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NEWS
November 10, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
REGULAR READERS of Tattle know we are constantly amazed by the number of different groups who are aggrieved by perceived slights in the entertainment media. If there's an ethnic group or a religious group that hasn't been offended by some TV show or comedy routine, we haven't met them. The fat, the skinny, smokers, nonsmokers, those suffering from acne, erectile dysfunction and restless leg syndrome. And now . . . Shy-bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A trio of Trump Taj Mahal waitresses - Susan Blight, Patti Pinchock, and Valerie McMorris - have been with the casino since it opened on April 2, 1990. All three said Friday they sense its last days are on the near horizon. "We just feel violated," said Pinchock, 53, of Egg Harbor Township, who held up a sign that read, "Healthcare RIP. " Added McMorris, 45, of Galloway Township: "A Delaware judge, with a stroke of a pen, took away our health-care benefits. Instead of being part of the middle class, we are now the working poor.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airplane cabin cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport employed by subcontractors rallied outside Terminal B on Wednesday, seeking safer procedures to protect "front line" workers against infectious diseases, including Ebola. Tommy Rodney, a cabin cleaner and supervisor in the international terminal, said his employer, Prospect Aviation Services Inc., gives workers latex gloves that rip easily, and no training on exposure to waste and bodily fluids in cleaning aircraft bathrooms, removing trash, wiping down tray tables, and digging through seat pockets and cushions.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has come under fire for yelling at student protesters who disrupted a parent movie night Wednesday at School District headquarters. Ruby Anderson, a senior at Science Leadership Academy, a top city magnet school, and two other attendees said Commissioner Sylvia Simms asked the students what schools they attended and then told them, "You all probably go to failing schools. " The students, members of the Philadelphia Student Union, were there to object to the showing of Won't Back Down, about parents who become frustrated with the public school system and the teachers' union, and try to start their own school.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN A STRONG show of solidarity, about 3,000 members and supporters of the teachers union rallied at the Philadelphia School District's headquarters yesterday to protest what they called an attack on organized labor - the backbone of the district - with last week's cancellation of the union's contract. The crowd, which included several labor unions, parents, students, community activists and elected officials, began gathering outside about two hours before the School Reform Commission's first meeting since it unilaterally terminated the contract and imposed health-care benefits.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joshua Cutler had a thriving career as a network engineer for the federal government in 2006 when he suddenly fell ill. Cutler, of Winchester, Va., once had an active life as a young father who raced cars on weekends and enjoyed time with his family, but he suddenly found himself overcome with fatigue and feeling perpetually sick. He slept 18 or more hours a day. The consequences were catastrophic. He lost his house and car. His family struggled to keep its head above water. After a series of false starts, Cutler found a doctor who he said correctly diagnosed his condition as chronic Lyme disease and began a treatment plan that has made his condition marginally better.
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