November 15, 2015 |
Sunoco Pipeline L.P. said Friday it accepted responsibility for a contractor who conducted repair work without permits on its Mariner East Pipeline project earlier this year, resulting in a $59,000 civil settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Sunoco said a contractor that it did not identify had submitted permit applications for the work, but performed the repairs before the permit was issued. The repairs were in Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Huntingdon, and Perry Counties.
October 24, 2015 |
The architect on site before the deadly 2013 Market Street building collapse told a jury this month that he knew the conditions were unsafe and reported his concerns to the contractor, but not to the city. He should have been legally required to do so, according to a member of Philadelphia City Council who has proposed legislation that would compel architects and others to report dangerous conditions on construction and demolition sites. "If you don't like the shade of the color of the drapes, that's not what I'm talking about," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. "But if there is something structurally unsound that could cause a catastrophe, then you have the responsibility to say something.
October 16, 2015 |
SUPERINTENDENT William Hite has just about had it with the outsourcing firm Source4Teachers. The Cherry Hill firm "guaranteed" improvement this fall in the district's fill rate - the percentage of vacant classrooms covered by substitute teachers - over the previous system run by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The company said its rate would be 75 percent by the start of school and 90 percent in January. That guarantee fell apart from the first week of school when the Source4Teachers fill rate was about 11.5 percent.
October 9, 2015 |
The Public Safety Training Campus in Chester County opened in May to provide hands-on training for fire, police, and emergency medical professionals. Now, aspiring first responders in the Octorara Area School District, which serves parts of western Chester County and Lancaster County, can be added to the list. Octorara Senior High School's Homeland Security and Protective Services Program is partnering with the county so its students can use the state-of-the-art equipment and tactical village as part of a pilot program.
September 4, 2015 |
IN HIS LETTER Tuesday about the upcoming Holy Year that starts in December, Pope Francis expanded on the general idea that all people who seek forgiveness will be forgiven as an experience of God's mercy. He added that during this special year, also known as a Holy Year of Mercy, all priests will have authority to forgive women who have had abortions. In many parts of the world, only bishops have had the authority to forgive abortion. Francis' letter doesn't represent a change in the church's doctrines.
September 2, 2015 |
WE'RE CALLING BS on the NFL. Yesterday, in response to the release of a trailer for the film "Concussion" starring Will Smith, the league issued the following statement: "We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer. " What a crock. The film stars Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, while doing an autopsy on the brain of Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
July 28, 2015 |
Deep in the Pinelands, Albert Horner's SUV brushed against huckleberry bushes and low-hanging tree limbs while bumping along a narrow sandy road toward Jemima Mount - a once-picturesque hillside in Wharton State Forest. On the way, Horner navigated through scarred, battlefieldlike landscape, past massive ruts, water-filled holes, mud wallows, and felled trees. "You feel like it's the Wild West out here - just insanity," said Horner, 69, a longtime Medford Lakes resident and member of the board of trustees of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)
July 27, 2015 |
On a Thursday afternoon in early May, AlDora Sample was gasping for breath. She called 911 a few minutes past 5 p.m. from her home in Camden. But the paramedic squad stationed in the city was tending to a drug overdose, so the dispatcher summoned a team from three miles away, in Pennsauken. At rush hour, it took the medics more than 12 minutes to get to Sample's tan-sided house on Ware Street. Was that fast enough? Emergency medicine experts say evaluating a paramedic service based on its response times is a tricky proposition at best, depending on the type of emergency, geography, and other factors.
July 1, 2015 |
HERE WE GO again. More video showing a police officer behaving badly. This time it was a SEPTA cop captured on cellphone and surveillance video grabbing an alleged fare evader by the throat while the man held his 18-month-old daughter. The videos caught Officer William Crawford, a 16-year SEPTA police veteran, attempting to pull Ellis Smith, 20, off the train during Thursday's rush hour on the Market-Frankford Line. An internal affairs investigation is underway. We've been here so often we have a script, don't we?
May 21, 2015
AS A LIFETIME resident and a retired Philadelphia Fire Department captain and paramedic instructor, I couldn't be more proud of the professional response of our Fire Department and Police Department under the Command of Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson. Many lives were saved and injured aided due to their professionalism. We are truly blessed to have the best public-safety departments. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families. Gary Morgan Philadelphia Congratulations to columnist Christine Flowers for pointing out what should be obvious to most readers: Knee-jerk rush to judgment accusations based on political opportunism are totally inappropriate when discussing the causes of the tragic Amtrak train wreck of May 12. If only there were cooler heads working cooperatively to analyze and take steps to prevent such catastrophes.