January 7, 2016 |
SEPTA's regional rail travel got jammed in Center City Tuesday afternoon after a report of smoke in a train caused rush-hour delays of up to an hour. Smoke was reportedly being emitted from overhead equipment on a Warminster Line train between Jefferson Station and 30th Street Station about 5:50 p.m., said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The train arrived at 30th Street and the passengers were evacuated. The train was placed out of service for investigation. Commuters reported hearing at an announcement at Jefferson Station suggesting they find alternative transportation.
December 18, 2015
Here's a quick meal designed to get you in and out of the kitchen faster than you can say "holiday baking holiday decorating holiday shopping. " Smoked Salmon and Avocado Eggs Benedict 2 servings For the sauce: 4 tablespoons butter 1 lime 1 large egg 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder 1 to 2 teaspoons distilled vinegar Water (optional) For assembly 2 large eggs 2 English muffins, preferably whole-wheat Flesh of 1 ripe avocado 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon 1. For the sauce: melt in the microwave on low, then let cool for 2 minutes.
November 20, 2015
FOP PRESIDENT John McNesby, everybody is saying how great Jim Kenney will be as mayor. He already said he will continue the illegal "sanctuary city" policy for illegals. Jim Kenney has not put his hand on the Bible yet. He already is saying he will not obey the law. My question is how do we in law enforcement support him? He already said he will defy the law. The FOP needs to tell Mayor-elect Kenney we do not support his illegal policy. Jim Kenney is like the little kid: My ball, my rules.
November 17, 2015 |
Thousands of people who are hospitalized with mental illness in the Philadelphia region will soon experience what has long been the reality for everyone else: living smoke-free. All psychiatric hospitals that have contracts with the city must ban all forms of tobacco, inside and outdoors, among patients and staff, on Dec. 14. All but one is including visitors in the policy, as well. The conventional wisdom is that banning smoking could make matters worse by, among other things, aggravating behavioral problems.
October 20, 2015
ISSUE | CIGARETTE TAX An effective tool to combat smoking The commentary attacking cigarette taxes ("Cigarette-tax increases are bad for Pa. business," Wednesday) contained several inaccuracies. Studies have shown that cigarette taxes are an effective strategy for decreasing smoking and reducing smoking-related diseases and deaths. Research also shows that higher tobacco prices help to prevent people, particularly youths, from starting to smoke. While it is true that higher taxes lead some smokers to cross state or county lines for lower prices, most of those who continue smoking neither travel out of state nor seek smugglers to buy cigarettes.
August 7, 2015 |
Smoking is now officially prohibited at Courtyard Apartments at Riverview, a public housing complex on South Fourth Street in Queen Village. Or that's the rule on paper. A ban on smoking on Philadelphia Housing Authority property went into effect Wednesday, but for at least two housing complexes, it was off to a slow start. At Courtyard, property managers were still discussing how the prohibition against smoking would work. They have notified residents about the change, but they have not yet set up a designated zone for smoking outside, as required under the policy.
July 30, 2015 |
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
July 19, 2015 |
Fred "Bubble" Carter lit a cigarette in his left hand Friday afternoon as he stood on the grounds of the Spring Garden Apartments and savored something that early next month will be against the rules. Carter is a regular smoker, but he recognizes the habit's health risks, so he understands the impetus behind the Philadelphia Housing Authority's ban on smoking in its properties. "I'm not going to say it ain't going to work, but you can't just go into somebody's house and tell them not to smoke," he said.
July 18, 2015
A story Friday on the death of Springfield Literacy Center teacher Scott Matsinger incorrectly identified his alma mater, Albright College. A story Friday on the decision of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to ban smoking in its properties contained an incorrect comparison. The PHA is the largest housing authority to ban smoking. Houston is a larger city than Philadelphia but its housing authority is smaller.
July 18, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Housing Authority's board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to ban smoking in all PHA units. Housing officials said Philadelphia, with 80,000 low-income tenants, is the largest city in the country to enact such a prohibition. The new rules are to take effect Aug. 5. According to a poll released by the PHA, 35 percent of respondents smoked or lived with a smoker, and 55 percent supported living in smoke-free housing. Herbert Wetzel, the board's vice chairman, said PHA officials and public-housing residents worked for months to arrive at "a fair and equitable policy to move forward with.