Mike DeNardo

(An unidentified woman visits the Philadelphia school district's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Helps Students of Shuttered Charter School Find New Spots

With the charter school’s closing, parents such as Elaine Williams of North Philadelphia turned out at school district headquarters to find a new school for her second-grader.

12/31/2014

(Members of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade work to complete costumes and props for New Year's Day.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Mummers’ Fancy Brigades Working Feverishly Toward Thursday’s Show

It’s a last-minute flurry of feathers as the eleven Fancy Brigades complete their extravagant pieces that will adorn their indoor performances on New Year’s Day.

12/30/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Year In Review: Budget Turmoil For The Philadelphia School District

After a year of slashing activities, counselors and nurses, the School Reform Commission defied the city charter in May by refusing to approve a budget that would require even more spending cuts.

12/27/2014

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Drivers Continue To Enjoy Cheaper Prices At The Gas Pump

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of gas in the five-county Philadelphia-area is $2.65 a gallon.

12/24/2014

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

Tens of Thousands of Pa. Households Starting This Winter With No Heat

The annual Cold Weather Survey shows 23,213 households without electric or gas heat this season, compared to 19,653 in Pennsylvania last year.

12/23/2014

File photo. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Family Fights Narberth City Hall Over Possible Use Of Eminent Domain

The owner of a former gas station in Narberth wants to keep the property in the family. But the borough is taking steps to seize it for public use, if the town can’t buy it.

12/23/2014

(Don Tollefson speaks with reporters on December 22, 2014.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Sportscaster Don Tollefson Now Looking For Help in His Fraud Defense

Former Philadelphia television sportscaster Don Tollefson now says that instead of defending himself, he’s trying to find an attorney to represent him against fraud charges.

12/22/2014

(Pa. state representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, in undercover surveillance video.  Image provided by Phila. DA)

Phila. DA Reopens Corruption Charges Against 2 Pa. State Lawmakers

State representatives Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ron Waters (both D-Phila.) are charged with taking cash from an undercover agent. Pennsylvania’s attorney general had previously declared the cases dead.

12/16/2014

The Fort Washington FedEx facility is experiencing its busiest shipping day. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Busiest Shipping Day Of The Year For Fed Ex

Fed Ex expects to deliver a record 22 and a half million packages today.

12/15/2014

(File photo by Al Bello/ Getty Images)

Flyers Taking Precautions Against Mumps Outbreak Hitting NHL Teams

The Philadelphia Flyers are defending… themselves… against an outbreak of mumps in the NHL.

12/12/2014

(US labor secretary Thomas Perez tours the Urban Technology Project at Philadelphia school headquarters.   Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Apprenticeship Program Serves as Backdrop For $100M US Labor Dept. Announcement

Apprentices in the Urban Technology Project provide the School District of Philadelphia with IT troubleshooting and maintenance. Labor secretary Thomas Perez wants to expand high-tech apprenticeship programs nationwide.

12/11/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Commonwealth Court Reviews Legality Of Philadelphia School District’s Termination Of Teachers’ Contract

Attorneys for the Philadelphia School District have asked a Commonwealth Court panel to affirm the District’s authority to cancel its teachers contract.

12/11/2014

(The DRPA board -- William Sasso, CEO John Hanson, chair Jim Cawley, and Jeffrey Nash -- meet on December 10, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

DRPA Commissioner Defends Payments To His Law Firm

The legal work was reportedly to represent two commissioners in a federal grand jury investigation into politically connected economic development spending by the DRPA.

12/10/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

School District Begins Hearings On Applications For 40 New Charter Schools

Today brings the first round of hearings on dozens of new charter school applications in Philadelphia.

12/08/2014

Tom Burgoyne (right) leads a business retreat Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.
(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phillie Phanatic Helps Business People Develop Customer Loyalty

The man inside the Phillie Phanatic suit is helping businesspeople to create the same customer loyalty that the Phanatic enjoys.

12/06/2014

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