July 23, 2013 |
Peg Keeley last saw her son alive 916 days ago - she keeps count - when Mark Keeley walked out the door of the family's Fox Chase home to work the evening shift at Philadelphia Gas Works. It was Jan. 18, 2011. That cold winter's night, the 19-year-old gas worker was killed when natural gas from a cracked high-pressure main exploded, unleashing a fireball so powerful it destroyed two rowhouses on Torresdale Avenue in Tacony. Mark Keeley was just outside the chiropractor's office that blew up, drilling holes in the street to let gas trapped below the pavement escape.
July 19, 2013 |
TRENTON - An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller. Their applications bolstered district enrollment figures in the federal free lunch program - a factor that allows school districts to receive more state aid. Designed to help low-income families, the federal program "has been compromised by widespread fraud," Comptroller Matthew Boxer said Wednesday, announcing the investigation results during a news conference at his office.
July 17, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, a journalist close to the NSA leaker said. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with the Guardian newspaper who first reported on the intelligence leaks, told the Associated Press that disclosure of the information in the documents "would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it. " He said the "literally thousands of documents" taken by Snowden constitute "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.
July 17, 2013
HOW DO YOU spell "incarceration"? A Delaware County businessman may have been reminded of that yesterday after being sentenced to one year behind bars in a scheme to embezzle millions from the family that runs the country's largest spelling bee. Richard Gleeson, 37, formerly a Merrill Lynch financial adviser in Media, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said Gleeson helped Michael Scripps of the Scripps Media family, which runs the Scripps National Spelling Bee, steal $3.6 million from family members to fund a lavish lifestyle.
July 16, 2013 |
To endear a hotel to the oil and gas crowd, give them a place to eat and sleep at all hours of the day, a place to wash their boots, a warm place to smoke in the winter, and a cold beer once in a while. So goes the formula developed by Tejas Gosai, president of the Washington, Pa.-based Shale Hotel Inc. The company is managing two hotels geared toward oil and gas workers, building two others, and preparing to turn the Monroeville Holiday Inn into an industry destination for workers summoned by the Marcellus Shale boom.
July 12, 2013 |
A worker was injured and had to be extricated following a partial collapse at a construction site on Temple University's main campus yesterday, officials said. The accident happened at about 1:20 p.m. at the Science Education and Research Center, which is being built on the corner of 12th Street and Polett Walk. Officials said part of the fifth floor collapsed onto the fourth floor. One worker was pinned beneath a steel beam, and several others were temporarily stranded. Rescue crews were able to extricate the worker after about 50 minutes.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields. In place of the unauthorized workers now commonly found laboring in lower-skilled jobs in the agriculture or service industries, many of these workers would be legal, some of them permanent-resident green card holders or even citizens.
July 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The sudden delay of a major part of President Obama's historic health-care overhaul is raising questions about other potential problems lurking in the homestretch. The requirement that many employers provide coverage is just one part of a complex law. But its one-year postponement has taken administration allies and adversaries alike by surprise. White House officials said Wednesday that the delay was firm and would not be extended after a year - and that the overhaul will still be fully implemented by the time Obama leaves office.
July 3, 2013 |
TWO BLACK MEN, both of whom are former employees of the Women's Christian Alliance Foster Care Agency in Philadelphia, claim they were fired for recommending that a white, married couple adopt a black child. Akeem Dixon, a former recruiter, and Randolph Sanders, a former intake supervisor, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Women's Christian Alliance (WCA) Foster Care Agency, which contracts with the city Department of Human Services. The 2-year-old boy at the center of the suit, who is referred to only as "Child X," was in the care of a single, black foster mother in June 2012 when his placement goal was changed from foster care to adoption.
June 27, 2013 |
DUBLIN - Ireland will pay hundreds of former residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least $45 million for their years of unpaid labor and public shame, the government announced Wednesday, following a decade-long campaign by former residents of the workhouses. Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologized to the women - an estimated 770 survivors out of more than 10,000 who lived in the dozen facilities from 1922 to 1996 - that it had taken so long for them to receive compensation.