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April 20, 2016
Homeland Security Investigations, an investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has established a hotline for victims of wartime atrocities during the Liberian civil wars: 215-717-4987.
NEWS
November 30, 1987 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
Drivers, beware of the Schuylkill Expressway Construction Monster - he'll be here again in two months. That was the word from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials today in announcing the 1988 construction season on the superhighway, which will begin Feb. 1. The impacted area is the stretch of expressway between Roosevelt Boulevard and University Avenue. Six separate bottlenecks - areas of extreme congestion - are anticipated during rush hours, according to PennDOT spokeswoman Lois Morasco.
NEWS
June 24, 2001 | By Kay Raftery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
"Be a good listener" is the rule for volunteers with the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County. "Callers just need an ear, someone who just lets them talk," said Diane Budman of Jenkintown, a volunteer who staffs the hotline for the agency. During regular business hours, staffers handle calls that come in from victims of crimes such as sexual assault and robbery. Domestic-abuse calls are referred to other agencies. On nights and weekends, an answering service receives the calls and patches them through to the home phones or cell phones of volunteers.
NEWS
July 8, 1990 | By Pamela Stock, Special to The Inquirer
On the one hand, the volunteers at Abington Memorial Hospital's Tel-E-Help hotline are sad that they aren't answering the phones there anymore. On the other hand, many of them have been attending seminars and training sessions and will be answering the calls to Abington's new hotline, Elderhelp, at 657-3344 instead. Elderhelp, which will begin this month, will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will answer questions from a growing population of older adults and from their care-givers - who are frequently their adult children, themselves aging.
NEWS
March 24, 1996 | By Russell Gold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Calls to a new 24-hour hotline for the homeless in Bucks County are creating a portrait that confirms there's a rootless population much larger than local agencies can accommodate. In two weeks earlier this month, the hotline got 40 calls from people needing shelter either immediately or in the near future, said Kathy White, director of the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter in Levittown, where the hotline is based. There is space in four local shelters for about 135 homeless people on any given night.
NEWS
March 5, 1986 | By Susan Levine, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special domestic-violence hotline linking Fort Dix with the Providence House-Willingboro Shelter has been disconnected because of poor response during a six-month pilot project. The goal of the $23,883 project was to better serve women living at the Army post by increasing their awareness of the shelter and the options available to them if they were being abused at home. The post's interest in the hotline came not because officials feared increasing domestic violence among its families, said Maj. Bill Grove, but because of awareness that the problem exists in all sectors of society and that the demands of military life can worsen family tensions.
NEWS
March 10, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry and Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writers
City police detectives said they received about 30 calls yesterday and Tuesday on a hotline for people with information about a man believed responsible for a series of assaults on women in Center City. Police spokesman Richard DeLise said investigators were pleased with the results and were checking each report. The hotline was set up Tuesday after police received at least 100 calls from anxious residents who said they saw a man fitting the suspect's description. Teams of plainclothes detectives yesterday concentrated on an area from the Schuylkill to the Delaware River and from Spring Garden to South Streets.
NEWS
February 14, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Project HomeSafe, which distributed free gun locks in the area last year, is asking recipients to call a national hotline for free replacements for the locks, which proved defective. J. Allen Nesbitt, director of Bucks County's Department of Corrections, said his office handed out nearly 2,000 of the free cable locks in August. The nationwide project was suspended in October when it was discovered that the locks, which had a spring-locking mechanism, could be opened without a key, he said.
NEWS
November 6, 1988 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
A new telephone hotline - 458-KIDS - is designed to provide a friendly voice for latchkey children, who come home to an empty house after school. "This is an alternative for a child who's at home and is scared," said the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Lionville, who with the Western Main Line YMCA helped found the program. "It's for when they're home alone and the parent can't be reached," said Kathi Yerk, program director at the YMCA's Exton branch.
NEWS
March 29, 1992 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The call was from a male prostitute in Florida who had heard the news about "Uncle Ed" Friday night on CNN. He was very scared, and Fran Stoffa was telling him - as he was telling hundreds of others - that he needed to get tested for the virus that causes AIDS. "Don't worry about a problem until you know that it exists," said Stoffa, director of the Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives (PCHA), an organization that offers AIDS testing and counseling. "Sure, you can call the district attorney, but the important thing is you get tested to find out what your health status is first.
