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NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD (Delco) The principal of Cardinal O'Hara High School claims that she was fired this week because she rebuffed advances from a prominent member of the school community, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says she lost her job because of poor leadership and vision. Marie Rogai's ouster Monday came one day after she sent an e-mail to parents of the Springfield, Delaware County, school alleging that she was being unjustly forced out. "My career and my integrity are certainly worth fighting for and I intend to do so," Rogai, who in 2010 became the school's first female principal, wrote in her letter.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
SPRINGFIELD They sat around a makeshift conference table in the basement of Rep. Patrick Meehan's Delaware County office talking about their experiences with the Affordable Care Act. The group - two doctors, two small-business owners, an insurance broker, a self-employed man, and an unemployed woman about to lose her individual plan - talked about canceled policies, new plans with high deductibles and co-pays, privacy fears, and the erosion of...
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A 16-YEAR-OLD Vietnamese girl immigrated to Philadelphia a year ago and entered the ninth grade, "excited about getting a good education. " This year, added Ming Nguyen, coordinator for the Asian Youth Empowerment Program, that enthusiasm is lost. Her unidentified school has placed her in 12th grade and now she must plan her exit from school earlier than expected, Nguyen said. A tough task when there are no language-support services that she can access and only one bilingual counselor who must split time among four schools, he said.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Wednesday that it had filed a civil complaint against the Burlington County Democratic Committee for failure to report $1,500 in campaign contributions and neglecting to provide canvassers' addresses in 2009, when the party was in upheaval and its leaders were linked to North Jersey officials targeted in a corruption sting. Joseph Andl, the Democratic Committee's current chair, said that the reporting problems occurred under "the former administration" and that "whatever we have to do to fix it, we will.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Can tools and insights from the world of social media improve the experience of patients in a hospital or doctor's office? That's the hope of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Yorn, a Philadelphia start-up's plans for changing how companies relate to customers. After a three-month pilot project, Penn was convinced. On Wednesday, it announced a multiyear contract to bring Yorn - which stands for "your opinion, right now" - to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and to its other hospitals and outpatient facilities.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The state committee that reviews ethics accusations against lawmakers will investigate a complaint against Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D., Cumberland), who claimed he was mistreated by police when ticketed for speeding last year. The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards voted, 8-0, Tuesday to authorize its attorneys to investigate the complaint, filed by a South Dennis, Cape May County, resident. It accuses Albano of trying to use his political influence for personal gain.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
More PATCO delays Tuesday, including a train halted on the Ben Franklin Bridge and others held up by copper-wire thefts, prompted new complaints that service on the commuter line is slipping. Already annoyed by broken escalators and elevators in stations, riders said Tuesday that the trains themselves have become less reliable. PATCO operates a 14-mile line between South Jersey and Center City, carrying about 10 million passengers a year. "Since early this year, it's as if PATCO stopped trying," commuter Cate Mahoney said.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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