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August 23, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Anthony J. Gresko was a child in Lyndhurst, N.J., he and his best friend would ride their bicycles to local fires. "He had a little hose on the back of the bike," as if it were a miniature fire truck, his wife, Esther, said. Mr. Gresko's interest in firefighting, she said, was "a boyhood thing, and he carried it right through to the end. " On Sunday, Aug. 18, Mr. Gresko, 52, of Pitman, a prominent firefighter, died of kidney cancer at his home. Mr. Gresko was chief of Pitman Fire Company No. 1 from 1989 to 1998, his wife said.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER announced yesterday that he will not appeal a court ruling that ordered the city to aid the firefighters union's cash-strapped health-care fund and is estimated to cost the city $69 million in the next five years. The move came as a surprise, because Nutter has been in a four-year stalemate with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 and has appealed decisions favorable to the union, including contract arbitration awards the city says it can't afford. Last week's ruling, issued by Common Pleas Judge Idee Fox, calls for a $6.2 million lump-sum payment to the union's health fund, a $7.5 million payment to the retiree trust fund and an increase in the city's monthly contributions to the health fund of about $420 per employee.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration agreed Wednesday not to appeal a judge's order to pay a lump sum into the city firefighters' union health-care fund, ending a portion of a long-running contract dispute. The administration also agreed to increase the city's contribution to the fund by about $400 per member per month. The city calculated that the cost would be about $69 million over the next five years. Mayor Nutter, however, called Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox's Aug. 7 order "temporary in nature.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Camden firefighter Gabriel Angemi wants us to see the city as he sees it: Up close, raw, and real. So he photographs the flames, the faces, the forlorn places, and the gritty moments of grace that are Camden. "I was born for this," says Angemi, 37, referring to both the fire service and his street-smart art. "They say it's in your blood. " His father, Ronald, is a retired Camden firefighter from whom Angemi says he inherited his vocational - as well as artistic - inclinations.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AS THE NUTTER administration and firefighters union get ready to duke it out in state Commonwealth Court, a Philadelphia judge has ordered the city to make a lump-sum payment of $6.7 million to the union's health-care fund, as well as increase its monthly contribution to the fund. Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters asked Common Pleas Judge Idee Fox to make the city implement an arbitration award that the Nutter administration is appealing to Commonwealth Court.
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July 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN MARK Henderson was a kid, he and his father would sit on their stoop in Southwest Philadelphia and listen to the Phillies on a transistor radio. They would imagine every play as it transpired, and Dad occasionally would loudly demand, "Who's on first?" to test his son's attention to the game. It was a great way to learn baseball, akin to being tossed into the water to learn to swim, although without the trauma. "He had to be one of the most committed fans, because he never gave up on them, whether winning or losing," his family said.
NEWS
July 29, 2013
If the political drama being played out in Philadelphia today seems familiar, that's because it should. Some are trying to bring back the days when mayors who were in bed with union bosses signed expensive employee contracts that almost put this town in bankruptcy. That stopped 21 years ago, when Mayor Ed Rendell used his powers effectively to get contracts that froze salaries and cut benefits to a level the city could afford. There is not the same fear of bankruptcy now, but Mayor Nutter continues the fight over union contracts.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
IDYLLWILD, Calif. - The threat of weekend thunderstorms could bring much-needed moisture to a huge wildfire in the Southern California mountains near Palm Springs. Unfortunately it could also bring wind, lightning, and other volatile conditions that could make a tough firefight worse. Cooler temperatures overnight helped firefighters make progress on the fire's northern and southern flanks, as personnel worked to spare nearby desert communities from damage. Thunderstorms present a major threat to progress.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN 1986, when the smoke from the MOVE cataclysm still stained the air over Powelton Village, Patrick Artur and his family had to seek police protection. Artur, longtime lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police, represented police officers who were called before the commission investigating the disaster but refused to incriminate themselves. There was never any real danger to the Arturs, and, in fact, Patrick later became friendly with Ramona Africa, who, with Birdie Africa, were the only survivors of the May 13, 1985, holocaust when police dropped a bomb on the roof of the headquarters of the back-to-nature group, killing 11 people, including five children, and destroying a neighborhood.
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