May 30, 2014 |
A PLAN INTRODUCED in the U.S. Senate in March offers solutions to the backlog problem plaguing Veterans Administration hospitals, Sen. Bob Casey said yesterday. At a news conference at 30th Street Station, Casey discussed a three-step initiative in his proposed 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, more than a month after VA hospitals were found to have long wait times, falsified wait lists and extreme backlogs. Casey said that the national wait time to file a claim is 244 days, while the average in Philadelphia is 295 days.
May 18, 2014 |
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.
May 16, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL President Darrell L. Clarke said yesterday that "probably hundreds of millions of dollars" would soon be invested on North Broad Street, as he announced creation of a coalition dubbed Avenue North Renaissance. "In about two weeks, a $15 million streetscape project will be the official kickoff," Clarke said. Avenue North Renaissance is basically a spinoff from Avenue of the Arts Inc., Clarke said, but he added: "It's not an adversarial secession. " "For the last decade or so, this [North Broad]
May 8, 2014 |
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is investigating the death in Chester of a onetime Bosnian refugee as a homicide, authorities said Tuesday. The body of Dino Dizdarevic, 26, was found Thursday between two homes in the 900 block of Parker Street. He had been pummeled and strangled, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Dizdarevic was "viciously beaten" in the back and side of his head, District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference Tuesday, and there were bruises on his face.
May 3, 2014 |
Well, it was just another week with those chatterbox Eagles. All three major players in the team's hierarchy - Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and Howie Roseman - were available to share their thoughts with the public. Blah, blah, blah. You just can't shut up these guys. Kelly emerged to say that releasing DeSean Jackson five weeks ago was a "purely football decision"; Lurie said, "What he said"; and Roseman held a wide-ranging predraft confab with the beat writers in which he confirmed everything except the stuff you couldn't probably figure out on your own. Perhaps all this exposure, which arrived after a month of stonewalling and hiding, was a coincidence, or perhaps an acknowledgment that the organization believes it is time to make nice with the paying public again or toss a bone in its direction.
April 18, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Bernard Hopkins sat behind a dais yesterday, his shiny, red IBF championship belt resting in front of him. By the time his turn came to speak at the final news conference before tomorrow's fight, Hopkins had been presented with a portrait, and a plaque and a trophy from Joe Frazier's family. So when Hopkins finally stepped behind the podium, the North-Philadelphia-raised boxing legend decided to add to his growing collection. The 49-year-old reached to his left and grabbed two more belts, those sanctioned by the WBA and IBA, those belonging to his opponent, Beibut Shumenov.
April 15, 2014
A BIG, RED coffee mug sits on the desk of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane bearing the message: "Keep Calm and Carry On. " I notice it during a news conference in her office late last week as Kane, seated at a long table across the room, works on regaining the upper hand in the complex, controversial Philadelphia sting case. Three things strike me: * Kane's prior news conference on the case was in a large media room down the hall, not her inner sanctum; this is clearly a venue choice suggesting just who's boss.
March 27, 2014 |
To Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, it was "the deal of the century," fatally undermining the credibility of an undercover operative and the case he built. To its supporters, it was a reasonable use of power that would not have hindered prosecutors' ability to go after at least five Philadelphia Democrats caught on tape pocketing money or gifts. At issue is the "non-prosecution agreement" reached by former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank G. Fina with operative Tyron B. Ali 45 days before Kane took office.
March 24, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA If all goes according to plan, Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will meet Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport, hold a short news conference, and board US Airways Flight 718 to Rome. The men represent very different entities - a city, a state, and a church - but a common purpose is taking them to a unique place that is all three of those things: Vatican City. There, they will meet midweek with Pope Francis and other Vatican officials to discuss what could be the largest gathering in Philadelphia's history: next year's Eighth World Meeting of Families.
March 21, 2014 |
WHEN TALK of massive layoffs swirled around the Philadelphia School District last year, high-ranking administrators promised to take pay cuts. The district had sought $133 million in labor concessions from employees, so the officials' often-espoused mantra of "shared sacrifices" would extend to them, too, they said. "Compensation for senior leadership" would be reduced, consistent with decreases imposed on nonunion staff in 2012, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. told reporters last April.