March 8, 2014 |
The recent layoffs announced by Crozer-Keystone Health System and Temple University Health System are a sign of financial turmoil at all but the strongest Philadelphia-area hospital networks. Crozer and Temple both had operating losses in the six months ending Dec. 31, and so did Einstein Health Network and Holy Redeemer Health System. However, officials at Einstein, which has hospitals in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, and at Holy Redeemer, which has a hospital in Meadowbrook and other diverse health services in the region, said Thursday that neither system was planning layoffs.
March 5, 2014 |
Amid a winter ranked among the worst in the Philadelphia region's history, the local Red Cross has struggled to deliver disaster relief. "We have been incredibly busy," Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, said Monday. The area has been buffeted by excessive snow, bitter temperatures, ice storms, and power outages. "We always see an uptick in fires when the weather gets cold, but because there has been no break in the cold weather, we have seen an incredible number of fires," the former Common Pleas Court judge said.
March 4, 2014 |
Hollywood's brightest stars sparkled at Sunday night's Academy Awards in gowns fashioned from nude metallics and white shimmer, wrapping up a nearly flawless red-carpet season. The night's best-dressed prize goes to Naomi Watts, stunning in a white, cap-sleeved dress courtesy of Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. Lupita Nyong'o was a close second. She looked like she was floating in the icy-blue, whimsical Prada gown that she said reminded her of Nairobi, Kenya, her childhood home.
February 28, 2014 |
SundanceTV, as the Sundance Channel recently rebranded itself, has been on fire over the last year, with a terrific lineup of moody, character-driven dramas, including Jane Campion's New Zealand saga Top of the Lake ; the haunting Jean-Paul-Sartre-meets- The-Walking-Dead zombie yarn, The Returned ; and its first original scripted production, the homegrown Rectify , about a man whose conviction for raping and murdering a teen is set...
February 23, 2014 |
Fresh off an ambitious, three-game road trip that required double overtime to dispatch Providence on Tuesday, there will be no rest for weary No. 9 Villanova (23-3, 11-2 Big East) Saturday when it hosts surging St. John's (18-9, 8-6) at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's good to get back home and play at Wells Fargo Center," Villanova coach Jay Wright said, "but we've got our hands full with St. John's. Everybody thought they would be one of the tougher teams in the conference in the preseason.
February 23, 2014 |
Nancy Bodkin Crosson, 87, of Jenkintown, a former executive with the American Red Cross, died Thursday, Feb. 13, of sepsis at Rydal Park in Rydal. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown, Ms. Crosson was a graduate of Jenkintown High School and Beaver College, now Arcadia University. She majored in social science. After graduating, she worked for the Easter Seal Society for nine years. In 1953, she was hired by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross.
February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The former manager of Philadelphia's red-light-camera program was hired by Xerox Corp. to help it win the lucrative contract to run the camera program here. Chris Vogler, a Republican ward leader from Northeast Philadelphia and former manager of the red-light enforcement program for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, worked as a technical consultant for Xerox from September to December "to provide information and background on how photo enforcement programs operate in Pennsylvania," a Xerox spokesman said Wednesday.
February 7, 2014 |
FOR YEARS, Marsha Levick was alarmed by the number of kids sent into juvenile detention for low-level crimes that never should land a child in jail. But it wasn't until two Luzerne County juvenile-court judges were convicted of taking $2.6 million from the builder of a juvenile detention center - a scandal dubbed Kids for Cash - that the abuse of children's legal rights began receiving the attention it should've been getting all along. That's disheartening to Levick. But if that's what it took to lift the issue above the radar, so be it. "For most people, the money part of the scandal is the most shocking," says Levick, lead counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, which she co-founded in 1975 with attorney Robert Schwartz.
February 5, 2014 |
The company that operates Philadelphia's red-light camera program is challenging the Philadelphia Parking Authority's decision to award the lucrative camera contract to a different company. American Traffic Solutions Inc., of Tempe, Ariz., is asking Commonwealth Court to void PPA's contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp., of Norwalk, Conn. Meanwhile, the Parking Authority has filed for an injunction to compel ATS to continue to operate and maintain its cameras during a six-month "winding-down period," until Xerox gets its cameras installed at all 25 affected city intersections.
January 30, 2014 |
SCOTT HARTNELL could have kicked himself. Skating in on a two-on-one with Claude Giroux in the third period, Hartnell had a clear shot at Jonas Gustavsson and his third hat trick in as many seasons. At the last second, just before snapping off his shot, Hartnell looked to his right and saw Giroux put the blade of his stick on the ice. "It would have been a wide-open net if he caught it," Hartnell said, shaking his head. When his shift finally ended, Hartnell was on the ice - as usual - with the Wells Fargo Center's goal horn blaring yet again.