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April 7, 2014
The rusty Philadelphia Democratic machine is stuck. Its leaders say they don't know what to do in the wake of an abandoned sting that allegedly recorded four state representatives taking cash from a lobbyist turned informant. But there is plenty they can do. First of all, the four state representatives implicated in the sting should be removed from the official party ballot distributed to voters on the day of the primary election, May 20. That would send a message that the party won't support candidates who face such serious allegations.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Six years after a Northeast Philadelphia charter school was roiled by allegations of financial mismanagement and nepotism, it is in turmoil again. Five board members at Philadelphia Academy Charter School have resigned since three new parent-members joined last summer. Reports that new board members do not plan to renew the contract of chief executive Larry Sperling - whom many credit with helping save the school in 2008 - prompted supporters to create a "Keep Larry Sperling" Facebook page and distribute fliers, and stirred high school students at the K-12 school to circulate petitions on his behalf.
FOOD
April 4, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greensgrow Farms, the onetime Superfund site in Kensington that was transformed into a national model for urban farms, is heading west - to the 4900 block of Baltimore Avenue. Greensgrow West won't be an organic farm like the original, at least not yet. It'll be a fully stocked garden center with a CSA, a small farmer's market, and workshops and cooking classes that reflect the neighborhood's ethnic and economic diversity. "The neighbors kept asking us to come," explains Mary Seton Corboy, a former chef who cofounded the nonprofit Greensgrow Farms at East Cumberland and Almond Streets in 1998 and began growing what was then a new concept for restaurants: baby salad greens.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JUST 3 1/2 HOURS into its first full day of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury convicted a former public-school teacher yesterday of raping his daughter over an eight-year span. Sumo Dukulah, 40, showed no reaction when the jury foreman announced "guilty" to all the charges Dukulah faced: rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, rape of a child, child endangerment and corruption of a minor. Dukulah, who taught at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion when he was arrested last April, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 to 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright on Aug. 29. He also faces the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of 64 to 128 years, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia, teetering on the edge of the world stage, wants a leading role. Enter the Global Philadelphia Association. GPA, in conjunction with Mayor Nutter's administration, is pressing the city's case that it should be added to the list of World Heritage Cities, a designation seen as a further boost to Philadelphia as an attraction for international tourists. The city's efforts secured a visit last week from Denis Ricard, secretary general of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC)
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Samuel Guise inherited from his father, George, a career as a boilermakers' union welder, working at refineries in the Philadelphia area. But when an accident on the job knocked him for a loop, he went back to school, completed his high school education, and earned a community college degree in computer-aided design and drafting. And with that, in his 40s, he went to work as a draftsman for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "He excelled with blueprints of their offices, new heating and duct work," his daughter, Marian Steeves, said in a phone interview.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bali, Casablanca, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Bangkok. Philadelphia's geographic reach is about to get wider. Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Boeing 777-200 LR is expected to land at 7:30 a.m., with about 250 passengers on board, including Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The plane's return flight to Doha is 10:15 a.m. Fares from Philadelphia start at $1,540 round-trip.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A COMMONWEALTH COURT judge has rejected a residency challenge that sought to knock state Rep. Pam DeLissio off the May 20 Democratic primary-election ballot in the 194th District. Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman ruled yesterday that DeLissio's "domicile" is her Philadelphia home, even though the two-term legislator listed her Harrisburg town house as her "primary residence" in 2009 for a homestead exemption that granted her a small property-tax discount. "It is well settled that a candidate's place of residence for purposes of the Election Code is 'the residence . . . in which his [or her]
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spend a few hours with Helen Gym, Philadelphia's famously feisty community organizer, and you see a rabble-rouser on the run, dashing from a TEDx talk rehearsal at Temple University to a rally for public education, where she revved up the crowd. Gym speaks "truth to power," said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), who introduced her at the rally Thursday after first teasing her for "troublemaking. " At a White House ceremony Monday, Gym, 45, a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led school watchdog group; and a board member of Asian Americans United, which advocates for ethnic diversity, will add another label to her brand: Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
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