November 17, 2013 |
A WEEK AFTER returning from a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom and Israel, Mayor Nutter is taking his act on the road once more. Nutter on Monday will join a trip led by Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal's expansion project, which the city is hoping will boost business at Philly's port. "There is great potential to increase economic activity at our port and create good-wage-paying jobs for Philadelphians," Nutter said in a statement. Nutter has traveled a lot in the past year, with trips to China, Italy, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago and many others.
January 11, 2013 |
AN UPPER DARBY mother faces criminal charges after leaving her 6-year-old daughter home alone so that she could take a bus to New York City to "de-stress," police said. Shawn Kersey, 35, is one of two Delaware County women who allegedly left their kids home alone last Friday and didn't return until police began to ask questions. According to Upper Darby Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Kersey left on a bus bound for the Big Apple well before her daughter went to school. At 8 a.m., Kersey allegedly called her little girl and told her to go to the school-bus stop.
November 29, 2010
IN THIS SEASON of thanks, hope, joy and light, I really do try to be a tad tolerant of politicians and the things they do. But, brother, do they make it tough. Take John Street. No, I mean it, take him. As the Daily News reported Friday, the former mayor is quoted in Philadelphia magazine calling Mayor Nutter "incredibly arrogant, incompetent and offensive. " Really? First of all, if Street had a coat of arms, "arrogant, incompetent and offensive" would be its motto.
June 21, 2009 |
Stephen Starr took the boys (and a couple of girls) out for pizza Thursday. At 9:41 in the morning. For a clam pie, in New Haven, Conn., for goodness' sake, four hours and change by jouncing shuttle bus from his offices over the Continental in Old City. In the gray, drumming rain. He was so hungry by the time he got there that he did what any famished pizza-eater would do: He promptly, and with rueful chagrin, burned the roof of his mouth. And that was just pizzeria Numero Uno. There were four more to come on this gonzo pizza tour - back down in New York's East Village, and in Brooklyn, the harp wires of the bridge going hazy in the fading light.
December 21, 2008 |
Clyde bellies up to the bar at the Franklin Fountain, the throwback ice-cream emporium in Old City, his paws on the marble counter, poised to take a triple-dip sundae in a single lick. Clyde ignores all questions about his Marley & Me costars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, although it is a widely circulated rumor that he got, um, overly friendly with Jen's favorite sweater. Clyde is, in every meaning of the word, a dog. It required six actors (including Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger)
June 14, 2006 |
Five months after taking a trip to South Africa subsidized by an education-software firm, two Philadelphia School District officials signed off on a $926,000 no-bid contract with that company. The 10-day excursion in June 2004, which included a safari and a dinner hosted by a Zulu king, was paid for in part by Plato Learning Inc., one of the nation's biggest education software dealers. The officials - chief academic officer Gregory E. Thornton, the district's number-two executive, and administrator Rosalind Chivis - were directly involved in the decision to buy the software from Plato without bidding.
May 9, 2005
The furor over House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's trip to Britain is only the most glaring example of why Congress needs to crack down on privately funded travel by its members. If DeLay's golfing junket to Scotland in 2000 was indeed paid in part by a lobbyist, it violated House ethics rules. DeLay's ethical problems, however, are just part of a larger issue: Members of both parties increasingly accept free trips hither and yon courtesy of private groups, with scant scrutiny or justification.
July 26, 2003
New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey shows remarkably clear ethical vision on his return flights from political junkets. It's his clouded judgment at the departure gate that is so mystifying. McGreevey, whose popularity has undergone a little turbulence, took his wife and child to Puerto Rico earlier this week on the dime of the International Longshoremen's Association. The union contributed to his campaign. The best thing that can be said for the union-funded "trade mission" is that it was legal.
May 8, 2002
Most people can only dream of going on the really cool corporate junkets, the ones where you get to soak up the rays on a gorgeous beach, bash a white ball around a famous course and do a lot of four-star wining and dining, all on someone else's dime. But serving on the board of the Philadelphia pension fund is like a dream come true for some of its members. Several members of that board - particularly the people who sit on it representing city unions - seem to be among the most well-traveled, well-fed board members in the nation.
April 2, 2002 |
THE Department of Human Services is charged with protecting Philadelphia's children from abuse and neglect while keeping our most fragile families united and strong. The work can be emotionally draining and burnout is commonplace. Retaining and attracting qualified social workers is a constant challenge. Over the last two years, DHS has implemented an aggressive and highly successful recruitment campaign to fill the many vacancies in the department. One facet of this campaign was directly targeted at recruiting bilingual candidates to better assist the growing need for Spanish-speaking social workers.