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June 17, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The principal was in midsentence when her cellphone alarm chirped, a jarringly cheerful reminder of what many city schools lack. The alert meant it was time for Cheryl Hackett to summon one of her Mitchell Elementary students for a blood-sugar check. The seventh grader's numbers had been high, and the principal was worried, because this was one of the days the school had no nurse. Four miles away, politicians in City Hall were discussing how much money the Philadelphia School District would get to cover an $85 million gap and begin to restore the cuts of the last several years.
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June 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men found shot Saturday afternoon in a Harrowgate rowhouse in Northeast Philadelphia after a standoff with officers died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Sunday. The men, whose names were not released by investigators, were found with gunshot wounds to the head about 4 p.m. Saturday in the dining room of the house in the 3500 block of Emerald Street, three blocks southeast of the Tioga El station. No officers fired their guns during the standoff, and homicide detectives continue to investigate, police said.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two bodies with gunshot wounds were found inside a Harrowgate rowhouse Saturday afternoon after an incident in which a man at one point shot at police. Just before 2 p.m., two officers responded to a 911 call about gunfire in the 3500 block of Emerald Street, about three blocks southeast of the Tioga El station. As the officers started to get out of their squad car, a gunman, who has not been identified, opened the door of the rowhouse and began shooting, police said. Bullets struck the squad car on the passenger side but did not hit the officers.
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June 15, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1989, an international panel of experts called attention to the irony that health workers were preventing many newborns from getting the healthiest possible food - mother's milk. Hospital maternity units were contributing, "however unwittingly," to the long decline in breast-feeding by failing to encourage moms to do it, or by introducing practices that discourage it, such as giving baby formula. The panel's statement, sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund, led to a global hospital reform movement called Baby Friendly.
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June 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Reeder insisted someone else was driving that night in 2012 when the SUV overturned and crashed, leaving him bruised and his girlfriend, Sheila Whalen, dead. He told police the driver, whom he said he did not know, had fled the crashed Jeep Liberty and was never found. On Friday, a Philadelphia jury determined that the missing driver did not exist, and that Reeder was drunk and behind the wheel when he hit the curb in the 3100 block of Bambrey Street, and the Jeep flipped on its side and skidded to a stop against the fronts of two Swampoodle rowhouses.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Samir Panthi saw television images of the mass destruction from earthquakes in Nepal, his homeland, he didn't sleep for days. The earthquakes April 25 and May 12 took the lives of more than 8,500 and left more than 19,000 injured. Months later, catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons - often in developing nations - have an enormous effect on the labor pool in those countries and their ability to produce asinternational suppliersto customers as far away as Philadelphia, retail experts say. In Nepal's case, handwoven rugs - the country's leading export - and all those involved in the production process were adversely affected.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two recent guilty pleas on corruption charges and one political promotion have left three state House seats vacant in Philadelphia districts. House Speaker Mike Turzai on Thursday set Aug. 11 as a special election for those seats. Ward leaders for the Democratic and Republican Parties will select candidates for the elections in the 174th District in Northeast Philadelphia, the 191st District in Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware County, and the 195th District, which stretches from Somerset Street in North Philadelphia south to 30th Street Station.
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June 12, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barely 36 hours after a horrific hit-and-run accident that cost him his right leg, stage actor Michael Toner focused on the future. "What can you say? Life is unpredictable," Toner, 68, said Wednesday from his hospital bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "I've been in much worse situations, let's put it that way. " Toner ended up at Jefferson after a vehicle ran him down before 1 a.m. Tuesday on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets, where he remained until a passerby found him. Toner said he had been running errands when he was struck, which he thinks happened about 11 p.m. Otherwise, he doesn't remember anything.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what officials called the region's largest heroin bust in 20 years, local and federal authorities announced Wednesday that they confiscated an estimated $3.3 million worth of the drug in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this year. Three suspects - Martin Paulino Gomez, 40; Domingo Cedno Pimentel, 26; and Ricardo Ortiz-Rolon, 36, all from Philadelphia - have been charged in the bust, which followed a two-month investigation into drug-money laundering centered on three locations in Oxford Circle and Rhawnhurst.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District is poised to pay a Cherry Hill firm up to $34 million to provide substitute teachers for its classrooms over two school years. Expected to be enacted later this month, the move to privatize 1,324 jobs will save the school system $10 million annually and mean fewer lost learning opportunities for students, officials said. But the action has already ignited controversy. Outraged over the outsourcing of substitute spots and other positions now held by its members, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has planned informational pickets for Friday.
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