September 6, 2013 |
YOU HAVE a lot of complaints, Philly. You call about them. You fill long, frustrated emails with them. We have frequent spirited face-to-face conversations that go something like this: "Yo, Helen, I'm surrounded by garbage and abandoned houses over here. " "These streets are crazy. I can't even let my kids go outside to play. " "What are these politicians doing, except nothing?" "What are we supposed to do?" I hear you. I really do. They're legit complaints. But way too many of you are resigned to the city disappointing you without realizing you have options.
August 23, 2013 |
Prompted by allegations that animals weren't receiving proper care, state Dog Law officials conducted an unannounced inspection Wednesday at the Chester County SPCA. Mike Pechart, director of dog law enforcement, said a state veterinarian, two dog wardens, and a kennel compliance officer inspected the facility to investigate the complaints. Officials did not disclose their findings. The facility, on Phoenixville Pike in West Goshen Township, takes in about 5,000 strays annually from all of Chester County and, under a $30,000-a-month contract, most towns in Delaware County.
August 13, 2013
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. - Sixty-three-year-old Bill DeWeese works out with Muslims from Philadelphia. "They're fired up and focused and extremely fit," he says. "I have a very intense workout schedule," he adds, including weight training, playing on a softball team and taking a "fitness-over-40" class three times a week. This is courtesy of taxpayers. It takes place in Retreat state prison, an old and isolated medium-security facility along the Susquehanna River behind fences and seven rows of razor wire just southwest of Wilkes-Barre.
August 2, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
June 16, 2013 |
THE EXPOSED rebar, crumbling concrete pillars and steady drips of water that turn potholes into puddles - even on sunny days - stretch for more than a mile under the elevated train tracks along 25th Street in South Philly. As mile-long trains rumble overhead, the street shakes and small pieces of concrete fall to the sidewalk, a daily routine that for years has been eating away at the residents who have become all but complacent with the dangers from the tracks above. Yesterday, quarter-sized nuggets of concrete littered the ground.
June 13, 2013 |
A SPANISH prosecutor filed a fraud complaint yesterday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina soccer star owes $5.3 million in back taxes. The complaint names Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi. Both are accused of defrauding millions on income-tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009. "We are surprised," Messi said on his Facebook account, "because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants who will take care of clarifying this situation.
June 8, 2013 |
Despite multiple complaints, shoddy demolition work at 22d and Market Streets went uninspected for more than three weeks before the deadly collapse of a building Wednesday, raising basic questions about the city's competence regulating demolition projects. Six people were killed and 14 injured when a four-story brick wall fell onto an adjoining single-story Salvation Army thrift shop. Mayor Nutter and Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged Thursday that the city had granted a demolition permit for that project without any inquiry into the contractor's qualifications for demolition work.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Officers with a finger on the trigger of the Air Force's most powerful nuclear missiles are complaining of a wide array of morale-sapping pressures, according to internal e-mails obtained by the Associated Press. The complaints shed fresh light on dissatisfactions roiling this critical arm of the Air Force, an undercurrent that has captured the attention of the service's leaders. Key themes among the complaints include working under "poor leadership" and being stuck in "dead-end careers" in nuclear weapons, one e-mail said.
May 24, 2013 |
POLICE Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday that he has ordered Internal Affairs to reopen the 18 complaints civilians filed against disgraced narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker during his 24-year career. Walker, 44, was caught after allegedly stealing $15,000 from a Philadelphia Housing Authority-owned rowhouse in Kingsessing Tuesday in an FBI sting. Ramsey suspended him from the force with the intent to dismiss. The Daily News found that none of the previous Internal Affairs complaints, which accused Walker of misdeeds ranging from physical assaults to theft, was ever sustained.
May 23, 2013 |
JEFFREY WALKER, the veteran Philly narcotics cop who was federally charged yesterday with allegedly robbing a drug dealer, has been the subject of 18 Internal Affairs complaints during his career. The civilian complaints - none of which was sustained - included accusations of theft, physical and verbal abuse, and illegal searches. Walker, 44, joined the police force in 1989 and was assigned to the Narcotics Field Unit South 10 years later. Walker has worked with some of the six narcotics cops who were transferred to different assignments in December after the District Attorney's Office said that the officers would no longer be called to testify in drug cases.