Word has been spreading in the Italian Market about the impending retirement of Sonny D'Angelo, whose grandfather opened the family butcher shop on Ninth Street in 1910. And when he steps down at the end of the month, D'Angelo's Specialty Meats is due to close. A neighbor said the building at 907-09 S. Ninth is being offered for sale privately. "My customers have been talking about [the closing], and they're quite upset," said Mariella Esposito of Fante's, the nearby kitchen emporium. Read more
Despite having been convicted of corruption charges and resigning from Congress, former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is collecting two taxpayer-funded pensions, worth a combined $60,000 per year. The Philadelphia Democrat has begun receiving a federal pension estimated at about $55,000 annually, which he will continue to get while appealing his conviction. He also receives a state pension of $405 a month from his time as a legislator in Harrisburg. Read more
The 23-year-old mother of a 2-year-old boy who died from child abuse in Kensington this week and her 21-year-old boyfriend have been taken into police custody. Zyair Worrell, who was pronounced dead at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, suffered a laceration to his liver, bruising to his chest and ear and an abrasion over his eye. The child also tested positive for THC, and police have called his death a homicide. "Who would want to do this to a child?" asked Desiree Whitaker, the boy's great-aunt. Read more
For the third time this year, surprise inspections have revealed serious shortcomings at St. Christopher's Hospital for children. After the latest inspection, investigators said the hospital did not do enough to determine why four surgery patients, including one who died, suffered some kind of treatment-related harm. The hospital was also faulted for failing to adequately train some nurses. "We take these findings very seriously, and are committed to taking all actions necessary to correct them," hospital spokeswoman Kate Donaghy said. Read more
The Philadelphia School District is studying the results of a citywide survey that asked more than 100,000 people – students, teachers, parents and principals – for their thoughts about the city's public and charter schools. The results were expansive and mixed. Most students said their teachers want them to succeed, but just 37 percent said they enjoyed being in school most or all of the team. Teachers said they felt respected by their principals but "not at all respected" by the School Reform Commission. Nearly 70 percent of principals called a lack of funding "a great challenge." Read more