May 7, 2016 |
At the elegant Hotel Albuquerque in New Mexico, miles and sunshine away from the gray and gloomy Northeast where 39,000 Verizon workers remained on strike Thursday, the telecom company held its annual meeting. Shareholders approved executive compensation, overwhelmingly re-elected Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam to the board, and easily defeated a half-dozen proposals promulgated by the unions and Verizon's retirees. Meanwhile in Philadelphia and Rye, N.Y., both sides met Thursday for talks that have yielded few results as the strike enters its fourth week.
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Protest Trump at Penn - peacefully I assume there will be protesters at the University of Pennsylvania on May 15, considering the expected presence of Donald Trump at the School of Arts and Science's commencement ceremonies ("Penn graduation will be long on top-tier statesmen," Tuesday). They should be there to acknowledge the threat to our country posed by Trump's presidential candidacy; his domestic policy of hatred toward African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants, and women; and his foreign policy, which consists of little more than bluster and "America First" slogans.
May 5, 2016
FOR DECADES the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery in South and Southwest Philly has polluted the air and hurt the health of our families and friends who live in our neighborhoods. For parents like me, this means dealing with respiratory and health problems for my children, which can add up to thousands of dollars in medical bills and asthma treatment. The statistics back it up, as one quarter of children in Philly suffer from asthma, a statistic that's shamefully twice the national average.
April 30, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's 12 casinos are protesting a proposed 33 percent hike in the assessment on their gambling revenues that pays that state's cost for regulating the industry. The casinos estimated in a letter Thursday to Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty that the increase would cause their regulatory costs to jump to $75 million from $56 million. McNulty explained in a March 31 letter to casino operators that "the increase is necessary due to cost increases such as benefit, pension, and contractual salary increases.
April 27, 2016 |
Donald Trump ripped Republican rivals for strategizing against him and railed against a "rigged" election system during a campaign rally Monday at West Chester University. Ahead of Tuesday's primary, Trump urged Pennsylvanians to vote for him and his "slate. " Voters will select 54 unbound delegates - three from each congressional district - who are free to support the candidate of their choice at the Republican National Convention this summer. "It used to be you could just vote....
April 23, 2016 |
Responding to fatal shootings in Kensington last weekend that left four dead, included a 4-year-old girl, a faith-based group on Thursday renewed its call for action to curb gun violence in Philadelphia. Heeding God's Call also vowed to fight a businessman's continued effort to start gun sales at a shooting range near 10th and Spring Garden Streets in the city. More than 70 people gathered at McPherson Square to remember the victims, including Tahirah Phillips, the girl who police say was accidentally shot in the head by her father Saturday afternoon.
April 16, 2016 |
As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour.
April 9, 2016 |
Bill Clinton went off his stump-speech script Thursday at a Philadelphia rally for his wife, engaging in an exchange with two protesters over his 1994 crime bill and Hillary Clinton's impact on the African American community. The 42nd president even used the words that have become a battle cry - "black lives matter" - in describing his wife's efforts. He called on 400 supporters inside Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center's gym in East Mount Airy to be part of a "big turnout" in Pennsylvania's April 26 primary.
April 4, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With this gambling town just six days away from running out of money to pay its employees and operate nonessential services, a group of residents, community leaders, and local officials gathered in the rain Saturday morning to protest a state plan to take over the city's finances. Organizers blamed the foul weather for holding down the crowd from what was planned as an anti-takeover march from City Hall to the Atlantic City Convention Center. Instead, only about 20 people showed up, and they settled for listening to some remarks beneath an entryway to City Hall.