October 22, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Highlighting what they say is a national increase in anti-Muslim bias, triggered in part by the rhetoric of some Republican presidential candidates, about 50 amateur lobbyists affiliated with the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations converged at the state capitol to pitch lawmakers on a range of social issues. Armed with a talking-points memo and posters emblazoned with "I am a proud American Muslim" and "Islamophobia = Racism," the members of the advocacy group fanned out for office visits with legislators and their staffs.
March 16, 2015 |
Hello there Teresa accepted a New Year's Eve invitation from Lauren, her friend from Roxborough School of Nursing. It wasn't just about ringing in 2011. "There was a whole plan," Teresa said. Lauren would introduce Teresa to a friend of hers, a guy she'd been talking up. At the party in Sicklerville, N.J., Teresa, who grew up in Mayfair and is now 28, met the guy - very briefly. The girls had a plan. The guy never knew a thing about it. He talked to another girl most of the night.
February 4, 2015 |
Surrounded by Delaware County sheriff's deputies, the witness stood handcuffed and shoeless before County Court Judge George Pagano. "I never expected to catch her," Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato said. Lucy Ann Velazquez was picked up by deputies after she ignored a subpoena to appear at the trial of three defendants in connection with the 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. "I didn't want no part of this," wailed Velazquez, who said she was the former sister-in-law of defendant Rita Pultro.
May 25, 2014 |
Veda Showers, 84, often gets lost in time. But she finds herself on familiar ground when Debbie Ganci comes through the door. Both Showers and Ganci are military veterans and women of faith. Showers has congestive heart failure, diabetes, and pulmonary issues; Ganci is a pastoral counselor with Holy Redeemer Homecare and Hospice in Runnemede. They've been meeting biweekly for two years at Showers' Mullica Hill home. "Originally, Veda declined a visit. But when she heard I was military, that was my foot in the door," says Ganci, 55, a Presbyterian minister and mother of two. Ganci's specialty is helping veterans and their families cope with terminal illness - and prepare for its inevitable conclusion.
July 24, 2013 |
A Harrisburg pharmacist has sued the drugstore chain CVS Caremark in federal court, alleging that the company discriminated against him because he had multiple sclerosis and fired him because he raised safety concerns about CVS's plans to cut staff. In the lawsuit, filed in Harrisburg, Joseph Zorek, 61, said he had worked for the company or its predecessors from 1968 until 2012, when, he said, he was fired. Zorek's suit says CVS violated the American With Disabilities Act for several years when supervisors insisted he use a lift chair not meant for long-term sitting, so that he could see the floor in front of the pharmacy counter.
December 4, 2012
Linda A. Kerns has been confirmed to a seat on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing by the state Senate. She is principal at the law offices of Linda A. Kerns. Ari Rabban , founder and chief executive officer of Phone.com, Mount Laurel, has been named to the board of the New Jersey Technology Council . Greenwood Racing Inc. , owner and operator of Parx Casino and Parx Racing in Bensalem, appointed Thomas C. Bonner to its board. He is group vice president/legal and chief counsel of the company.
August 9, 2012 |
Among last year's 324 Philadelphia homicides, that of Tovoyia Owens was almost an anomaly: dead from a single punch. On Wednesday, Walter Williams - the West Philadelphia man whose punch missed its mark and instead hit the 21-year-old pregnant mother of a 3-year-old girl - was sentenced by a Philadelphia judge to two to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. "You set in motion a chain reaction that led to the death of this poor girl," Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart told Williams, 28. Minehart railed against the brawl Williams started on Feb. 7, 2011, outside Traffic Court at Eighth and Spring Garden Streets: "This is what happens when people can't act civilized.
July 25, 2012 |
MISSED THE BOAT on the free job-training programs announced this month by the Community College of Philadelphia? That's OK — school officials suggest these other ways to explore career training: Visit http://ph.ly/Ij47H for a complete course listing and learn about popular programs such as those for nurse aide, pharmacy technician and professional coaching. Free course listings are available at the main campus on Spring Garden Street and at the Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia regional centers.
May 15, 2012 |
SEVERAL TIMES during the Sunday morning session of Eagles rookie camp, coaches exhorted confused, hesitant players to pick up the tempo. Mental and physical fatigue were setting in, as rookies grappled with their second day in a new offense or defense. When the practice was over and players fled the sunny practice fields for the air-conditioned shade of the locker room, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo gathered three linebackers, including second-round draft pick Mychal Kendricks.
April 11, 2012 |
Dr. Joseph L. Hayes, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, an emergency-room physician, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, April 6, at home. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1961, Dr. Hayes completed an internship at Cherry Hill Hospital. He then had a general medicine practice in Havertown. In 1969, he became an emergency-room physician at Tri-County Hospital, now Springfield Hospital. Dr. Hayes helped train many students, interns, and residents, his children said.