August 11, 2009
IF YOU listen to Republicans in Harrisburg, Philadelphia's request for legislation to help balance the city budget is a demand for special treatment. However, a quick look at recent history shows that linking Philadelphia's request to the passage of the state budget is actually especially bad treatment. Back in 2003, Pittsburgh was in the middle of a serious financial crisis. Local officials teamed up with members of the state Legislature and sought permission to raise a number of taxes.
December 14, 1989 |
A Parkesburg councilman on Monday accused Mayor William E. Wilson Jr. of receiving special treatment from the borough police and called for an independent investigation. Councilman Donald A. Althouse said the borough police were slow to respond to a disorderly conduct complaint made against Wilson by a resident in September. Althouse also asked that the district attorney or the state attorney general intervene. "I have grave concerns about the conduct of the Police Department," Althouse said at the meeting.
February 4, 1993 |
When City Council votes today on Bill No. 298, "Interference with Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities," it will not be affording special treatment for abortion sites as stated in this column Friday by Michael McMonagle; it will be protecting the constitutional rights of Philadelphia women to a safe and reliable medical procedure. In no way does this legislation prevent Operation Rescue or any similar organization from making its presentation, distributing literature or counseling any woman who is willing to accept their counsel.
March 24, 1989
There is a trial in Chicago. In the dock are a couple of real scumbags, "sports agents" who seemed remarkably adept at appropriating large amounts of money from not-very-bright young men. The agents clearly took the money. The only question before the court seems to be whether these greedy dopes willingly submitted to their skinnings. Interestingly enough, it's clear that the agents weren't the only people exploiting these kids. They didn't do nearly as good a job as the universities purporting to educate them.
November 26, 1993 |
It's time again for the annual sackful of TV Christmas specials. Despite a trendlet toward chat about religious values on network series lately (did you catch Murphy Brown debating the afterlife with the "FYI" staff the other night?) this year, like all the rest before it, network Christmas programming is geared much more toward "Frosty the Snowman" than babes in the manger. In fact, the one non-animated, non-musical show with overt discussion of religion, a children's special put together for ABC by a couple of ministers, has been bumped here by Channel 6 to 6 o'clock in the morning Sunday, Dec. 5. HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW STUFF: CBS does Christmas commercials throughout the years in "Brought to You by Santa.
September 14, 1989 |
Crews from the Philadelphia Electric Co. last month rerouted the electrical circuits leading to the Gladwyne home of Joseph F. Paquette Jr., the company's chairman and chief executive officer. PE spokesman Neal McDermott denied this week that Paquette got special treatment or that work in other neighborhoods was delayed so PE crews could work in Gladwyne. Paquette lives in a Gladwyne neighborhood that has been plagued with downed wires and power outages, especially in the summer during electrical storms.
October 22, 2004 |
Montgomery County Commissioner Tom Ellis did not receive special consideration in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend, a victim's advocate said yesterday. Maria Macaluso, executive director of the Women's Center of Montgomery County, said that she spoke with the Cheltenham police and local courts to make sure that Ellis' former fiancee, Lisa Ann Whalen, was treated the same as any other woman who filed a petition from abuse order. And while the experience demonstrated serious flaws in the ways that victims are treated, she said, they were the same frustrations experienced by many women who go through the system.
April 22, 1994 |
An alleged drug dealer and murderer from the Dominican Republic received no special treatment when he was given a life-saving heart transplant at Temple University Hospital last Feb. 24, according to officials involved in the case. Bartolome Moya, 36, got the transplant "because he was going to die without it," said hospital spokesman Bob Villier. Howard Nathan, executive director of the Delaware Valley Transplant Program, which coordinates the supply of organs for area hospitals, said Moya was treated just like any other potential recipient.
September 16, 2006 |
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush insisted yesterday he and his family have done nothing wrong, responding to allegations that they accepted gifts, money and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents during his career at Southern California. "I'm not worried about any of these allegations or anything like that, because I know what the truth is, like I said from Day 1," Bush said. Yahoo.com reported Thursday that Michael Michaels, a marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the Heisman Trophy winner, and current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein supplied Bush and his family with gifts while he was still at USC. Each hoped to represent Bush once he left school.
May 1, 2001 |
Travis Best, whose unhappy assignment in the first round of the playoffs is to stay in front of Allen Iverson, is not pleased with NBA officials at the moment. Best has fouled out of two games during the series, which the 76ers lead, two games to one, and could close out with a win tomorrow over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Basketball is often a game of percentages, and Best has studied the fouls whistled against him and come up with a numerical value for those calls.