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January 21, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Lerner, 83, of Philadelphia, a retired mental health association leader, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, of anaplastic thyroid cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Anaplastic is a rare, aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Mr. Lerner graduated from Philadelphia public schools, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, and served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Germany. After earning his master's degree, Mr. Lerner became executive director of the Mental Health Association of Camden, and then of the Mental Health Association of Rochester, N.Y. In 1977, he made a final move to become executive director of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly six decades ago, Morris Pesin and his family left their Jersey City home to visit the Statue of Liberty, not realizing the ordeal that lay ahead of them. They spent 21/2 hours stuck in heavy tunnel traffic and waiting in a long line for the Battery Park ferry before arriving at the statue. There, Pesin realized how much closer Jersey City was to the statue than New York and how ugly his hometown's neglected waterfront appeared, with its decaying piers and abandoned railroad yards.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
The claws are out in New Jersey as two types of health providers battle over who can use needles. At issue is a technique physical therapists use called "dry needling. " Acupuncturists see it as an invasion of their turf. Now the trade group that represents physical therapists in the state is accusing acupuncturists of "bullying" a physical therapist who demonstrated the technique for a television crew. The group says the woman received a threatening call from an out-of-state acupuncture practitioner.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
All 40 applications for new charter schools should be rejected because additional charters would only deepen the district's financial problems, Public Citizens for Children and Youth urged the Philadelphia School Reform Commission on Thursday. And absent new revenues, the report by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit (PCCY) said, any new charter would cause the district to cut more resources from its underfunded schools. "Parents across the city want schools to improve, and they have every right to be impatient about the progress of reform," said Donna Cooper, executive director of PCCY.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Phillips Africa, 63, a high-ranking member of MOVE who was serving a 30- to 100-year sentence in the death of a Philadelphia police officer during a 1978 shootout, died in prison Saturday, officials said Wednesday. Africa died of natural causes at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, the Luzerne County Coroner's office said. William Phillips added the surname Africa after he joined MOVE and was known in the group as "Phil. " He was MOVE's "minister of defense. " Africa was convicted of third-degree murder for the shooting death of Officer James J. Ramp on Aug. 8, 1978.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the aftermath of the fatal Salvation Army thrift store collapse at 22d and Market Streets in 2013, Mayor Nutter has created a board to put in place recommendations from a commission that faulted the city's oversight of building safety. The Building Safety Oversight Board, which will be led by former Deputy Mayor Michael Nadol, will decide which of the 37 recommendations made in October by the mayor's special independent advisory commission have the most merit. An internal working group will support the board in how to make suggested changes to the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Liza Cartmell, president of the casino-funded Atlantic City Alliance marketing group, said Monday that she was leaving her $400,000-a-year post, ahead of legislation being considered that would disband the group and divert its $30-million-a-year funding. "As you all so painfully know, Atlantic City is in a time of transition and all its major institutions are proactively adapting to a new reality," Cartmell wrote in an e-mail "to my AC friends. " She said the alliance, responsible for the "Do AC" campaign, would continue its work "with a reduced staff and realigned resources and priorities - pending definitive legislative/executive action to resolve its status and possible funding (or not)
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 50 people - including religious leaders, political officials, and community members - gathered in Yardley on Friday afternoon to denounce an anti-Semitic slur apparently spray-painted onto a family's garage door this week. Organized by State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks), the event featured speeches from him and Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Jeff Benedetto as well as two rabbis, a nun, a Presbyterian pastor, a representative from a local Islamic group, and other community members.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A mother and daughter stood before a Christmas tree in Norristown last week, smiling and hugging. But it was no ordinary family Christmas. The 10-year-old girl and her mother had just been reunited after seven years apart. Hours after their reunion, they visited the ACLAMO Family Center in Norristown to thank the social service organization for help with the final leg of the young girl's journey from Honduras. The organization - ACLAMO stands for Accion Comunal Latino Americano de Montgomery County - serves Latino and low-income residents in Montgomery County.
SPORTS
December 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a look at South Jersey boys' basketball in each group: South Jersey Group 4 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Cherry Hill East. FAVORITE: Atlantic City. CONTENDERS: Cherry Hill East, Cherry Hill West, Rancocas Valley. DARK HORSES: Shawnee, Lenape. BREAKDOWN: Atlantic City, which won Group 4 state titles in 2012 and 2013, will be good in December and better in February, as coach Gene Allen integrates three key transfers, including former Holy Spirit star Leon Daniels and 6-11 sophomore Keonsis Hearns, with veterans Kevin Allen and Lamar Thomas.
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