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December 13, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AFTER threatening a strike, the leader of Philly's prison-healthcare-workers union has reached a tentative agreement with the company that manages treatment for the city's roughly 9,000 inmates, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said. Henry Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees District 1199C, is expected to present to his 270 prison workers a compromise that will include wage increases and less-generous health-care plans. If approved, the agreement would avert a strike threatened in an op-ed by Nicholas in yesterday's Inquirer . Nicholas and representatives of Corizon, a Tennessee company that the city pays $42 million per year to manage the city's prison health care, spent hours yesterday in the offices of Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin Burman, 69, of Blue Bell, a Pennsylvania worker's compensation judge who survived with a heart transplant for almost 25 years, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Burman first experienced heart trouble on his honeymoon, said his wife, the former Lorraine Buchanan. Two years later, he underwent only the 159th heart transplant to be performed at Temple University Hospital. It was an earlier time in transplants, and Mr. Burman was told he had five years to live.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GIVE JUNIUS CLAYTON an old John Wayne Western to watch or a Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra song to listen to and he was a happy man. Junius, a 22-year veteran of the Marine Corps who served two combat tours in Vietnam, was not just a fan, he was a student. He could tell you the names of cast members in the old movies he loved and sing the lyrics he had memorized from his favorite songs. In addition, Junius had memorized Bible passages, and used them to soothe his own soul and to inspire others, his family said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Stephen Delaney, 83, of Philadelphia and Ventnor, N.J., died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Atlantic City Medical Center of injuries from an auto accident Nov. 4 in Atlantic City. Mr. Delaney was born in Philadelphia, and attended Roman Catholic High School. At age 17, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He received a Purple Heart for valor. After returning home, Mr. Delaney embarked on a 50-year career with ITE Circuit Breaker Co. in Philadelphia, starting with an assembly-line job. He was elected shop steward for employees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW)
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE EX-CHAIRMAN of the Montgomery County GOP committee was arrested yesterday and charged with drugging and raping a woman who worked in his law office after a company party last month. Plied with wine and doped with a sleeping pill, the woman later told a grand jury that Robert J. Kerns drugged, raped and assaulted her while she was unconscious. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman yesterday announced the results of a two-week-long grand-jury investigation into Kerns, after allegations surfaced that he had assaulted a woman the night of Oct. 25. Kerns, 66, is charged with 19 counts, including rape of an unconscious victim, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious person unaware that penetration is occurring, possessing drugs and an instrument of crime, lying to authorities and evidence tampering.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE ETHICS Board, inspector general, chief integrity officer and watchdog Committee of Seventy usually spend their time scrutinizing city politicians and officials. But yesterday, they turned their scrutiny on one another during an at-times heated debate over how to regulate the kinds of gifts city employees can accept. The current law prohibits gifts of "substantial economic value," which is considered by some to be too vague. At issue was an Ethics Board proposal to limit cash gifts to $50 and noncash gifts to no more than $200 in value in situations that may affect employees' decision making.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
To understand why Don Rongione wants people to buy American on Tuesday - American Made Matters Day - put yourself on the factory floor of Bollman Hat Co., where on Friday the president and chief executive watched Tony Lehman fashion wool felt into a tuxedo-ready top hat. Tugging on finely crafted Texas wool felt as if it were hosiery, Lehman pulled the black fabric around a mold of wood blocks to form the sharply creased crown. That old-style skill, brought stateside by Germans, was one of the first things Lehman learned 31 years ago when he landed a job at Bollman, America's oldest hatmaker, outside Reading.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013
BAR and restaurant employees, easily one of the most underinsured groups in the American workforce, have been dealt a holistic hand by a small group of physicians who have made industry health care their priority. Founded in New York City in 2007, by Dr. David Ores - and in Philly since last fall, thanks to South Philly M.D. Bruce Hopper - the Restaurant Worker Referral Program is aggressively focused on the needs of workers "in the biz. " You can gather as much from the nonprofit's logo - serpents intertwined around a fistful of cutlery instead of a staff.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
AFTER the swelling went down and reality started to set in, Barbara Zimath knew she was going to need new teeth. Question was, how could she ever afford them? Zimath had been wracked with worry over unenviable problems like this one ever since Aug. 28, when a pair of scumbags robbed her and pummeled her face for sport while she waited in the predawn darkness for the Route 15 bus in Port Richmond. One front tooth was completely knocked out during the attack. Three others were left loosened and crooked because of a fracture in the bone behind her gumline.
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