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NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A worker at a Bustleton car wash was fatally injured Monday when was struck by two vehicles. Philadelphia police said the 22-year-old man was cleaning a car's rear windows when he was hit by another vehicle, a gray Dodge Durango. The employee at Krewsin Klean Car Wash, located at 9201 Krewstown Road, was then struck a second time, by a red Honda Accord that was leaving the car wash, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later, at 11:59 a.m., police said.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Amir Showell, 15, wants to be a dermatologist when he grows up. "I'm interested in whiteheads, blackheads," said Showell, whose teenage complexion, by the way, is clear of all of the above. Too bad U.S. Health and Human Services official J. Nadine Gracia wasn't at Philadelphia's Roxborough High School last week to meet Showell, who, as a freshman, personifies the aims of a $6.4 million federal project spearheaded by her office. "I like medicine, but deep-down surgery, I can't stand that," Showell said.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
As a workers' compensation defense lawyer, Michael Huber "was a little like Jimmy Stewart, very earnest, like a Boy Scout," his Haddonfield law partner William T. Freeman said. Freeman recalled that in one case, Mr. Huber won a decision before the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court in Camden. But while Mr. Huber was away, an appellate court "very promptly reversed" the decision, Freeman said, "because of him, because he wasn't there to argue it. " And because of his Stewartian earnestness, Freeman said, Mr. Huber was "someone you could trust with the most delicate of personal information without any fear.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
FAMILY MEMBERS say that had she been born in a different time there would have been no limits to what Ethel Marie Hendricks Taylor might have accomplished. Ms. Taylor, who grew up in South Philadelphia, died June 11. She was 90 years old. The retired federal worker considered the raising of her two Ivy League-educated daughters her proudest accomplishment. "If my mother met you and talked to you, within two minutes, she would let you know that she raised two doctors," said Dr. Susan C. Taylor, a noted Philadelphia dermatologist.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Just over two weeks after returning to work, union employees of Verizon Communications Inc. ratified four-year contracts, the unions said Friday. Tentative agreements were reached the Friday before Memorial Day in a labor dispute that sent between 37,000 and 39,000 Verizon employees along the East coast to the picket lines for strike that lasted 45 days and caused a backlash against the company on Wall Street. Voting separately, Communication Workers of America members in the New York-New England region and in the mid-Atlantic and New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts, as did workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New Jersey, New York and New England.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract Saturday that its leaders called historic. The union local - SEIU 32BJ - said the agreement ends concessions that it made in the last contract that saved the district $100 million over four years and helped the school system during a financial crisis. Ernie Bennett, District 1201 leader for 32BJ, said the new pact boosted workers' wages through a combination of bonuses, across-the-board increases, and step raises based on years of experience.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, STAFF WRITER
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District has reached a tentative agreement with the district and expects to vote on a proposed four-year pact Saturday. The union local - SEIU 32BJ - is not releasing details before the ratification vote. But officials said the contract ends concessions that saved the district $100 million over four years and helped it during a financial crisis. "Our hard-working members sacrificed over the past four years to help the students and the district," Ernie Bennett, District 1201 leader for 32BJ, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Since 1984, Celeste Laspata has showed up faithfully at her polling station, perhaps missing one election in all those years. The Gloucester County polling station can't do without the Williamstown resident, for Laspata, 60, is a poll worker and election day fixture in District 14. "They all come to me because I've been there the longest," said Laspata, who is employed in the accounts payable department at the Monroe Township School District....
BUSINESS
June 4, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.
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