March 18, 2014 |
A PHILLY WOMAN who called Nestle's customer-service department to inquire about the fluoride content in her Nestle Pure Life water was "threatened with a bloody death" by the customer representative who took her call, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court. Shimrit Ellis claims that on Aug. 5, 2012, she called Nestle's customer service with concerns about the "possible health ramifications" of the fluoride in the bottled water she purchased. Her call was answered by a woman.
March 16, 2014 |
COATESVILLE Citing allegations of bias against minorities in student discipline and special education, the Pennsylvania NAACP has recommended that the U.S. Justice Department monitor the Coatesville Area School District and investigate whether it is complying with federal law. The NAACP report, released publicly Friday, also called on the school district to do a better job of evaluating children with special needs, transporting them, designing their...
March 14, 2014 |
For nearly a decade, the complaints against Philadelphia Police Officer Kevin Corcoran just kept coming. There's one for allegedly entering a man's house in South Philadelphia without permission, and breaking his face with punches and kicks. There's another for allegedly slamming a man headfirst into a newspaper box in Old City, beating him bloody after the Phillies' World Series parade. The nine-year veteran has been sued four times for excessive force - with the city twice settling for undisclosed amounts.
February 27, 2014 |
AN INVESTIGATION into reports that a man has been accosting students near a North Philadelphia elementary school is underway, police confirmed yesterday. The alleged incidents happened near Mary Bethune Elementary School, at Old York Road and Germantown Avenue, on Friday and Monday. Police said they are also investigating whether the same man, who is believed to frequent the area around the school, may have also accosted kids in other incidents. In the more recent incident, about 8 a.m. Monday, police said the man approached a young boy about two blocks from the school and grabbed him. Other children intervened, throwing rocks at the man, causing him to let go of the boy and flee, according to investigators.
February 26, 2014 |
TRENTON The Christie administration official overseeing distribution of $3 billion in federal Sandy aid testified Monday that "lawyers are engaged" to sort out the firing of a $68 million contractor, which he said occurred after the state tried to resolve complaints from Sandy victims. But Richard E. Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, insisted that hiring Hammerman & Gainer Inc. (HGI), the Louisiana-based firm that ran housing recovery centers to distribute $700 million in rebuilding money, was "the right thing to do. " "We obviously became aware of concerns that many members of the public had," said Constable, during two hours of testimony before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.
February 21, 2014
HERE in the Upper Midwest, we do battle with Old Man Winter using a two-stage, gas-powered snowblower in every garage. May not need a lawn mower or a leaf blower or air conditioning, but darn sure need a snowblower. It's the first day above 32 degrees here since November, with 8 inches of snow on the ground. We have salt trucks, snowplows, the water company for frozen pipes, so it is not just the power company. Lots of blankets and the fireplace when the power goes out. We ice-fish and play pond hockey, too. We do not listen much to Punxsutawney Phil.
February 12, 2014 |
TRENTONA South Jersey Democratic organization has filed a federal complaint against a Republican campaign group working to reelect U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, saying it had co-opted his Democratic challenger's name on a "deceptive" website to solicit donations. Republicans countered Monday by attacking the challenger, Democrat Bill Hughes Jr., for his association with retiring U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.). The website complaint, brought by Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder, asks the Federal Election Commission to investigate "fraudulent" activity by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
November 14, 2013 |
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.
November 8, 2013 |
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...
October 4, 2013 |
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.