April 23, 2013 |
Following a concerted effort by New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission to ask every customer about organ donation, the number of registered donors in the state shot up last year. The number of people who registered as donors at MVC offices rose from 626,857 in 2011 to 713,702 in 2012, up 14 percent. In total, the number of registered donors in New Jersey went up by 4.5 percent during that time period to 2.4 million. The numbers were highlighted Thursday at a news conference at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, which performs organ transplants.
April 16, 2013 |
Several news organizations led by Bloomberg News are protesting the exclusion of the news media from a two-day conference sponsored by the Nutter administration to stimulate investor interest in the city's municipal bonds. The Inquirer has joined the protest, signing a letter to Nutter that criticizes the city for refusing to let reporters attend the conference, scheduled to begin Thursday at the Comcast Center. "In our view, when the City of Philadelphia speaks to investors about the issuance of public bonds and the city's fiscal condition, that's important public business," Inquirer editor William K. Marimow said.
April 13, 2013 |
With the coming of spring, thoughts turn to yard sales - those events in which one set of Americans buys the stuff another set no longer wants for more or less than the retail price. Other than some buying tips - make sure you have enough room to store your new acquisitions, and confirm that your spouse is on board with it - I have nothing to say about hosting. So I'll defer to the folks at First Alert, who appear to know how to do this correctly. Time it right. Many neighborhoods schedule an annual date for all homes and neighbors to participate and will promote the date on your behalf.
April 12, 2013 |
A gunshot victim whose kidneys, pancreas, heart and liver were transplanted into four recipients transmitted an uncommon parasite to several of them, health officials reported Thursday, suggesting that new screening guidelines may be needed. The infection apparently involved patients at Temple University Hospital and Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. The parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis , is found mainly in and around the tropics, and no national guidelines recommend screening donors, according to the investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 1, 2013 |
Nearly two years after teachers at a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia expressed interest in forming a union, they will get a chance to vote later this month. And, in what union officials said will be a first for a charter school in Pennsylvania, New Media's union election will be overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) instead of Pennsylvania's state labor board. At the request of the charter school, the national board took jurisdiction of New Media's election as a result of a recent NLRB decision that said the Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School was not a public school.
March 21, 2013 |
Two Pennsylvania charter school organizations on Tuesday criticized the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee's report that catalogs instances of fraud and mismanagement at charter schools across the state. State Rep. James R. Roebuck (D., Phila.) said his review of selected charters' operations supports the need for legislation he has introduced to reform the state's charter laws by strengthening oversight and accountability and reexamining how they are funded. Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools said Roebuck presented a one-sided view of the state's 16 cyber charters, which provide online instruction to students in their homes.
March 19, 2013 |
MIRANDA BARTHMUS was munching on some brunch at Sabrina's Cafe in the Italian Market last spring when something unexpected arrived at her table: a side of serendipity. Barthmus and some colleagues from the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit agency on South Street near 16th that helps feed and shelter area homeless folks, had attracted the attention of Robert DeAbreu, the owner of Sabrina's. "We were celebrating, because we had just had our best fundraiser," said Barthmus, Bethesda's director of development.
March 16, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decided to allow girls to play football in Philadelphia's Catholic Youth Organization league next season, rejecting the recommendation of a panel he directed to review the league's policy banning them. That rule was subject to scrutiny this winter after Caroline Pla, 11, of Doylestown, was told by the archdiocese that she would not be allowed to play next fall. She played the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to an oversight. Caroline, who started an online petition in December urging the archdiocese to reconsider the rule, said she was surrounded by an elated cluster of classmates, friends, and neighbors when she learned the news from her mother after school.
March 14, 2013
Services have been set for Emanuel "Manny" Ortiz, 63, a longtime advocate and political organizer in Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community, who died Friday, March 8, at Pennsylvania Hospital of complications following heart surgery. For two decades, Mr. Ortiz served as executive director of the Hispanic educational organization ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania. He also was a founder of Taller Puertorriqueño, a group for activists and artists, and served as deputy mayor under Mayor Ed Rendell.
March 13, 2013 |
Emanuel "Manny" Ortiz, 63, a longtime advocate and political organizer in Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community, died Friday, March 8, at Pennsylvania Hospital of complications following heart surgery. For two decades, Mr. Ortiz served as executive director of the Hispanic educational organization ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania. He also was a founder of Taller Puertorriqueño, a group for activists and artists. He served as deputy mayor under Mayor Ed Rendell. He was a key supporter for former City Councilman Angel Ortiz and the coalition that elected Mayor W. Wilson Goode.