Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Third-grader enlists in budget battle

Eight-year-old Bustleton girl petitions to halt district layoffs.

Judge sentences priest and former school teacher to prison terms

      A judge today ordered lengthy prison terms for a priest and a former Catholic school teacher who were convicted of molesting a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome's parish in the 1990s.

Public school staffs are slashed

Thousands of school employees, including many in the River Wards, will be laid off in July unless the district gets needed funds. 

Thousands of layoffs stun Philadelphia School District

More than 3,700 School District employees received pink slips in what could prove to be the largest job cut in almost 40 years.

Prepare now for a rough hurricane season

Philadelphia was largely lucky during hurricanes Irene and Sandy last year. This year, storms could be "extremely active." Here's how to get a jump on them and protect yourself. 

A warm and fuzzy feeling

Baldi pupils with big hearts make blankets for kids who live in shelters.

Philly public schools to lay off 3,800 staffers

The layoffs will take place on July 1.

The School District of Philadelphia, facing a more than $300 million deficit, threatened to lay off employees, and today, it did.

Life in prison for accomplice in 2010 fatal robbery

A robber involved in the 2010 fatal shooting of Lawndale jeweler William Glatz Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder last week.

Inside Byberry

Local author explores the former mental hospital’s history in a new book.

How many bridges, traffic lights are in Philly?

You’ve lived in the city for a long time. You’ve driven its streets. You know Philly, or at least you think you do.