October 23, 2012 |
In the two years since George C. Venizelos took over the FBI's Philadelphia division, the North Jersey native has developed a sense of how corruption works here. The people and public officials are no more inherently corrupt than in other metropolises, according to Venizelos. But the government structure and history sometimes make the conditions ripe for graft. Take a densely populated area, add hundreds of agencies, departments, municipalities, and elected positions, and fold in a pay-to-play culture.
July 17, 2012
THE PHILADELPHIA Corporation for Aging will operating its Heatline on Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures are expected to hover near 100 degrees. The call center, at 215-765-9040, will be open Tuesday from 1 p.m. to midnight and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. PCA staff members will be available to answer questions about safety precautions and signs of heat stress, and city Health Department nurses will relay information about medical issues. The Health Department will dispatch mobile-relief teams during extreme situations.
April 15, 2012 |
A 14-year-old boy who has been bullied since second grade found himself lashing out and feared he would become a bully himself. A 14-year-old girl who was cyberbullied and then treated insensitively by police was driven to a drug overdose. And a couple in their 20s were targeted so viciously on Facebook by a former friend they're afraid to go online or outside their house. Each recently contacted the Peace Center in Langhorne for help. And now the nonprofit organization is launching a bullying resource and call center to help such targets of bullying as well as the bullies - plus their families, schools, and police.
November 23, 2011 |
Thanksgiving dinner is in less than 24 hours - do you know where your turkey is? Here's hoping you remembered to pick it up from the farmer's market or the store; and that it is not frozen; and that it is already brining in your refrigerator. Here's a roundup of how-tos, how-comes, and hotlines to make your meal a success. Last-minute thaw. Defrosting a turkey in the refrigerator (the safest method) can take up to four days. But you don't have four days-so try the running-water method recommended by NSL International, a nonprofit that's been doing food safety testing since 1944.: Keep the frozen bird in its original wrapping and place it under cold, running water or let it sit in a sink or tub filled with cold water.
August 2, 2011
The Eagles have the day off on Tuesday, so there is no action at Lehigh. Workouts resume Wednesday at 8:05 a.m. for the morning practice and at 2 p.m. for the walk-through. Head coach Andy Reid is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday. Autograph sessions will be held immediately after the morning practice each day. Numbered tickets will be distributed from 7 to 9 a.m. at the welcome tent, and winning numbers will be posted at locations around camp at 9:30.
July 13, 2011 |
State Rep. Michael P. McGeehan called on the state education secretary Tuesday to create a confidential, statewide "Whistle-blower Hotline" to encourage school staffers to report testing irregularities. In a letter to Secretary Ronald Tomalis, the Northeast Philadelphia Democrat said that he believed a hotline was needed and that the Education Department, not school districts, should investigate cheating allegations, to guarantee a fair and thorough inquiry into testing practices statewide.
March 21, 2010 |
Phil Acutanza introduced himself saying he didn't think I needed to hear another mortgage horror story. Well, Phil - and everyone else - my week wouldn't be complete without one. Acutanza's story - "a 203(k) nightmare," he calls it - actually involves his stepson, Leonard Russell, and the house Russell bought Nov. 6 with an FHA 203(k) loan arranged by a broker, who sold it to Bank of America. First, let me explain what a 203(k) loan is. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's chief program for the rehabilitation and repair of single-family properties is called 203(k)
January 14, 2010 |
Patsy Auerbach Brandt, 66, of Cherry Hill, a volunteer for a crisis hotline and Jewish organizations, died of breast cancer Tuesday at home. "Our father taught us from childhood that if you take from a community, you have a responsibility to give back to that community," said Mrs. Brandt's sister, Carol Saline. The sisters' father, Carl Auerbach, was president of the board of Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern New Jersey when he died in 1981, and was a counselor for Contact 609, a Camden County 24-hour crisis-intervention hotline.