April 7, 2016
By Thomas Farley The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a map showing shocking differences in health between the rich and the poor in Philadelphia. The map shows that life expectancy at birth in Strawberry Mansion is only 68 years, 20 years shorter than just a few miles away in Society Hill. This 20-year gap isn't right, and it isn't something that we should accept. What's behind these numbers? The biggest killers in Philadelphia are chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
March 31, 2016 |
New Media Technology Charter School, which has had a troubled history, has announced that it will close in June rather than continue to fight to remain open in the face of allegations of poor test scores and financial problems. It will be an ironic end for a charter that opened in 2004 with initial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and promises to teach students digital media skills. But the school later made headlines when its founding board president and founding CEO were sent to prison on federal fraud charges.
March 30, 2016 |
By Robert Maranto In 2004, Donald Trump proclaimed, "I probably identify more as a Democrat. " Back then, his massive political donations went mainly to Democrats. He gave a lot to the Clintons. As National Public Radio reports, this New Yorker backed drug legalization, single-payer health care, and gun control. He shows little knowledge of his own religion and downright hostility to other faiths. He loves families so much he's had three wives. He opposes free trade and immigration, but imports hired help for his own businesses.
March 28, 2016
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March 25, 2016 |
Since North Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Hospital closed March 11, Hahnemann University Hospital has picked up most of the emergency-room volume that used to go to St. Joseph's, at 15th Street and Girard Avenue, a state official said. "The emergency runs primarily go to Hahnemann now. Sometimes, depending on where they are from, they may go to Temple or some other place," Ted Dallas, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, said this week. St. Joseph's was the biggest component of the perennially money-losing North Philadelphia Health System, which received a state subsidy that ballooned to $16 million in the year ended June 30, from an average of less than $10 million in the five years ended in fiscal 2012.
March 23, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like a Monopoly player trying to keep a few remaining dollars under the board until he can pass Go, Mayor Don Guardian said the iconic seaside city will close City Hall, stop paying its workers, and cease all nonessential services starting April 8 as it staves off a catastrophic insolvency. The closure will remain in effect until at least May 2, when the city expects to receive its next payment of quarterly taxes, the mayor said. Guardian was in Trenton Monday seeking a bridge loan from the state Local Finance Board, but the state refused.
March 19, 2016 |
Evesham Township is losing an elementary school. The school board voted, 6-3, to close Evans Elementary School, with district officials citing declining enrollment and rising costs. Evesham School District currently operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools. Closing Evans, officials said, will allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic programming. Enrollment has fallen 18 percent from a high of 5,436 students in 2004, with a consultant projecting further decline to fewer than 4,000 students in five years.