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October 20, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the state Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Christie's two nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, environmental groups are asking Senate leaders to put the appointments on hold. The heads of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the New Jersey Sierra Club allege that Christie is seeking to "stack" the commission with members inclined to approve a controversial gas pipeline through protected Pinelands forest. "We want to make sure the commission is not manipulated into reversing the decision it made in January," Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the Preservation Alliance, said Tuesday.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - They have bold orange lapel pins, their own nickname - "problem solvers" - and even a theme song written by the R&B star Akon. And with a lofty goal of ending congressional gridlock, the bipartisan group No Labels has also sought and won flattering headlines across the country. Locally, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) has trumpeted his participation. But what No Labels has produced little of in its four-year existence is tangible results. Since the group relaunched with a focus on Congress in 2013, it has laid claim to two meager legislative victories, one of which was watered down and one that recycled an idea first enacted in 2008.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In May 2003, Melina Mazza Waldo went to Washington to lobby Congress as a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). "I had an encounter on Capitol Hill with a clergyman, who loudly interrupted me and pushed me as I was being interviewed by a reporter," she later wrote in The Inquirer. She said her son, Craig, told her at the time: " 'You're their worst nightmare, Mom!' He explained that the last thing the far right wants people to see is a mother speaking up for her gay child.
NEWS
October 5, 2014
A story in some editions Friday about a debate in Moorestown among congressional candidates misstated the role of the League of Women Voters. The group sponsored the event.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University on Friday announced the creation of a special committee to look into the school's handling of sexual assaults. Universities across the nation are under scrutiny for their policies and practices, and are struggling to respond to mounting pressure from students and the federal government. The University of Pennsylvania recently announced it plans to hire an investigative officer to handle sexual assaults and is reviewing how complaints are handled. Pennsylvania State University said it would create a task force in July.
SPORTS
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new report from a trio of activist groups says Pennsylvania charter schools have defrauded taxpayers of more than $30 million because oversight is so lax. The researchers call for a temporary moratorium on new charter schools, contending agencies are not able to adequately monitor the 186 charters that already exist. The study by the Center for Popular Democracy; Integrity in Education; and Action United of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was to be released Wednesday. The report urges the state Attorney General's Office to review all Pennsylvania charters for potential fraud.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joining forces with a Germantown Jewish group and a South Philadelphia Mennonite congregation, the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia says it will openly defy deportation orders by providing refuge for immigrants facing imminent expulsion from the United States. The policy is to take effect with a planned announcement Wednesday in South Philadelphia, said leaders of New Sanctuary, which advocates on behalf of undocumented immigrants. "This is a national issue. We are the local manifestation," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Germantown group, Tikkun Olam Chavurah.
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