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June 19, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police announced a new strategy Wednesday to protect seniors from crooks and scammers who pose as utility workers to get inside their homes: 911. The strategy, called "Be Sure Before You Open the Door," is simple. Whenever someone claiming to be from Peco or another utility comes to a door without an appointment, call 911. Police will figure out whether the person should be there, and send help if necessary. The program's strength is in its simplicity: It is much easier to dial 911 than to call a utility directly.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of an area roofing company was indicted on charges of lying to federal authorities investigating the death of an employee who fell 45 feet from roof scaffolding in Philadelphia on June 21, 2013. James J. McCullagh, 60, the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc., was accused of ordering two employees to tell federal investigators that they, and the man who died, had been given fall protection, including safety harnesses, when he knew they had not. The indictment was handed up Thursday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A NEW LEASE agreement between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use it will serve as more than just an economic stimulus. The lease, approved by City Council yesterday, ensures that airport subcontractors will pay workers $12 per hour as required in the living-wage standard passed by Mayor Nutter in January. The lease will take effect July 1. The agreement follows extensive discussion among the airport's chief executive officer, Mark Gale; SEIU Local 32BJ's vice president, Gabe Morgan; and American Airlines vice president of government and airport affairs Michael Minerva.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JIM KELLY devoted his life to helping others, including needy children, teens, couples having difficulties with their marriage and families needing some sound counseling. "He was very kind," said his daughter, Jane Kelly-Brobbey. "He had a lot of wisdom and a lot of spirit. " James H. Kelly, who worked for a number of psychological and residential service agencies and was a case worker for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, an Army veteran of the Korean War and active churchman, died May 4. He was 86 and lived in East Mount Airy.
NEWS
June 8, 2015
THE WHITE HOUSE recently recognized Julia Hillengas as a "Champion for Change. " The 29-year-old go-getter runs a little-known city program called PowerCorpsPHL that enrolls at-risk young people from mostly poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods and puts them to work on environmental projects - either for the city Water Department or for Parks and Recreation. With a $3 million budget, it's a small program that strives to make big changes in the lives of 18-to-26-year-olds by giving them a career path.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
CABOT, Pa. - Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who was the runner-up for the 2012 Republican nomination, announced his second presidential bid Wednesday with a vow to fight for the forgotten American worker. "Working families don't need another president tied to big government - or big money - and today is the day we're going to begin to fight back," Santorum, 57, declared, flanked by his family, including six of his seven children, at a factory here near his boyhood home.
NEWS
May 23, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant. Born in Mayfair, Mrs. Williams grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1971. While attending Villanova University in 1972, she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. After treatment, she went into remission in 1976.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE MANY stages of grief, the counselor told Jeff Bayers' co-workers. Some people cry. Some deny. Some get angry. Every part of the process is OK, and everyone's way is OK. Unless, it seems, you're Charles Sharper. Sharper is a towing operator for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. On April 22, he was in deep grief. That morning, PPA lot officer Jeffrey Bayers was killed at a towing and impoundment lot in South Philly when a young tow operator backed over him. PPA employees were reeling.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another union has a deal with the Philadelphia School District. The members of Unite Here Local 634, which represents school cafeteria workers and noontime aides, has ratified a four-year contract that contains benefits savings and work-rule changes, including a weakening of seniority rights. The 2,000 workers - the school system's lowest paid - will actually get pay bumps that officials said are made possible by allowing the district to temporarily stop payments to the union's health and welfare fund.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ANOTHER UNION has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia School District that will save the district money and decrease the role of seniority. No, not that union. Unite Here Local 634, which represents 2,200 cafeteria workers and student-climate staff, signed off on the pact Saturday with a unanimous vote. The School Reform Commission is expected to approve it Thursday. The contract, which runs through September 2017, will provide members with a raise each year, but also includes key work-rules changes the district sought.
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