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NEWS
April 27, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Consumers' burden Mayor Kenney's proposed sugary-beverage tax would be regressive and would pass the cost of public education on to the working poor. Dr. Barbara Gold, vice chair of the Food Trust, wrote, "The proposal seeks to direct a fraction of the beverage industry's multibillion-dollar annual profits to pay for expanded pre-K programs and community schools . . . " ("Not a grocery levy," April 18). If that is true, why would consumers be the ones paying for pre-K and community schools?
NEWS
April 21, 2016
John C. Rafferty Jr. Age: 63 Residence: Audubon, Montgomery County. Family: Single, no children. Occupation: State senator, 44th District. Campaign website: raffertyforag.com Education: bachelor's degree, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; master's degree, Beaver College; law degree, Temple University. Career: Lawyer; deputy attorney general prosecuting Medicaid fraud, 1988 to 1991; state senator, 2003-present. Joseph C. Peters Age: 58 Residence: Lake Winola, Wyoming County.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
SEVENTH DISTRICT Republicans Patrick Meehan , 60, Chadds Ford. Member, House of Representatives; former U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Bowdoin College, Temple Law. Stanley Casacio , 68, Whitemarsh Township. Owner of real estate development and property management companies. Temple University. Democrats Mary Ellen Balchunis, 61, Ardmore. Political science professor, La Salle University. University of Pennsylvania, Temple University.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Tia Yang, Staff Writer
John J. O'Neill, 89, of Blue Bell, a lead computer programmer on the Gemini space program in the 1960s, died of complications of cancer Monday, April 11, at Normandy Farms Estates. Mr. O'Neill was born in Philadelphia and raised in Easton, Pa. After high school, he served as a corpsman in the Navy on the Tranquillity during World War II. The Tranquillity saw action in the Pacific transporting wounded personnel. After his service, Mr. O'Neill attended Temple University, where he met his wife, Claire.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
John Lazarz and Kim Segal were combing through mountains of voter canvassing data at the Bernie Sanders field office near Temple University on Monday when an unexpected predicament arose. "Oh, the stitching in my jeans just ripped out again," said Lazarz, 24, of western Massachusetts, after bending to pick up another stack. These were his nice jeans. The ones he'd worn while door-knocking for Sanders through four states and was wearing now as a Sanders organizer in Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Estelle Kane Roberts, 91, an Elkins Park resident and former owner of a gift shop there, died Wednesday, April 6, of complications from a stroke at a nursing home in Boca Raton, Fla. Mrs. Roberts was owner-operator of the Pink Daisy, a store catering to high-end customers in search of fine china and home decor for weddings and other special occasions. Mrs. Roberts started the business in the basement of her sister's home in Huntingdon Valley in 1970, and moved it to a store in Rockledge and then to Old York Road in Elkins Park.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
WE'RE SO negative. Philadelphians don't like this. We don't like that. We focus too much on all the bad that young people do these days and not on the positive. And now a whole lot of us are talking trash about a parade to celebrate the Villanova Wildcats' NCAA championship win. A parade! Who doesn't like a parade? People really need to lighten up. It's spring (finally) and this gray, grimy city needs something to celebrate. What could be more special than throwing a parade in honor of Villanova University's triumphant win?
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Temple University will crack down on underage drinking and partying in off-campus housing, partly in response to concerns from neighbors who have long complained about rowdy behavior affecting their North Philadelphia community. "This can't go on any longer," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said. The new campaign, announced by Theobald on Tuesday, includes steep fines for underage drinkers and others violating alcohol-related laws. For the first time, Temple will levy fines of up to $1,500 on those who host nuisance parties, provide the alcohol, or have their name on the lease of a house where a party is held.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Audrey "Dee" Coccia had to fight just to get her daughter Gina into public school in the 1970s. And then, after Gina was finally enrolled at age 11, Coccia had to fight for basics, like speech therapy. "They told me my daughter would never benefit from services, so why would they give them to her?" said Coccia, of Philadelphia's Somerton section. "Some of us have fought a long time," she said. "In the beginning, you either went to a state institution or you stayed home and had nothing.
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