January 30, 2016 |
Angry, defiant, and at times in tears, the ousted director of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office lashed out Thursday at critics who she said had targeted her for political reasons in a bid to undermine the beleaguered agency. Testifying before a judge who will decide if she keeps her job, Diana Rubens said the VA inspector general's office has become "a tool" of House Republicans hell-bent on vilifying VA leaders. "I feel like a scapegoat," she said. "I'm an easy target.
October 2, 2015 |
The murder trial of the demolition contractor accused of causing the 2013 Market Street building collapse started explosively Wednesday with the defense attorney calling Griffin Campbell the incident's "seventh victim. " William D. Hobson argued that Philadelphia's rich and powerful had made his client a scapegoat for the wall collapse that buried a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13. "What separates Griff Campbell from everyone else is the cash, clout, and connections that would give him the ability to pick up the phone or send a text to City Hall," Hobson said.
September 30, 2014 |
THE FIRST MAN to exit did so on a late July night. One could argue he was the same batting coach who helped give the Phillies the most successful offensive period they'd ever had: the most runs in the National League in 2006 and 2007. A World Series title in 2008. But on July 22, 2010, after an offseason in which they traded for Roy Halladay and traded away Cliff Lee and signed Danys Baez to a 2-year deal, the Phillies were a mere three games over .500 while averaging 4.6 runs per game.
February 25, 2014
LAST WEEK, Gov. Corbett sent an official application to the federal government explaining why he thinks that his plan for offering health coverage to low-income Pennsylvanians is better than the feds' plan. A draft of Corbett's proposal was made public in December and was the subject of hearings in January. Unfortunately, the official application hasn't improved with time. To review: As part of the Affordable Care Act, the feds have given states the option to expand Medicaid in order to make sure that as many people as possible will have health coverage.
July 27, 2013 |
To Mayor Nutter, Sean Benschop was nothing but a villain. "Justice will only be served if Sean Benschop receives a sentence that buries him in a jailhouse forever," the mayor declared upon Benschop's arrest on involuntary-manslaughter charges in the fatal Market Street building collapse. But to Benschop's wife, her husband is a scapegoat, lambasted by a mayor who had not bothered to learn all the facts. By her account, Benschop was merely a "day laborer," working without a contract, in the demolition disaster that killed six people and injured 14, including Benschop.
January 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The video game industry, blamed by some for fostering a culture of violence, defended its practices Friday at a White House meeting exploring how to prevent horrific shootings like the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre. Vice President Biden, wrapping up three days of wide-ranging talks on gun violence prevention, said the meeting was an effort to understand whether the United States was undergoing a "coarsening of our culture. " "I come to this meeting with no judgment.
October 27, 2012
By Jonathan Mahler If the NFL's "Bountygate" scandal has become too complicated for you to follow - what with the appeals, reduced suspensions, recusals, and a civil suit - here's all you need to know: In Scott Fujita, the league chose the wrong scapegoat. When the story broke last spring, it seemed simple enough. The NFL claimed to have proof that several members of the New Orleans Saints had created a slush fund to reward those who injured members of opposing teams. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell quickly meted out some of the toughest punishments in league history, and he was duly applauded by Bob Costas and other self-appointed guardians of sportsmanship and fair play.
March 15, 2012 |
Correction: An earlier version of this article wrongly referred to the Abington School District instead of the Abington Heights School District in Lackawanna County. The word is out: Philadelphia's teachers and school administrators are cheaters. Or so state Department of Education officials believe, which is why their investigation into suspicious results on state standardized tests has been expanded to include 56 city schools. But is the state treating all school districts equally?
June 16, 2011
DIDN'T SOMEONE PROOFREAD the slogan emblazoned on T-shirts worn by several Cubs players as they worked out before batting practice on Tuesday? Oh, the words were spelled correctly, but their meaning could be taken in a rather beastly way. Seems there can only be one reason why the Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball: the dreaded "Curse of the Billy Goat. " The curse dates to 1945 when a fan was asked to leave a World Series game between the Tigers and Cubs at Wrigley Field because his goat had BO. Upon leaving the fan vowed that the Cubs would never win a World Series.