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(The School Reform Commission, during a contentious meeting on February 19, 2015.  Schools superintendent William Hite is standing in background.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

School Reform Commission Says Its Vote on Charter Applications Will Have Little Budget Impact

The district faces an $80-million deficit next year, but SRC chair Bill Green says adding five charters won’t break the budget because four of the schools would open in 2016.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

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Septa, Unionized Workers Fight Over Staffing Levels in Federal Waiver of Regional Rail Work Rules

Federal regulators are being asked by Septa to continue a waiver of work rules on its commuter rail division — a waiver that the transit agency’s rail unions insist puts the safety of the riding public at risk.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

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Jonathan Saidel Decides Against 2015 Run for Philadelphia Mayor

“There are enough people running that people can make a wise choice,” he said.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/26/2015

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Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Wins a Round in Court Over Imposed Employment Terms

In a major victory for the Philadelphia public schoolteachers’ union, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that the School Reform Commission cannot cancel the teachers’ contract.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

(US District Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Ironworkers’ Union Boss Guilty on All Counts in Racketeering Trial

After five days of deliberations, a federal jury in Philadelphia has found former Philadelphia ironworkers’ union head Joseph Dougherty guilty of corruption and related offenses.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/20/2015

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No Verdict Yet as Federal Jury Weighs Corruption Case of Phila. Ironworkers’ Boss

After an apparently rough four days of deliberations, the jury in the federal trial of ironworkers’ union Local 401 boss Joseph Dougherty is in recess until Tuesday.

01/16/2015

(US District Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Federal Racketeering Case Against Ironworkers’ Boss Heads to Jury

Defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. has downplayed alleged threats by Joseph Dougherty, secretly recorded, as mere “testosterone talk.”

01/13/2015

(US District Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

More Testimony Against Phila. Ironworkers’ Union Boss in Federal Racketeering Trial

Sean O’Donnell, who pleaded guilty to vandalizing a nonuion work site and who is cooperating with the prosecution, testified that Joseph Dougherty knew of and approved of the illegal attacks.

01/12/2015

Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. (Credit: Ashley Wolf)

Billionaire Carl Icahn Offers $20M Infusion to Avert Taj Mahal Shutdown

Icahn, who is poised to buy the Trump Taj Mahal casino-hotel, is ponying up $20 million so it can remain open while bankruptcy proceedings play out.

12/18/2014

(Misha Williams testifies before City Council's Commerce and Economic Development Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

As Strike Threat Looms, Phila. Lawmakers Press For Better Treatment of Workers at PHL Airport

One former employee of an airport contractor, a wheelchair attendant, tearfully recounted being fired because of her activity in support of a fair wage.

11/19/2014

(Scene of the stabbing of Camden social worker Leah Coleman.  File photo by CBS3)

After Social Worker Stabbed in Camden, Union Worries About Ongoing Safety

CWA state president Hetty Rosenstein says security in the building where Coleman works has now been beefed up, but she’s not sure for how long.

11/19/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees Hope For Phila. Schools in Wolf’s Election as Pa. Governor

The mayor believes Wolf’s election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

11/05/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

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Franconia, Pa. Police Officers Hope More Time Will Avert Departmental Layoffs

The planned layoffs are scheduled to take effect this Saturday. The township plans to let ten employees go, including six police officers — about a third of the department.

10/28/2014

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