October 15, 2015 |
POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will announce his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference this morning at City Hall, the Daily News has learned. In an email last night, the Nutter administration alerted reporters to the fact that the mayor would make a "major public safety announcement" today, but offered no details. Earlier this year, Ramsey seemed open to staying on as commissioner even after Mayor Nutter's tenure ends in January. "I feel pretty good," Ramsey told the Daily News in March.
September 30, 2015 |
The glow of the papal extravaganza that put Philadelphia in the global spotlight began to fade as it became clear Monday that the historic event had lifted the city's profile while harming the bottom lines of many of its businesses. The damage was worse than many expected, and appeared to be the result of a drumbeat of disclosures about onerous security measures, as well as missteps by hoteliers and business owners who misread the spending appetites of the hundreds of thousands eager to see Pope Francis in the flesh.
September 25, 2015 |
WHEN WEST Philly native Jerry Davis was a 22-year-old officer in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Okinawa, Japan, in 1963, he couldn't go off base with his white comrades. "Basically, when you went off base, you might as well have been in the deep South because that side of town was for whites only," Davis said. "So I had to go to the other side of town, which was for people of color. " The discrimination left Davis feeling "very, very alone," so instead of going out with his fellow officers, he volunteered at a Christian orphanage and spent his free time at a Catholic church.
September 18, 2015 |
NEARLY FOUR MONTHS ago, Pope Francis decried global warming as a man-made catastrophe requiring immediate ecological activism and blamed modern materialism for turning the planet into "an immense pile of filth. " Yesterday, a few folks in Philly didn't mince words in their opinions of the pollution-busting pleas the pope made last May in his encyclical, Laudato si '. Paganism, declared one. "What is environmentalism but nature worship?" said Gene Koprowski, marketing director of the Heartland Institute.
September 17, 2015 |
Saying Gov. Wolf's moratorium was unconstitutional, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced Tuesday he would seek the death penalty in the case of a former Colwyn police officer accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and wounding her daughter. "We believe the state Supreme Court will nullify his decision," Whelan said at a news conference Wednesday. Stephen Rozniakowski, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Valerie Morrow, who had a protection-from-abuse order against him for harassment.
September 16, 2015 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers' Kyle Flood talked Monday about how everything within a football program reflects on the head coach - good and bad. Less than two hours after he finished his weekly news conference, another bad reflection of Flood and his program surfaced. NJ Advance Media reported that wide receiver Leonte Carroo was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department and charged with simple assault under domestic violence in connection with an altercation outside the team's stadium after Saturday's loss to Washington State.
September 12, 2015 |
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin sat behind his office desk on Thursday afternoon and watched the television mounted on the wall. It was tuned to the news conference announcing the dismissal of Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager. Mackanin's future beyond this season is uncertain. He tries not to think about it. The decision is out of his control. But as he watched the news conference, Mackanin heard incoming president Andy MacPhail say that a new general manager does not necessarily have to hire a new manager.
September 6, 2015 |
Ed Grose knows pressure. He's a world-class rower who won gold at the Pan American Games. But this summer, as head of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, he finds himself in one of the toughest heats of his career. Ever-changing disclosures about security and attendance rules for Pope Francis' open-air appointments in Philadelphia have tarnished tourist appeal and hurt hotel bookings for late September. At the start of this past week, Grose was primed to reverse perceptions that the high-security event will be more of an obstacle course than an audience with the spiritual leader of more than one billion followers.
September 4, 2015 |
IT'S ALL GOING to be OK. That's the message Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, tried to get out yesterday during a sweaty news conference outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia after growing concerns about changes in the ticketing process, security measures and just about everything else at the moment when it comes to Pope Francis' visit in a few weeks. "This is going to be absolutely incredible," Crilley Farrell said. Ed Gross, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, arrived early for the news conference and told reporters that people were concerned about the changes and hotel reservations being canceled.
August 22, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf announced Thursday a series of small benefit upgrades for families with coverage though the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), effective Dec. 1. Changes include removal of limits on inpatient and outpatient stays for mental-health and substance-abuse treatment, and the end of outpatient co-payments for mental-health services. Vision care was broadened to cover more types of prescription lenses and tinting. CHIP has long been considered excellent insurance, and many of the changes will apply to small portions of the 148,000 children in the program.