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May 11, 2016 | By Martha Woodall and Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITER martha.woodall@phillynews.com 215-854-2789 @marwooda
The Philadelphia School District has failed to conduct background checks of all of its police officers and bus drivers, uses unreliable student data and is the victim of a broken state funding structure, according to a performance audit released Wednesday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Besides those key findings, DePasquale said the way the school district handled some 43,000 text books after dozens of school closing in 2013 was "inexcusable" and said the state has the worst charter school law in the country to the detriment of the school district.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Santigold Mount Airy's own Santi White, touring in support of 99¢, her new avant-pop album about music and commerce. Sunday at the Theater of Living Arts. "Under the Cherry Moon. " Test the limits of your Prince devotion with the screening of this 1986 black-and-white period piece that was the filmic follow-up to Purple Rain and that gave the world "Kiss" and "Sometimes It Snows in April. " Monday at the Balcony at the Trocadero. "The Night Manager.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Southeastern Pennsylvania will have two new companies offering managed Medicaid benefits in 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said Wednesday. Entering the market are publicly-traded Centene Corp., of St. Louis, and UPMC For You, part of the giant University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which dominates the managed Medicaid market in western Pennsylvania. Not selected to continue with the program in the Philadelphia region was Aetna Better Health, which had 73,852 members in March, or 9 percent of the market, according to state data.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Karl F. Kreimeier, 78 of Shamong, who retired in 1993 as head of facilities management after a 25-year career with Atlantic City Electric, died of lymphoma Saturday, April 16, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Mount Holly. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Kreimeier grew up in Woodstown, N.J., graduated from Woodstown High School in 1955, and attended short college courses recommended by the utility. Fresh out of high school, Mr. Kreimeier began a heating and insulation firm, "a little business for a while," his wife, Katharine, said, and by the time they were married in 1961, "he had about five trucks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2016
12 MONKEYS 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy Season 2 premiere of the time-travel drama inspired by the 1995 movie. CONTAINMENT 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW57 Families and friends are separated as Atlanta is placed under quarantine in an attempt to contain a deadly virus in a new limited series adapted from a Belgian drama. OUTSIDERS 9 p.m Tuesday, WGN America Season 1 finale of the drama that stars Philly's David Morse as the would-be leader of an outlaw clan fighting to stay on the mountain it's occupied for generations.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Samuel Williams Parke Jr., 77, formerly of Phoenixville, an investment manager in Philadelphia for a quarter century, died Thursday, March 24, of cancer at his retirement home in Tiburon, Calif. Born to Samuel W. and Sarah E. Parke in Philadelphia, he graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1956 and Dartmouth College in 1960. Mr. Parke married Marily Clapham in 1975. The couple lived in Wyndmoor and Ambler. She died in 1994. In 2003, Mr. Parke married Marilyn M. Johnston, and the two lived in Phoenixville before moving to Tiburon.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
An affiliate of Huntingdon Valley-based Toll Management Co. has sold a 47,900-square-foot office building at the Whiteland Business Park in Exton for $3.14 million. The property at 740 Springdale Dr. was sold to Springdale Properties LLC, which already owns three other buildings in the office park and is headquartered there, according to Lieberman Earley & Co. principal Phil Earley, who helped broker the transaction. Springdale plans extensive upgrades to the newly purchased property, known as One Whiteland Plaza, which is now only 35 percent leased, Earley said Monday.
SPORTS
March 24, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - "Coach Pete, Coach Pete," the little girl along the leftfield foul pole screeched, her voice piercing the ears of anyone within a 20-yard radius - save those of one man. Pete Mackanin walked right past her, strolled among a stream of players and club personnel headed toward the Phillies' locker room with the distant stare of a professor devising the next day's lesson plan. He has been called many things in his 48 straight seasons of professional baseball.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When John M. Nazak was interviewed in 1991 about his work as a volunteer reading teacher, he cited a ready benchmark. "When my reading student first reads a complete story without making a mistake," Mr. Nazak said, the mark had been reached, almost. "The greatest accomplishment," for such a student, Mr. Nazak said, "is his faithfulness in coming" to classes "and not giving up. " For his work in their Camden County office, his wife, Susan, said, the Literacy Volunteers of America once named him its volunteer of the year.
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