February 10, 2015 |
Walter M. Phillips Jr., 76, a tireless prosecutor whose efforts to root out public corruption in the 1970s shook the foundations of Philadelphia's Democratic politics, died Saturday, Feb. 7, of complications from earlier open-heart surgery. His career as a city, state, and federal prosecutor pitted him against New York mobsters and politicians such as former Pennsylvania State Sen. Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani. His drive to pursue graft at all costs at times laid him low, such as when he turned his investigative zeal on officials close to the administration that appointed him - and later fired him - as a state special prosecutor charged with rooting out police and political corruption in the city.
February 6, 2015
NOW VACCINATION is a political issue? It bubbled beneath the surface before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie injected himself into it with an off-hand (and later walked-back) remark about inoculations. But after Big Boy mentioned it, the floodgates of cable TV, Twitter and Facebook swung open. As a public-health issue degenerates into a political issue, I'm here to sort a few things out. (Spoiler alert! I am pro-vaccination.) When I was in elementary school (and leeches were used by doctors)
December 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heads to New York City on Friday for the annual wining, dining, and networking extravaganza known as the Pennsylvania Society, he will be the man saying No-Thank-You in the land of Thank-You-Very-Much. With many high-profile staff and cabinet positions yet to fill, Wolf will be a main attraction as he joins scores of officials, lobbyists, and political strategists at cocktail receptions and parties hosted by the well-heeled and well-connected.
November 4, 2014 |
I WENT ON an informal meet-and-greet of young leaders in the city this summer. First stop was a dynamic group of young black men who were doing all kinds of grassroots work in their neighborhoods. Among them, Anton Moore, who founded a local nonprofit called Unity in the Community to help unify his South Philadelphia neighborhood, and Alex Peay, who heads another nonprofit called Rising Sons, an after-school program to help young black men succeed. Next were the irrepressible Doley sisters, Emaleigh and Aine.
October 23, 2014 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia heard testimony Tuesday in a bail hearing for a former Liberian insurgent and politician accused of lying on an application for U.S. citizenship. Juncontee Thomas Woewiyu, 69, who has been in custody since May, told U.S. District Judge Anita Brody that he has five children and 17 grandchildren in Collingdale, Delaware County, and that he would not leave the country if he were granted bail. "All of my children have been with me since 2005. All I live for is my children.
October 9, 2014 |
TRENTON - Hundreds of people from across New Jersey, including Gov. Christie and several of his predecessors, came Tuesday to a memorial service honoring the lives of Cooper University Health System chief executive John P. Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, even as authorities continued to investigate their mysterious deaths. "I can't imagine the pain and the loss the Sheridans feel right now," Christie said. To the Sheridan children, he said: "We're here for you. " John Sheridan, 72, and Joyce Sheridan, 69, a retired history teacher, had four sons and three grandchildren.
September 19, 2014 |
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz took a serious shot at Mayor Nutter's legacy yesterday, accusing him of running a "VIP hot line" for the well-connected to call round-the-clock for city services. For Nutter, who ran for the city's top office in 2007 promising to provide equal access to all city services, that could not stand. His staff quickly pushed back, saying Butkovitz didn't bother to learn the facts before issuing a news release to the media. Everett Gillison, Nutter's chief of staff, said the six people who answer the phone line are the "nerve center for the city," answering calls only from city employees and elected officials.
June 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's primary was notable for the number of Democratic female candidates for governor and Congress, including Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty, Val Arkoosh, Marjorie Margolies, and Shaughnessy Naughton. Every one of them lost. To argue that all five candidates are the same is to be reductive and wrong. Pennsylvania has never elected a woman governor, or senator, and, come January, it will be represented by 18 men in the U.S. House. (New Jersey appears primed to elect one woman to Congress.)
May 19, 2014 |
Jane Adams Clarke, 89, an administrative assistant to Pennsylvania Lt. Govs. Raymond P. Shafer and Raymond J. Broderick, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Saturday, May 3, at Seacrest Village, an assisted living community in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., where she had lived for the last six years. Mrs. Clarke worked for Shafer during his term as lieutenant governor from 1963 to 1967 and for Broderick during his term from 1967 to 1971, when Shafer was governor. She then was executive secretary, from 1969 until her retirement in 1987, for Nicholas A. Cipriani, a Philadelphia Family Court judge from 1969 to 2003, a sister, Nancy Jones, said.
May 18, 2014 |
NOTICEABLY ABSENT from a news conference held yesterday by the Philadelphia Community of Leaders - a nonprofit group of black citizens dedicated to addressing poverty in Philadelphia - were any black politicians. And there's a good reason for that, according to Rahim Islam Sr., head of the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL). "We need a long-term plan and unfortunately politicians have a short-term window, you know, two years or four years," said Islam, an official with the local chapter of the NAACP and president and CEO of Universal Companies.