Archive: November, 2009
What We've Found: Boy wants more phys. ed., CHIP out of House bill, Beijing "black clinics", Karzai must earn U.S. aid, contributions change U.S. reps vote on Cuba and PA lawmakers' salaries frozen
Julia Harte with your morning fix.
A Chester county boy with diabetes and his parents filed for a "due process" hearing with his middle school after school officials refused to let the boy attend gym class more frequently than other kids to keep his blood sugar low.
The Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to children in low-income families, would be phased out by the House health overhaul bill, which would instead direct such children either to Medicaid or to a national health insurance exchange.
Beijing's poorest residents were still seeking medical care from illicit "black clinics," even after the government shut down 3,300 of the illegal medical centers last year.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai must show "measurable results" of his efforts to fight corruption and cronyism and improve the Afghan army before he can expect to receive future civilian aid from the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed Karzai yesterday.
Political contributions from the U.S.-Cuba Democracy political action committee reached some lawmakers in the House of Representatives days before they voted against closer ties with Cuba -- a sharp reversal of their previous positions.
Since there has been no inflation in cost-of-living expenses over the past year -- in fact, a net deflation of 0.14 percent -- Pennsylvania state lawmakers' salaries were frozen at $78,315 this month.
WHYY's Susan Phillips reports today that State Senator Larry Farnese and State Representative Mike O'Brien are both calling on the state to tell Foxwoods its time is up.
Said Sen. Farnese:
They should shut the door on this and we should move forward. And the city of Philadelphia should move forward on this. I think its a bad idea to try and give them additional time. Because they've never convinced anybody and they've never done anything to prove they can do what they say they're gonna do.
Yesterday, the Inquirer's Jennifer Lin broke the news on a buried clause in a proposed amendment to the amazingly pernicious table games bill that would give Foxwoods yet another extension to get up and running.
The casino actually just got an extension in August, giving it another two years to open. This amendment would have allowed it to take yet another year.
But Foxwoods appears to be in serious financial difficulty. They've been unable to find sufficient funding for their South Philly waterfront location; and, the AP reports today that Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut just announced that they'd be defaulting on a debt payment, prompting Standard and Poor's to lower their credit rating to a 'D.'
Why, then, do there seem to be efforts afoot in Harrisburg to help the faltering casino afloat?
What We've Found: Hate-crimes law may be extended, women most vulnerable to climate change, half of children on food stamps, hardened arteries found in mummies and SugarHouse site contains ancient artifacts
Julia Harte with your morning fix.
A bill extending statewide hate-crimes legislation to protect gays, women and the disabled passed its first vote in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was expected to pass in the House, though it may have more trouble in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Climate change will affect women in developing countries worst, because they do most of the agricultural work around the world and are hence most vulnerable to weather-related natural disasters, the United Nations Population Fund reported.
Half of all children in the United States will be on food stamps at some point in their lives, according to a new United States Department of Agriculture report. Forty-three percent of individuals receiving food stamps in Philadelphia are children.
CT scans of 22 Egyptian mummies several thousand years old, mostly priests or courtiers, show that they suffered from hardened arteries -- proving the condition isn't unique to modern humans, according to the cardiologist who headed the study.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient fire pit and a variety of small tools from 3,500 years ago on the grounds where the SugarHouse casino is slated to be built, in what constitutes the largest single discovery of Native American artifacts in Philadelphia. When the dig is over, the site will become a parking lot for the casino.
|Photo | HannahLa (now and always backlogged
This installment of Stars of the Photostream comes from HannahLa (now and always backlogged), who writes of this photo of the just-imploded Drexel Shaft:
Originally, it was the clouds that caught my attention.
The graffiti that's not naughty says "grand is my hair to climb."
In memory of the Drexel Shaft.
(see photos of its final moments by Contrabass www.flickr.com/photos/contrabass/4106301967/ and relaxing www.flickr.com/photos/relaxing/4108339892/ )
Submit your Philly photo to City Paperâs photostream here.
What We've Found: Australia burning, Western PA cross-burning, recession smoothing racial tension, Obama's controversial bow, groups ask for more job-creation and 319 more PA state employees laid off
Julia Harte with your morning fix.
Australian officials invented and issued a new fire alert, "catastrophe" level, to urge residents of South Australia to immediately evacuate their houses and avoid the deaths of people who linger when fires hit, trying to protect their property.
