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April 18, 2016
ISSUE | VISIT PHILA. No excuse for cover-up The theft of $200,000 from Visit Philadelphia might be "peanuts" to a letter writer, but it's still theft from the people ("City's champion," Tuesday). Even though the alleged embezzler, chief financial officer Joyce Levitt, returned the money, and the organization shielded her from prosecution, the real problem is the mind-set that her boss, president and chief executive officer Meryl Levitz, has produced more good than bad for the city.
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April 18, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Will a seismic movement on the podium of the Metropolitan Opera have reverberations in Philadelphia? Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been frequently seen as a prime candidate to succeed James Levine, whose shift to music director emeritus after a four-decade tenure was announced Thursday in New York by the Met. But apart from whether the Met actually offers the job to Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra...
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April 18, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
It wasn't until this past week that I began to make some personal sense out of the opening lines of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland : April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. In the first few days of Philadelphia's April the lilacs blossomed blue and victorious with Villanova's thrilling national college basketball championship followed by a parade and celebration in Center City.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Three fast food restaurants were among two dozen Philadelphia eateries asked to temporarily close this month to fix health violations. City health department officials asked an Arby's in Kensington and a Papa John's in Roxborough to stop serving food until they could rustle up an employee who was certified in food safety practices. A Wendy's in North Philly was shut down after workers were seen coughing and sneezing due to excessive smoke. Each week, the Philadelphia health department inspects about 350 restaurants, grocery stores, school kitchens and other establishments.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
Two people were stabbed and a third wounded by gunfire in a violent encounter Wednesday night in North Philadelphia, police said. About 8:20 p.m. at 18th Street and Girard Avenue, a 47-year-old woman was shot in the left calf and grazed in the right cheek by a bullet. A 24-year-old woman was stabbed in her right forehead. A 24-year-old man was stabbed in the left side of his back. All were transported to Hahnemann University Hospital and were reported in stable condition. A gun was recovered from the scene.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Staff Writer
Philadelphia has been awarded a $3.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant to fund an aggressive plan to reduce its prison population by 34 percent over three years while addressing racial bias across the criminal justice system. If the plan is successful, Philadelphia would offer a national model for criminal justice reform while ending its dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate of any big city in the nation. "It is a bold and ambitious plan that is also sound, practical, and reasonable," said Laurie Garduque, director of the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation justice reform program.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
Doug Banks Phila.-born radio host, 57 Doug Banks, 57, a Philadelphia native and nationally syndicated radio host, died Monday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Banks cohosted the news feature show  190 North  for 10 years on WLS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Chicago. He was raised in Michigan and began his career at his Detroit high school radio station, when he was noticed and given a late-night weekend show by WDRQ-FM. Mr. Banks later worked at radio stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | VISIT PHILA. City's champion Not since Benjamin Franklin has anyone done more to promote Philadelphia than Meryl Levitz and Visit Philadelphia ("Poor leadership," Thursday). As a former Center City business owner, I remember how frustrating it used to be trying to do business in the greatest city that nobody knew about. Visit Philadelphia has placed our city on the world stage: Our neighborhoods, restaurants, diversity, festivals, celebrations, arts, and cultural icons are finally recognized beyond our borders.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
With little more than two months remaining in the academic year, more than 100 teacher vacancies remain across the Philadelphia School District, resulting in thousands of students' being taught by uncertified teachers, it was disclosed during a City Council hearing Monday. Following the joint hearing of the Education Committee and the Children and Youth Committee, a district spokesman said there are 139 vacancies, which represents 1.6 percent of the district's 8,443 teacher positions.
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April 13, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Marcel Farago, 92, a Philadelphia Orchestra cellist from 1955 to 1994, died Friday, April 8, in Cherry Hill. Born in Romania, he was also a composer of numerous works, several of which were performed by the orchestra. Mr. Farago reportedly suffered from cancer but chose not to discuss it, and gave an interview packed with keen observations and lively wit only weeks before his death. He proudly stated that he was born in Timisoara, near the birthplace of the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.
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