A court on Monday halted the School Reform Commission’s act to tear up its contract with Philadelphia teachers and begin charging them for a portion of their health care insurance.
Philadelphia emergency officials are preparing for a fiery oil train disaster, NBC Philadelphia reports.
An oil train derailment on the Schuylkill River bridge earlier this year spurred local authorities into action, including a recent training exercise that included seven government agencies, CSX railroad, and the South Philly refinery.
It’s a sad, sad day when you can’t get an intern to do a humiliating job like put on a monkey costume, but WHYY now apparently finds itself in such dire straits.
Journalism watchdog Romenesko points out that the public TV station is advertising for a part-time, temporary job dressing up as PBS kids show characters like Curious George.
MuckRock, an investigative website that specializes in open-records requests, says Philadelphia has paid more than $40 million to settle nearly 600 police misconduct suits since 2009.
Sound like a lot? The folks at MuckRock think so.
“The numbers dwarf comparable statistics in other major cities for which MuckRock obtained the same data,” MuckRock reported. “For example, the cities of Indianapolis, San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin settled or lost a combined 122 police misconduct cases — compared to 586 cases in Philadelphia.”
PA unemployment rate declines to 5.7% in September http://t.co/cyR5T9D3UJ
— Governor Tom Corbett (@GovernorCorbett) October 20, 2014
Let us first acknowledge the good news: There are more people employed in Pennsylvania than there were a year ago. There are fewer unemployed. The unemployment rate, as a result, is 5.7 percent — a number that sounds almost normal for a normal economy.
If Gov. Corbett wants to take a victory lap, we can’t blame him.
There’s one number in today’s labor statistics that is really bothersome, and it’s this: There are 93,000 fewer Pennsylvanians seeking work now than there were a year ago.
The losing bidder for the Revel Casino has filed an appeal of that outcome in state bankruptcy court.
Now that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Seamus McCaffery and J. Michael Eakin have been connected to racy emails in an ever-widening scandal, the question becomes: What next? Is exposure the end of the line, or will some kind of punishment ensue?
Panics aren’t pretty. They’re not rational. But they happen, and they’re happening in Burlington County, N.J. — where two Rwandan students are being kept out of classes today, even though their home is 2,600 miles away from the West African nations where the outbreak is actually taking place.
That’s roughly like keeping kids out of school in Philadelphia because somebody caught a cold in Los Angeles.
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