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NEWS
April 10, 2006
THE CITY PLAN to close five fire companies to save $3 million is as outrageous as it is dangerous. Overall fires are up and fire deaths are through the roof. There is a surplus of more than $160 million and this plan is being pushed to save a paltry $3 million. The mayor is gambling with the safety of every resident and their families. Let your councilperson know that you won't stand for being used as a pawn in the mayor's game of political Russian roulette. Joseph Lee Philadelphia
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | STAFF REPORT
PHILADELPHIA government and city schools will again be closed Tuesday as the region recovers from Hurricane Sandy. Schools Superintendent William Hite said Monday that district staff will check buildings after the storm passes to decide when they're ready to reopen. CITY GOVERNMENT: All city employees, except for emergency personnel will have another day off. Trash pickup scheduled for Tuesday won't be picked up until next Tuesday. COURTS: State and federal courts will be closed.
NEWS
April 24, 2007
RE "THE disappearing maternity wards" by Dr. Jennifer Simmons (April 18): Dear Doctor, Repeatedly, all I hear are the complaints from doctors and politicians about jury awards. Why is it you never hear a doctor criticize another doctor about his lack of skills? Maybe medical-school standards need to be higher. I wouldn't want a surgeon - or any doctor - who just squeaked by in school to practice on me. Nor would I want a doctor who is not fit to practice caring for my family or me. Doctors know which colleagues shouldn't be practicing, but you never hear that - publicly.
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
A shouting and chanting crowd of hundreds told officials Thursday night exactly what they thought of a Philadelphia School District plan to close 37 schools and change grades and shut programs at dozens more. "SOS! Save our schools!" hundreds yelled as they marched up North Broad Street toward district headquarters. "Whose city? Our city! Whose schools? Our schools!" It was a dramatic stand against the planned closings of one in six city schools, announced last week. Closings were not on the agenda of the School Reform Commission's voting meeting, but they quickly became the hot potato of the evening, with students, teachers, parents, and community members demanding answers.
NEWS
January 6, 2012 | By Inquirer staff
Here are the list of Archdiocese of Philadelphia's school closings/mergers, announced Jan. 6: BUCKS COUNTY St. Michael the Archangel , Levittown, merges with Our Lady of Grace , Penndel at the Penndel site. St. Mark , Bristol, merges with St. Ephrem , Bensalem, at the Bensalem site. Assumption BVM , Feasterville, merges with St. Bede the Venerable , Holland, at the Holland site. Holy Trinity , Morrisville, merges with St. John the Evangelist , Lower Makefield, at the Lower Makefield site.
NEWS
December 30, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
President Bush has ordered federal agencies to close Tuesday, the day of former President Gerald R. Ford's funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. The Postal Service announced that mail deliveries would be suspended, with normal service resuming Wednesday. U.S. stock markets will close Tuesday, as will energy and agricultural exchanges. Also, bond and currency trading will be conducted in abbreviated sessions. philly.com Read and view much more about Gerald Ford?s life and presidency and share your thoughts about him via http://go.
NEWS
June 1, 1993 | BY TOMAS SANCHEZ
Calling all Catholics. Our church is in trouble and we need to act now if we hope to save it. By the end of this month, more than a dozen Catholic churches and schools will be suppressed and the Eucharist removed from their communities. Alarmingly, recent history indicates that this is just the beginning. In Detroit, more than 30 neighborhoods lost their churches in a year. In Chicago, more than 70 worshipping communities were wiped out over two years. If we don't act now, Philadelphia will be similarly affected.
NEWS
August 27, 2011
These emergency storm measures were announced Friday by area transit, bridge, and parking agencies. Conditions may warrant changes. SEPTA: All operations will cease at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.* Selected Regional Rail routes will end service at 5 p.m. Saturday.* Operations will resume at midday Sunday or later. NJ TRANSIT: Rail service will be suspended at 12 p.m. Saturday.* Bus service and light-rail transit ends at 6 p.m. Saturday.* Access Link Service will be suspended at 6 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
August 24, 1992 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
City officials in 1990 settled on sex-shop spies as a reasonable alternative to more drastic action. They initially considered shutting down sex shops where potential deadly sexual activity was encouraged, according to a seven-page unsigned memo circulated within the department two months before the July 1990 program began. The memo shows that health officials were particularly concerned about bathhouses - popular gathering spots for gay men. The bathhouses "for many years provided a unique environment conducive to multiple sexual encounters, drug use and unprotected sex," the memo said.
NEWS
May 22, 1998 | by Paul Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
First Union announced the locations yesterday of the 156 branches scheduled to close this fall, including seven in Philadelphia. The closings are the result of First Union's $16 billion purchase of CoreStates Financial. The deal announced last fall became official last month. The 156 branches, which are situated throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, are slightly fewer than the bank's earlier estimate of 172 closures. Most of the 156 branches are in areas where Charlotte, N.C.-based First Union and Philadelphia's CoreStates had operations within a few blocks of each other.
