January 22, 2015 |
IT TURNS OUT when you rent a ritzy Society Hill condo to your mistress and let her pay for it with sex - as a lawsuit alleges a high-powered Brooklyn real-estate mogul did - you probably shouldn't list your wife as a property manager. But Stuart Venner, according to a civil lawsuit filed by his wife on Friday in Philadelphia, may have made that mistake. In the suit, Grace Chang Venner alleges that her husband, a Brooklyn developer, drew up a 40-year lease last January for another woman to live in a stately, three-story brick rowhouse he bought in 2012 on Pine Street near 5th. But this wasn't just any lease, the suit claims: The agreement allegedly allowed defendant Panadda Pratomtang to rent the property for $1 a month until 2053 "in return for her providing prostitution services to Board Member, [Stuart]
November 8, 2012 |
For the second time in four days, representatives from the NHL and the players union had a lengthy meeting as they attempted to end their labor feud and take a step toward a new collective bargaining agreement. The meeting in New York, attended by 13 players, including Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, lasted more than seven hours Tuesday night. Neither side would disclose what occurred at the meeting. They planned to meet again Wednesday. "The players' view has always been that we ought to keep negotiating until we find a way to get an agreement," Donald Fehr, the NHL Players' Association's executive director, told reporters before the sides met. "You sort of stay at it day by day, so it's very good to be getting back to the table.
May 7, 2013
DEAR HARRY: Several years ago, I co-signed a loan for my son through Sallie Mae, the student-loan corporation. Shortly afterward, he stopped all contact with us and stopped paying on the loan. Naturally, they came after me for payment. Fortunately, I was able to resolve this problem by entering into a co-borrower release agreement with Sallie Mae in February 2009. Since then, I have been contacted from time to time by collection agencies claiming to represent Sallie Mae. They insist that I still owe the full remaining principal on the loan.
April 23, 1999 |
Members of the West Chester Area Educational Support Personnel Association demonstrate over their lack of a contract before Gov. Ridge's arrival at West Chester East High School for a land-use conference. Julie Hunter (left) and Joan Riviello (in plaid) led a group in the protest. The union, which represents about 150 secretaries, aides and technicians, has been without an agreement since July 1. District officials say a pay raise is the main outstanding issue, but the union also wants benefits paid.
January 9, 2014 |
One of the region's leading paving contractors, Danella Cos., has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million to settle claims that it overbilled the Philadelphia Gas Works for materials. The city's Office of Inspector General said Tuesday that it found "significant discrepancies" over three years in the amount of paving materials the Plymouth Meeting company used to patch up roadways after gas-main repairs. The investigation, undertaken at PGW's request, included more than 400 core samples of roadways.
September 4, 2015 |
SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry looked and sounded like a salesman pitching the deal of the century yesterday morning during a speech supporting President Obama's Iran nuclear deal at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. Though the deal became veto-proof earlier in the morning when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to announce her support, Kerry nevertheless used the hard sell, warning that Iran would ramp up its efforts to develop nuclear weapons without the deal and would be indefinitely stopped from doing so with its approval.
June 1, 2014 |
New Jersey will channel more than $200 million - in addition to $379 million already allocated - to build replacement rental homes for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, officials said Friday. It will also, for the first time, prioritize the most affected communities across nine counties, giving special attention to Ocean, Atlantic, and Monmouth. The action came as part of a settlement involving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of New Jersey, its Department of Community Affairs, and the complainants: the Latino Action Network, the New Jersey NAACP, and the Fair Housing Center, a Cherry Hill advocacy group.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next week when he is scheduled to visit the three countries. Ultimately, the deal will need the assent of Congress. Defense officials said they have kept lawmakers apprised of the negotiations and revealed basics of the agreement to lawmakers on Thursday.
May 27, 2015 |
When he abruptly resigned from the state House last month, Joe Hackett said he was returning to a $85,290 job with the Delaware County District Attorney's office after a five-year leave of absence. However, in response to an Inquirer request, the county's open-record office said Tuesday that it had no record Hackett applied for an extended leave beyond the one granted for his first two years in office under the labor contract between the Fraternal Order of Police and the county. The records office also said it had no correspondence affirming that the county had agreed to extend the leave.
August 13, 1989 |
The road to Baughman Farm is shady and narrow, winding past country estates to an unspoiled tract in the heart of pastoral Charlestown Township. The farm is prime Chester County land - 59 acres so desirable that some of the area's most prominent residents are battling to control it. The fight has soured longstanding friendships and led to a lawsuit filled with allegations of chicanery and malice. On one side of the court battle are Arnold Bartschi, the elderly millionaire who owns the land, and Henriette Bumeder, his beautiful longtime companion, 36 years his junior.