PHILADELPHIA — Former Philadelphia Inquirer editor William Marimow is returning to run the newspaper again under new management a year and a half after stepping down following an earlier ownership change.
Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the paper and the Philadelphia Daily News, said Wednesday that it had hired the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner as the Inquirer's top editor.
The 64-year-old Marimow served as the Inquirer's editor from 2006 to 2010 and is now teaching journalism at Arizona State University. He will take over as top editor next month.
The company, which was bought by a group of local investors Monday, says Marimow's return heralds an expansion of investigative journalism at the paper. Marimow and a partner wrote stories that won a Pulitzer in 1978, and a second Pulitzer came in 1985. -- (AP)
PHILADELPHIA — The president of a noted boarding school for underprivileged students in Philadelphia is stepping down.
Autumn Adkins Graves announced Tuesday, April 3 that she will resign from Girard College on June 30. She cited family reasons.
Graves was the first female and first African-American leader at the school, which once excluded both Blacks and girls. She became president in 2009.
Despite its name, Girard College serves students in first through 12th grades. It opened in 1848 as a boarding school for fatherless white boys, funded by the estate of banker Stephen Girard.
Protests and legal challenges eventually led the school to integrate and admit girls. It currently serves about 465 students. -- (AP)
PHILADELPHIA — The sidewalk lanes for the digitally distracted may be a joke but officials in Philadelphia want the public to know the issue is no laughing matter.
Lines on some sidewalks near City Hall now designate part of the pavement as "e-lanes" suitable for chronic texters and digital music aficionados — although only through the end of the week.
The April Fools' Day prank is one way city officials, in particular Mayor Michael Nutter, are trying to draw attention to the danger of inattentive pedestrians.
The lines, signage and sidewalk graphics — depicting a pedestrian peering down at a hand-held device — will stick around part of John F. Kennedy Boulevard through the week.
A bogus video released for the new lanes shows Nutter being cut off mid-interview by an oblivious pedestrian, played by Streets Department Deputy Commissioner Steven Buckley.
"Sidewalk safety is important," Nutter noted just after his mock interview was disrupted. The video also features a rowdy band of anti-texting protesters.
All kidding aside, officials said distracted pedestrians are a serious issue the city plans to address. -- (AP)
PHILADELPHIA — Transportation officials in Philadelphia say they have negotiated a tentative deal for a contract with striking transit police.
Under the agreement announced Friday night, officers with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will return to work starting with the next midnight shift.
Agency spokeswoman Jerri Williams says terms of the proposed contract are being withheld pending ratification by union membership and SEPTA officials.
About 200 SEPTA police officers have been on strike since March 21 over a wage increase. They have been working without a contract for about a year.
In their absence, city police, transit police supervisors and private security companies have been deployed to patrol the system's subways, trains, buses and trolleys.
Union president Richard Neal Jr. did not immediately return a request for comment. -- (AP)
WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor Wednesday deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber.
The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he was wearing underneath over his head, saying "just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."
Rush was interrupted by the presiding officer, Mississippi Republican Gregg Harper, who reminded him that the wearing of hats was not allowed and "members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor."
On Tuesday the 17-year-old Martin's parents spoke on Capitol Hill at a Democratic-sponsored panel on racial profiling.
Rush founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers in 1968 and served six months in prison for illegal possession of weapons when he was in his 20s. He went on to get a political science degree from Chicago's Roosevelt University, won a seat on Chicago's city council in 1983 and was elected to Congress from Chicago's South Side in 1992. In 2000 he defeated Barack Obama, then a state senator, in a primary battle for Rush's seat.
Rush lost a son to a shooting in 1999 and has been a strong advocate for victims of gun violence. -- (AP)