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July 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 61-year-old Kingsessing woman has pleaded guilty to a summary charge of animal cruelty for confining her dog in unsanitary conditions, authorities said Thursday. Patricia Bryant, of the 1900 block of South 57th Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced by Municipal Court Judge Martin Coleman. She was ordered to pay $737 in restitution to the Pennsylvania SPCA for her dog's care and was prohibited from owning any animal for 90 days, the PSPCA said. On June 2, humane law enforcement officers from the PSPCA removed Bryant's pit bull-type dog from her "feces-filled property" after receiving a tip to its animal-cruelty hotline, the animal-welfare organization said.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Ikea's massive recall of 29 million dressers was designed to be consumer friendly. Can't bring your unit to a store? Ikea will pick it up. Want to keep it? A crew will come anchor the dresser to the wall. But getting to that point - or even reaching an operator on the recall hotline - requires persistence. Hours after the unprecedented recall was announced Tuesday, frustrated customers took to social media to complain they couldn't get through or talk to a person on the hotline.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Hotline needs funds to protect victims In a recent audit conducted by the Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office, it was found that nearly 42,000 calls to the state child-abuse hotline were dropped or left unanswered. While it's easy to blame the call center for this failure, insufficient funding and staffing and unacceptable working conditions are responsible. This lack of funding threatens the hotline's ability to retain staff members, threatening the progress made in the reporting of child abuse since the Jerry Sandusky case.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Michael Matza, STAFF WRITER
As the Obama administration gears up for a priority crackdown on immigrants —  mainly women and children from Central America —  who have entered the U.S. illegally since 2014, the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia has set up a 24-hour hotline for tips about immigration enforcement raids, and "rapid response" teams to rally around those who are arrested. Drawn from the 19 congregations and faith-based groups that make up NSM, the teams plan to show up at raids, hold prayer vigils, and film the arrests "so more people will understand what happens when [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Thousands of callers to Pennsylvania's child-abuse hotline since 2014 hung up or were disconnected before ever reaching a caseworker, a state audit has found. During a review of the ChildLine hotline, the Auditor General's Office determined that 22 percent of the calls last year - nearly 42,000 - were unanswered, up from just 4 percent the year before. One caller in 2015 waited more than 50 minutes before getting to speak with a caseworker, and another stayed on hold for about 53 minutes before hanging up, according to the report.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
Homeland Security Investigations, an investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has established a hotline for victims of wartime atrocities during the Liberian civil wars: 215-717-4987.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In the scope of all things teenybop, Alessia Cara is not your typical kid pop star. Not if her anthemic "Here" (which just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, finally toppling Drake's "Hotline Bling") or her accompanying Know-It-All album on Def Jam Records are any indication. This weekend, Cara is set to play the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street to prove that, despite "Here's" antisocial rhetoric, she's ready to party. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter - Canadian-born Alessia Caracciolo - grew up in an Italian household as a theater kid who wrote her own poetry.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hotels are almost full. Restaurants have been told they will get emergency deliveries. Pilgrims will not sleep on dirty sheets or be denied the fare of one of the country's hottest dining cities. The papal panic that gripped Philadelphia's commercial class just a few weeks ago, in light of severe security restrictions, has receded. With just two days to go before Pope Francis begins the weekend's celebrations, the mood is all smiles, if also some nerves. "The hotels are happy," Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, said Wednesday.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 100 calls and emails have flowed into the city Commerce Department this week from businesses seeking help in maneuvering amid tight papal security in central Philadelphia next month. Most merchants using a new hotline and website expressed concerns about how their employees would get to work and how necessary supplies would be delivered in the 4.7-square-mile area that will be off-limits to inbound traffic, officials said. "I think people want clarity about what's going on," Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger said Thursday.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every year, thousands of soldiers from around the world call a New Jersey peer hotline looking for help. They have financial or marital problems. Some are suicidal. The line is always answered - seven days a week, 24 hours a day - by a veteran trained to handle a minor issue or a potential life-threatening crisis. The Vets4Warriors program, founded at Rutgers University in 2011, has been touted as a national model of connecting veterans and family members in need with a trusting voice on the other end of the line.
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