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January 22, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Craigslist post looked promising: "Immediate help needed $16hr. + OT," read the headline, followed by "Help needed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia over the course of the next six weeks. " The posting went up Tuesday evening. By Wednesday morning, the number listed on the post - leading to the Convention Center's labor supply office - was ringing nonstop with dozens of people seeking work, said the center's chief executive, John McNichol. By midafternoon, the post been pulled from the website, flagged as a possible fraud.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DECADES AGO - before houses sprang up between his block of 12th Street and Broad Street - Wes Hatton used the open space in his North Philadelphia neighborhood to teach his daughter and her friend Kim Jones how to ride bikes. Hatton, who has lived on 12th Street near Jefferson for 55 years, knew Jones all her life. He can't grasp the fact that someone killed her Tuesday morning, firing a single bullet into the back of her skull just steps from Hatton's and Jones' side-by-side rowhouses.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest twist on the continuing legal tangle over whether workers are defined as employees or independent contractors, the New Jersey Supreme Court said Wednesday that workers are considered to be employees unless the company can prove otherwise. The case, filed in 2010 in federal court in New Jersey, was closely-watched by business owners and unions. Three New Jersey men, two from the area, who delivered Sleepy's mattresses contended they were improperly classified as independent contractors, causing them to lose benefits and forcing them to cover expenses that should have been paid by Sleepy's L.L.C.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
FOR KIM JONES, life was about caring for others. The mother spent the last several years working at an organization that helps abused and neglected children. But with the pull of a trigger yesterday morning - a single bullet fired into the dedicated child-advocacy worker's head as she went off to work - that was all gone. Police said Jones, 56, left her North Philadelphia home about 9 a.m. and walked less than a block to a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets, just as she had each day for several years on her way to her job at Center City-based Turning Points for Children.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey has landed a $29.4 million federal grant to help displaced Atlantic City casino workers affected by recent closings, officials said Tuesday. The National Emergency Grant through the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for training programs to help the workers learn skills for jobs in new fields. Atlantic City lost four of its 12 casinos last year, throwing more than 8,000 people out of work, roughly a fifth of the casino workforce. The gaming industry has struggled to stay afloat amid competition from nearby states' casinos.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Stacey Burling and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than three days of searching, firefighters Sunday found the body of a worker who was missing after a silo filled with cement collapsed in Bristol Township, township police said. The missing worker was identified as Anthony Gabriele, 48, of Tullytown. The collapse happened at the Riverside Cement distribution facility in the Riverside Industrial Complex. At 4:45 p.m., searchers were digging the body out of the wreckage by hand, according to a police department news release.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Emergency responders searched the wreckage of a collapsed silo in Bristol Township for a second consecutive day Friday but were again unable to locate a missing worker feared dead in the mountainous debris. Multiple cranes became a crucial component of Friday's search, according to Lt. John Godzieba, of the Bristol Township Police Department. As workers removed powdered cement from the base of the wreckage, he explained, they needed to also ensure that heavy metal structures atop the silo would not come crashing down.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a niece of alleged kidnapper and torturer Linda Ann Weston against the city and a former Department of Human Services worker. In a judgment filed Monday and made public yesterday, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled in favor of the former DHS worker, Nefertiti Savoy, and the city, and against Beatrice Weston, 23, who filed the suit. The judge ruled that while Savoy - the DHS case worker who recommended to a judge that Beatrice live with her aunt and failed to investigate Linda Weston's criminal background - was negligent, she could not be found liable for the abuse Beatrice suffered by her aunt.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
William A. Boone Jr., 82, of Chesilhurst, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee who was a dedicated family man and church volunteer, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, of congestive heart failure. After a routine morning that included a piping-hot cup of coffee brewed just the way he like it, breakfast, and a round of his favorite card games on the computer, Mr. Boone died quietly at the Erial home of his daughter, Minretta B. McFadden. "He kept saying, 'I'm looking for that ace,' " his daughter said with a laugh.
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