August 26, 1998
A U.S. district court panel's rejection of using extensive statistical sampling for the 2000 census may be defensible as a matter of law, but the issue merits appeal to the Supreme Court. At the least, the judges' ruling appears to be overly broad in enjoining the Census Bureau from using the methods altogether. Both the law to which the court anchored its opinion and the refusal of the Republican majorities in Congress to change that law reflect mathematical illiteracy at best and political expediency at worst.
November 14, 1990 |
With a current head count of about 5,000 inmates, the population crisis that erupted in Philadelphia prisons in August has quietly ended. For the past several weeks, the inmate population has leveled off around 5,000 inmates, about 200 fewer than peak levels that saw scores of inmates sleeping on gymnasium floors, and prison officials worrying if they could supply enough mattresses and toothbrushes to keep up with the flood of newcomers....
March 9, 2001
Secretary of Commerce Don Evans has announced that population totals obtained by the 2000 Census would not be statistically adjusted to account for those not counted or those counted twice. Evans had said last month that he alone would decide whether to allow statistical sampling techniques, clearly indicating that, like most Republicans, he opposes such techniques. The reason isn't obscure. When sampling techniques estimate the uncounted, those who are found tend to be in minorities and to vote Democratic.
January 7, 2001 |
A decade ago, census-takers counted 15,391 people in Philadelphia's Eastwick neighborhood and 11,768 in Montgomery County's Lower Moreland Township, disparate communities on opposite sides of the city. Neither number, however, was correct. The Census Bureau figured it missed about 200 people in Eastwick, a racially mixed section of working-class people in far South Philadelphia. And it probably double-counted about 200 people in Lower Moreland, a mostly white suburb of middle-class houses over the city's northeast border.
April 4, 1990 |
There he is, counted like Philadelphia's 847,169 other residents in an ink scrawl on the 110-year-old yellowed paper: John Wanamaker, 45 years old. Profession: Clothing. The inventor of the department store lived on the south side of Walnut Street near 20th Street with his wife, two sons, two daughters and three domestics from Ireland, according to the bound results of the 1880 census. The Wanamaker family count and other census artifacts are on display at the National Archives regional office in Philadelphia as part of a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the nation's first head count, taken in 1790.
October 13, 2010
An inmate escaped from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast early Tuesday, prison officials said. Kevin Turner, 22, was present at a 3:45 a.m. head count but not at an 8:30 a.m. head count, said prison spokesman Robert Eskind. By 11 a.m., prison staff identified him as the missing person. Officials do not know how he escaped. Turner had been held at the prison since March on weapons charges and a burglary case. Officials initially believed Turner may have been hiding somewhere in the prison, but by the end of the day had determined that he appeared to have gotten out of the building.
September 18, 1987 |
An inmate who would have been eligible for parole in four days escaped early yesterday morning from his minimum-security cell at the Delaware Correctional Center near Smyrna. Leon Werkheiser Jr., 21, who was serving a seven-year sentence for assaulting a police officer and drug-related offenses, apparently escaped by pushing out the screen in the window of his cell, scaling a 16-foot fence and climbing over or through barbed wire atop the fence, said State Police spokesman Cpl. William Eubank.
January 10, 2013 |
Jeremy Levin did not give a pass to all 46,000 employees of Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd., but some might be happy to hear that the chief executive officer said Tuesday that reducing "head count" will play only a "small role" in the company's plans to cut $1.5 billion to $2 billion in costs in the next five years. Teva is based in Israel but has its Americas headquarters in North Wales, as well as facilities in Horsham, Frazer, Sellersville, and several New Jersey locations. Indeed, part of Levin's concern since taking over as CEO on May 9 has been that the company has 74 locations in 120 countries and that its efforts were not properly focused.
July 18, 1991 |
Ted Ryan says he will not lose any sleep over the Census Bureau's decision not to adjust the 1990 census figures. He expected it. "I'm not surprised, bureaucracies being what they are," said Ryan, a Schuylkill Township supervisor. "I'm disappointed because we have solid evidence that we have more people living in the township than we are credited for. " The Census Bureau's decision will prevent Schuylkill Township from getting about $7,000 in state liquid-fuels tax money, Ryan said.
October 14, 2009
If city officials believe Philadelphia's population is growing again after six decades of decline, they'd better do everything possible to make sure next year's U.S. census officially confirms the good news. That's going to require an aggressive public-awareness campaign - in effect, a sales job and charm offensive directed at all city residents, but particularly those who might not raise their hands so readily. The city's poorest residents, especially those in minority and immigrant communities, traditionally are most susceptible to being missed by the once-a-decade head count.