August 17, 2015 |
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
August 10, 2015 |
SHE RETIRED four months ago, but I still miss Denise Gallo, former office manager/den mother here at the Daily News . I miss her wicked humor, big heart and - desperately - cozy sweaters. Denise kept two of them on the back of her chair, and she lent them out regularly. My favorite was the faded red one. Heavy ribbed cotton, stretched out and oversized, with a high collar, brass zipper and deep pockets, it was my go-to add-on layer when I was goose-pimpled from air conditioning set too high or heat set too low. Barely any Daily News men have shivered at their desks the way most of the women have.
August 7, 2015 |
IT SEEMED as if Richard Johnson was always looking after society's underdogs. As a criminal-defense lawyer, his concern for his clients extended well beyond the courtroom. "He wanted to encourage his clients to turn their lives around," said his daughter, Diahnne. "He tried to show them there was a better way to live. " And when Richard worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, one of his jobs was to make sure minority workers got a fair shake. Richard Ernest Johnson, who opened his own law office in Center City in the mid-'70s, a history and news junkie who devoured newspapers and magazines and kept up with TV news shows, and a devoted family patriarch, died of heart failure July 31. He was 89 and lived in Center City.
August 5, 2015 |
WHEN TATTLE leaves the Daily News or the Daily News leaves Tattle, we may set up shop as a professional denier. We'll sign up clients - celebrities will be the easiest, but politicians and athletes will be big - and then whenever something appears online from one crackpot source or another, we'll deny it. Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill split? Will happen some day, but for now we deny it. The Naval officer in Tennessee who fired his gun at the killer is being "charged" by "the Obama administration"?
July 31, 2015 |
BEFORE YOU COULD ask, "What will 'Person E' do next?" Philadelphia heard from longtime NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah in a letter to her bosses. And more questions arose. Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday in an 85-page indictment against her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and four others that Chenault-Fattah fraudulently sold her 1989 Porsche Carrera to a Florida-based lobbyist for $18,000. "Both the indictment and media accounts are incorrect," she said in her letter to the local NBC affiliate, parts of which were included in a report posted on the station's website yesterday afternoon.
July 28, 2015 |
LAST WEDNESDAY, Hien Bui was angry and tense. She was puzzled why the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority would want to shut down the North Philadelphia nail salon her mother started nearly 23 years ago and put another business in its place. "I couldn't sleep last night," Bui said Thursday, the day after she got a letter from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority telling her that PHA planned to seize her business under eminent domain. Bui said she's been running Ann's Nails, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, for 18 years.
July 27, 2015 |
IN MARCH, James Harris left a comment on Jasmine Wright's Facebook page, words forever branded on her public, electronic memorial. "All in," he posted, with a picture of a dozen roses that said: "For you. " Under other circumstances, it would have been an innocuous gesture. But with yesterday's news, it twists into something ominous and morbid. Harris, a/k/a James Camp, has been charged with allegedly raping and murdering Wright, 27, on July 15 inside her apartment in the West Philly building where he had been the maintenance man, police said.
July 24, 2015 |
A NEW JERSEY probation officer has been suspended without pay after an alleged altercation in Camden with the naked and dripping-wet mother of a man on probation. Police said Arlena Cook was taking a shower on July 7 when Romero Lundy, an officer with the state's Intensive Supervision Program, visited her home on Collings Road to check on her son Ladobe May-Garber, 21, who was on probation for a drug-possession arrest last year. After Cook and Lundy argued about whether he was allowed in the house, the officer allegedly pushed Cook, who was still dripping wet and holding a towel around herself.
July 24, 2015 |
IN ADDITION TO Eric Becoats, several of the district's recent hires for senior positions come from the growing charter-school sector: * Jeff Rhodes, assistant superintendent of Learning Network 9, spent two years as director of school quality at Michigan-based National Heritage Academies, a charter-management operator with about 51,000 students. * Christina Grant, assistant superintendent of the Opportunity Network for district-run and contracted alternative education programs, worked for 2 1/2 years at the Great Oaks Foundation, a charter-management organization with five schools, where she was superintendent.