August 20, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission drew praise Thursday from education advocates by banning most suspensions for kindergartners and ending suspensions for students who violate the dress code. "We can't educate children who are not in school, and the fact that kindergartners are being suspended for things that are not considered violent behavior, that's something that we need to address," School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said after the SRC meeting. "We have not seen zero tolerance be very effective, particularly for younger students," said SRC Chair Marjorie Neff.
November 18, 2015 |
A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday approved zoning legislation for a $450 million casino and hotel project in South Philadelphia, despite hours of testimony from Philadelphians and out-of-towners who alleged the developer practices racially discriminatory tactics reminiscent of the segregated south. During a five-hour hearing, officials from the Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, said that the charges were "trumped up" and that the company had never lost a discrimination lawsuit in its 105-year history.
July 8, 2015 |
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky. Complaints have centered on discriminatory enforcement of dress codes, but also included allegations that managers of Cordish properties paid white men to pick fights with African Americans to...
February 7, 2015 |
Evander Kane, the speedy but enigmatic Winnipeg left winger who has drawn trade attention from the Flyers in recent seasons, could be on the block after his latest controversy with the Jets. If healthy, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Kane would fit nicely on the Flyers' top line, alongside all-stars Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. He was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday and will miss at least the next two games with an undisclosed injury. On Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver, Kane was a healthy scratch because he wore a track suit to a team meeting instead of a suit, a violation of the club's dress code, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
May 31, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - At Beachwear Fashions, a boardwalk shop in this honky-tonk by the sea, even the mannequins can't keep their pants on straight. Tiny short-shorts for girls and baggy sweats for guys are displayed pulled halfway down plastic derrieres. The fashions are decorated on the rear with pithy phrases like YOLO (you only live once) and Beach Barbie. You can think of it as art imitating life. But next month, this Jersey Shore town that has been trying for decades to combat its boozy, free-for-all image is likely to impose a boardwalk dress code that will turn into law the silent wish of many that other people hike up their pants.
May 19, 2013 |
John Doerffel never thought his clothes would land him in the internal suspension room for a half-day, but that's what happened to the William Tennent High School senior this week. On Wednesday, Doerffel, 19, was wearing a black T-shirt he said he had worn to the Warminster school dozens of times. On the back, it has a picture of an M-16 rifle surrounded by barbed wire, bullets, and the words "Peace Through Superior Firepower. " Doerffel, who plans to join the Marines after graduation, said an assistant principal told him the shirt violated the school's dress code.
February 26, 2013 |
Through pure luck and timing, a middle-aged couple from Lancaster County scored arguably the best spot on the East Coast for viewing the Oscars on Sunday night. At 5:30 p.m., after driving in from Gap on a whim, Joanne Larkin, a teacher, and her husband, Gerard, who works for Verizon, waltzed into the Llanerch Diner and claimed The Booth. That now-famed square footage where Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence had a non-date over a bowl of Raisin Bran in Silver Linings Playbook . "My friend made me promise I'd kiss the spot where Bradley Cooper sat," Joanne Larkin said, "so I did. " Yuk. "Actually," she confessed, "I just kissed my fingers and touched the seat.
February 21, 2013
CALL IT dashiki-gate. I'm referring to what happened last week when a black member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives attempted to address the body while dressed in Afro-centric attire. Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-North Philadelphia, had donned a kufi cap and a striking blue flowing garment with gold embroidery Feb. 13 in anticipation of the House's annual Black History Month celebration later that day. As House protocol requires, Thomas approached the microphone and waited to be recognized by Rep. Karen Boback, R-Columbia County, who was standing in for House Speaker Sam Smith.
January 19, 2013 |
While thinning out a bloated file cabinet in my study recently, I came across a totally obscure and unintentionally prophetic piece I had written in 1973. It was about how Philadelphia lawyers dressed for work. At the time, I was the editor of a new weekly tabloid that the Philadelphia Bar Association published and distributed to all members. I occasionally wrote lighthearted editorials for the paper, called the Retainer. An example was that piece I found, headlined "Cut the Noose!"
January 1, 2013
By Ed Bengtson and Robert Maranto After tragedy comes reaction. Sometimes, the reaction amounts to a second tragedy. Public schools in safe neighborhoods now have a police presence. Classes have had duck-and-cover drills for what to do if a "bad guy" enters. Normally sensible people talk about guards, walls, and metal detectors. Schools have become, at least for the moment, unfriendly to parent volunteers, as if public schools need less rather than more parent involvement.