August 30, 2015 |
Inez L. Johnson, 100, of Philadelphia, a domestic worker, died Friday, Aug. 21, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Johnson was born in 1914 in Aiken, S.C., the ninth of 11 children. Her parents were James Wilson Burris and Lucy Burris. She moved to Philadelphia in the early to mid-1940s and made her living as a domestic in the home of a Philadelphia physician. She cared for the doctor's family as well as her own for many years. A resident of Germantown, she outlived two husbands - Bernice (BURR-nis)
August 28, 2015 |
Joe Davis, 59, of Philadelphia, a paraplegic and former addict who counseled young people to think before making choices that might land them in a wheelchair for life, died Saturday, Aug. 15. Mr. Davis spent 34 years in such a chair, but that didn't dull his spirit. His body finally gave out, though. He died at home after a two-year battle with multiple illnesses. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1955, Mr. Davis dropped out of school in the 10th grade and began a 20-year free fall into addiction and crime on the streets of North Philadelphia.
August 21, 2015 |
THE AUTHOR OF the email was Shumpert Caldwell, an assistant sergeant-at-arms for City Council. But the email address was " firstname.lastname@example.org" ;- Jim Kenney's mayoral campaign - and it was sent yesterday afternoon to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. In the message, Caldwell recounts his chance encounter with Kenney when Caldwell was a younger man. Kenney caught him red-handed spray-painting a wall in South Philly, the email said. But "he didn't haul me off to the police station - he took me back to school," Caldwell said, adding that Kenney helped him "turn his life around" several years later after brushes with the law landed Caldwell in prison.
August 20, 2015 |
The general manager of the Reading Terminal Market met Tuesday with the city's director of emergency management to discuss ways the emporium of food stalls may remain open during Pope Francis' visit next month, in light of stringent security measures. Anuj Gupta has said the merchants are so concerned about running out of food and being unable to get their 350 employees to the job that he might decide to close the block-long tourist attraction at 12th and Arch Streets the weekend of Sept.
August 12, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority quietly gave 2.5 percent raises to nonunion workers in April, retroactive to the beginning of the year. The 223 workers had not had raises in six years, and the new DRPA board chairman, Philadelphia labor leader Ryan Boyer, said when he was appointed by Gov. Wolf in March that he would advocate for pay raises. But the raises were not publicly announced and the DRPA board did not vote on them. Gov. Christie, who has the power to veto board actions, was informed of the raises and did not object, said DRPA board vice chairman Jeffrey L. Nash, leader of the New Jersey delegation on the bistate board.
August 11, 2015 |
One in an occasional series. When Dawn Taylor, 37, a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University, started her part-time translation business in February 2013, she earned $15,000 that year. This year, because business is good, she expects to make $45,000 - for part-time work. Taylor's job helps prove what the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted in 2012 - jobs for translators will grow by 2022. "These professions support commerce and diplomacy in an increasingly globalized world," said Donald DePalma, the founder of Common Sense Advisory, a Cambridge, Mass., research group that charts business for translators.
August 9, 2015 |
Even the dog wore the union's signature red shirt, dressed appropriately for a small rally held Friday by the Communication Workers of America at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. The rally, attended by Montgomery County elected officials and labor leaders, came as talks continue between Verizon Corp. and its employees represented by the CWA and another union, in a standoff that partly reflects changing technology. "Verizon had, what, a $3.1 billion profit last year - a 14 percent increase over the year before - and we still have to argue and fight about decent wages for workers?
August 7, 2015 |
TANIA CIOLKO filmed her question for GOP candidates before the debate Thursday night, but never expected it'd be aired live and answered on national television. "Most people I know want to work," she told the 10 presidential hopefuls. "They don't want handouts. They want the freedom and opportunity to create a living based upon their own talents. " She wanted candidates to name one thing they'd do to promote small-business growth and entrepreneurship, after the nation's economy declined in the previous decade.
July 31, 2015 |
An employee at West Chester University has tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, and "higher-than-acceptable" levels of the bacteria that cause it were found in eight campus buildings, officials said Wednesday. Immediate steps were taken to kill the Legionella bacteria that were found in the buildings' cooling towers, Mark Mixner, vice president of administration and finance, wrote in a memo to the university's more than 1,000 employees. The university "engaged a remediation firm that is treating the affected cooling towers" Wednesday and Thursday to eliminate the bacteria and ensure they do not return, Mixner said.
July 21, 2015 |
Is it acceptable for an elected municipal official to vote in favor of giving his wife a paid position in their township? What if the same official, also the town's deputy fire chief, votes to hire firefighters who report to him? The New Jersey agency that reviews ethics violations investigated those questions and quietly fined Mansfield Township Committeeman Sean Gable $100 last year - three years after receiving a complaint. He was among seven municipal officials across the state fined for conflict-of-interest infractions during the last year.