October 12, 2015
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE We need $15 an hour As a fast-food worker, I wake up each day with thoughts I'm sure many other underpaid workers share: "Can I pay the electricity bill this month?" and "Will there be enough food?" Because of this low-wage crisis, hundreds of Philadelphia workers like me told their stories about what it's like to survive on less than $15 an hour at a session of the "people's wage board" last week. The wage board was organized by the Fight For $15 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh fast-food workers, along with community partners and allies.
September 13, 2015 |
On Wednesday, Sarah Brooner says, she rode a SEPTA bus home from volunteering at the Arch Street Friends meetinghouse. She sat by a window, leaned her right arm on the frame, and read a book until she arrived at the stop for her home near Fairmount Park. The next morning, she found bite-like welts on her right forearm. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I thought, 'Where did I get these?' " Brooner, who is in her 70s and teaches English as a second language at Camden County College, is among those who think a photo that went viral last weekend purporting to show bedbugs on a SEPTA bus seat might provide a clue to the bites noticed after riding public transportation.
September 4, 2015 |
A Montgomery County teen has been charged with posting nude photos of female classmates to a file-sharing website. Brandon Tyler Berlin, 18, was a senior at North Penn High School when he collected dozens of sexually explicit photos from classmates and shared them with others by uploading them to Dropbox, officials said. Many of the students sent photos of themselves to their boyfriends, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and the boys shared the photos with Berlin.
August 19, 2015 |
The Delaware County SPCA has teamed up with two local photographers to help get dogs up for adoption. The shelter and photographers Erik and Deanna Fike set up a "photo booth" at the shelter to show off some of their longtime canine residents. The couple runs Lovebirds, a Philadelphia-based company that specializes in graphic design and photographic services, and uses the photo booth concept at weddings and events. The concept has been used successfully at other shelters throughout the country to help promote animals up for adoption, said Justine Calgiano, director of public relations for the shelter.
August 13, 2015 |
The most famous photograph in football history always had a story behind it. Before he died in March at 89, Chuck Bednarik loved to autograph copies of the photograph and tell the story, and before he died Sunday at 84, Frank Gifford used to flinch whenever he saw the photograph or heard the story. The photograph was taken by Sports Illustrated's John G. Zimmerman on Nov. 20, 1960, during the Eagles' 17-10 victory over the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium, and the image is eternal and visceral and stark in black-and-white: Bednarik standing erect and godlike, his right arm raised as if he is about to plunge a wooden stake into a vampire's heart, looming over Gifford's supine body.
July 3, 2015 |
THE FORECAST for this story is cloud-y with a chance of meatheads. Two thieves who stole a delivery driver's car, cash and cellphone in Upper Darby on Monday must have thought they were pretty smart when they turned off the GPS tracking on the victim's phone. But when the suspects started to use the phone to take photos of one another holding a shotgun, those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim's digital cloud and began to show up on the victim's other electronic devices, according to police.
May 30, 2015 |
Police in State College are continuing to investigate the Pennsylvania State University fraternity accused of posting nude and partly nude pictures on private Facebook pages, but have been unable to bring charges. Investigators have not been able to identify a woman in one of the photos who appears unconscious in a bedroom of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, Police Chief Tom King said Thursday. "Our main focus right now is keeping it active and trying to identify the one person in the photo," King said.
May 28, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University will shut down - for three years - the fraternity whose members allegedly posted pictures of nude and partly nude women on private Facebook pages, the school said Tuesday night. President Eric Barron said the university decided against a recommendation from the student-led Interfraternity Council, the body that governs Greek life on campus, for less severe sanctions against Kappa Delta Rho. The university, which has completed its investigation, found evidence of hazing, use and sale of drugs, underage drinking, sexual misconduct and harassment, and "exploitation in terms of photographs," Barron said.
May 21, 2015 |
GOOD MORNING, Philadelphia politicians. Campaign staffers. Ward leaders. Miscellaneous machine cogs. Engaged citizens. Winners. Losers. Are you hungover? We probably are. Here's a roundup of yesterday's shenanigans and skulduggery in this special Election Day edition of Clout. False advertising The Carpenters Union, which backed state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor, had folks all over the place yesterday, as would be expected - except they were wearing shirts that weren't exactly accurate, according to Frank Keel , who reps electricians union chief John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty . "In keeping with their tradition of deceit," Keel vented via email, "their members are wearing 'BUILDING TRADES FOR ANTHONY WILLIAMS' shirts.
May 14, 2015 |
BETWEEN 200 and 500 people typically tour Kensington's Crane Arts building on the second Thursday of every month. Tomorrow, the artsy crowd can see photography by 25 Philadelphia public and charter high-school students. "Teen Photo" is an exhibition in the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where, for the past seven months, kids have been coming after school to learn how to shoot, process, print, display, discuss and hone their photography. Kensington CAPA art teacher Joshua Kleiman began leading the free program in 2010.