November 12, 2014 |
The singer-songwriter Matt Duke stood at the end of Sandra Morello's bed in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, strumming his acoustic guitar and belting out one of his own tunes, "Needle and Thread. " Her head wrapped in a purple bandanna, Morello nodded along. In her arm was an IV delivering an immunosuppressant drug. "To sing your blues away," he serenaded the 43-year-old cancer patient, "and hope for better days. " Morello smiled and clapped. "It definitely makes you feel good," she said.
November 10, 2014 |
Caroline Woodside recorded a hat trick and second-seeded Woodstown defeated visiting Pitman, the fourth seed, 5-1, Saturday in the South Jersey Group 1 field hockey final. Sarah Fisher and Tori Gantanis also scored for the Wolverines, adding to a four-goal second half after a 1-1 tie at halftime. S. Jersey Group 2 Final West Deptford 4, Delsea 0 - Eireann Canning scored twice and recorded an assist in the top seed's home win over the second seed. It was the Eagles' second consecutive Group 2 sectional title.
November 7, 2014 |
THE EDUCATION advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools has taken legal steps to challenge the School Reform Commission's decision last month to cancel the teachers' contract. Retired teacher Lisa Haver, a member of the alliance, alleges the SRC was "in clear violation" of the state's Sunshine Law when it called the Oct. 6 meeting to impose conditions on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The action would have forced PFT members to begin paying for health-care benefits next month, but subsequent filings by the district and the PFT has stayed the decision.
November 6, 2014 |
As darkness fell in Center City on Wednesday, about 20 young people in pale white masks and dark clothing milled around quietly as police gathered nearby. The group was made up of members of the worldwide "hacktivist" group Anonymous. They had assembled at Eighth and Market Streets before marching to City Hall to protest corruption and other societal ills. "Our goal is to hopefully instate a government that works by the people, for the people," said one protester who, like almost all his companions, wore a Guy Fawkes mask and declined to state his name.
November 4, 2014 |
Talk about a get-out-the-vote effort gone wrong. A labor-backed group trying to encourage voter participation ahead of Tuesday's election mistakenly sent out voter information cards to 30,000 city residents - directing them to the wrong polling place. The group, Pennsylvania Working Families, said the mailer was part of an effort to encourage occasional voters to get to the polls, providing information such as hours and polling place locations. It was titled "Important Information for Philadelphia Voters.
November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.
October 31, 2014 |
In the late 1980s, when moguls like John Malone and Ralph Roberts fought over cable-TV franchises and when a new cable channel seemed to be born every few days, attendance at the national trade show topped 30,000 participants, all swapping gossip and making deals. In addition to that event, thousands more attended five regional cable-industry trade shows. All that changed over the next two decades with the industry consolidation that pared ownership down to a few companies - the biggest among them Roberts' Comcast Corp.
October 22, 2014 |
The region's arts and cultural organizations experienced modest, uneven recovery over the last three years, according to Portfolio, a report issued Monday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. But even with recovery, two out of every five organizations operated at a loss in the last fiscal year, and about 150 organizations have been compelled to reduce expenses and programs over the last three years. That said, about 70 organizations, largely medium-size groups with annual budgets ranging from $250,000 to $1,000,000, are showing marked growth, according to Portfolio.
October 22, 2014 |
T HE CITY shells out a pretty penny every year to settle lawsuits based on allegations of police misconduct. MuckRock.com, which bills itself as a "collaborative news site" that helps journalists, researchers and citizens analyze and share government documents, posted an online report yesterday that looked at how Philadelphia's annual payouts stack up against those in a handful of other large cities. The findings might not surprise you. The city has shelled out more than $40 million to settle 584 of the 1,223 police-misconduct lawsuits - think wrongful-shooting deaths, excessive force or illegal searches - filed since January 2009, the website reported.
October 20, 2014 |
Here's some essential info you may not know about halting the spread of Ebola. It depends on the women. Stopping the contagion in West Africa is key to preventing its spread to other countries, and rural African women are key to halting its transmission - if they can be mobilized to teach fellow villagers how to avoid infection. Toward that end, the global humanitarian aid agency Mercy Corps is ramping up a massive grassroots public-health education campaign in Liberia. And a Philadelphia-based group, Women's Campaign International, which has trained 20,000 Liberian women in leadership skills in the last six years, has already mobilized hundreds of women to educate their fellow villagers, while helping feed families under quarantine.