January 27, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to manage demand response, the market for compensating electricity customers who reduce their power consumption during peak demand hours. Big electricity generators, who compete with demand response in power markets, had challenged FERC's authority. They argued that the federal agency may only regulate wholesale sales of electricity, and that demand response intrudes on the retail market, which is the sole province of state regulators.
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
December 20, 2015 |
Sixteen-year-old Craig Terry was one of the young men to whom Mayor-elect Jim Kenney apologized Friday at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit, when he said too many young men of color in Philadelphia are stopped and frisked for no reason. Kenney, 57, said that his 26-year-old son "looks like me," meaning white, and that neither he nor his son had ever been frisked by police. "I apologize to you for times you have been disrespected, for the times there was no explanation why a police officer stopped you," Kenney told more than 200 people at Community College of Philadelphia.
December 18, 2015 |
The Philadelphia city controller and the Nutter administration tangled over Fire Department response times Wednesday. City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended that the Fire Department has been slower in responding to emergencies under Mayor Nutter. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer countered by contending that Butkovitz misapplied national standards and that the city's response times for fires were better than national averages. Butkovitz was unmoved, calling it "preposterous" that Sawyer was questioning his research.
December 10, 2015 |
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits. Against that backdrop at City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Nutter condemned the "ignorant act" of the person who left a severed pig's head outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque and school in North Philadelphia. The head was found Monday morning. Dropping part of a pig at a mosque has a special significance because pigs are anathema to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws.
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.