Archdiocese to give raises
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers have agreed on a three-year contract. The measure was ratified by the teachers at a general membership meeting Wednesday.
The agreement, which takes effect Sept. 1 and affects 930 secondary school teachers, provides for annual salary increases of $1,750, $1,900 and $2,000 over the three-year term, representing a raise of about 11.9 percent. There will be increases in employee contributions to health benefits in the first and third year of the contract, and there will be a change in the medical plan to increase doctor and prescription co-pays in the second year.
Boyd gets preservation pal
Mayor Nutter yesterday voiced support for designating the Boyd Theatre, an art deco movie palace on Chestnut Street near 19th, as a historic building.
The Boyd's owner, LiveNation, has put the theater on the auction block. The Philadelphia Historic Commission will hold two public meetings in July to consider designating the Boyd a historic building. Nutter said he hopes the theater will get that designation and pledged to work with the commission to help preserve the building.
Man slain in West Philly
John Evans, 38, was found shot to death late Wednesday in a breezeway between two homes on Wynnefield Avenue near 56th Street.
He was shot multiple times in the head, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. The body was found about 10 p.m., she said. Police know of no motive or suspects.
Delivery-thief suspect charged
A federal grand jury yesterday charged a 19-year-old Philadelphia man with numerous robberies of pizza-delivery drivers and cabbies in Northeast Philadelphia between September and November 2007.
Authorities said Anthony Diggs used cell phones and pay phones to order items for delivery from local businesses and then would rob the employees of food, cell phones and cash when they made the deliveries. In one instance in October 2007, Diggs also allegedly robbed a delivery driver of his 2005 Honda. Diggs also is accused of weapons offenses and armed carjacking.
Labor Council raises 165G
Laborers' District Council Charity Fund raised more than $165,000 at its 9th Annual Charity Golf Classic May 27 at Spring Mill Country Club, in Ivyland, Bucks County. Proceeds benefit causes including the Fox Chase Cancer Center Mesothelioma Fund, the Jenkintown Day Nursery, and the Qa'id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund. *