June 18, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, but equality advocates say that without a nondiscrimination law, a gay person married on a Sunday could be fired by an employer on Monday for having a wedding picture on the office desk. Some two dozen lawmakers, gay rights advocates, and faith and business leaders came together Monday in the Capitol to push for passage of a long-stalled bill to ban discrimination in employment and accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation.
June 13, 2014 |
THIS NEEDED clarification. Not only is it rare for a sports executive to publicly call out his players, but the comments Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz directed at his charges were so brutally harsh, you wanted to make sure they were in proper context. For any Union fan wondering why manager John Hackworth got sacked on Tuesday, Sakiewicz said to look no further than the guys in the locker room. "Yes, I will clarify," Sakiewicz said yesterday at a news conference introducing Jim Curtin as interim coach.
June 13, 2014 |
A day after firing team manager John Hackworth, the Union let go of assistant coach and technical director Rob Vartughian on Wednesday. The firing means the three coaches who were hired before the Union's inaugural season in 2010 are gone. The first to go was the franchise's first team manager, Peter Nowak, who was replaced by Hackworth in June 2012. Vartughian joined the staff in January 2010 as an assistant and goalkeeper coach. His role was expanded to technical director in 2012.
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.