January 15, 2014 |
THERE'S A SPECIAL place in hell for the people whose bureaucratic BS put Meredith Gill in the middle of busy John F. Kennedy Boulevard in a broken wheelchair. Gill, a quadriplegic, was crossing the boulevard earlier this month when her motorized wheelchair suddenly stopped. Luckily she had the green light, so she was able to lurch it back to life long enough to get to the sidewalk. By the time she got to her job at Hahnemann University Hospital, with her chair jolting to a stop every few feet, Gill was in tears.
April 11, 1991 |
The Pennsylvania Office of the Auditor General has cut a check to the Borough of North Wales for the state's contribution to the borough's pension plans. Much to the surprise of Borough Council and members of the Police Department, it was for $6,315. They had been expecting almost $40,000. North Wales Police Chief Kenneth Veit said he thought the management of the plans could be summed up in one word: "incompetence. " Steve Schell, spokesman for the Auditor General's Office, said the $40,000 figure had always been the potential maximum the pension plans could receive.
December 9, 1994 |
C. Arthur Beck wants to know why the federal government allows companies to sue his family's machine manufacturing company for equipment it built years ago. "We've got lawsuits on machines we manufactured in the 1930s," said Beck, marketing vice president for Charles Beck Machine Corp. in King of Prussia. "We have been sued based on 1994 standards. " He said the suits have cost the company $100,000 to $150,000 a year in fines and lawsuits for the last 10 years. Beck, whose father Carl A. Beck, is a third-generation owner of the company, was among 800 small-business owners and others at the Valley Forge Convention Center yesterday for the White House Conference on Small Business.
May 7, 1991 |
The "What If" game of politics is usually played with promises about just how wonderful the future will be if X is elected. Candidates ask you to have faith, trust their ideals and elect them to office on the basis of little more than faith and trust. In his campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor, Ed Rendell asks you to rely on more than faith and trust. He asks you to reminisce with him about the future. He reminds people of his last campaign for mayor and points with pride to his platform in the 1987 primary as a road map to the city's future.
December 22, 1994 |
For months, the township's tax collector ignored Montgomery County's treasurer and controller, and snubbed the taxpayers. Certified letters from County Treasurer Jay Moyer were returned to sender. Phone calls from County Controller Richard Buckman went unanswered. Nasty letters from mortgage companies started to land in taxpayers' mailboxes. And people started to wonder whether Don Flynn even existed. Flynn's office owed the Spring-Ford School District $710,000, the township at least $27,000, and the county almost $100,000.
September 26, 1993 |
During Thursday morning's broadcast of WPVI-TV's AM Philadelphia, Frank Moore, general manager of Lower Bucks Cablevision, was deluged with angry phone calls. Moore had scheduled a show called Race and Reason by White Aryan Nation leader Tom Metzger for Oct. 4 on the public access station operated by the cable company. But the ABC affiliate's news magazine show featured Ku Klux Klan member Harry Heriegel of Penndel, who had brought Metzger's tape to Moore. Heriegel announced that Metzger's show was obsolete and that he intended to telecast a show on the public access station featuring his own white supremacist viewpoint.
June 19, 2011 |
I'll warn you first that what you are about to read comes from Demos, a liberal think tank based in New York City. I neither endorse nor oppose Demos' opinions. I just found some of them interesting in light of an e-mail I received from a lawyer who donates time to borrowers at Philadelphia's mortgage-foreclosure diversion court. In my May 29 column, I wrote that the government didn't have much of a track record solving housing's problems, citing the Home Affordable Modification Program's results as an example.
September 23, 2008 |
Wayne Bryant didn't keep any personal items in his office at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. He didn't use the computer, and he never asked the dean's secretary for help with administrative matters. "He was always on the phone or reading the newspaper," said the secretary, Wendy McCrann, as Bryant's political corruption trial entered its second week yesterday. Federal prosecutors have charged Bryant, the former state senator, with soliciting a "low-show" job at the school in exchange for his influence as chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
April 27, 2005 |
It sounded like a routine drunken-driving arrest when Upper Darby Police Officer Jerome Brown described the night he charged Dante Panichi 3d with DUI in 2003. Yesterday, Brown told a Delaware County jury that he saw Panichi's silver Lincoln swerving between lanes on Township Line Road in Upper Darby. Brown testified that he followed the vehicle about a half-mile and then pulled the driver over. That's when Brown said he smelled alcohol and when Panichi, of Bala Cynwyd, told the officer he had drunk a few beers at Anthony's, a local bar and restaurant.
May 9, 1996 |
City Hall has misplaced a few things over the years, including three sophisticated computer printers worth a total of $270,000 and a $146,000 machine that treats sludge. They're part of $14 million worth of equipment reported missing in the 1990s alone. Where did it all go? No one seems to know, said City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel in an audit of the city's Procurement Department released yesterday. Saidel warned that city government property is disappearing at "an alarming rate.