January 7, 2015 |
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 who failed to investigate Linda Weston's criminal background - was negligent, she could not be found liable for the abuse Beatrice suffered by her aunt.
January 6, 2015 |
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.
December 31, 2014 |
Failure to protect seasonal workers, primarily teenagers, from summer heat hazards at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown led to a citation and a proposed $7,000 fine for the amusement parks' operator, Cedar Fair L.P. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated safety conditions at Dorney Park June 9, based on reports that a teenage worker suffered burns after collapsing near a kitchen fryer at...
December 22, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The 22d annual toy drive by the local nonprofit Just 4 Kids came Saturday in a holiday season like no other for Atlantic City - holiday cheer for some of the children whose families have suffered from unprecedented casino layoffs. Among the 200 families treated at St. Michael's Church was that of Flor Dalia Castro, 41, of Atlantic City, who said she has one wish this Christmas: a job. She lost her cleaning job of two years at Revel when the casino closed four months ago. Unemployed since, she has five children, from 3 to 13 years old, and a husband with kidney cancer to support.
December 17, 2014
ANTHONY REYNOLDS got fired on Sunday, Dec. 7. Before that, the 51-year-old West Philadelphia native worked as a cabin cleaner at the Philadelphia International Airport making $8.50 an hour. For nearly six months Reynolds left work disappointed because his employer denied him a wage increase to $10.88 an hour, which was mandated by Philadelphia voters and Mayor Nutter. Over those six months, Anthony worked through the Ebola scare despite inadequate safety procedures, he supported his co-workers when they striked for better conditions and he testified twice in City Council about his working conditions.
December 12, 2014 |
THE TRAGIC death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly served as the impetus for the major overhaul of the city's Department of Human Services that was dissected at length before City Council's Health and Human Services Committee yesterday. Kelly suffered from cerebral palsy. She died on a soiled mattress in her own feces, weighing 42 pounds, which is normal for a 5-year-old. Her emaciated body went undiscovered for hours until police and paramedics found it infested with maggots. Her mother, Andrea Kelly, is currently serving a 40-year prison term for murder.
December 5, 2014 |
A social worker with the Department of Human Services violated the City Charter by working on political campaigns, the city Board of Ethics announced Wednesday. David Krain, 35, who has worked for the city since 2004, admitted assisting several candidates and committees between 2009 and 2011. The charter prohibits municipal employees - with the exception of City Council staffers - from engaging in political activity. Political activity, as defined by the board, includes circulating nominating petitions, running for elected or party office, and taking part in get-out-the-vote drives.
December 5, 2014 |
DAVID KRAIN, a social worker in the city's Department of Human Services, will pay the Philadelphia Board of Ethics a $450 fine for violating a 63-year-old charter that prohibits some city employees from participating in political endorsements. According to an agreement released by the board yesterday, Krain was fined for political activity from 2009 to 2014, which included: taking part in a get-out-the-vote campaign, notarizing financial documents for politicians and recommending a consultant to help with a 2011 judicial campaign.
November 21, 2014 |
Up to 125 workers at Philadelphia International Airport are planning a work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they say are poor wages and working conditions. The employees of aviation contractor PrimeFlight handle ground-transportation duties for about 10 airlines, including tasks such as wheelchair assistance and curbside check-in. The extent to which the planned job action may affect travelers was not immediately clear. Several airlines said they were taking steps to ensure that customers would be unaffected.
November 19, 2014 |
A worker for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency was rushed to Cooper University Health Care Monday afternoon after she was stabbed in state offices on Haddon Avenue in Camden, according to Andy McNeil, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Monday, and the female worker was immediately taken to Cooper's trauma unit, authorities said. According to a preliminary report, the worker was stabbed in the neck and face, but it was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were.