August 3, 2015 |
Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney's political connections stretch farther than the 215 area code. Kenney will be crossing the Delaware River this September to attend a fund-raiser for Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) as a special guest. Norcross represents New Jersey's First Congressional District and is running for reelection next year. He is also the brother of George E. Norcross III, a South Jersey Democratic power broker, and Philip Norcross, CEO of the Parker McCay law firm.
December 12, 2014 |
SINCE THE end of her long tenure as Philadelphia District Attorney five years ago, Lynne Abraham - now a 2015 mayoral contender - only made the news for one really high-profile case. It was supposed to be a doozy. At the height of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal in November 2011, the ex-top prosecutor and judge announced she'd been hired by the Sandusky-founded children's charity, the Second Mile. Her job was to get to the bottom of whether officials at the philanthropy knew about or even aided the crimes of the former Penn State coach.
September 17, 2014 |
Charlene L. Bembenek, 62, of Mount Laurel, who retired in 2012 as a systems analyst at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, died of breast cancer Friday, Sept. 12, at home. Born in Camden, Ms. Bembenek graduated from St. Joseph's High School there in 1969, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1973 and a master's in 1975, both in English literature, at Temple University. After teaching at a public high school in Philadelphia, she earned a bachelor's in 1985 in electrical engineering at Drexel University and that year began her career as an analyst at the space systems division of General Electric Co. in King of Prussia.
December 2, 2013 |
The Burlington County Bridge Commission calls them "openings. " But to the hundreds of motorists stuck each time the deck of the Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington-Bristol Bridges rises, those random events are definitely closings. "My son has a doctor's appointment at 6 o'clock," said a frustrated William Lyou, stuck in an opening last week that had begun at 5:13 p.m. It was 5:32, peak rush hour. Traffic on Route 73 in New Jersey was backed up for nearly a mile, and vehicles on Robbins Street in Philadelphia were halted for blocks.
October 31, 2013 |
Cheryl Grover Mack, 61, of Delran, a computer systems analyst for the former Moorestown packaging and distribution center of Tyco Toys Inc., died of kidney failure Friday, Oct. 25, at her home. Mrs. Mack received a liver transplant "about 13 years ago," her husband, Barry, said. "She lived longer than most transplants, but it started giving out. " Born in Riverside, Mrs. Mack graduated from Riverside High School in 1969 and from the IBM Educational Center in Center City in 1975, he said.
June 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials. Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said. The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden's former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered and a district with a long track record of prosecuting cases with national security implications.
February 16, 2013 |
Barbara Blackshear, 77, of Wynnefield, a pioneering career woman in computer technology who rose to be a vice president of Xerox Corp., died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 9, at her home. Mrs. Blackshear began working with computers in the late 1950s at the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. She later spent more than 20 years with Xerox, where she became vice president for strategic planning. She retired in 2002. She got her start in the emerging computer field in the late 1950s, when, while working in the actuarial department of Penn Mutual, she learned data processing on the job, said her husband, David Goodchild.
November 13, 2012
THE SHOOTING STARS Fancy Brigade, of which he's a member, is practicing on Sunday in the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge, but City Councilman Mark Squilla is with his mother inside the clubhouse on 3rd Street, lighting the Sterno to heat the eggplant parm. A few minutes later, he's behind the bar. He slides a plate of meat and cheese to the end, then takes a call on his cellphone - then another. "Yo," he greets a caller, and reaches for the soda gun. Squilla, 50, can't make Mummers practice because he's helping to launch the Nina Pennachietti Fund, named after his late grandmother, who emigrated from Italy as an orphan when she was 18. The $12,000 raised Sunday will help orphans with high school and college expenses.
July 10, 2012 |
The honeymoon ended fast for City Council's six freshmen members, who were forced to wrestle with one of the most complicated budgets in recent times. Newly elected Council President Darrell Clarke warned them at Council's first session, "To my new colleagues: Guys, you are in for one heck of a ride. " And so they were. Freshmen Council members Mark Squilla, Cindy Bass, Bobby Henon, Kenyatta Johnson, Dennis O'Brien and David Oh have been dubbed "The Serious Six" by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. for what he considers hard work and a professional approach.
January 24, 2011 |
St. Isaac Jogues Church in Wayne and St. Malachy Church in North Philadelphia have been sister parishes, one affluent, one less so. "More than a decade ago" at the Wayne church, The Inquirer reported in 2001, John E. Connor and his wife, Colette, "founded the Urban/Suburban Coalition to ensure the survival of the 150-year-old inner-city church. . . . " "Jack's been busy with everything from plumbing projects to college scholarships for St. Malachy parishioners. " On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Mr. Connor, 88, of Strafford, a computer-systems analyst who in retirement taught at several colleges in the Philadelphia region, died of heart failure at Paoli Memorial Hospital.