August 30, 2013 |
THE PROTESTERS marched through a rain falling so hard that it drenched their clothes and made the colors run on their handwritten signs. As they rallied outside the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office yesterday, Flora Adams decided she had something to say. She turned to the lunch-breakers and smokers sheltering under the Wanamaker Building's overhang nearby and began scolding them. "You need to pitch in, grandmothers, and stop being lazy!" Adams, 67, shouted into a bullhorn.
October 5, 2012
Eric Hobsbawm, 95, honored as one of Britain's most distinguished historians despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many had left in disgust, died Monday at a London hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the people's point of view. His reading of Karl Marx and his experience living in Germany in the early 1930s formed his views.
August 30, 2012
A Tredyffrin woman who sits on the township Zoning Hearing Board was charged with public drunkenness and criminal mischief, but the charges were dropped when police did not show up for her hearing. Tredyffrin Police Lt. Taro Landis told Main Line Life that the officer who was supposed to appear in court for the hearing last week was on another call at the time. "It was purely a clerical error on the part of the officers," Superintendent Anthony Giaimo told The Inquirer, referring to two officers involved.
September 30, 2011
I'VE GOT a shocking story for you. Not one shock, but several - some good, some not. The first shock - a $12,169 gas bill from PGW - electrified Robyn Irving, a data coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She got the insane bill for her two-story Nicetown rowhouse in July, a month after PGW fixed a leak in her gas meter. Twelve thousand freaking dollars? Was PGW pumping Chanel No. 5 into her home? Irving, 58, complained, but PGW was slow to provide an explanation and, ultimately, no satisfaction, she says.
June 1, 2011 |
Is Philadelphia about to endure its own birther controversy? Three different birth dates have surfaced for the Republican mayoral candidate, Karen Brown. For the last four months, Brown has usually been described in news stories as 49 years old - based on the June 9, 1961, birth date listed in the city's current voter-registration records. In a brief interview last week with The Inquirer, Brown said the date was wrong, that she was actually born on June 9, 1960 - making her 50 years old right now. Brown said she knew the voter-registration data was incorrect, but had not fixed it. "People make mistakes when they type things up," she said last week.
August 31, 2010
Gov. Christie shed lots of credibility in the blundering drama that led him to fire his handpicked education commissioner, Bret Schundler. For those of you who may have missed a riveting show last week, the drama began when the U.S. Education Department decided not to award New Jersey $400 million in a school grant program called "Race to the Top. " (Pennsylvania didn't win a grant, either). Ten states received this coveted aid. The federal government rated states' applications on a numerical system, awarding points in several categories that reflected each state's level of commitment to education reform.
August 25, 2010 |
A state worker's misreading of a question on a funding application was blamed Wednesday for New Jersey's loss of $400 million in federal education money, setting off a political scuffle that ensnared the White House and the Statehouse. In a single paragraph of a 1,299-page application, New Jersey answered a basic question about its budget with information from fiscal year 2011, as opposed to fiscal 2008 and 2009. As a result, the answer was given just 0.2 points out of a possible five.
May 11, 2010
The Eagles are holding a Media Chalk Talk on Tuesday night down at the NovaCare Complex. In a shocking development, and despite my uninterrupted criticism of the organization, I've been added to the guest list. What sort of information do you think will be gleaned from the evening (complete with Howie Roseman, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar)? And, my invitation was almost certainly a clerical error, right? I'm writing this from a doctor's office as I await a CAT scan. Want to trade?
April 30, 2010 |
A 19-year-old Philadelphia woman has been charged with a felony count of fleeing the accident that killed a Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior March 28. Stephanie Christine Phillips of the 1600 block of South 19th Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood also was cited as an unlicensed driver, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Thursday. Phillips was pulled over about 2 1/2 miles from where Denise Cotteta, 17, was struck at 11:30 p.m. across from the high school in Whitemarsh Township, Ferman said.
March 4, 2010 |
A MAYFAIR MAN who was driving drunk when he struck and killed a 12-year-old boy on Thanksgiving 2004, then walked away from the scene, was released from state prison 11 months ago - a year earlier than he should have been because of a clerical error. But, after the mistake was discovered by the Daily News and officials began looking into the matter, state Board of Probation and Parole agents last night went to William Halloran's house and took him into custody. "Since this person was not supposed to be out, to be eligible for parole at this time, we had to go pick him up," Leo Dunn, a state board spokesman said last night.