March 7, 2016 |
Gloria McIntyre Zucker, 73, of Mount Airy, a social worker, teacher, and counselor, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health after surgery for a newly diagnosed brain tumor. Ms. Zucker was such a fountain of energy that her death caught those around her by surprise, said her former husband, Steven Zucker, with whom she remained friendly after their divorce in 1981. She managed to juggle overlapping career interests in human services, education, and theology.
March 6, 2016
A Powelton Village pizza shop worker was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday after admitting he collected and traded thousands of sexually explicit images of children. Jose Dany Zacarias-Jaramillo, 29, pleaded guilty to five counts including possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography last year. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations traced his online activity to his workplace, Ed's Buffalo Wings and Pizza at 3513 Lancaster Avenue, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
March 1, 2016 |
Geraldine Saunders was feeling frustrated and angry when Independence Blue Cross sent Stacy Atkinson, a different kind of health worker, to help her. Saunders is on disability for rheumatoid arthritis, but has a list of other health problems: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, an aneurysm in her heart that needs monitoring. She spent 14 days in intensive care last November after her lungs filled with fluid. IBC worried that she'd end up in the hospital again, and so did she. "I said, 'Lord you still up there?
February 26, 2016 |
Restaurateur Marc Vetri said he's "all talked out" about the fate of some of his longtime employees who lost their jobs after Urban Outfitters Inc. acquired his restaurant chain, the Vetri Family. The deal closed Feb. 1, and some Vetri employees quickly learned they would be out of work because they failed to pass Urban Outfitters' employee background checks, including E-Verify, which deals with immigration status. "It just sucks," Vetri told Philadelphia Magazine's website. "But this is what America is. My grandfather left Italy when he was 17 years old, stowed away on a ship.
February 25, 2016 |
Mid-February usually is peak flu season in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and this year is no exception. State and federal health officials say symptoms are widespread. If you're feeling lousy and regret not getting your flu shot, you're in good company - fewer than half of American adults get their annual vaccine. That's generally not the case for people who work in hospitals, where flu shots are considered especially important to protect medically fragile patients. In the Philadelphia region, where many hospitals have mandated the vaccine, the average topped 86 percent in the 2014-15 flu season, the most recent year for which federal data are available.
February 13, 2016
A thief made off with $18,000 in cash Thursday afternoon after taking a lockbox for an ATM from a truck parked outside a deli in Frankford, police said. Priti Patel, who owns Family Deli at 1500 Church St., said the ATM worker was replenishing the cash supply in the store's machine about 1:45 p.m. when someone took the lockbox and an iPhone from his truck. The worker had been inside the store for less than 10 minutes, Patel said. Patel said the worker told him that he'd left his truck unlocked.
February 7, 2016 |
A memorial service is planned in May for Elizabeth MacLeod Scattergood, 98, a retired social worker, who died Sunday, Jan. 17, of Alzheimer's disease at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Mrs. Scattergood, known as "Betty," had been a longtime resident of Germantown. Born in Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the Canadian province of New Brunswick before moving with her family to New York state. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Tusculum College in Tennessee and a master's degree in 1947 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
February 6, 2016 |
The most telling information at a Philadelphia Department of Public Health staff briefing about the Zika virus on Thursday was this slide: "Stay tuned: With the dynamic nature of this situation, updates . . . are expected. " Two dozen epidemiologists, mosquito-control staffers, and emergency planners got the latest on the virus, which has spread with astonishing speed through Central and South America. Every confirmed case in the continental United States has been linked to travel (or sex with someone who traveled)
February 4, 2016 |
From the far end of the Wells Fargo Center court, where he had been pressing the flesh of several season-ticket holders, Sam Hinkie weaved his way forward and through the tunnel behind the 76ers' bench. It was more than an hour until the start of the Sixers' game Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, a thrilling three-point loss that inspired a sellout crowd to make the arena shudder with sound, but Hinkie had a different sort of setting in mind. He shuffled along the sideline and down the tunnel, cutting through the players' weight room, turning left down a hallway, entering a lounge that had bottled waters and little bags of potato chips lined up on serving tables.
February 4, 2016 |
Workers at the Philadelphia Food Distribution Center voted Saturday to ratify a five-year agreement that includes wage increases, employer-paid health care and increased employer contributions to the pension plan. In return, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 929 agreed to allow a lower starting wage for new employees, although full contributions would still be made to their health and pension benefits after a few months probation, said Rocky Bryan Jr., president of the local.