Cooper CEO Dies in Fire; Corbett on Porny Email Trail; What We Learned at #MeetBillyPenn

Newsletter for Sept. 29, 2014

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Sunday’s Schuylkill sunset, from @crazy3bo0wd.

COOPER HOSPITAL CEO, WIFE DIE IN HOUSE FIRE

John Sheridan, the 72-year-old CEO of the mammoth South Jersey Cooper Hospital Health System, died with his 69-year-old wife Joyce in a fire at his home in Montgomery, NJ on Sunday morning, according to NJ.com. Neighbors woke up to the sounds of sirens, but saw no flames — only smoke from the second-floor blaze. Sheridan, a 40-year veteran of high-placed roles in New Jersey state government, was remembered by political boss George Norcross as “a true gentleman and outstanding leader.”

CORBETT WANTS DETAILS ON THOSE PORNY EMAILS ALLASUDDEN

Ain’t election season fun? Pennsylvania’s incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is behind in the polls and in the fundraising race. And now he’s trying like crazy to get to the bottom of how and why at least eight state officials (including judges) spent time emailing X-rated PowerPoints to each other. The guv’s office sent an email to state Attorney Gen. Kathleen Kane (a Democrat, natch) seeking details on how many state judges were using taxpayer-funded computers to send the porny messages… because, you know, that’s not in the Terms of Service for state computers.

MOM KILLED, SON HURT BY SEPTA BUS IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA

A 29-year-old woman was killed Friday after crossing the street at 15th Street and Washington Avenue in front of a Route 27 SEPTA bus. NBC10 says Sheena White was with her 8-year-old son and a 32-year-old special needs man at the time of the crash; apparently she ran in front of the bus and got tangled in its tire. She died, and her son tried to revive her before being sent to Children’s Hospital for treatment. The man ran away. There were no passengers on the bus, and police say they’ve reviewed the security camera footage. No charges are expected.


TO DO: EAT LIKE CRAZY AT THE MANAYUNK STREAT FESTIVAL

WHAT: Walk Manayunk’s Main Street for 40 of Philly’s best food trucks, plus local vendors and specials at area restaurants.
WHERE: Main Street in Manayunk
WHEN: Through Friday, Oct. 10
HOW MUCH: Depends; bring cash.
PRO TIP: If you’ve never used Uber, code StrEATFestival gets you a complimentary ride up to $20.
DETAILS HERE


 #MEETBILLYPENN: 4 LESSONS FROM OUR OFFICE HOURS

We loved the chance to meet you when we were hanging out in Center City, Old City, University City, East Passyunk and Fishtown. So our community manager, Shannon McDonald, wrote up what we learned — and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversation.

ANSWERED: 7 COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT PHILLY PUBLIC EDUCATION

So why all these headlines about Philly’s schools in trouble? What’s behind it? Are charter schools getting their fair share? The Notebook tackles these and other questions in this easy-to-digest post.

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