October 11, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH they both aim to give Philadelphians a quick, mobile way to send reports of neighborhood problems to the city department that can best address them, the Nutter administration's Philly 311 mobile app and City Councilman Bobby Henon's CityHall App aren't the same animal. Like the blue-collar, plain-speaking councilman himself, Henon's CityHall App is the one you'd most like to have a beer with. It's a simple, user-friendly way to take a photo, write a comment, send it off and get a quick response.
July 12, 2011 |
NEW YORK - More than 24,000 visitor passes to the new 9/11 memorial are gone - distributed yesterday in just the first hours after the ticket website went live. The online reservation system for the tickets - at www.911 memorial.org - was up at 9 a.m., and 5,000 were secured for various dates in just the first hour of operation. The quick response is "what we were hoping for - that people would be interested in the site the public has not set foot in for 10 years," said Joe Daniels, president and chief executive officer of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
April 26, 2011 |
Odds are, some Eagle or another showed up at the NovaCare gates this morning and asked to be allowed inside, following U.S. Judge Susan Nelson's ruling yesterday in Minneapolis granting an injunction against the NFL lockout. Was that player allowed to enter? By the time you read this, Nelson or the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis might have granted a stay of her order ending the lockout, as the owners appeal the ruling; a stay would make the gate issue moot, aside from some possible bruised feelings, if the parking lot arm failed to raise for someone's Land Rover.
November 18, 2010 |
Marquis Wallace didn't think. When he saw people trapped in a burning apartment building in West Philadelphia last month while on routine patrol as a security guard at the University of Pennsylvania, he just reacted. Smoke was billowing from the kitchen windows and a woman was screaming that her asthmatic 3-year-old was trapped in the quickly spreading fire. "I just pushed the door in and ran inside of the building," said Wallace, 20, of North Philadelphia. "My main thing was to just get this building clear.
August 9, 2010
FROM THE file marked "Your Efficient City Government At Work" comes the tale of Peter Levinson, president of United Nations Travel, at 130 Chestnut St. While city bloodhounds have allowed $1 billion in forfeited bail to evaporate, and hundreds of millions in taxes went uncollected, they pounced on Levinson, 71, for a $25 violation for an "improper container" for trash. He was written up on Dec. 15, 1997. That's not a misprint: He was written up thirteen years ago, but the citation arrived last month.
August 18, 2008
WE DON'T KNOW what to make of Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey's apparent change of heart over the disciplining of two officers, but we hope it's not a signal that the public honeymoon is over for the so-far well-regarded chief. Last week, a police melee at a baby shower that injured six people involved two of the officers that were caught on videotape kicking a suspect back in May. That May incident was an international embarrassment for the police, but Ramsey and the mayor's quick response - firing four officers, transferring four others and suspending three without pay - was hailed as a bold and decisive move, necessary for a department that has lacked transparency and sensitivity to charges of brutality, use of force and over-reliance on violence.
February 29, 2008 |
Three Temple University students involved in what police described as an anti-Semitic attack on campus Feb. 15 have surrendered to authorities, police said yesterday. A fourth student was being sought for his alleged role in the incident, in which a 23-year-old man was punched so hard in the face that he was left with a broken nose and broken orbital bone. Police said the victim and another man - neither Temple students - were surrounded by the four assailants as they stood on North Broad Street in front of the former house of Alpha Epsilon Pi, described as a predominantly Jewish fraternity.
August 26, 2007 |
Dear Aaron and Laura, I remember calling the Department of Licenses & Inspection and being put on hold for 15 minutes. I wasn't happy about that. Taxpayers have a right to expect service from city agencies. We pay their salaries. We pay their benefits. We're entitled to be treated decently. Now, you're reading this and saying, "Can you fix this?" I don't know. But I'm hopeful. I'm willing to try. The managing director is supposed to be on top of this. I'll be calling my managing director and saying, "Are we taking care of people?
August 3, 2007
IWANT TO express my thanks for the extra effort Mayor Street and his security detail made at the fire at 1248 Cambridge Court on July 21. It takes a special person to do what they did that day. The mayor's quick response to a dire situation demonstrated that he genuinely cares about Philadelphians. When the city is saturated with violence and despair, his actions proved there are still good people in the city willing to go the extra mile for their neighbors. Their heroic actions really uplifted our community.
May 4, 2007 |
Arthur C. Evans offers the following story as evidence of how far the city agency responsible for abused and neglected children has come in just a few months. A social worker had little reason to suspect anything was amiss with one of her charges. Bandages on the child's bedsores were clean. She didn't complain of pain. But recent changes had led the troubled agency to hire two nurses for the first time. So the social worker asked one to come along on a home visit. The nurse peeled away a white bandage and peered at a bedsore.