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October 3, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered Commonwealth Court to reconsider a decision that denied the authority of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations over SEPTA. SEPTA had argued that it was a state agency and therefore not subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or the provisions of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The court battle grew out of seven discrimination complaints filed against SEPTA by customers and employees between 2007 and 2009. Previously, SEPTA complied with rulings by the commission, its executive director, Rue Landau, said Wednesday.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WITH FOUR PEOPLE hit, two fatally by SEPTA trains in as many days, SEPTA has a simple message: Stay the hell away from train tracks. "No one should ever assume that there is a time when tracks are completely clear of train traffic. A train can come on any track at any time," Scott Sauer, SEPTA's chief officer of system safety, said in a release yesterday. As of yesterday, 13 people have been fatally struck by SEPTA trains and trolleys so far this year, according to data from the transit authority.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 29-year-old woman was killed Friday night when she was run over by a SEPTA bus in front of her 8-year-old son in South Philadelphia, police said. About 7:25, a Route 27 bus was making a left turn from southbound South 15th Street onto Washington Avenue when the mother, her child, and an adult male friend attempted to cross Washington in front of the bus, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi, a police spokesman. "They knew the bus was in motion. They tried to outrun the bus," Ginaldi said.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
A story Thursday on Sweet Christine's Bakery gave an incorrect telephone number. The correct number is 610-444-5542. A story Tuesday about federal grants to SEPTA misidentifed creeks subject to flooding in the Jenkintown area. The creeks are Baeder Run, Tacony Creek, and Tookany Creek.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A SEPTA janitorial worker and the transit agency are fighting over the worker's dismissal for refusing to work on holy days, including Rosh Hashanah. Romel McAlpin of Germantown was fired last year by SEPTA for refusing to work on Rosh Hashanah and Oct. 12, his Sabbath. McAlpin, according to legal documents, is an adherent of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, a sect that observes Jewish holy days and marks the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. McAlpin, a maintenance custodian in subway tunnels, notified SEPTA of his religious beliefs shortly after he was hired in May 2012, according to a legal brief filed by Transport Workers Union Local 234. SEPTA permitted McAlpin to trade days off with other workers to accommodate his beliefs, but only with workers with less seniority, citing seniority clauses in its union contract.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA an Islamophobe? Does he hate Muslims? Those pushing that lie to inflame Muslims are anti-West, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic and anti-modernity jihadis. In this regard - and probably in this regard only - President Obama and Pamela Geller are on the same page. They are anti-radical Islam. Obama is careful with his words. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is not, often extending her disdain to all of Islam.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN an anti-Islamic group decided to advertise on city buses and billboards this fall with photos of a terrorist poised to behead an American and a Muslim leader smiling at Adolf Hitler, transit officials in New York and Washington, D.C., huffed their disapproval - but allowed the ads to run. They had no choice, they said, because the ads were protected under the First Amendment. SEPTA's officials disagreed and rejected the ads. But the group behind the ads - the American Freedom Defense Initiative - won't surrender quietly.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Obama administration has given SEPTA about $87 million to protect transit properties from future storms, officials said Monday. The $86.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration's emergency relief program will be used for seven projects: Railroad embankment and slope stabilization, $18.7 million. To stabilize and harden slopes along a series of 19th century railroad cuts in Montgomery and Delaware Counties used by the Warminster, West Trenton, Lansdale/Doylestown, and Media/Elwyn Regional Rail lines.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
MAYBE IT doesn't really need to be said after all these years, but Philadelphia kind of has a bad reputation. No, it's not about the smell - that's more of a Jersey thing - but the people who call this city home are known for being rude, for having short fuses, for always being thisclose to blurting out, "No, screw YOU!" To date, there isn't a known medical cure for this condition. But SEPTA is going to try to make a dent in the problem. The transit agency on Tuesday launched "Dude It's Rude," an advertising campaign/gentle intervention aimed to get riders to curb knuckleheaded behavior.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THIS KID really wanted to get home from school. A 16-year-old boy went ballistic Monday afternoon at the Erie-Torresdale stop of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, fighting with the agency's Transit Police, threatening to punch a cashier and then hopping onto the roof of a moving train. "This was bizarre behavior, something we've never seen before," Transit Police Inspector Steven Harold said yesterday. "Obviously, this juvenile has mental issues, and is extremely lucky that he didn't hurt someone or himself.
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