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May 30, 2016
ISSUE | HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL Remember all victims Philadelphia's Holocaust Memorial should incorporate the five million non-Jews who were killed by Adolf Hitler's forces (" 'A uniquely Jewish experience,' " Monday). I take issue with the letter writer who implied that to do so would deny the Nazis' obsession with the Jews. These Polish Christians and other non-Jews were not some sort of collateral damage but were Nazi targets, too. As a Jewish American born in Amsterdam, I identified deeply with Anne Frank and took to heart that she cried watching Romani and Hungarian children being led to the crematoria.
NEWS
May 28, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA DEVELOPMENT Need to keep housing affordable As leaders of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, we've worked with City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson for three years to ensure that the city's new prosperity is shared by all residents. We hope this month's court ruling against Johnson for blocking developer Ori Feibush's attempts to buy two city-owned properties ("Council on trial," May 15) will not negate the message that long-term residents have a right to stay in the communities we call home.
NEWS
May 28, 2016
An unidentified body was found Thursday night on the west bank of the Schuylkill in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The body was discovered by a kayaker near 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue, police said. The gender or race of the body could not be determined at the scene. No further information was immediately available. - Robert Moran
NEWS
May 27, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. PENSIONS Windfalls and scraps Two stories in Monday's paper were perfect examples of the inequity between the haves and have-nots. Former Philadelphia employees such as Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson pull down more than $100,000 a year in pension money ("Long gone, but still drawing big bucks"). Not bad for people who have vacated their offices but can thank the taxpayers who foot the bill. On the other end of the spectrum are elderly residents who are struggling to get by on an average of $16,429 a year in Social Security ("Retirement a tough job in Philadelphia")
NEWS
May 27, 2016
A student brought a loaded handgun to an elementary school in the city's Tioga section Wednesday morning, but a police investigation determined it was an innocent mistake involving his father. The 28-year-old father had the gun, which he is licensed to carry, when he was taking out the trash and didn't want people to see it, so he put it in his son's school bag, police said. The father forgot about the gun and went to work. About 8 a.m. at the K-through-8 Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School, the boy found the gun in his school bag and told a teacher.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents Philadelphia School District principals and other administrators has reached a tentative labor agreement with the district. The nearly 490 members of Local 502 of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators (CASA) are scheduled to vote on the proposed pact next Wednesday at Samuel Fels High School in the Northeast. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. CASA president Robert McGrogan confirmed Tuesday that a tentative agreement had been reached to replace the two-year contract that expires Aug. 31. He said no details would be made public until after his members vote.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Margaret Rose Dunn, 65, of South Philadelphia, a Catholic-school teacher for 47 years, died Monday, May 23, of complications from a stroke at VITAS Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital. Miss Dunn was the daughter of Margaret Pooler and Anthony B. Dunn Sr. A lifelong South Philadelphian, she graduated from the former St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School, where she was a member of the Future Teachers of America. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Holy Family University.
NEWS
May 24, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. SCHOOLS Safety needed Allegations that a Benjamin Franklin High School police officer assaulted a student for trying to use the bathroom without a hall pass ("School officer is accused of assault," May 12) are another troubling result of the lack of resources available to the Philadelphia schools that are most in need. Ben Franklin educates some of the city's most economically disadvantaged students, with nearly a quarter receiving special-education services. Yet glaring shortfalls in state funding mean that the school lacks the resources to improve the climate and serve these children by hiring enough counselors and other crucial support staff.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man has been arrested on charges that he traveled to Delaware County for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl he had found online. Felony charges against Ryan Golankiewicz, 26, included attempted statutory sexual assault and solicitation, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. According to authorities, Golankiewicz traveled to Ridley Township on Wednesday to meet the teenager at a drive-in restaurant. Instead, when he arrived, he was taken into custody by detectives who had posed undercover online as a 14-year-old girl in a monthlong sting.
NEWS
May 19, 2016
A woman was hospitalized after being rescued by firefighters from a burning house Tuesday night in North Philadelphia, the new fire commissioner said at the scene. The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. In the 3600 block of North Marvine Street, said Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel on his second day on the job. The woman, described as in her 20s, was taken by medics to Temple University Hospital, where she was reported to be breathing on her own, Thiel said. No other injuries were reported.
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