June 17, 2016 |
Citing the "disturbingly low performance" of many virtual charter schools across the country, two leading national charter organizations on Thursday called on state education officials to make tough policy changes to improve cyber education and close chronically troubled virtual schools. The unprecedented action by the charter school community has special relevance for Pennsylvania, one of the nation's "big three" in cyber enrollment. The state's 13 cyber charters enroll 35,250 students who receive instruction online in their homes.
June 6, 2016 |
When the feds closed Brotherly Love Ambulance Inc. in October 2011 amid allegations of Medicare fraud, the owner's son quickly opened his own ambulance company and picked up where his mother had left off. For a while, anyway. Bassem Kuran, who also was a driver for Brotherly Love, is to be arraigned this month for making false statements in a healthcare matter, related to his operation of VIP Ambulance Inc. For years, teams of federal officials have been trying to stamp out this "whack-a-mole" pattern of one fraudulent ambulance operator shutting down only to have another - sometimes headed by a friend or family member - replace it. But since 2014, authorities have hit on an effective strategy.
April 7, 2016 |
Temple University will crack down on underage drinking and partying in off-campus housing, partly in response to concerns from neighbors who have long complained about rowdy behavior affecting their North Philadelphia community. "This can't go on any longer," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said. The new campaign, announced by Theobald on Tuesday, includes steep fines for underage drinkers and others violating alcohol-related laws. For the first time, Temple will levy fines of up to $1,500 on those who host nuisance parties, provide the alcohol, or have their name on the lease of a house where a party is held.
March 29, 2016 |
Bonnie Raitt entered the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Friday with a comment about the lovely spring night in Philadelphia and the season's propensity for "raging hormones" - and then the country blues-rock legend raged through a wonderfully alluring two-hour set of songs old and new. Raitt started the party with her sizzling cover of INXS's "Need You Tonight," which appears on the 66-year-old's fantastic new studio album, Dig in Deep , her...
March 25, 2016 |
An investigation is underway to determine how a 3-year-old girl was able to get her hands on and swallow an unknown amount of crack cocaine at a West Philadelphia day care center. The incident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday the Work of Learning Early day care center on 52nd Street near Haverford Avenue, police said. Police credited a center worker with getting the child quickly to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after she saw the girl gnawing on a packet with a white residue.
February 25, 2016 |
On a vacant lot beneath Route 1 on Tuesday, a bulldozer lifted its blade high above a bubble-gum-pink clothing donation bin and then brought it down like a hammer. It jabbed, denting the bin's top. It pulled, flipping the bin on its front. And it smashed, pummeling the bin flat. "No more clothing bins," one man yelled, as a crowd of spectators around him cheered. That's a lot of hate for a hunk of metal. But city officials say donation bins like the one pulverized in Nicetown on Tuesday - and up to 70 others the city will remove by the end of the week - disturb the quality of life for those who live near them, attracting graffiti, illegal dumping, and drug activity.
December 26, 2015
Q: I had tile laid in my upstairs bathroom. Unfortunately, the floor is a little springy in this spot, and the grout just crumbles. I have had the floor redone, but the same problem occurred. Is there a more flexible grout that could be used? - J.W. A: How frustrating! I love tile and stone, particularly in bathrooms, but tile really does need a solid backing. I'm surprised your tile installers didn't point that out to you in the first place. It doesn't make these installers look very good, and probably doesn't make you feel comfortable with the rest of the installation.
November 26, 2015 |
Matt Weintraub stood behind a podium Tuesday morning near the spot where, 30 years ago, four of his friends were killed in a drunk-driving accident that the Bucks County coroner at the time called "one of the worst I've ever seen. " Weintraub, now the chief of prosecution for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office, was 16 years old at the time of the crash. Now, he had a message for those who might consider driving under the influence over the Thanksgiving holiday, a period notorious for drunk driving.
November 6, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH Jr. was convicted yesterday on bank- and tax-fraud charges, a significant setback in his family's ongoing legal fight with federal authorities. It took a jury of eight men and four women a day and a half to affirm prosecutors' depiction of Fattah as a con artist who cheated banks, his own clients and taxpayers out of thousands of dollars to outfit himself in luxury and project a hollow image of a successful businessman on the rise. But if the verdict caused the slightest crack in his seemingly unrelenting confidence, the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., did not let on. Fattah remained stoic as the trial's outcome was announced, saying afterward that he was "disappointed" and "looking forward to a vigorous appeal.
August 29, 2015 |
Camden's Bergen Square neighborhood has seen 71 drug overdoses in less than a month, officials say, due in large part to one triangular intersection flanked with empty buildings and trash-strewn lots overgrown with tall grass. On Thursday, police officers and members of the city's Department of Public Works spent hours scouring the intersection of Broadway and Newton Avenue, cutting back knee-high weeds, hauling away trash, tearing down one crumbling house, and serving notices on other dilapidated properties.