September 6, 2015 |
IT'S NOW CITY COUNCIL'S turn to deal with allegations that one of the companies picked to build a South Philadelphia casino and hotel has a history of alleged racial discrimination against blacks, according to a letter sent yesterday by a civil rights organization to every member of council. Until hearings are held to investigate the Cordish Companies, zoning legislation needed for the project to go forward should not be introduced, said the letter sent by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Action Network.
September 2, 2015 |
THE LOCAL chapter of a national women's group is losing patience with District Attorney Seth Williams, who has not taken action against two prosecutors embroiled in an email porn scandal. Last week, the Supreme Court released a trove of pornographic emails discovered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including some sent and received on state computers by Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo, two former state prosecutors now working for Williams. Yesterday the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women released a statement denouncing the "demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails," and noting that Fina's involvement in prosecuting sex crimes makes the scandal "all the more egregious.
August 28, 2015 |
The Delaware Valley ACO, a group of five health systems and 450 primary care doctors that is participating in Medicare's new accountable care organization payment model, got good news recently. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which operates Medicare, announced late Tuesday that it is giving the local group a $6.6 million reward for lowering costs last year. This puts DVACO, the largest such group in the region, near the top of its class. Only 19 percent of accountable care organizations that entered the market in 2014 received rewards or "shared savings" payments.
August 26, 2015 |
WHEN BARBARA Galarza was told by a high school psychologist last year that her teen daughter had "intellectual disabilities," she began to "cry, cry, cry. " She still had another surprise coming. The non-bilingual psychologist told her, "Don't worry, it's better this way. She'll get a lot of benefits," Galarza recalled yesterday in an interview conducted in Spanish. "She was heartless. " "Nobody would want news like that. It's not logical," she said. "For me that's not normal, [to]
August 19, 2015 |
A coalition of four national groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics has been told it cannot use space it had been promised at a Catholic church in Center City for alternative workshops and gatherings next month during the World Meeting of Families. So the coalition, known as Equally Blessed, is turning to the Methodists. Equally Blessed had secured the use of St. John the Evangelist Church's parish center at 12th and Ludlow Streets this spring, said Francis DeBernardo, head of the Maryland-based New Ways Ministry, one of the groups in the coalition.
August 18, 2015 |
STRATHMERE - When Dawn Robinson paddled across the finish line, she finished next to last. As the sun set, the crowd of onlookers on the beach who waited eagerly for her arrival cheered and clapped and shed tears of joy with her. She was a winner. Robinson, 33, a paraplegic, recently completed her first race - nearly five miles prone on a paddle board. She trained for only four weeks and until then previously had paddled only about three miles at a time. "It was definitely challenging, but it was amazing," she said.
August 14, 2015 |
Woods Resources Inc., a Langhorne tax-exempt organization that provides services to disabled people and others with special needs, announced a agreement to acquire the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, a Baltimore human services organization, effective Sept. 1. The deal is Woods' fourth acquisition since June 2012 and will increase its annual revenue to $250 million, a spokeswoman said. Including NCIA, Woods employs 4,300 and provides services to 3,600 children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
August 9, 2015 |
CamConnect, a nonprofit that helped develop the first comprehensive survey of Camden's vacant properties, is closing because of funding problems. The data-collection and analysis group was created in 1999 with the goal of helping Camden residents and other stakeholders better understand the city's problems. Over the years it published reports on the crime rate, taxes, census trends, and poverty, and last year finished a study of the city's abandoned buildings, which was completed last year with help from the Camden Community Development Association.
August 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Katie McGinty will have the support of EMILY's List, an influential women's political group, which plans to endorse the Pennsylvania Democrat on Thursday, two days after she launched her run for the U.S. Senate. The Washington-based organization, which backs Democratic women who favor abortion rights, encouraged McGinty to join the race and is offering political and financial support. McGinty is seeking her party's nomination against former Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County.
August 5, 2015 |
To understand what the arts can do for a place like Woodbury, visit the city's "American Quilt" bridge. The once-drab span near downtown was transformed into a beauty spot 15 years ago, thanks to the late painter Narcissa Weatherbee's grassroots mural-making project. "People would be walking by and say, 'How nice,' " says Weatherbee's collaborator, printmaker Doris Nogueira-Rogers. "We'd say, 'Do you want to paint?' It was all about community participation. " With its intricate, lavishly colored panels depicting Woodbury's history and heritage, the 101-year-old bridge on Hunter Street still delights the eye. But Nogueira-Rogers and other artists involved in similar but more recent ventures - sponsored by what has been renamed the FAF (Fall Arts Festival)