Daily Archive: June 13, 2013

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National

Philly inspector kills self after deadly collapse

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison, right, speaks as Rich Negrin, center, Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, and Carlton Williams with Streets Department listen during a press conference in Philadelphia city hall Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) by Maryclaire Dale PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of a deadly building collapse twice in February and an adjacent, related project in mid-May. The June 5 collapse killed six people when a four-story building tumbled onto a small thrift shop. The demolition site consisted of three attached buildings. City records show that Ronald Wagenhoffer inspected the site before work began on Feb. 12 and again on Feb. 25, after it got underway. He returned to the strip of attached storefronts on May 14 after a citizen complained about the demolition being conducted at the building next door to the one that collapsed. Wagenhoffer found the complaint unfounded. Mayor Michael Nutter called the death Wednesday of 52-year-old Wagenhoffer “astounding” and “painful.”

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International

South Africa president: Mandela is improving

NELSON MANDELA (AP Photo/File) JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Nelson Mandela’s health is improving but the 94-year-old beloved anti-apartheid hero remains in serious condition, South Africa’s president said Thursday. Jacob Zuma paid a visit to Mandela in a Pretoria hospital, where the former president has been treated for six days, according to a statement released by the presidency.

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Metro

Multiple PAT route changes

Starting Sunday, nearly 430 stops will be eliminated from 36 Port Authority of Allegheny County bus routes in the first phase of a consolidation process approved four years ago. The stops being cut are those used the least.

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Metro

Senate works to meet liquor law deadline

May 14, 2013 – Senator McIlhinney and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee held a second hearing to examine the governor’s liquor privatization plan. Less than a week after the PA Senate concluded committee hearings on liquor privatization, advertisements opposing such a change have already appeared on local television. Doubtless, they are on the air in Harrisburg also when one man, state Sen. Charles McIllhinney, R-Bucks, is trying to write a more palatable bill than the one passed by the state house in March.

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Lifestyle

Central Baptist Church hosts ‘Spring Hat Sensation’ at LeMont

THE FOXY FEATHER RED HATS—Enjoying the luncheon (Photos by Debbie Norrell) On May 11, at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant the Central Baptist Church, Deaconess Ministry, hosted their fifth annual Spring Hat Sensation. More than 260 ladies and a few gents donned fabulous hats and enjoyed a wonderful luncheon. Special guests included Evangelist Lisa Thorpe-Vaughn and Psalmist Deborah Moncrief. More than a dozen ladies participated in the “Hat Stroll” and modeled the unique and stylish hats from A Woman’s Touch Fashions.

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National

JFK to nation: ‘This nation will not be fully free, until all its citizens are free’

JOHN F.KENNEDY by Alicia W. Stewart (CNN) — Fifty years ago, Alabama Gov. George Wallace defiantly stood in front of the University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium to prevent Black students from enrolling. The then newly elected governor had famously declared “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” in his inauguration speech. His “stand in the schoolhouse door” brought him national attention. It took the National Guard, federal marshals and an attorney general to persuade the governor to allow Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood to enter. It was not the first time Americans saw the drama of the civil rights movement unfold before their eyes. Earlier that spring, images of police attacking peaceful civil rights demonstrators with dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama, flashed across the evening news. The previous year, riots were quelled with federal troops after the admission of James Meredith, the first black student at the University of Mississippi. Wallace later rescinded his views, but the incidents of the time prompted President John F. Kennedy to address the nation in a historic televised address about civil rights. “Now the time has come for this nation to fulfill its promise,” President Kennedy said in that address. ‘The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.” He told the nation that evening:

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National

Southern Baptists re-elect first Black president

Rev. Fred Luter Jr. points upward after being re-elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s president during the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Houston. Luter was the SBC’s first Black president. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson) HOUSTON (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention re-elected its first Black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., at its annual meeting Tuesday. Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional White Southern base. The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year.