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NEWS
January 16, 2016
A construction worker died Thursday night after falling into the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, police said. Police were called about 8:40 p.m. to Pier 78, where the man had been working and then disappeared, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man's hard hat was seen floating in the river, and his car was still parked nearby. The police Marine Unit retrieved the man around 9:30 p.m. and he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. How the man, whose age was not available, fell into the river was under investigation.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
ISSUE | UNION DUES A worrisome case The Supreme Court will have found another way to weaken the voice of working people in this country if it strikes down mandatory union fees from nonmembers in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association ("High court questions union fees," Tuesday). While candidates and political talking heads on both sides of the aisle lament income inequality and lack of wage increases for everyone except the wealthy, the supposed watchdog that is the court seems intent on making sure it never changes.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued eight citations to High Quality Builders Inc., totaling $72,880 in penalties in connection with a July 6 incident where a 30-year-old construction worker fell 40 feet and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Bordentown company, OSHA said, routinely misused front-end loaders to support scaffolding platforms and failed to provide fall protection or training. The incident, which took place as the worker was installing gutters on new apartment and condominium buildings in West Chester, was the second fall incident in 2015 for that company, which had been cited by OSHA in March and June.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
A private worker helping to repair a sewer line in Old City was trapped in a 14-foot-deep hole Saturday afternoon but was freed about two hours later, conscious and in stable condition. Early reports indicated the unidentified man was working with a crew on the sewer line under the sidewalk in the 300 block of Market Street when dirt and boulders caved in, trapping his legs. The hole was about four feet wide. More than three dozen Fire Department rescuers responded, working carefully to dig the man from the dirt, put him in a harness, and bring him to the street, according to Fire Department Deputy Chief Troy K. Gore.
NEWS
January 11, 2016
Maria Donatucci is a Democratic state representative from the 185th Legislative District, which includes portions of Philadelphia and Delaware County Monday was supposed to have been a historic day for Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was scheduled to enact an ordinance extending paid sick leave to employees. Unfortunately, the law's implementation was delayed, and an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge ultimately struck down Pittsburgh's ordinance, calling it "unenforceable.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
City workers found the skeleton first. The lot they were cleaning on Kensington's East Cambria Street - where they stumbled across it Wednesday - was overgrown, choked with weeds and trash, studded with discarded hypodermic needles. The bones - "full skeletal remains," police called them - were lodged in the frozen ground. The 24th District officers showed up, then the news trucks, and then, once everyone had cleared out, the crime scene investigation unit. They dug the bones out with dirt-caked shovels, and were lifting them into a body bag by the time Louis Kulb crossed the street to talk to them.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | Steve and Mia
Q: I'm not in love with my husband anymore, but we stay together for our two young children. I've become extremely attracted to a co-worker, and fantasize about him nonstop. We've made out a few times after he's driven me to my car. My husband is older and doesn't get many erections anymore, so our sex life is nonexistent. The guy at work is younger and voracious. I'm thinking about telling my husband so at least he will know I'm considering moving on. I'm too young to be in a sexless marriage.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Helen L. Cooke, 65, of Erdenheim, a teacher who during a second career supervised a program to feed as many as 5,000 Philadelphia seniors in their homes, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, after a long battle with oral cancer. Mrs. Cooke died at Keystone House, a hospice in Wyndmoor. At the nonprofit Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), Mrs. Cooke was assistant director for health and nutrition services. For most of her 25 years with the agency, she oversaw the delivery of in-home meals to the elderly as well as the hot lunches served at several dozen senior centers throughout Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
A Malvern company that publishes newsletters on business topics, including one titled "Keeping Up to Date on Payroll," will face a bill of an estimated $1.75 million to pay 6,000 employees docked for bathroom and other short breaks. "No worker should have to face the choice: Do I take a bathroom break, or do I get paid?" said Adam Welsh, a senior trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor's Philadelphia office. "I think it's the rare employer who doesn't allow its employees to go to the bathroom," Welsh said.
NEWS
January 6, 2016
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia will get a shot in the arm - a $100,000 donation from a coalition of local electrical workers' unions, officials announced Monday. The gift for the city schools-affiliated foundation was announced at inaugural festivities for Mayor Kenney, who has said education will be a key priority of his new administration. Kenney's inaugural block party - a departure from the galas of years past - was designed as a fund-raiser for the nonprofit, and the new mayor has said he will send the proceeds from renting out city-owned luxury boxes for sporting events and concerts to the schools fund, as well.
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