They’re outta here

Patients may have to muster a little patience of their own this week because the doctor is not in. And he or she won’t be until Monday.

The mass exodus of South Philly doctors is due to a medical malpractice convention at Drexel University. Notices posted in doctors’ waiting rooms and office windows earlier this month warned patients not to expect to get an appointment from Aug. 26-30. The signs directed patients to go to the nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention.


Rallies, rainbows and a ray of light

School District officials are hoping to chase away the dark clouds that have loomed above Philadelphia’s public schools for the past year with a rainbow.

A week ago, district Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas unveiled “A Fresh Start: Philadelphia Public Schools.” The message of the campaign — whose logo depicts children cheerily following a rainbow-colored path to a schoolhouse — is that Sept. 5 will mark a renaissance in the city schools.


Danger zone

At 71, lifelong South Philly resident Tobias M. Sippley has seen his share of violence.

But the string of shootings that began July 5 and ended Monday when bullets found targets just a couple blocks from his home — well, that’s something else.


The grief still burns

The night Veronica Rios was shot to death felt just like this one — oppressive heat with an occasional warm breeze, recalls her mother Valencia.

On that night — Aug. 16, 2001 — Veronica collapsed in a pool of blood at Fifth and Pierce streets after taking a bullet to the neck. Authorities would later learn the gunmen were aiming for an 18-year-old male standing next to her.


Charges pile up for Rinick

Shortly before Billy Rinick was arrested and charged with the murder of one of his associates in May, he granted an exclusive interview to a local television station.

At the time, Rinick told the reporter that he doesn’t like drugs — and that he doesn’t even take aspirin.


Gentlemen, start your engines

Sage Morris decided one day that it was possible to combine his passion for auto racing and religion, all while helping local youths stay out of trouble.

The result? Kids & Cars, Inc.


Seeing the lights?

To light or not to light? That is the burning question concerning the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, known by some as the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.

It’s an issue that has sparked a lot of controversy as of late, along with the question of who is ultimately responsible for maintaining and installing lights on the span.


For the kids’ sake

When Tonya Rose opened a daycare center in South Philly this summer, it was just another step in a career that has been dedicated to helping children.

Rose is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Youth Enrichment Program, which she created in 1993 to sponsor her drill team, the Eastwick Commandoes. She lives in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia, but grew up in South Philly.


Local comic to appear on TV

South Philly native Bridget Smith will perform at a live taping of Comedy Central’s Premium Blend on Monday in Manhattan’s John J. College Theater. Smith, a 1988 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School who grew up on the 2000 block of South Newkirk Street, survived a lengthy selection process to appear on the show, which features new comedians.


Street tells tales out of school

Mayor John Street couldn’t help grinning when he talked about the protracted negotiations between the School Reform Commission and the company set to take over 45 schools next month.

He called it “the ultimate destruction of the myth.”