January 27, 2016
John Jay Hooker Jr., 85, a Nashville political figure who spent his last days fighting to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Tennessee, died Sunday, a family friend said. Political strategist Tom Ingram said he received a message from one of Mr. Hooker's daughters that he had died in hospice. He had been suffering from metastatic melanoma. Mr. Hooker had brilliant successes early in life as a lawyer. Tapped in 1958 to prosecute the impeachment of a Chattanooga judge accused of accepting bribes from racketeers, he fell into the orbit of Robert Kennedy, who was investigating the Teamsters union.
February 12, 2015
ABOUT 200 members of the carpenters union converged on the Philadelphia Auto show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday to protest their lack of a contract with the center's management. Converged is probably too nice a word. Invaded is more like it. The union says it was just exercising its right to free speech, handing out fliers to people attending the big show, which drew 60,000 people on Saturday. The center's management - citing eyewitness reports and surveillance videos - said that the carpenters came in waves, beginning about 12:30 p.m., and engaged in repeated acts of harassment and vandalism: stuffing auto interiors with leaflets, stealing fuses and knobs on dashboards, removing oil caps and ripping out wiring.
December 10, 2014 |
IF YOU LISTEN carefully, you can still hear Joe Montgomery singing "Danny Boy. " It's been some years since Joe graced the choir loft of Transfiguration Church in West Philadelphia with his distinctive Irish tenor. But there are those who swear they can still hear his voice raised in those songs that never fail to stir the heart or bring a tear to the eye of a true Irish patriot. Joe Montgomery is gone, but the work he did for the Irish community in Philadelphia and the people he inspired with his devotion to the rites and traditions of those places live on wherever green is worn.
April 30, 2013 |
JACK McBRIDE'S DOOR was always open. Friends, friends of friends, his sons' friends - all were welcome to drop in anytime, check out the refrigerator, have a meal, sleep over if they wanted to. A happy, congenial Irishman, Jack was the kind of guy who always gave of himself, whether it was to his five sons, his cherished grandkids or his many friends. Jack was there with an open door and an open heart. And his grandkids could wrap him around their fingers. They were spoiled rotten by Grandad.
March 15, 2010 |
It's a chance to rub elbows with Hollywood stars. And make good money while doing it. For years, a select group of Teamsters Local 107 members have apparently been on a short list for high-paying jobs on movie shoots in the Philadelphia area. That may change. In response to an investigation alleging favoritism and nepotism in the local's hiring process, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has appointed an outside trustee to oversee job assignments within the movie and trade-show industries.
August 31, 2008 |
Joseph Brock grew up in a union household, eating hot dogs on the picket line and tagging behind his father, a top Pennsylvania Teamster official who now is retired. Brock, a mechanic by trade, eventually became president of Local 830, the largest Teamster local in Philadelphia. Local 830 represents 4,000 drivers and warehouse workers in soda- and beer-bottling and distribution. In 2006, he challenged longtime incumbent Daniel Grace for Local 830?s top job, secretary-treasurer.
December 13, 2006 |
Negotiators for The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News and their largest labor union initialed a tentative labor agreement late last night, capping months of often acrimonious contract talks. "It's a very difficult agreement" that will force the union to make tough choices about the future extent of medical coverage for advertising, news, circulation and finance workers and retirees at the papers, union president Henry J. Holcomb warned. The proposal will be presented to members at a previously scheduled informational meeting today but won't face a member vote until at least this weekend because union rules require several days' advance notice, he said.
October 19, 2006 |
Gov. Rendell has not been Mayor Rendell since 1999, and legendary Teamsters boss John "Johnny" Morris has been dead four years. But yesterday the content of two conversations between the men eight years ago continued to fuel a civil-rights lawsuit filed by Cheltenham siblings who contend that their free-speech rights were violated when they were beaten by Teamsters for heckling President Bill Clinton at an Oct. 2, 1998, appearance in Center City....
December 28, 2004 |
Salvadore J. Strigari, 81, of West Mount Airy, a retired teacher and credit union treasurer, died of heart failure Dec. 20 after dropping off a holiday donation at a homeless shelter in Center City. Mr. Strigari's daughter Victoria Dawson said her father had driven downtown because he wanted to hand-deliver a check to Women of Hope, a shelter for women with chronic mental illness. He was about to return home when he was stricken. For 35 years, Mr. Strigari taught English and mathematics at Penn Treaty Junior High School in Port Richmond.
March 10, 2004 |
Emma Igelstrom, the short-course 50-meter breaststroke world recordholder, will take time off from swimming to deal with an eating disorder. In a letter to the Swedish news agency TT, Igelstrom, 24, said she is fighting bulimia for the second time in her career. "This time, I don't have the energy and stamina to fight [the illness] alone, and I have hence decided to, supported by treatment and those close to me, win once and for all," Igelstrom wrote. Igelstrom did not say how long she expected to be away from competitive swimming.