August 6, 2016 |
Leonard S. Levitz had a singular way of celebrating birthdays and anniversaries for his wife, Meryl. He would write a small book of fables, based on people in their lives, just for her. The fables, she said, "helped me with some challenges at work," written over a span of 20 years, though the most recent was 15 years ago. "They involved animals, with the moral at the end. " She said the fables told "how to deal with this person or what...
July 8, 2016
Roscoe Brown Jr., 94, who served with the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and was a longtime New York City educator, died Saturday at a hospital in the Bronx after breaking his hip in a recent fall. In 2007, Dr. Brown and five other airmen accepted the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen. President George W. Bush and Congress awarded the airmen with one of the nation's highest honors for fighting to defend their country even as they faced bigotry at home.
May 16, 2015
Hurrying to get aboard At 41, Giuseppe Piras was a jet-setting entrepreneur. His family is well-known in Ittiri, on Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. His father, Luigino, owns a cafe. Piras was a founder of an olive oil and wine cooperative, and had come to the United States to sell his wares. He typically would travel to New York by plane. He took Amtrak Train 188 because he didn't want to be late for a meeting. Minutes before boarding the train, Piras called his family back home, said Andrea Canepari, the consul general of Italy in Philadelphia.
June 20, 2014
WE DON'T suppose it's been a very good month if your name is Louise Bishop. The state representative has been near the center of two separate but equally disturbing scandals: The latest is an investigation by the Daily News into an undeveloped project in Overbrook that carries her name. The Lancaster Avenue Redevelopment Corp. was funded by state and city money - at least $2 million, some of which was arranged by Bishop - to revitalize a commercial corridor, reduce blight, build homes and create jobs, starting as far back as 2001.
November 1, 2013 |
MAYOR NUTTER appointed a special commission yesterday to investigate the Department of Licenses & Inspections in the wake of the deadly Center City building collapse in June. City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter Anne Bryan, 24, was one of six people killed in the collapse, had called for a blue-ribbon commission on the department. L&I was scrutinized after the collapse, in which a wall from a demolition site fell onto a Salvation Army thrift store next door, because the demolition had been approved and inspected.
September 27, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania, with its Ivy League pedigree and large health system, is one of the nation's most prestigious colleges and is Philadelphia's largest private employer. With a $6 billion-plus budget, a $7.7 billion endowment, and a recently completed $4.3 billion fund-raising campaign, it's also arguably wealthy. But Penn, like other nonprofits in the city, is largely exempt from paying property taxes on its West Philadelphia campus. The Philadelphia School District's financial crisis has yielded a renewed cry from some corners for Penn, Drexel and La Salle Universities, and other colleges and nonprofits to make payments to the city - known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOTs - as they did when Ed Rendell was mayor and the city needed every penny.
May 4, 2013 |
After they receive their diplomas in childhood studies this month, three Rutgers-Camden students are likely to continue to face the same assumptions and questions they have for the last six years. Theirs is the study of childhood, not children per se or child psychology, and Rutgers says they are trailblazers in the first such doctoral program in North America. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, people would be, like, 'Oh, so you want to become a preschool teacher,' " said Lara Saguisag.
November 18, 2011 |
Robert J. House, 79, of Center City, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who was a founder and principal investigator of a global project on leadership and organizational behavior, died of heart failure Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. House joined the Wharton faculty in 1988. From 1993 to 2003, he was active with the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project at Wharton and he coedited three books compiled from the research.
May 14, 2011 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The musician Michel Martelly will be sworn in as Haiti's president Saturday in front of the collapsed National Palace and a shantytown filled with thousands of people displaced by last year's earthquake - two stark reminders of the challenges faced by the neophyte politician. The performer known to Haitians as "Sweet Micky" is not expected to have much of a honeymoon amid deep frustration with a political leadership that has made little progress toward earthquake reconstruction or addressed many other problems, from a deeply dysfunctional judicial system to almost universal unemployment.
April 11, 2009 |
When she was 4, Judy Vredenburgh informed her mother that she didn't need her help to tie her shoelaces. So she plopped herself into a corner of the living room and didn't get up until she had mastered the skill. One hour later, she was a standing expert. Moral of the story: When Judy Vredenburgh locks onto a task - particularly one with strings attached - it would take an act of Congress to dissuade her. So it has been since 1999 for Vredenburgh and the national Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, headquartered in Philadelphia and the country's oldest and largest mentoring organization.