October 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Chaka Fattah's new chief of staff comes from a familiar place. He is the former chief operating officer of a nonprofit that Fattah founded - and that federal prosecutors say was at the center of a scheme to help the congressman repay an illegal campaign loan. Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, said he hired Roger Jackson, whom he has known for close to 30 years, because he was "a great guy who has done extraordinary work for a number of organizations. " Among the groups Jackson has played a top role in was the Educational Advancement Alliance, a charity Fattah created to help boost educational opportunities among people in need.
October 2, 2014 |
PITCHING COACH Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, bench coach Larry Bowa and the rest of the Phillies coaching staff will not be the scapegoats for a last-place season. The Phillies announced yesterday that all of the members of manager Ryne Sandberg's coaching staff have been asked to return for the 2015 season. Since the regular season does not begin for 6 months, that doesn't necessarily mean the 2014 staff will return in full for 2015. But apparently they've at least been tendered contracts for next season.
September 25, 2014 |
Joseph M. Prota took the initiative once a year to round up clothes and boots that he and his coworkers at the Delaware River Port Authority no longer used and give them to the homeless people who often camped out under the Walt Whitman Bridge. Almost every day, especially during the colder months, he would also bring them food, such as soup, chocolate, coffee, and hot chocolate. "We're going to keep that tradition up in honor of Joe," a colleague, Frank Natanni, said Tuesday. "He was an all-around great guy Mr. Prota, 59, of Williamstown, died Thursday, Sept.
September 22, 2014 |
Richard Pagan ran down an Adventure Aquarium ramp to see the crocodiles. Naequan Rivera played doctor on a large teddy bear. Allysa Lesher chatted with nurses about college. All that seemed impossible for the three South Jersey youths not so long ago. All were trauma victims whose lives were saved by quick-acting doctors and nurses at Cooper University Hospital. Richard, Naequan, and Lesher joined nearly 20 other children and their families Saturday at Cooper Hospital's Celebrate Life event at Adventure Aquarium.
September 12, 2014 |
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Chesterbrook-based drugmaker that sells testosterone-replacement and other treatments for men with erectile-dysfunction issues, says it has cut 30 percent of its staff and consolidated its three sales forces into two. The company said it hopes the cuts will save $75 million a year so it can speed development of therapies for other conditions. "Auxilium has faced significant challenges this year, in particular a dramatic decline in the testosterone-replacement therapy market," chief executive officer Adrian Adams said in a statement.
September 7, 2014 |
The secretary of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs came to Philadelphia on Friday, touring VA facilities, chatting with employees, and taking a closed-door meeting with members of Congress. Secretary Robert McDonald took only a few questions and said his visit was a routine stop, pegged to the 100th anniversary of the agency's life insurance program. But it also follows months of scrutiny of the city's VA system, capped last week when local administrators came under fire for a training manual that appeared to depict their clients as Oscar the Grouch.
August 27, 2014 |
Panic gripped a West Philadelphia elementary school on the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2013, after staff learned a 5-year-old girl was missing, witnesses told a jury Monday. "It was a chaotic atmosphere, no one knew what was going on, the young lady was missing and everybody was just pointing fingers at each other," testified Philadelphia Police Officer Floyd Jackson. "Confused, scared," said Sharon Lites, a teacher's assistant in the Headstart program at Bryant School. "Nobody knew what happened to this little girl.
August 23, 2014 |
Temple legend Aaron McKie is the quintessential Philadelphia guy. But he also had a distinguished NBA career that has brought the North Philadelphia native a lifestyle he may never have dreamed of. But the tug to be at home and help build the program that turned him into a first-round draft pick and a 13-year NBA player is stronger than anything that was coming down the basketball pike, which is why McKie on Thursday joined coach Fran Dunphy's staff...
July 17, 2014 |
Congressional staff on an unannounced visit to the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs regional office July 2 were given work space in a room wired with an active microphone and camera, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. During the same visit - made to investigate claims of mismanagement at the Germantown facility - one congressional staffer saw and snapped a picture of a note containing an offensive description of a woman on her team. Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.)
June 27, 2014 |
THE RUMORS had been out there. Now all indications are it's about to become a reality. Sources have confirmed reports that former Temple point guard Rick Brunson is expected to soon join coach Fran Dunphy's staff on North Broad Street. Dunphy wouldn't comment when reached yesterday. Neither would Brunson. People familiar with the situation would only say "it's a process. " One said it could happen as soon as late next week. The job, as required, was posted by the university on Tuesday.