August 20, 2016 |
Question: My younger brother, 29, was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. He's the healthy, fit one of the family, so it is extremely unexpected. As the oldest, I have always looked out for my younger brothers, and now I just feel helpless. I don't know how to process this. He lives about 2,000 miles away and hasn't decided whether he's going to do his treatment in our hometown (an area with abundant medical resources) or where he lives now. Any advice? Answer: I'm sorry about the tough news.
August 18, 2016 |
Former Mayor Michael Nutter called City Controller Alan Butkovitz "a liar, a snake, and a hypocrite" Tuesday in response to a controller's report that more than $380,000 in Philadelphia Marathon proceeds were used as a "slush fund" under Nutter's watch. The report, released Tuesday, said the money was used in part for unapproved grants, a trip to Rome by Nutter and his staff, and an open-bar reception last year. The spending was approved solely by the chairwoman of the fund at the time, former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell, according to Butkovitz, with no oversight by the fund's board of directors, effectively circumventing the board's policies and control checks.
August 11, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was "on a mission, a mission of revenge," when she orchestrated a "cloak-and-dagger" operation to illegally leak information to vilify a critic, prosecutors said Tuesday in the opening of Kane's trial on perjury and obstruction charges. To the contrary, Kane was a victim grappling with lies from her former second-in-command and a political consultant who have repeatedly covered up their own roles in the leak, her defense argued before the jury in Montgomery County Court in Norristown.
August 5, 2016 |
By 2021, the Philadelphia School District will have a $600 million budget deficit, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Wednesday - and he's asking Mayor Kenney to give his office more auditing authority over the district to "avoid fiscal calamity. " Under current rules, Butkovitz said, his office can review only the district's financial statements. He wants to be able to conduct performance reviews, and look more closely at how the district spends money and grants contracts. "We just need the authorization to cut through the red tape and inspect all of the pages in their books," the controller said in the statement.
August 5, 2016 |
FIRST, THE GOOD news: Vickie and Mark Remolde got their dog Jake back alive, if damaged. The bad news: It almost didn't happen, because of confusion at the front desk at Philadelphia's animal shelter, the Animal Care and Control Team. July 13, Mark, 58, was doing yard work at their Roxborough home when Jake, a 4-year-old pit-bull mix, slipped out and vanished. "I'm hysterical that Jake's missing," said Vickie, who took to social media to post pictures of Jake. She doggedly hung fliers in the neighborhood and contacted the Montgomery County SPCA.
July 28, 2016 |
By sheer logistics, Ruth Donnelly and Dorothy Johnson-Speight might have never met. In 2001, Johnson-Speight was 52, living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, working as a mental health therapist. Donnelly was 43, living in Olney, and working in education. Five miles separated them. They lived in different worlds. But profound tragedy - and coincidence - linked the two: Both lost their sons to murder. Both sons were killed by the same man, just five months - and two blocks - apart.
July 21, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - In the VIP section of the Republican convention sat some of Donald Trump's A-list allies - son Donald Jr., neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Bob Dole, the only previous GOP nominee willing to show up here to support the party's new standard-bearer. As a swarm of media buzzed around them, a burly man from Pennsylvania watched, spoke quickly to a succession of convention staffers, and calculated who should arrive next. In the VIP area, David Urban plays "air-traffic controller," as he put it, for party luminaries, spouses, and key guests who want a spot in the area that comes with national exposure as television cameras cut to reaction shots.
July 18, 2016
ISSUE | CULTURE OF VIOLENCE Stop glorifying guns and demand controls It's time to stop our irresponsible state of denial. We immerse our kids in thrilling scenes of a dozen macho men pointing guns at each other. Children watch the good guy kill 20 bad guys with a pistol, while the bad guys can't hit the side of a barn with AR-15s. Is it a surprise kids grow up thinking guns are the answer to life's problems? We do not allow nudity or explicit sex scenes on prime-time TV, so why so much violence?
July 14, 2016 |
The city controller is asking that the Kenney administration conduct an inventory of the city's 2,700 facilities. As part of his annual audit of the city's financial statement for fiscal 2015, which ended on June 30 of last year, Controller Alan Butkovitz said the city does not periodically check the condition of its real estate assets, which include police stations, fire houses, recreation centers, libraries, and historic mansions. "A failure to inventory has increased the risk of inaccurate accounting records for the city," Butkovitz said in a statement.
July 12, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE Out-of-control costs I agree wholeheartedly that something must be done about the unsustainable rise of college costs (" Let's graduate from this crisis ," Tuesday). Politicians only seem to talk about providing more taxpayer dollars. They don't get to the heart of the matter: Why are higher education costs rising so much faster than wages? My youngest child is heading off to the same private college I attended. The tuition and fees in 1978-79, when I was a freshman, were $3,771, compared with $52,186 in 2016-17.