August 10, 2016 |
It's not pirate radio. But then again, it's not too far from a parrot and an eye patch. Ideas for programming include shows on geek culture, salsa music, and legalizing marijuana, along with poetry slams, local bands, and news from the neighborhoods. Some shows might be broadcast in Khmer or Bhutanese. Philadelphia's new radio station, low-power, public-access WPPM - as in "People Powered Media" - is inventing itself in a hurry. It's set to go live with all original programs next month, charged with serving the underserved and providing unique and educational points of view and information.
July 18, 2016 |
Tina DeSilvio said the Kiddie Kollege Day Care owner called twice that weekend. The first time was to say a planned trip to Storybook Land was canceled. The second was to report the reason - New Jersey officials had ordered the day care in Franklinville shut down. Immediately. Toxic mercury vapors had been detected inside the rooms where nearly 100 babies and children had played for two years. DeSilvio's daughters, then ages 3 and 6, were among them. "I'll never forget that call," DeSilvio said in a recent interview a few days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Kiddie Kollege closing.
June 28, 2016 |
For 7 1/2 years, several parents of former students at Agora Cyber Charter School lived under the cloud of a defamation suit that would not go away. The school's founder, Dorothy June Brown, had sued the parents after they asked questions about operations of the taxpayer-funded school. She said they had made statements implying that she was "corrupt, incompetent, and possibly criminal. " The suit quietly ended 13 days ago when Montgomery County's prothonotary, in a housekeeping move, closed the case because there had been no activity for more than two years.
June 23, 2016
A story Tuesday on the signing of the Philadelphia beverage tax into law incorrectly identified the group that retained Kline & Specter P.C. to challenge the legality of the tax. It was the American Beverage Association. A story Friday on Philadelphia Health Department restaurant inspections incorrectly described the restaurants Sannee and Wong Wong. They offer table service as well as takeout.
June 15, 2016 |
The young woman became a U.S. citizen 15 years ago. But her husband, the father of her two children, is undocumented. During a visit to the Mexican consulate in Philadelphia, the Delaware couple share their story with Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro and Evelyn Sabando, who are making a presentation about the services of the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. At the center's downtown Camden office, meanwhile, Lisa M. Incollingo handles cases like those of a Gloucester Township senior citizen and a Camden mother of five, both of whom recently got protection from an abusive family member.
June 8, 2016 |
A federal appeals panel on Monday weighed First Amendment rights against the privacy interests of individuals who have not been charged with a crime, as it considered whether the names of unindicted accomplices in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal should be provided to the news media. Nearly two hours of oral argument seemed to indicate that the three-judge panel's ruling may hinge on an arcane legal point - whether the list of so-called unindicted coconspirators, already provided by prosecutors to the defense, supplements the public indictment or is discovery material that is shielded from the public.
June 7, 2016 |
The Democrats who run Center City's Eighth Ward have been pondering one question for four weeks: Who set in motion the federal probe that resulted in State Sen. Larry Farnese's indictment? Who dropped that dime? Many think it must have been former City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, who led the ward before Farnese took over in 2011 and clashed with him over that last year. Singer won't say. But the timeline tells an interesting story. Singer ran as a reformer for the three-member board that oversees city elections, defeating the formidable nine-term chairwoman Marge Tartaglione in the 2011 primary.
June 6, 2016 |
On one level, the legal fight over access to the names of unindicted accomplices in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case pits the public's First Amendment rights against privacy interests of individuals who haven't been charged with a crime. Yet the case may turn on an arcane argument over whether the list of so-called unindicted coconspirators was part of a routine sharing of evidence among lawyers or carries greater legal significance as a supplement to the public indictment.
June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
May 28, 2016 |
Two students from the Philadelphia region advanced to the final rounds Thursday in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but fell short of capturing the best speller title. Shruthika Padhy, of Cherry Hill, was eliminated when she incorrectly spelled the word "tyee," (a type of fish). Padhy, 10, is a fifth grader at Bret Harte Elementary School in Cherry Hill, N.J. She was sponsored by the school. She was interviewed by Scripps after her elimination and asked what she learned from the experience.