November 16, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My husband is a partner in a small law firm. One of the secretaries has gotten into the habit of texting him somewhat inappropriate pictures. One of them was of a "willy warmer" for a penis. I know she thinks it's funny and harmless, but it bothered me. I think it was unprofessional and went beyond the boundaries of an employee relationship. If I mention it to my husband, he will know I looked at his phone messages, and I don't want him to think I don't trust him. Am I making too much of this?
November 5, 2015 |
On Two Street Tuesday, they had a name for this election: the South Philly lottery. As in, South Philly's number was about to come in. Jimmy in the mayor's office. Kevin looking good for a seat on the state Supreme Court. And Kevin's older brother, Johnny Doc, the powerful union leader, the kingmaker, making it all happen. "People are ecstatic," said Richie Conway, a committeeman working the polling place at the Herron Playground on Second and Reed. Like everyone else working there, Conway knew Kenney from - where else?
October 30, 2015 |
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
October 7, 2015 |
It's sure to look out of place - an old, gray-and-blue couch set on the edge of fashionable Rittenhouse Square. But feel free to take a seat. The people putting it there want passersby to settle into the cushions for a few minutes of conversation on a disquieting topic - young people who are pushed into homelessness largely because of their sexuality. Youths generally don't go to shelters. Instead, they can end up moving couch to couch at the homes of friends, acquaintances, or strangers - vagabond guests hidden from those who could help, and potentially exposed to exploitation from people who invite them inside for all the wrong reasons.
September 28, 2015 |
Three months ago, Jamir London, 19, was one of Philadelphia's "disconnected" young people, cut off from school, from work, and from hope. "Didn't have a job. Didn't have no income, doing all the wrong things," London said, as he sat on a stoop outside an abandoned house in Nicetown. Both the house and London are on the mend now, but it doesn't surprise him to learn what a Drexel professor unearthed in his dive into census and labor-market statistics. By this professor's count, nearly 43,000, or one in four people in Philadelphia between 18 and 24, are "disconnected" - out of school and out of work.
September 26, 2015 |
Jack Brosius was in a hurry. The 13-year-old from Limerick was on his way to the World Meeting of Families, where he found inspiration - and maybe, after spending time shooting hoops with priest trainees in a cavernous hall at the Convention Center, even a vocation. "I might want to be a seminarian," said Jack, one of thousands of youths who roamed the center. "I like hearing about how to let God direct you in the right way. " (Jack's mom, Gretchen, smiled. "It's one of the options," she said.)
September 18, 2015 |
YouthBuild Charter School, which gives dropouts an opportunity to earn high school diplomas while learning job skills, is one of two local programs awarded $1.1 million grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced grants totaling nearly $76 million to 72 YouthBuild programs in 31 states Wednesday. "YouthBuild equips young people with the tools they need to realize their potential and the job skills they need to climb career ladders and punch their tickets to the middle class," Perez said in a media teleconference.
September 17, 2015 |
The Nutter administration reached its goal of providing 10,000 jobs to young Philadelphians this past summer, the mayor announced Tuesday afternoon. Teenagers who got those jobs worked at cash registers, cooked burgers, served up smoothies, or even translated English into Mandarin for bank customers in Chinatown. "This is very, very important that young people have the opportunity to work and to learn and to grow and experience the world of work, even in their teenage years," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference in City Hall attended by some of the teenagers who got jobs.
September 2, 2015 |
Nearly 150 people gathered in a park across from Camden High School on Monday to call for an end to the city's violence, following six slayings in two weeks. "We're not willing to say, 'This is just how it is,' " said Doug Logan, 44, a pastor who lives a few blocks from where twin brothers were found shot dead in a car on Aug. 21. "We're praying and praying and hoping something changes. " The rally at Farnham Park was organized by Camden One Love, a group created in response to the summer violence.
August 28, 2015 |
Joe Davis, 59, of Philadelphia, a paraplegic and former addict who counseled young people to think before making choices that might land them in a wheelchair for life, died Saturday, Aug. 15. Mr. Davis spent 34 years in such a chair, but that didn't dull his spirit. His body finally gave out, though. He died at home after a two-year battle with multiple illnesses. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1955, Mr. Davis dropped out of school in the 10th grade and began a 20-year free fall into addiction and crime on the streets of North Philadelphia.