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.
December 20, 2013 |
The Colonial Conference has voted down a projected alliance with the Cape-Atlantic League for football and altered its format for crossover games. The Colonial Conference's vote on Wednesday was 7-5 against the alliance with the Cape-Atlantic. A vote of 8-4 in favor was needed to approve an arrangement that would have created crossover games between the leagues in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Colonial Conference president Lou Raba, the athletic director at Gateway, said the league has decided to create a new system for crossover games in 2014, focusing on matching teams of similar competitive strength.
November 23, 2013 |
The West Chester Borough Council on Wednesday killed a proposed earned income tax that officials had said was necessary to save the borough's diminishing pension fund. Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who was in favor of the 0.25 percent tax increase, said she was "very disappointed" in the 4-3 council vote. "Quite frankly, it is in my opinion a mistake," she said. "You really can't kick these very important decisions down the road and that's what happened again. We're in the same place we were before.
August 15, 2013 |
Delighting many residents but disappointing township officials, the Lower Makefield zoning board declined Tuesday to grant variances to husband-and-wife veterinarians seeking to build an equine hospital on a parcel of Patterson Farm, a large swath of open space owned by the township. Board members cited a variety of reasons for the 5-0 decision, including the potential for the hospital to change the character of the neighborhood around the farm, and setting a poor precedent by parceling out the land to private entities.
August 9, 2013 |
THAT ANTHONY WEINER sure knows how to pick 'em. Of all the women in all the gin joints in all the world, he had to sext Sydney Leathers . Wasn't the name enough of a tip-off that this wouldn't end well? Leathers, who chose to parlay her few seconds of infamy into a self-pleasuring Vivid porn video, has now angered members of the military, reports TMZ.com, by using the American flag in her adults-only performance. Not the pole. Just the flag. Leathers' strumming atop the stars and stripes annoyed Vivid boss Steve Hirsch so much that he's editing it out of the DVD. The serviceman who called Hirsch to complain was not upset with Sydney's self-service, but with the use of Old Glory as a backdrop, and told Hirsch he would have the DVD banned from his base, which consumes more porn than . . . Anthony Weiner.
July 5, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania is on hold. And a $45 million piece of the financial rescue plan for Philadelphia schools is in limbo. Those were the results of votes Wednesday by a key state Senate committee on the so-called code bills that accompany the annual budget. At issue were two controversial revisions the state House had made in those bills before adjourning Monday night for the summer. Those changes removed Medicaid expansion and added new wording that would legalize so-called payday lending in the state.
June 28, 2013 |
FOR THE FIRST time in decades, SEPTA TransPasses and TrailPasses will lack a controversial element: those "M" and "F" stickers identifying the gender of the person who bought them. Much attention has been given to the transit agency's fare increase that begins Monday - which includes the first increase to the system's base fare (from $2 to $2.25) in 12 years. SEPTA also is consolidating Regional Rail zones and eliminating those gender-identifying stickers in the agency's most recent preparation for its massive New Payment Technology overhaul.
May 2, 2013 |
AMID CONCERNS raised by open-land preservationists, Temple University has withdrawn a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar boathouse on the banks of the Schuylkill. The university initially announced plans in January to spend between $8 million and $12 million to erect a 23,000-square-foot boathouse on Fairmount Park land at the north end of Boathouse Row near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. The plan was the first test of the Open Lands Protection ordinance, established in April 2011, which requires any institution using public land to provide or pay for an equivalent amount of green space to replace it. The city Parks and Recreation Commission raised questions about Temple's proposal at a public hearing in January after the university offered $1.5 million to help restore its former boathouse, the East Park Canoe House - which was condemned in 2008 - in lieu of providing new open space.
April 26, 2013 |
Ask Charlie Manuel about hitting and he will say, "Hitting is hard. " Ask Charlie Manuel about pinch-hitting and the Phillies manager needs more than three words to characterize its difficulty and potential value. Manuel has a soft spot for bench players; he was once in that position. Few things have flourished for his team's offense through 21 games. Laynce Nix's contributions as a pinch-hitter qualify as one positive. Nix has six hits as a pinch-hitter, the most in baseball.
April 26, 2013 |
READING - A federal judge has thrown out the death penalty given to an Pennsylvania man who's spent 15 years on death row. District Judge Anita Brody also overturned Shawnfatee Bridges' murder conviction because prosecutors did not provide the defense with police records that could have impeached a key witness. Bridges had been found guilty of the 1996 drug-related slayings of Reading cousins Damon and Gregory Banks. Brody overturned the death penalty because the defense didn't call an expert psychiatric witness during the sentencing hearing.