June 5, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of contentious negotiations over health care and seniority rules, members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia last night authorized a strike if no resolution can be reached with the owner of the city's two daily newspapers and their website. "Striking is a last resort, and we certainly hope it doesn't come to that," Guild president Howard Gensler said at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City, where paper ballots were cast. "If it does, it's because the company forced the membership's hand.
June 5, 2015 |
Members of the largest union representing employees at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com voted Wednesday evening to authorize strike preparations as ongoing contract negotiations have yielded no breakthroughs. The vote - 263-19 in the main unit and 24-7 in the unit representing Philly.com employees - authorized the executive board of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to plan for a strike by 445 employees at the city's two largest newspapers and their companion website.
June 1, 2015 |
Jean Barr was the chief social worker when Dr. Ross V. Speck was the director of the department of social psychiatry at Hahnemann Medical College from 1964 to 1970. "There weren't many that would tackle the kinds of things that he would," Barr recalled. "Who else would go into these communes," in college neighborhoods such as Powelton in West Philadelphia, "and work with kids? "We would go for two or three hours in the evenings and get to know them pretty well," talking about their addictions.
May 23, 2015 |
By late July, drivers in Philadelphia will be able to pay for parking with their cellphones and other mobile devices, under a contract announced Thursday by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The PPA selected Pango USA, an American subsidiary of an Israeli company, to create a parking mobile-payment system that will allow users to pay by using a PPA smartphone app, visiting a PPA website, or calling an interactive voice system. Users will be required to pay a "convenience charge" of 1 cent per transaction, and there may be additional "minor" fees, PPA spokesman Martin O'Rourke said Thursday.
May 15, 2015 |
A LONG, GRAY day of digging through the twisted-metal jigsaw-puzzle wreckage of Amtrak Train 188 in an industrial no man's land in Frankford yielded the first but hardly the last answer to what caused the worst Northeast Corridor rail accident in nearly three decades: Speed killed. Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference that data showed the train had hit 106 mph - more than double the 50 mph speed limit for the sharp left curve at Frankford Junction - right as the engineer hit the emergency brake, to no avail, in the derailment at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday.
May 15, 2015
THE PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority is a fountain of new ways to be obdurate. This is about three T's - technology, testimony and ticking off a PPA parking enforcement officer. The technology and testimony I can prove. Incurring the wrath of an officer is supposition, but let's go for a ride. Brian Carroll, 38, carpools daily to his job in Newark, Del., where he is an engineer for an electric company. In February he got a ticket in the mail for making a "prohibited stop" on Jan. 30 at 5:24 p.m. in the 300 block of Catharine Street in Queen Village.
May 1, 2015 |
THINK OF ALL the stupid - and criminal - things you did as a teen: Drinking in the woods with your friends. Smoking marijuana. Fistfighting. Or worse, stealing. Was it wrong? Yes. Did you get caught? If you grew up in white suburbia, probably not. But think about what could have happened if you grew up poor in a black or Latino neighborhood, where the "War on Drugs" felt like a war on you; where police officers routinely targeted you, just because you looked like you might be up to no good.
April 29, 2015 |
"I have just one ground rule when I visit book clubs," novelist Nomi Eve said. "My standard phrase is, 'I have a thick skin, but it's not that thick, so please be nice to me.' " It's just as well that Eve's fans take her words to heart. Over the last six months, the lifelong Elkins Park resident has visited 90 book clubs to discuss her latest novel, Henna House . "I go into so many people's living rooms, and if they beat up on me, I'll come home every night crying," said Eve, who turned 47 last month.
April 26, 2015 |
Services have been set for Jeffrey Bayers, 60, of Maple Shade, a Philadelphia Parking Authority worker who was fatally injured when he was pinned under a tow truck in a city impound lot in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 22. Visitation was set for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Anne's Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. Vince Fenerty, executive director of the PPA, said in an e-mail, "Jeff was a conscientious and dedicated employee.
April 24, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was killed Wednesday morning when he was pinned beneath a tow truck, officials said. Jeffrey Bayers, 60, had worked for the PPA for 13 years. A lot officer at an impoundment lot at 2500 Weccacoe Avenue, he was on the job around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when a tow truck backed up onto him, pinning him beneath. He was later pronounced dead, police said. PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke called the incident a "tragic accident" that is under investigation.