Solomon D. Leach

Penn professor simulates next Sandy scenario

The next time a hurricane barrels towards the mid-Atlantic, will you take a proactive approach or a wait-and-see attitude?A University of Pennsylvania professor has helped develop a program called "Stormview simulation" that could help people better prepare in the event of another storm like Sandy....

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:47 AM

SEPTA top cop vows to take back Somerset

One of the worst-kept secrets in Philadelphia for years has been the open-air drug trafficking at Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street underneath the Market-Frankford elevated line.On any given day, cars drive slowly around the intersection looking for drug dealers, guys walk up and down the...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:38 AM

Philly bus drivers left vulnerable at the wheel

While making the last stop on the Route K bus at Ridge and Midvale a few months, a female passenger walked up to Robin, called her a b---ch, and then without warning proceeded to spit on her and punch her in the face."I was really nervous, shaken up," recalled the SEPTA operator, who has been on...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 1:20 AM

Who’s playing in game for second city casino?

Thursday marked the deadline for groups to apply for Philadelphia's second casino license.At least six entities were expected to submit their applications to the state Gaming Control Board. Gaming officials would not disclose the number of applicants or who those applicants were Thursday afternoon....

Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:34 AM

Philly charters grew by 10 percent in ’11

With budget cuts continuing to ravage traditional public schools, nearly one-fourth of Philadelphia public school students are enrolled in charters, according to a report released yesterday by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).The report, titled "A Growing Movement: America's...

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:44 AM

Strike by college faculty in Pa. up for vote by union

Faculty members at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities began a three-day strike authorization vote yesterday amid contract discussions with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).Faculty have been without a contract since June 2011. Although members could authorize a...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 1:17 AM

Changes by Comm. Ramsey to 'improve operations’ of PPD

Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced major changes in the department's organizational structure Friday.A total of 36 changes in command staff have been made. Ramsey said the moves will create a more streamlined system and ensure consistent delivery of services.With...

Monday, November 12, 2012, 2:08 AM

Mayor Michael Nutter not going anywhere

Hours after President Obama was re-elected, Mayor Michael Nutter sought to end speculation that he could be headed to the White House."Absolutely, 100 percent, I'm not going anywhere," Nutter said yesterday. "I love this job, I love this city. I have work still to do and I look forward to working...

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:17 AM

Casey Jr. wins second term in Senate seat

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. won a second term Tuesday night by defeating Republican Tom Smith in the state's lone senate race.Casey had been outspent in the race by Smith, a wealthy Tea Party leader who largely ignored the southeastern part of the state. The Associated Press called the race for...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:29 AM

Large turnout, some issues at Philly polls

Despite concerns about confusion over the state’s voter ID law, most polling places in Philadelphia reported few problems and excellent voter turnout.At Drexel University yesterday afternoon, a steady stream of students created lines at one location.“I felt like the hype was a lot greater than in...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 3:27 AM

DA, voter watchdog out in force on Election Day

With the high stakes in Tuesday's election and possible confusion over the voter ID law, District Attorney Seth Williams and the Committee of Seventy said they will be closely monitoring the polling places across the city.Voters will be asked for identification, but are not required to show it...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 2:11 AM

From their mouths to your ears: A campaign in quotes

Mitt Romney“President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it.” A familiar line from Romney during the campaignJohn Sununu“I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:36 AM

SEPTA looks to resume partial service Tuesday

SEPTA has announced plans to resume partial service Tuesday afternoon once Hurricane Sandy has passed through the area, although nothing is guaranteed.All SEPTA service was suspended 12:30 a.m. Monday as a precaution. Officials said they will assess the system Tuesday morning and make a decision on...

Monday, October 29, 2012, 9:12 PM

Hurricane Sandy: Closures in Philadelphia (UPDATED)

Here is a partial list of closures due to Hurricane Sandy:City of Philadelphia offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.Philadelphia International Airport canceled all flight operations for Monday. No SEPTA service on Monday; partial service could resume Tuesday afternoon.Amtrak shutdown...

Monday, October 29, 2012, 6:38 PM

Hurricane Sandy road restrictions in Pennsylvania expanded (UPDATED)

UPDATE: The Delaware River Port Authority is prohibiting truck traffic on all DRPA bridges (Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross bridges) as of 2 p.m. The ban also applies to motorcycles, campers, buses and all vehicles prone to instability at high winds. Passenger cars will...

Monday, October 29, 2012, 6:00 PM

Illegal ATV riders will have vehicles destroyed by law

Those who ride all-terrain vehicles on city sidewalks and public property will soon face stiffer penalties after City Council approved legislation Thursday to address a safety concern.The bill prohibits riders from riding, parking, placing, stopping or standing ATVs on public sidewalks or public...

Friday, October 26, 2012, 2:20 AM

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer ‘overly partisan’ in email

One of the people charged with making sure elections are run properly in Philadelphia is taking heat for an e-mail sent to her supporters Thursday.City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, a Democrat, sent a message from her campaign that read, in part, "As a woman, and as a Jew, I am horrified at the...

Friday, October 26, 2012, 2:16 AM

Bart Blatstein proposes $700 million casino complex

Like a confident card player not concerned about tipping his hand, developer Bart Blatstein unveiled plans yesterday for a $700 million casino and resort complex on North Broad Street at the site of the former Inquirer building during a lavish party in Northern Liberties.The proposed development,...

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:38 AM

‘Picking lesser of two evils’ hard for undecided voters

Like a lot of college students in 2008, Daniel Davis found himself captivated by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's message of hope and change.Four years later, Davis is unemployed and frustrated with the job market, putting him in that small pool of critical, yet hard-to-read undecided...

Monday, October 22, 2012, 1:45 AM

SEPTA gives timeline for future of a fare overhaul

Nearly a year after awarding a $129 million contract for its new fare system, SEPTA said design work for the system is more than halfway complete and should be ready for pilot testing by the summer.The long-awaited system, which will eliminate paper transfers and tokens, will incorporate the latest...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1:16 AM