July 16, 2014 |
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
July 11, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open. That response leaves Catholics angered by parish mergers with one more option: Sending an appeal to Rome. At least two parishes are planning to pursue that option, and have hired consultants and attorneys familiar with church law. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes," said Ralph DiGuiseppe, a parishioner of the former St. Ann parish in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. St. Ann, built by Italian immigrants, was merged July 1 with St. Mark Parish in Bristol.
May 30, 2014
City Council's nearly three-month review of the proposed sale of the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works is beginning to look more like foot-dragging than careful due diligence. City taxpayers, who for years have begged for a buyer to take the debt-prone PGW off their hands, must be wondering whether the intent of Council's deliberative pace is to kill the deal. Supporting that view is disturbing news reported Sunday by Inquirer staff writer Andy Maykuth that a politically connected unsuccessful bidder for PGW is positioning himself to benefit if the bid is rejected.
May 14, 2014 |
The Phillies removed Jayson Nix from the team Monday, the second bench subtraction in less than a week. The timing of the roster shuffle was interesting, since the Phillies lost another infield option Sunday when Freddy Galvis suffered a broken left clavicle during a collision with a teammate in pursuit of a foul ball. Nix was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can elect free agency or accept his minor-league assignment. The team's 40-man roster is at 39. His replacement will be announced Tuesday.
May 1, 2014 |
CODY ASCHE'S absence from the lineup last night wasn't as notable as Ryne Sandberg's choice to replace him. With a lefty starter on the mound, Sandberg elected to go with Jayson Nix instead of Freddy Galvis as his righthanded hitting third baseman. While it might not have been a major story line, it was a good indication of the improvement that Galvis needs to show at the plate if he ever hopes to make the transition from utility whiz to Gold Glove regular. Nix, a journeyman who is playing for his sixth team in 7 years, entered last night hitting .179 with a home run and a .493 OPS. Yet Sandberg had some reason to think Nix offered the best chance of success against Mets lefty Jon Niese.
April 16, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School Partnership and PennCAN, two controversial education-reform groups, want the state's highest court to decide whether the School Reform Commission can impose work-rule changes on teachers. The two pro-school-choice organizations sought the review in an amicus brief filed yesterday with the state Supreme Court. It "is crucial for this Court to fully consider this case and breathe life into the legislative command that the [SRC] is to be empowered with the flexibility to quickly respond in times of budgetary crisis and provide for the long-term sustainability of City public education," the filing read.
March 21, 2014 |
RUSSELL CROWE went to meet the pope, but the pope said "No-ah. " Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film about the animal ark-ivist attended Pope Francis ' general audience yesterday but didn't get what they most wanted: a photo-op. Maybe Crowe will have better luck if he accompanies the Philadelphia delegation later this month. Crowe had lobbied hard for a papal thumbs-up for his film "Noah," and the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing would bring. The film has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet Noah, while U.S. conservatives have complained the film takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood.
March 4, 2014 |
Though buses, trains and planes could be delayed because of the snowstorm forecasted to hit the Philadelphia region Sunday, announcements about those likely delays are right on schedule. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia International Airport said Sunday afternoon that airlines were reporting "96 canceled flights tonight in anticipation of the storm. " Most airlines reported reducing flight activity tomorrow until noon, said spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. "We are fully staffed and prepared to treat all paved surfaces when precipitation begins," she said.
February 26, 2014 |
AMAN WHO police say posed as District Attorney Seth Williams has been charged with a litany of crimes after allegedly scamming an elderly man out of tens of thousands of dollars, pretending to be the city's top prosecutor. The alleged scammer happens to be old pals with Williams and reportedly used that connection to gain the victim's trust. Shelton Thomas, 47, is charged with robbery, burglary, theft, extortion, criminal trespass, identity theft and impersonating a public servant.
January 17, 2014 |
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission approved five-year renewals for three city charter schools, while taking steps to not renew the charter of another that serves mainly foster-care students. Planet Abacus and Laboratory Charter - both founded by Dorothy June Brown, who is expected to be retried on federal charges that she defrauded the schools - were approved with a slew of conditions related to personnel, governance, financial oversight, training of faculty and staff, and enrollment barriers.