October 21, 2014 |
SEVERAL FRIENDS of Gloria Casarez gathered in a house in her South Philadelphia neighborhood yesterday, and couldn't hold back the tears. Gloria, Mayor Nutter's liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and a woman who fought for the rights and dignity of everyone who she felt had been marginalized by society, died yesterday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 42. "We loved her so much," sobbed Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents, which sponsors the annual Pride Day Parade.
July 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - After a bruising budget season in which the administration was unable to score any major policy wins, Steve Aichele, Gov. Corbett's chief of staff, is stepping down, according to two people in the governor's inner circle. Aichele will leave his $154,000-a-year post by summer's end, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Neither Aichele nor Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley could be reached immediately for comment. Also leaving this summer, according to the sources: Corbett's legislative liaison, Christopher Carusone, who was brought in last year during a previous staff shake-up and was paid $148,000.
July 29, 2012
The Jim Dandy (Saturday) Saratoga, Race 10 - Post 5:45 $600,000 (Grade II), 3 y.o., 1 1/8 miles 1. Alpha. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 5-2 2. Fast Falcon. . . Rosie Napravnik. . . 10-1 3. Atigun. . . Julien Leparoux. . . 8-1 4. Neck 'n Neck. . . Leandro Goncalves. . . 3-1 5. My Adonis. . . Javier Castellano. . . 20-1 6. Teeth of the Dog. . . Joel Rosario. . . 5-1 7. Liaison. . . Martin Garcia. . . 7-2 8. Prospective. . . John Velazquez. . . 12-1 You could make a reasonable case that this is actually a more competitive race than Sunday's Haskell.
February 2, 2012 |
With Center City's "Gayborhood" and such community institutions as the Giovanni's Room bookstore, Philadelphia Gay News and the Equality Forum that annually draws tens of thousands to issue-events affecting sexual minorities, some might feel crimes based on sexual orientation are part of the past. Helen "Nellie" Fitzpatrick says otherwise. "It hasn't been my whole lifetime that it's been OK to be gay," said Fitzpatrick, 31, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office named last month as liaison to the city's LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender - community.
January 5, 2012 |
As the Philadelphia School District's "guardian angel," Victoria Yancey has attended hundreds of funerals, held weeping mothers, and delivered personal tributes for students who died too young. This summer, as the cash-strapped district laid off thousands of workers, Yancey conducted "healing workshops" for the employees who were left - teaching people how to deal with survivor's guilt and the worry that the next pink slip would be theirs. With end-of-the-year layoffs looming, she had planned her next session for Tuesday.
August 14, 2011
Howard G. Paster, 66, whose effectiveness as a corporate lobbyist took him to the White House as President Bill Clinton's liaison to Congress, where he helped push through the North American Free Trade Agreement, died of encephalitis Wednesday in Baltimore. As Clinton's principal ambassador to Congress at the time, Mr. Paster had to overcome the opposition of a majority of House Democrats to pass NAFTA, relying heavily on Republican support instead. The agreement, which was phased in beginning in 1994, removed most tariff and nontariff barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to create one of the world's largest trading blocs.
May 19, 2011 |
Asia Coney - a longtime ally of ousted Philadelphia Housing Authority chief Carl R. Greene - misappropriated thousands of dollars from a nonprofit tenant group she leads, according to allegations contained in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit. Vincent Morris, who served as PHA's liaison to Tenant Support Services Inc. until April 2010, charged in a filing on Tuesday that he repeatedly told Greene and other senior PHA officials about the problems he was finding at the nonprofit, but that Coney stayed on the job. Since October, Coney has received a $6,000 raise - to $108,000 - while still living in PHA housing and driving a PHA-supplied SUV. In July 2009, Morris charged that Coney and an assistant each took extra payments of $9,998 from the tenant group's payroll fund.
June 29, 2010 |
THE BARE, WHITE walls once held 130 awards and honors plaques. Now, after 45 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, Chief Inspector James Tiano was packing up his fourth-floor office at 10th and Spring Garden streets. "I've had a pretty good career," said Tiano, whose last workday is today. "I spent the latter part of my career helping a lot of diverse communities, so it was very satisfying. " Tiano, 65, served simultaneously as police liaison to the Asian-, African- and Caribbean-immigrant and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities - and it has been announced that it's going to take eight deputies to replace him. His compassion for diversity was inspired by Italian-immigrant grandparents.
October 8, 2009
It is shocking, shocking that a top aide to Gov. Rendell was lured away to work for a gas-drilling firm with a major stake in Pennsylvania's natural gas deposits. K. Scott Roy is stepping down from his $146,000-a-year job as Rendell's executive deputy chief of staff. He'll start work Monday in a job that pays goodness-knows-how-much with Range Resources Corp., a Texas company with leasing rights to 900,000 acres in the state's gas-rich Marcellus Shale region. Until now, Roy had been the governor's liaison on drilling issues.
May 22, 2009 |
She was a math teacher, singer-songwriter, and Mennonite Christian who, according to her Facebook page, liked having fun with her students. But the classroom high jinks, police said, got out of hand. Heather L. Zeo, who taught at North Penn High School in Lansdale, was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student and sending sexually explicit Internet and phone messages to another student, also 17. The 37-year-old Warrington mother of three was arraigned yesterday in Lansdale District Court on charges of endangering the welfare of children and corrupting minors.