August 18, 2016 |
They came to the cemetery on a broiling afternoon to mourn a little boy most of them had never known. They came one by one and in groups. They came out of anger and sadness and grief. They came, they said, because they felt as if they had to do something for a child so many had failed - and this was all there was left to do. They came to honor Ethan Okula. I wrote about Ethan's short, sad life last month. About how the sweet, intellectually disabled 10-year-old foster child died in February after he fell ill at school.
February 14, 2014 |
THE Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology recently reported that couples can cut their divorce rate dramatically by watching romantic movies and talking about them. In fact, the movie approach is just as good as intensive therapy, say psychologists, who measured results after prescribing therapy to one group, a pool of 87 love stories to another. And, frankly, you don't have to give a damn if the movies are any good. One was "Gone with the Wind," one was "Please Don't Eat the Daisies.
May 23, 2013 |
The death of the 8-month-old son of a Northeast Philadelphia faith-healing couple already on probation for the negligence death of another child has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner, law enforcement sources said Tuesday. Brandon Scott Schaible died last month of bacterial pneumonia, severe dehydration, and infection at his parents' Rhawnhurst home after the parents withheld medical care, according to a report by Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins. The baby had had difficulty breathing, was irritable, and had little appetite for three days before his death, the report said.
March 6, 2013
SHOULD HOURLY workers be able to earn paid sick days? A bill in City Council that mandated businesses to provide paid sick leave was vetoed by Mayor Nutter in 2011, but it may be having a second wind: Council holds hearings Tuesday on an amended bill. Back when the bill was first promoted by Councilmen Darrell Clarke and Bill Greenlee, many business leaders complained that it would be another obstacle to job creation in a city that already has a punishing wage tax to contend with.
November 22, 2011 |
Question: I have been seeing the same guy for three years. He has made me feel really happy and great about myself, makes me laugh, and we have a very fulfilling relationship. The one problem has been our trust issues. He had a history as a cheater, and I have a history as a cheat-ee. This summer, he was unemployed, and I worked long hours. I felt something was wrong most of the summer ... and finally snooped, only to find out about a few lies he told, and a sketchy message from a girl.
June 29, 2011 |
Just as expected, Mayor Nutter yesterday smacked down a bill that would require most city employers to provide paid sick leave. The bill, introduced in 2008 by City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Darrell Clarke, barely made it out of Council nearly two weeks ago with a 9-8 vote. It remains unclear whether Council can pull the necessary 12 votes to override Nutter's veto. A vote to override cannot be made until Council's next session on Sept. 8. Nutter made the announcement inside the Chamber of Commerce, where he said that the bill would put city businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
June 16, 2011 |
Dewetta Logan and Bill Mignucci both own businesses in Philadelphia. Both give their employees paid time off. How the employees use that time is up to them. They can call in sick. They can stay home to care for a sick child. They can go to the beach. It doesn't matter. "It's simpler," said Mignucci, president of Di Bruno Bros., the gourmet food-and-cheese company with stores in South Philadelphia and Center City. Di Bruno Bros. employs about 200. Logan, who employs eight at her West Philadelphia day-care center, Smart Beginnings Early Learning Center, agrees.
June 7, 2011
By requiring that all Philadelphia companies provide paid sick leave to their employees, City Council would be putting the city and local businesses at a further competitive disadvantage with communities in the suburbs and beyond. City firms already coping with a job-killing wage tax and a thicket of regulations don't need another albatross in the form of an employee benefit that's not required just across City Avenue. For low-wage workers, supposedly the biggest beneficiaries of the proposal, the impact at small firms could be just the opposite - as businesses struggling with a new expense are forced to lay off workers.
May 24, 2011
IT'S COMPLETELY unfair that some workers don't get paid sick days. We can commiserate with parents who are faced with the choice of staying home to care for a sick child and losing a day's pay, or sending the child to school; likewise, for someone who is ill and has to drag himself to work because he can't afford to have one unpaid day. That said, City Council has no business mandating that employers offer paid sick days to their employees....
March 22, 2011
The Chamber of Commerce is trying to stop tens of thousands of working Philadelphians - nearly half of the city's workforce - from getting paid sick days ("Business opposes sick-leave proposal," Friday). It is a shameful position that cannot be justified on moral, public health, or business grounds. All too often, Philadelphia workers must go to work ill because they can't afford to lose a day's pay when they are barely able to make ends meet and support their family. Responsible businesses understand that no worker should have to choose between losing a day's pay and coming to work sick or not caring for a sick child, and that paid sick days don't harm the economy.