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November 18, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams remained silent yesterday, again ignoring a request to his office for details about the sensitivity training that three city prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal are supposed to undergo. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women went live with an online petition calling on Williams to fire the three prosecutors and "restore public trust" in his office. NOW president Nina Ahmad said last night that the petition would be "pushed out" today to members and women's groups around the country via blast email and social media.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ariel Winter opens up Like most girls, Ariel Winter , 17, used to wish she'd grow up to have big breasts. Then the unthinkable happened, and the Modern Family star had an alarming growth spurt when she was 15. "They kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop," she tells Glamour mag. "I was 15 years old with [size] F" breasts, says the 5-foot-1 actress. "How do you navigate that?" The media stopped writing about her as a performer and fixated on her physique, says Winter.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THOUSANDS of people affected by the suicide of Penn freshman Madison Holleran have signed an online petition urging universities to become more proactive before and after such tragedies. The petition, posted on MoveOn.org by a former teacher of Holleran, seeks a "Madison Holleran Law" in New Jersey, requiring universities to keep statistics on suicides and attempted suicides by students and to provide them to the parents of prospective students. "It seems, unfortunately, that suicides have become a regular occurrence on campuses," the retired teacher, Ed Modica, told the Daily News last night.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anti-drilling activists calling for a moratorium on Marcellus Shale natural gas development in Pennsylvania on Tuesday presented petitions they say contain more than 100,000 names to Gov. Corbett's office in Harrisburg. The online petition, organized by PennEnvironment, calls shale-gas drilling "one of the greatest threats to Pennsylvania's environment and public health in decades," and calls for a halt to gas extraction until it is proven safe. Other organizations involved in the drive include Clean Water Action, Food and Water Watch, Berks Gas Truth, Protecting Our Waters and Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mixed-use affordable-housing development is moving forward in Norristown despite opposition from some residents. The plan calls for 96 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as 5,000 square feet of retail space, at DeKalb and Airy Streets. Sixty units would be reserved for low- and moderate-income residents. The site is now a parking lot owned by Montgomery County. The county deemed it underused, and in February agreed to transfer ownership through a profit-sharing redevelopment deal.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
THE JOKE says "no good deed goes unpunished. " Joe Groh isn't laughing. Four months ago he did the right thing. Now he's paying the price for it. Groh is the owner of Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop at 6030 Torresdale Ave., and if that doesn't ring a bell, here's the name it used until March 31: Chink's Steaks, a Wissinoming landmark since 1949. Seem familiar now? I doubt many, if any, of Chink's customers connected the name with a racial slur. The steak shop was named by founder Sam "Chink" Sherman, who got the nickname when he was a kid due to his almond shaped eyes.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Rutgers University's New Brunswick commencement ceremony next month - with President Obama as speaker - will be ticketed for crowd control, which is riling some college seniors who say they now have to decide whom to invite. Each of the 12,000 graduating Rutgers-New Brunswick students is being offered three guest tickets for the May 15 event at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark students also are being invited to attend the ceremony as guests, which has made some New Brunswick students angry.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians have launched a last-minute effort to restore funding for a proposed ramp to the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway. Plans for a $3.2 million ramp on the Camden side of the bridge were not included in the 2012 capital budget approved Wednesday by the Delaware River Port Authority finance committee. The full DRPA board will vote on the budget Wednesday. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia on Friday asked the DRPA board to restore the money and launched an online petition drive to gather signatures of supporters of the ramp.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sayreville, restive for weeks over a high school football scandal and officials' response to it, braced for more turbulence Monday as the school board prepared to discuss the fate of the team's coaches, and supporters of the coaches thronged to an online petition. On Tuesday, meeting in Sayreville War Memorial High School's cafeteria, the Board of Education is scheduled to privately discuss personnel matters, and then possibly publicly announce action on the future of coach George Najjar and his assistants.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council is slated to vote Thursday on a plan to bring two digital billboards to Center City. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, allows for "urban experiential displays" near the Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Squilla has said there is widespread support for the bill, citing 300 letters sent to his office and more than 100 people expected to speak in favor of the digital billboards. A review by The Inquirer of the typed letters shows they are identical and that the signatures are in the same cursive font.
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May 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Rutgers University's New Brunswick commencement ceremony next month - with President Obama as speaker - will be ticketed for crowd control, which is riling some college seniors who say they now have to decide whom to invite. Each of the 12,000 graduating Rutgers-New Brunswick students is being offered three guest tickets for the May 15 event at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark students also are being invited to attend the ceremony as guests, which has made some New Brunswick students angry.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams remained silent yesterday, again ignoring a request to his office for details about the sensitivity training that three city prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal are supposed to undergo. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women went live with an online petition calling on Williams to fire the three prosecutors and "restore public trust" in his office. NOW president Nina Ahmad said last night that the petition would be "pushed out" today to members and women's groups around the country via blast email and social media.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
LONGTIME political allies of District Attorney Seth Williams attacked him yesterday, calling on him to immediately fire three prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal and excoriating him for failing to hold them accountable - beyond sensitivity training. "We are really outraged," Councilwoman Cindy Bass said at a joint news conference at City Hall with her female colleagues on Council and leaders of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women. "We want to see action.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ariel Winter opens up Like most girls, Ariel Winter , 17, used to wish she'd grow up to have big breasts. Then the unthinkable happened, and the Modern Family star had an alarming growth spurt when she was 15. "They kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop," she tells Glamour mag. "I was 15 years old with [size] F" breasts, says the 5-foot-1 actress. "How do you navigate that?" The media stopped writing about her as a performer and fixated on her physique, says Winter.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council is slated to vote Thursday on a plan to bring two digital billboards to Center City. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, allows for "urban experiential displays" near the Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Squilla has said there is widespread support for the bill, citing 300 letters sent to his office and more than 100 people expected to speak in favor of the digital billboards. A review by The Inquirer of the typed letters shows they are identical and that the signatures are in the same cursive font.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sayreville, restive for weeks over a high school football scandal and officials' response to it, braced for more turbulence Monday as the school board prepared to discuss the fate of the team's coaches, and supporters of the coaches thronged to an online petition. On Tuesday, meeting in Sayreville War Memorial High School's cafeteria, the Board of Education is scheduled to privately discuss personnel matters, and then possibly publicly announce action on the future of coach George Najjar and his assistants.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
VISIT THE South Street Beer Garden or the Oval and try to find an empty seat. These temporary pop-up taverns already feel so established, it's hard to recall that, by winter, the spaces will revert back to the wind-whipped tundra we race to escape. Summer has transformed these spots. And, if the crowds are any indication, we can't get enough of them. Not many Philly bars offer colorful hammocks like those at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's beer garden, plopped on a lot at 1438 South St. Or lawn blankets and pillows, like those on the Oval on the Parkway, supporting the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THOUSANDS of people affected by the suicide of Penn freshman Madison Holleran have signed an online petition urging universities to become more proactive before and after such tragedies. The petition, posted on MoveOn.org by a former teacher of Holleran, seeks a "Madison Holleran Law" in New Jersey, requiring universities to keep statistics on suicides and attempted suicides by students and to provide them to the parents of prospective students. "It seems, unfortunately, that suicides have become a regular occurrence on campuses," the retired teacher, Ed Modica, told the Daily News last night.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
RADNOR With new state standards and worries over America's slipping academic standing, interest in early childhood education has never been stronger - President Obama last year declared that "the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. " But in affluent Radnor Township on the Main Line, a move to expand to full-day kindergarten this fall has spurred an unexpected reaction: Opposition from a growing number of parents complaining about school overcrowding and disruptions, and the end of a half-day option.
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