February 26, 2015 |
Four years after agreeing to submit to federal court monitoring of its controversial stop-and-frisk program, the Philadelphia Police Department has made little progress toward curbing unwarranted stops that disproportionately target minorities, according to an analysis filed Tuesday by a group of civil rights lawyers. The report found that 37 percent of the more than 200,000 pedestrian stops made by police in 2014 were done without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity - down from 47 percent from in 2012.
February 22, 2015 |
Local public-access cable TV might be falling out of favor elsewhere in the country, but four months after the station serving Lower Merion Township and Narberth went dark, three groups are vying to revive it. George Strimel, who runs the public station in neighboring Radnor Township, has offered to take over Lower Merion's operation, not to be confused with the channels that carry public meetings. The Lower Merion Historical Society also is making a pitch, as is a King of Prussia group.
February 17, 2015 |
TRENTON - Joe Fabrizio heard about it as soon as he transferred from Timber Creek to Delsea before last season. The curse. Delsea came into Sunday with five straight sectional titles and seven in eight years, but did not have a state championship to show for it. In his first year at Delsea, he remembered that coach Greg Sawyer simply told his wrestlers they had to be the ones to break through. This year that evolved into "no more. " Words were one thing, but when the 220-pound Fabrizio lifted Paramus' Michael Daniele over his head, slammed him to the mat at the floor of the Sun National Bank Center, and landed on top of him for the pin, that curse was on its way to being history.
February 11, 2015 |
Rory Bushby won by pin in 1 minute, 22 seconds at 160 pounds to help host No. 3 seed Kingsway past No. 6 Moorestown, 59-12, Monday in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 wrestling tournament. Atlee Cullison (113), Stanley Atkinson (145), Joe Massing (182), and Sean Calhoun (195) also added pins for Kingsway. Tyreek Smith had a pin at 220 for Moorestown. S.J. Group 1 First Round. Chad Watt's pin in 3:22 at 182 pounds gave Woodstown a lead, and the host No. 4 Wolverines held on to knock off No. 5 Schalick, 34-30.
February 8, 2015 |
On my recent study abroad trip to Syracuse, Sicily, there were many incredible sights to see: the sparkling blue ocean that extended to the horizon, the picturesque Italian streets, and then there was me dancing shirtless with a belly dancer while my classmates cheered me on. It was our last night in Italy. We had bonded quite a bit throughout the week, and now we were forced to say goodbye to our tours of temples of Athena, puppet theaters, and the mime who cursed us out for being tourists.
February 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - A watchdog group led by a Democratic operative on Thursday asked the New Jersey State Ethics Commission to investigate whether Gov. Christie broke the law by allegedly accepting "gifts of foreign travel and lavish lodgings and entertainment" on his 2012 trip to Israel. The complaint comes after the New York Times reported Monday that Christie and his family flew to Israel on a private jet provided by the billionaire Sheldon Adelson while the Las Vegas casino magnate was lobbying against legislation that would ultimately legalize online gambling in New Jersey.
February 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School District says it would cost as much as $500 million to enroll 15,000 more students in new charter schools - about 20 times more than the amount offered by a private group. The Philadelphia School Partnership this week announced a gift of $25 million to the beleaguered school system to "take the cost issue off the table" and encourage the district to consider 39 charter applications on their merits alone. But were the SRC to add those charter seats, the price over six years would be much higher - if a fixed cost claimed by the district but disputed by PSP is used to do the math.
February 6, 2015 |
AN EDUCATION-advocacy group has pledged $35 million to help offset the cost of new charter schools in Philadelphia, the group announced yesterday. Philadelphia School Partnership said it hopes the money will allow the School Reform Commission to consider the 39 applications for new charters "purely on the merits" and eliminate concerns about the financial impact on the cash-strapped district. "There's no question that the way charters get funded in Pennsylvania is a flawed system, and there is somewhat of a negative financial impact for the district," PSP executive director Mark Gleason told the Daily News . PSP said the highest-performing charter operators have proposed 11,000 new seats over the next three years, which it estimates would cost the district an extra $22 million.
February 5, 2015 |
After two decades of service, a nonprofit group focused on revitalizing Woodbury's downtown may have to rein in its efforts as the city looks to revamp its economic-growth strategies. Officials in Gloucester County's seat say they will no longer provide Main Street Woodbury Inc. with the entire sum that the municipality receives for economic development from the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. The money ($40,000 last year, previously $45,000) was used to underwrite the Main Street's executive director's salary, city officials say. Most will be redirected to boost the city's Economic Development Office efforts.
February 3, 2015
SEPTA police are investigating a group attack that allegedly occurred on a city trolley and was posted on YouTube. SEPTA's social media monitoring team discovered the video Sunday which was posted on a local blogger's site, and a detective was assigned, said SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith. The video shows a group of young people, male and female, involved in an assault. Some of them appear to be kicking and stomping someone on the floor. One of the females is seen assaulting another passenger with her hands.