February 2, 2014 |
The lawyer for a former official of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who oversaw the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge said Friday that "evidence exists" that suggests Gov. Christie knew of the closures while they were happening. Lawyer Alan Zegas, in a letter first reported by the New York Times, did not indicate what the evidence was or whether his client, David Wildstein, had it. Zegas did not respond to requests for comment Friday. Christie's office in a statement Friday reiterated that the governor has said he learned of the closures after they happened.
January 23, 2014 |
Taesha White, 23, stood at the lectern at Tuesday's news conference, Exhibit A to help officials persuade employers to hire teenagers for summer jobs through the WorkReady Philadelphia program. A graduate of West Catholic High School, White finished college, landed a good-paying and satisfying job at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and mentored a young WorkReady teenage employee at the hospital last summer. "It was awesome to be in a position to give back to a person who was in my position seven years ago," White said.
January 19, 2014 |
FOR THE CHAIRMAN of the School Reform Commission, being criticized is part of the job. A big part. Although he doesn't have the job yet, Councilman Bill Green learned that lesson quickly yesterday. During the morning, Gov. Corbett announced that he would be appointing Green to the post. By afternoon, Green was taking barbs from none other than Mayor Nutter, who held a news conference to air his concerns. "During the past few years, the councilman has actually voted against some measures to provide funding for educating our children," said Nutter, who appoints two of the five SRC members.
January 10, 2014 |
TRENTON - Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned yesterday what thousands of his traffic-jammed constituents found out last fall - that it's not so easy to put the George Washington Bridge in your rearview mirror. With his political future and an anticipated 2016 White House bid on the line, the once-charmed Christie spent most of the day trying to dig out from his worst scandal with all the stagecraft and stamina of a concert by his Garden State idol, Bruce Springsteen.
January 9, 2014 |
AS WE ALL begin to reflect on the last 12 months in the life of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, it becomes more and more clear that there is a book in there, somewhere. And if someone feels like writing it, about the arrival of a new coach with a revolutionary reputation, about the instant turnaround that he wrought, this would be the best title: Chip Kelly, Narrative Assassin. It isn't just the way he stands behind a lectern at his news conferences and systematically refuses to play along with any question containing a preconceived notion - which he does with a withering consistency.
January 8, 2014 |
IN AN ATTEMPT to turn up the heat on Gov. Corbett, three local Democratic state senators used a news conference yesterday to tout legislation for same-sex marriage, thus courting Democratic voters in advance of the May primary. State Sens. Larry Farnese, Michael Stack and Daylin Leach gathered in City Hall to push for the passage of two bills - one that would legalize gay marriage and another to create special protections for members of the LGBT community seeking housing and employment opportunities.
December 25, 2013 |
Chip Kelly's line, "We're from Philadelphia. We fight," became a popular rallying cry for fans after the Eagles' 54-11 win over the Chicago Bears. Kelly said he came up with the line at halftime when an NBC reporter asked him whether he would take his starters out of the game. He repeated it when the topic came up at the postgame news conference. The first-year coach has endeared himself to fans with sound bites all season. At his introductory news conference, Kelly referenced the Wing Bowl and Vince Papale.
November 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The botched rollout of the Department of Public Welfare's effort to consolidate payroll services for home health-care workers for the disabled led to thousands of those employees going unpaid for as long as four months this year and cost taxpayers millions in extra care costs, according to a new audit. The report, released Thursday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, examined a December 2012 decision by then-DPW Secretary Gary Alexander to cancel 36 state-based contracts for payroll services to those workers who provide long-term care for the disabled and award a single contract to Boston-based Public Partnerships Ltd. DePasquale said the agency's mismanagement of the transition led to financial and emotional hardship for as many as 20,000 disabled Pennsylvanians and roughly an equal number of the workers who earn from $8 to $15 an hour to care for them.
November 2, 2013 |
Camden's view of Philadelphia is about to reach new heights. In a move to capitalize on the waterfront vantage of the Philadelphia skyline, the Adventure Aquarium announced Thursday that a $5 million observation tower is to open in spring 2015. The tower ride, which will be funded by the aquarium's corporate parent, Herschend Family Entertainment, will hold up to 30 people and rise 300 feet in the air. "We have an amazing view on this side of the river. This is a view you can't get anywhere," Kevin Keppel, executive director of the aquarium, said at a news conference Thursday.
October 31, 2013 |
IT DIDN'T exactly shock the world, but, as the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline approached yesterday, the Eagles made a minor deal, dispatching 32-year-old nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England, along with a sixth-round pick next spring, for a fifth-rounder, also in 2014. Astute observers will note that the Pats' pick is likely to be toward the end of the fifth round, and the Eagles' pick is likely to be in the upper half of the sixth, so, basically, the Eagles got Sopoaga off their roster without embarrassing the 10-year veteran by deactivating or releasing him. Sopoaga was a starter, getting 47 snaps against the Giants, but not a particularly productive one, with 10 solo tackles, 18 total, in eight games.