residential developer, the landlord for about 81,000 people . What PHA does not do well is all the other things that make a Philadelphia neighborhood successful - shops, offices, schools, parks, and playgrounds.
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Give nurse-practitioners full practice authority Nurse-practitioners are registered nurses with advanced graduate education and the skills to diagnose and treat common, chronic, and acute conditions ("Expanding the role of nurse- practitioners," Aug. 28). NPs have been diagnosing and prescribing medications in Pennsylvania for years, but now they may not assess and treat patients or prescribe medication without a formal collaborative physician agreement. Full-practice authority means that an experienced NP could practice without a collaborative agreement.
August 30, 2016 |
Three undocumented immigrants were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Philadelphia this month after the men were released by local authorities despite detainers that were lodged against them by the federal agency, according to a news release from ICE. "Detainers lodged with Philadelphia authorities were not honored," the release said, in part. In January, Mayor Kenney reestablished Philadelphia as a "sanctuary city," essentially prohibiting local police and prison staff from informing ICE when an undocumented prisoner is released from custody, except in cases where the person is a violent, convicted felon for whom ICE has filed a warrant.
August 24, 2016
Joyce Carol Thomas, 78, a prizewinning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, died Aug. 13 at Stanford University Medical Center in California of cirrhosis of the liver stemming from a bad blood transfusion decades ago, according to her sister, Flora Krasnovsky. Ms. Thomas was best known for her debut book, Marked by Fire , an autobiographical novel set in her native Oklahoma that won the 1983 National Book Award and the American Book Award, which highlights diversity in literature.
August 21, 2016
Angela Richman, Death Investigator, Book 1 By Elaine Viets Thomas & Mercer. 320 pp. $15.95 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill Best known for her humorous, light mysteries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., author Elaine Viets confidently strides into darker terrain with Brain Storm , the launch of a new series about death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is doing quite well at her job investigating any death that doesn't happen under a doctor's care in wealthy Choteau County, Mo., near St. Louis.
August 12, 2016 |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was furious. In May 2012, top officials at the bistate agency lashed out at a processor of imported vehicles that operated at Port Newark and owed $2.8 million in rent and fees. The agency warned Foreign Auto Preparation Service (FAPS) that if it did not take remedial action quickly, it would be in violation of its lease. "For years, FAPS has failed to meet its financial responsibilities as a tenant at our port, and this practice stops today," then-Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said.
August 11, 2016 |
This election season, the American people are caught in the middle of a battle for two very different visions of our nation. Lorrie Kim, a West Philadelphia writer and confirmed Harry Potter superfan, thinks it's not unlike the battle between Potter and the Death Eaters, led by the creepy Lord Voldemort. (Author J.K. Rowling has likened the villain to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but hedged: "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. ") In the face of all that, Kim says, the only hope is if we, the voters, invoke our inner Severus Snape.
August 4, 2016 |
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.