July 25, 2016 |
In the space tagged either "The Build" or "The Art of the Deal" in this section, I try to strike a balance between market-rate and affordable-housing developments in the city and the suburbs. I find the projects that are rising in the "edge" neighborhoods the most interesting ones. Because I have been writing about real estate here since 1989, I have seen these neighborhoods in various stages of decline and development. Although you might have issues with some of the ramifications of development, it's safe to say that most of us prefer it to continued decline.
June 26, 2016 |
Gov. Christie has again nominated a former North Jersey medical examiner to head the state Medical Examiner's Office. Andrew L. Falzon has served in the top position in an acting capacity, overseeing the troubled system for the last year. The position has been vacant since 2003. The permanent appointment, announced Thursday night by Christie's office, needs confirmation by the Senate. Christie first nominated Falzon in June 2015. But the Senate didn't act, so the governor nominated Falzon again for the new legislative session.
May 21, 2016 |
Defense lawyers lit into U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's hired political gun Thursday in a dogged cross-examination of the man who has emerged as a key witness in the government's racketeering conspiracy case. It remains to be seen whether their attacks on Thomas Lindenfeld, the chief strategist behind Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid, were enough to sway the federal jury weighing the fates of the congressman and his four codefendants. In six hours of testimony, Lindenfeld parsed words with the smoothness of a man who had spent the last three decades working in Washington politics.
May 11, 2016 |
Memo to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority from Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner Jack E. Marino: Get over it. Marino didn't use those words in his 18-page opinion, in which he declined to recuse himself from considering unfair labor practice charges filed against the authority by the Carpenters union after it lost working jurisdiction in the center in May 2014. But they convey his meaning. "Unfavorable rulings are the very nature of our business," Marino wrote.
April 2, 2016 |
The attorney for David "D.J. " Creato Jr., the Haddon Township father charged with killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan, filed motions in court Thursday to prevent prosecutors from using Creato's statement to investigators as evidence, and to have the indictment against his client dismissed. The motions suggest Creato, 22, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child, was not read his rights or told he was a suspect when he willingly spoke to investigators in the days after Brendan's body was found.
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | CITY BIDDING Examine all aspects The city intends to improve its bidding process ("Reverse bidding: City sees big savings," Tuesday). But what about fundamental aspects: What's the level of participation on the bids? If the response is low, why? Once the bid is awarded, is the contractor required to provide what the contract stipulates? These issues are more important than the mechanics of the bid process. |Mike Egan, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 31, 2016 |
Four years ago when the family of Paul Brasberger learned of his sudden death, their first thoughts were that he was murdered. On Friday, despite the chilly temperatures, about a dozen family and friends gathered in front of the Delaware County courthouse to bring attention to his death - which they contend has not been investigated thoroughly. "We are never going to stop until we get justice," said Mark Brasberger, Paul's brother. Paul Brasberger, 49, died suddenly of what a Delaware County medical examiner first told his family may have been heart disease.
January 23, 2016 |
Nearly a week after Vice President Biden visited Philadelphia to announce a new federal "moon shot" to battle cancer, the heads of six leading Pennsylvania cancer centers and other experts gathered in Center City on Thursday to discuss treatment and prevention developments, and sort the promise from the hype. The six directors were panelists at "Cancer Precision Medicine, Big Ideas in Research, Treatment and Prevention," a half-day conference at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
December 18, 2015 |
NO VERDICT YET for Kathryn Knott, the 25-year-old woman accused of inciting and participating in an assault on a gay couple in Center City last year. Jurors deliberated for a second day Thursday, and about 4:15 p.m. they wanted to go home. The Philadelphia Common Pleas panel of eight women and four men will resume deliberations Friday morning. Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, faces two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. She also faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
November 15, 2015 |
In addition to the medical and emotional toll, the financial cost of cancer can be overwhelming. On average, some of the newer drugs run to $10,000 a month, with some exceeding $30,000 a month, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a group of about 35,000 cancer professionals. ASCO and another group, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), have begun developing guidelines and tools to help physicians, patients, and their families assess efficacy, toxicity, and costs of the various treatment options.