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October 23, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
"THIS CASE is not about a bird. And it's not about illegal aliens," a defense attorney said yesterday in federal court. Instead, attorney Mark Cedrone told jurors in his opening statement, "This is all about whether he told a lie. " The "he" refers to his client, Mikhail Zubialevich, who is on trial with co-defendants Nikolaos Frangos and George Capuzello. The three men held varying positions as part of a work crew painting the double-decker Girard Point Bridge, which carries Interstate 95 across the Schuylkill in Philadelphia.
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October 22, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DARLIENE BONNER demonstrated in her early teens that she wasn't about to let rules and regulations stand in her way. She was in middle school at age 14 when she decided she wanted to attend West Philadelphia High School because she thought it would give her the quality education that she wanted. Unfortunately, the school was outside the boundary of her South Philadelphia neighborhood and those pesky rules and regulations said she couldn't go there. Oh, yeah? Darliene challenged the school district and, although it's not known what her arguments were, they were obviously persuasive because she was admitted to West Philadelphia High School.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A U.S. bankruptcy judge's decision last week to allow the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City to jettison a traditional defined-benefit pension and company-sponsored health insurance could spell the end of historically solid benefits for low-paid casino workers. Unite Here Local 54, the union targeted by Trump Entertainment Inc., Taj Mahal's parent company, said every worker in Atlantic City is under siege by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who controls Trump Entertainment through the roughly $290 million of debt he holds.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Official assurances that the city is fully prepared to deal with Ebola collided Thursday with impassioned pleas from front-line health-care workers who said they need more and better equipment and far more training to safely care for patients infected with the deadly virus. During a City Council hearing that lasted nearly four hours, top leaders from the city's public health agencies, fire department, airport, and major hospitals said that while Ebola presents some unique challenges, they have been effectively controlling other serious threats such as anthrax, bird flu, and HIV for decades.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katherine Linton Eyre, 89, a social worker in the Philadelphia area, died Saturday, Oct. 4, of breast cancer at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, where she had lived for 14 years. Formerly of Fox Chase Manor in Abington Township and the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Mrs. Eyre graduated from Frankford High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wilson College and a master's degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College. Mrs. Eyre was a preacher's daughter who lived through the Depression and World War II. "She was exposed to social justice issues, so she took into consideration the poor, the mentally ill, and the elderly" in her life choices, said daughter-in-law Jenifer Eyre.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN GREGORY SPEARMAN pushed his mother through the West Philadelphia neighborhood around 52nd and Market streets in her wheelchair, he felt as if he were chaperoning an important somebody. Everybody seemed to know Armetha Spearman, and she seemed to know everybody around the busy neighborhood. "I thought I was pushing a celebrity," Gregory said. "Especially the kids recognized her. " Armetha Spearman, onetime employee of the old Philco company and a caregiver who went to the homes of the ill and home-bound to lend them her love and concern, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Oct. 9. She was 84. Armetha had a special fondness for children, and they recognized her interest in their welfare and education.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph A. Mason, 85, of Barrington, a former hotel maintenance worker in Philadelphia and South Jersey, died of complications from a stroke Monday, Sept. 29, at the Genesis Health Care Center in Voorhees. Mr. Mason was born in South Philadelphia. He ended his high school studies early to support his family after his father was called to Army service during World War II, his daughter Diane Mason said. Mr. Mason began his maintenance career at Abbotts Dairies before working at the Bellevue Stratford hotel in the 1960s, the Rittenhouse Hotel in the 1970s, and the Garden State Inn in the 1980s, she said.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former city Department of Human Services worker was charged Monday with allegedly stealing nearly $18,000 in SEPTA tokens, and claiming more than $6,000 in overtime for work she did not perform, prosecutors said. Shamira Hawkins-Worthey, 30, of the 3000 block of North Ninth Street, was responsible for providing SEPTA tokens to clients so they could travel to court hearings, doctor's visits, or for other reasons related to DHS, prosecutors said. In September 2013, a supervisor noticed that Hawkins-Worthey had requested 300 tokens during a two-day period - an amount considered unusually high, prosecutors said.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SHAMIRA Hawkins-Worthey was supposed to be helping children and parents by providing them with public transportation tokens to get to court hearings, medical appointments and other destinations related to the Department of Human Services. Instead, Hawkins-Worthey, 30, a DHS social worker services manager, helped herself by stealing more than $24,000 in tokens and fraudulent overtime payments, officials said yesterday. "I have no words for the actions of this person," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A post office worker in Philadelphia has been charged with allegedly stealing nearly $29,000 intended for customer money orders, city prosecutors said Monday. Felicia Townsend, 35, of the 400 block of North Simpson Street in West Philadelphia, was arrested Sept. 30 and charged with receiving stolen property, theft, unlawful use of a computer, and tampering with public records. Townsend allegedly voided money orders after the customer left the post office and then pocketed the money, prosecutors said.
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