May 28, 2016 |
Another embattled Philadelphia charter school has elected to close in June. Imani Education Circle Charter School in Germantown notified the School District's charter office that it would close when the academic year ends next month, rather than continue to fight in the courts to stay open. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said Imani told the district after the charter's board voted at a special meeting Monday evening. Parents were informed by letter on Wednesday, he said. The move affects 455 students from kindergarten through eighth grade who had expected to attend the school in the fall, including some students who were selected in Imani's admissions lottery last month.
May 25, 2016 |
Eight more wells that supply public drinking water have been shut down in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and dozens of private wells have been called into question, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued more stringent guidelines on water contamination last week. In total, 16 public wells have been closed in the two counties since the discovery two years ago that drinking water in Horsham, Warminster, and Warrington Townships had been tainted by firefighting foams. The chemicals were used over decades in the mid- to late 20th century at now-shuttered naval air bases in the area.
May 18, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - After being pushed for years by advocates, legislation to require some first-time drunk drivers in Pennsylvania to use ignition-interlock devices is inching toward becoming law. The House on Monday voted, 193-2, to approve a bill that would force the use of ignition interlocks by first-time offenders whose blood-alcohol concentration was at least 0.10 percent. After returning to the Senate, which unanimously approved an earlier version, the bill would head to Gov. Wolf, who supports it, according to a spokesman.
May 18, 2016 |
For the second time this year, a "heavy mouse infestation" and a staggering list of basic health violations prompted the Philadelphia health department to ask a Sichuan Chinese restaurant near the Belmont Reservoir to close temporarily. Chun Hing, in the 4100 block of Monument Road, was cited for 39 violations last week. Many of the infractions found May 12 echoed those found in a mid-February inspection: fresh rodent droppings throughout the kitchen, inadequate handwashing by employees, food thawing at room temperature, filthy dish racks and an ice machine held together with duct tape.
May 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: We have a child who was adopted through a closed adoption. We met the birth parents briefly at the hospital, but they wanted no further contact. Both birth parents had issues with drug abuse, and our daughter was born with drug issues, too. A few years later, we were contacted via the adoption agency by the paternal birth grandparents. They requested some photos because the birth father was getting out of jail, and they thought the photos would help keep him out of trouble.
May 13, 2016 |
LAST WEEK in Philadelphia, we heard about a gun sale gone horribly wrong. Two men met on armslist.com, a website that connects gun sellers and buyers, and arranged to meet in person. Armslist.com allows potential buyers to search for private sellers who are not required to conduct background checks on their buyers. Federal law regulates only sales by federally licensed dealers, not private sellers. Some states regulate private sales, and in Pennsylvania, the private sale of handguns requires a background check.
May 12, 2016
The wall of silence surrounding the investigation of the deaths of New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife invited suspicion even in its early days. More than a year and a half later, the first glimpse behind that wall suggests that those suspicions were justified and that nothing short of an independent investigation can resolve them. Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Detective Jeffrey Scozzafava alleges in a lawsuit filed last week that the agency mishandled, ignored, and destroyed evidence and then retaliated when he complained.
May 11, 2016
A section of the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be closed during overnight hours four times this week, beginning tonight, PennDot has announced. The closures, in both directions between the I-76 and Broad Street exits from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., are set for Monday night into early Tuesday, Tuesday into Wednesday, Wednesday into Thursday, and Thursday into Friday. The closures are part of a four-year, $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over the Vine Street Expressway between 18th and 22nd Streets, and to make landscaping improvements above the expressway.
May 9, 2016 |
Amazon giveth, and Amazon taketh. The giant internet retailer said on April 27 that it will create 2,000 full-time jobs by opening two more fulfillment centers in New Jersey. One will be a 600,000-square-foot facility in Florence, Burlington County, generating 500 new jobs. The other will be an 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, Middlesex County, that will generate about 1,500 jobs. Together, the two facilities will bring Amazon's total physical footprint in the Garden State to 2.5 million square feet of space, if you count three existing centers.
May 8, 2016 |
First CornerStone Bank of King of Prussia was closed Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. To protect customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, has entered into an agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., of Raleigh, N.C., to assume all deposits at First CornerStone's six branches in suburban Philadelphia, which will reopen as First-Citizens branches. Customers should continue to use their current branch and can continue to access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.