A 6-foot-high cross was burned outside the home of a white Western Pennsylvania family, after their black foster son's high school football team lost a game.
The recession was smoothing historically tense relations between the white and black populations of an Atlanta, Ga., suburb, as job losses and economic hardship indiscriminately sent residents to welfare offices and food stamp lines.
President Obama's bow to Japan's Emperor Akihito over the weekend was provoking outraged online commentary, mainly from conservatives, who thought it looked like Obama was groveling to the foreign leader.
Several groups, including the N.A.A.C.P. and A.F.L.-C.I.O., were preparing to join together and call on Obama to create more jobs, specifically by spending more on schools and roads and financially relieving state and local governments to prevent more layoffs.
319 more employees in Pennsylvania state agencies will be laid off, announced Governor Rendell yesterday, bringing the total number of state government layoffs this year to 769.
First, of all, there's a Toy Hall of Fame?
Apparently it's been around for 11 inductions, and the Ball as a toy was finally inducted.
John Stewart comments, hilarity ensues.
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And here it is, the felling of that great, phallic, whatever the fuck it was, for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of some guy with a YouTube account.
What We've Found: Deer cull, ancient extinction explained, Copenhagen de-clawed, Alaska sues over offshore resources, drug companies boosting prices and NE Pennsylvania teachers bribed school boards for jobs
Julia Harte with your morning fix.
A deer-culling expedition composed of USDA marksmen was preparing to run through Lower Merion for the next four nights to reduce the local deer population and prevent the transmission of Lyme disease. The deer carcasses will be donated to the local food bank.
The giant Irish deer -- the largest species of deer that ever lived, with antlers nearly eleven feet across -- went extinct about 10,000 years ago because of natural climate change that caused fewer plants to grow and starved the deer, scientists found.
Rather than hammer out a climate change agreement at the widely-anticipated Copenhagen conference in December, world leaders including President Obama agreed in Singapore over the weekend, they'll just come up with a less specific, non-legally binding pact that will have to be fully realized at a later international conference.
Alaskan governor Sean Parnell was suing the federal government to get polar bears off the list of threatened species, claiming that protections on the bears' habitat was preventing the state from developing lucrative offshore oil discoveries.
In anticipation of the impending healthcare bill, the pharmaceutical industry was raising the prices of drugs at the fastest rate in seventeen years: about 9 percent over the last year, which will add more than $10 billion to the nation's drug bill this year.
Teachers routinely paid thousands of dollars to obtain teaching jobs in the public schools of northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the results of an FBI probe that began in the spring. So far, six school board members have been indicted for accepting bribes from prospective teachers.
Former listings editor/award-winning City Paper writer Juliet Fletcher works at the Atlantic City Press these days. It's a daily newspaper, but I guess they do video stuff from time to time. (Don't we all?) In this report, Juliet ventures to the edge of an eroded sandbank in Sea Isle City. A little madness breaks out around the 3:15 mark.
Friday: Shed a tear for T&P Fine Art, the excellent South Phil cheapo art gallery, who will close their doors after this show. But then pull yourself together, Omnibussers! We have far too much to do. Such as watch Broken Lizard, they of Super Troopers, Beerfest and the upcoming Slammin' Salmon, do their thing. Or give it up for some kick ass ladies, literally, as the Liberty Belles roller derby team battles for supremacy at the Declaration of Derby. Mama Omnibus has faith that the Belles will wipe the floor with NYC's Gotham Girlsâ¦
Saturday: â¦but that ain't the only Philly v. New York action in town. Lorraine Ranalli (yeah!), writer of Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytoods, will take on the Big Apple's Johnny DeCarlo (boo!) in the World Series Gravy Competition. Sigh, DeCarlo, it's not even worth it. Now that your appetite is whetted for blood thirsty competition (and you're already in South Philly), head to The Arena for CZW: Night of Infamy for some wrasslin' smackdown action.
Sunday: You might as well stay in the neighborhood 'cause next it's the Found Footage Festival at Connie's Ric Rac, who are subbing in for the on-hiatus 941 Theater (sad face). Then it's northward ho for New Zealand punks The Axemen, who share a bill with the totally awesome Times New Viking and The Mad Scene.
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