October 15, 2015 |
Members of the union representing Philadelphia's commercial office cleaners have voted to authorize a strike if no labor agreement is reached before their current contract expires on Thursday. More than 800 members of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) cast ballots in Tuesday's strike-authorization vote, the union said in a release. The union is resisting cuts to cleaners' health benefits and pensions. Contract talks between the 32BJ SEIU bargaining committee and Building Operators Labor Relations, which represents building owners and maintenance contractors, have been ongoing since Sept.
October 14, 2015 |
Developer Scott Mazo is doubling down on the office market at University City's western edge as he moves forward with a second building near the bustling district's far end. This week, Mazo said, demolition will begin at 41st and Market Streets, at the site of a Pep Boys store, on his planned 3.0 University Place project. Groundbreaking for the $70 million office building could come in the spring. The 190,000-square-foot, five-story structure will boast state-of-the-art eco-friendly features such as a skin of photoreactive glass, in hopes of luring tech-savvy tenants to its location, where University City's cluster of high-end offices meets its lower-income neighborhoods.
October 9, 2015 |
W ALT DISNEY died nearly 50 years ago, but the company that bears his name is doing very well, thankyouverymuch. Since Disney releases so many tentpole movies from so many different franchises, the Mouse House likes to plan ahead. Yesterday it announced dates for a number of new movies through 2020. Highlights, according to the Hollywood Reporter , include "Cars 3" (June 16, 2017) and "The Incredibles 2" (June 21, 2019), both from Pixar. "Toy Story 4," which originally had the 2017 date, is being pushed back to June 15, 2018.
October 7, 2015 |
Mary Jane Murphy, 89, formerly of Fairmount, an office administrator for a commercial real estate firm and a gifted singer, died of heart failure, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. In 1988, Miss Murphy retired as director of office services for Strouse, Greenberg & Co. in Philadelphia. Miss Murphy joined the firm in 1958 as executive secretary to the controller and later was promoted to personnel manager. Before she left the firm in June 1988, Miss Murphy placed a classified ad in The Inquirer seeking her replacement; it described her to a T: "It is ONLY for a pro-active person who is able to market the HR function thru enthusiasm and interpersonal skills and achieve positive results.
October 6, 2015 |
WHETHER IT WAS due to interest in Mars after the recent discovery of water there or because it led the Daily News ' Friday Features section, or maybe because it's just a good movie, "The Martian" won this weekend's battle for the box office. Ridley Scott 's 3-D space epic (just as enjoyable in 2-D) took in a propulsive $55 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Matt Damon starrer exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever.
October 4, 2015 |
Nick Sakiewicz was the public face of the Union since well before the team's first Major League Soccer season in 2010. Eventually, he and chairman/owner Jay Sugarman had different visions on the direction of the team. That cost Sakiewicz his job as chief executive officer and operating partner on Thursday. Sugarman, who works in New York and had limited contact over the years with the media was expansive during a Friday conference call in explaining Sakiewicz's ouster. Sakiewicz, a former professional goalkeeper, was often criticized for meddling too much in player acquisition.
October 3, 2015 |
More than two years after the building collapse, Philadelphia Police Detective Paul Guercio still seemed in shock as he described arriving at 22d and Market Streets. "I rounded the corner, and that's when I saw it. Oh, my God, it was apocalyptic," Guercio told a Philadelphia jury Thursday about the scene just around 10:50 a.m. on June 5, 2013. Guercio is the first witness to testify in the murder trial of the demolition contractor accused in the Center City building collapse that killed six and hurt 13. He described walking west from 21st Street on Market: There on the corner was the familiar entrance to the Salvation Army thrift store.
October 2, 2015 |
WILLIAM "DUB" Lawrence is the kind of earnest, All-American guy a cop would be happy to call a friend. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the height of the Vietnam War. Was elected sheriff in Davis County, Utah, in the mid-1970s, and created the area's first SWAT team. He comes from a family of police officers, including an uncle who was shot in the head in the line of duty but miraculously survived, only to die of lead poisoning from the bullet. And now, at age 70, Lawrence wants to draw people into a conversation about topics likely to make some in law enforcement uncomfortable: transparency surrounding police-involved shootings, the ongoing militarization of America's police departments, and whether the justice system treats citizens and cops with equal fairness.
October 2, 2015 |
IN THE documentary "Peace Officer," we see police storming a home where the surprised resident wields a golf club, moments before he's shot and killed. The officer who fired said he thought the man might have been holding a sword. The incident, like others that are typical of police work, exists on a deadly knife edge of uncertainty, where tragic events are bound to occur, as civilians understand. With that in mind, many Americans have traditionally granted police significant leeway doing their jobs, especially those of us raised on "Blue Knight" images of veteran officers dispensing justice with Solomon-like wisdom and skill.
October 2, 2015 |
IT WAS AN UNUSUAL WAY to propose, but so what? It worked. Paul Johnson stashed an engagement ring in a sock and tossed it to his lady love, Elaine Baxter, with the admonition, "This is something to keep you warm. " It is not recorded what Elaine thought of this maneuver, committed during a get-together with friends, but she must have been OK with it because she accepted the proposal and they were wed in 1974. Paul's method of proposal was typical of this fun-loving guy who once worked as a disc jockey named "the Heavy J," who thought nothing of hopping into his Cadillac and hitting the road.