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SPORTS
January 22, 2015
The Penn (8-5, 3-0 Big 5) women basketball team can win its first-ever Big 5 title outright if it beats Villanova (10-8, 2-1) tonight at the Palestra. The Quakers already have clinched a share of the title. The final Big 5 matchup of the season is the first game of a doubleheader. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men, who meet Monmouth at 8 p.m. Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich has a double-double in two of Penn's Big 5 games. In three wins she has averaged 13.7 points per game, 11.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.
SPORTS
January 22, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The phone rang around 9 p.m. It was the night before a game, and another reporter wanted to talk to Lauren Holden about another impending milestone. The questions were predictable: Is it a distraction? Is it on your mind? Is it hard to block out such a big achievement? Is it tough to sleep? Holden laughed. To her, these all seemed far-fetched. "No," she said. "Right now I'm actually just trying to finish my homework. " Others shower praise on Holden, the speedy, energetic scoring machine, 15 points away from becoming South Jersey girls' basketball's 25th 2,000-point scorer.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
Correction: The original version misstated the date Gallery II opened. It was in October 1983. Market East Station (now Jefferson Station) opened in 1984. THE NEWS STAND. Toys "R"Us. Easy Pickins. Taco Bell. One by one, stores and eateries have been closing at the Gallery in recent weeks as the clock ticks down for a major renovation of the nearly 40-year-old Center City mall that stretches along Market Street from 8th to 11th. At the FYE entertainment-media store, signs tell customers to visit the store's Broad and Chestnut location.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The loss of 8,000 jobs in Atlantic City's casino industry in the last 12 months has sent shock waves through the region's economy, but an even more precipitous collapse is underway in the city's property-tax base. Eight or nine years ago, casinos owned 85 percent of Atlantic City's real estate, based on assessed values, Mayor Don Guardian said last week. Now, they account for about 55 percent of the assessed values and are expected to keep falling, he said. A proposal by New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The winter here is traditionally brutal for resort business, but a glut of vehicles to transport patrons that once filled the casinos has created a new class of beleaguered taxicab drivers. Nadir Khan, 57, is ready to throw in the towel after four years. "I can't make a living," Khan said as he sat in his taxi outside the Trump Taj Mahal last week. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Khan had two fares totaling $29. The lease on his cab was recently dropped from $275 to $170 a week because business has been so off. Still, Khan - who has three children and a stay-at-home wife to support - can't cover the lower fee, much less his daily gas. "I bring my dreams to America, but now I don't know where to go," said the Pakistani native who arrived in Atlantic City in 1986 - eight years after the first casino, Resorts, opened on the Boardwalk.
SPORTS
January 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have yet to announce the reported multiyear deal that would keep Maurice Edu in Philadelphia, but the club's technical director on Monday said the involved parties are "close to being over the line" in regard to finalizing the contract. "I think that Mo is a player that we think very, very highly of," Chris Albright said. "He's a player that gives us versatility and a player that's played at the highest level. " Edu, who will turn 29 this season, came to the Union last January on a one-year loan from Stoke City of the English Premier League, a deal that offered the Union the option to purchase.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the case of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, near Pottstown, the heartbreaking news didn't come from a church official or some committee. The church on Main Street - a tiny road leading to a dead end - had long ago become, as one member called, a small congregation of widows. So the members of St. John's, themselves, voted to close it. The constant scramble to pay the pastor and the electric bill would be over. The fruitless brainstorming to attract young people would stop.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
LIFE ON the poverty line can mean getting some cupcakes in your stomach, even if you're dreaming of an avocado. Fresh fruit and vegetables might require a bus trip out of town or waiting until a check clears. Hitting up the corner store instead often means eating junk food. But news that Chester's brand-new supermarket, the Bottom Dollar on Edgmont Avenue near 15th Street, is closing seven months after it opened wasn't greeted with great shock by the people standing in the snow flurries with their bags Tuesday afternoon.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Other than for college and work purposes, Chris Widger has always remained tied to his hometown of Pennsville. A 1989 Pennsville graduate, Widger spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with six teams and was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team as a reserve catcher. He would always return to Pennsville during the offseason, and now his newest venture will continue to allow him to stay close to home while being heavily involved in baseball. Widger said that one of the reasons he accepted the position of manager of the Camden Riversharks last month was because of the team's proximity to Pennsville.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The Philadelphia School District said Sunday it would immediately accept transfer students from the abruptly shuttered William D. Palmer charter elementary school. Students can start taking classes in the new year - even without transcripts, said Fernando Gallard, school district spokesman. Classes resume Jan. 3. "What we're planning to do is accept students immediately without transcripts. The thing we have to be aware of is students with special needs," Gallard said.
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