April 16, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - A political brawl has broken out between the mayor and a sheriff who runs the city jail, which has come under scrutiny for a video showing inmates using drugs, drinking beer, and handling a gun. Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked a judge last week to take the extraordinary step of placing the jail under federal oversight, effectively wresting control away from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Landrieu is upset over an agreement Gusman reached with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the jail, saying the city, which funds the jail, can't afford the potential expense.
April 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants, and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.
March 28, 2013 |
The soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference announced Tuesday that it has an agreement with longtime partner CBS Sports to televise men's basketball games through the 2019-20 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not announced. "We are delighted to be extending the historic and successful relationship that we have enjoyed with CBS Sports since 1983," Big East president Mike Aresco said in a statement. "This agreement further illustrates the excitement and anticipation that surround the reinvention of our conference, and it will provide our fans across the country the opportunity to watch our games on network television.
March 25, 2013 |
A bankruptcy trustee has entered into an agreement with a Marlton real estate group to buy the Woodcrest Country Club for $6.25 million, according to a motion filed Friday. The agreement reached by trustee Bonnie Glantz Fatell and Cherry Hill Land Associates L.L.C., a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, will be subject to better bids for the Cherry Hill golf club, according to Fatell's motion, which proposes terms for an auction to be held May 20. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for April 1 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.
March 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama spent a highly unusual three days on Capitol Hill trying to generate some goodwill among rank-and-file lawmakers, but at the conclusion of the closed-door huddles it remained unclear whether face time over lobster salad and blueberry pie would do anything to repair Washington's long-simmering rifts. "I think we've had good conversations," Obama said as he left the Capitol on Thursday. "But ultimately it's a matter of the House and Senate, both caucuses, getting together and being willing to compromise.
March 14, 2013 |
A developer seeking a 20-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement for 175 low-income properties it plans to rehabilitate in Camden's Lanning Square and Bergen Square neighborhoods cleared the first hurdle Tuesday. Camden City Council approved an ordinance on first reading to grant Broadway Townhouses, owned by Roizman Development of Plymouth Meeting, a so-called PILOT agreement, which the company said would put at least $175,000 a year in city coffers. The company pays city taxes estimated at a little less than half that amount.
March 2, 2013 |
With just three days before jury selection is to begin in the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, the 72-year-old West Philadelphia abortion doctor was brought to court Thursday to meet with his lawyer, wife, and two children to weigh an apparent plea offer. Gosnell never appeared in court at the city's Criminal Justice Center. Instead, he was in a prisoner interview booth attached to the courtroom. There he spent about two hours as defense attorney Jack McMahon shuttled between the booth and Assistant District Attorneys Edward Cameron and Joanne Pescatore in a nearby waiting room.
February 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Labor and business leaders announced Thursday that they have agreed in principle to terms that would establish a new guest-worker program for foreigners, but they cautioned that details of the program are still being negotiated. In a joint statement, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue expressed optimism over talks on how to make it easier for companies to hire foreign nationals when Americans are not available. "We have found common ground in several important areas and have committed to continue to work together," the two leaders said.
February 6, 2013 |
Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities would receive minimal raises but face higher medical co-pays under a tentative four-year contract agreement unanimously approved Monday by the union's negotiating committee. Faculty and coaches would get no raise the first year, 1 percent the second, 1 percent the third, and 2 percent the fourth - the same as recently given to other statewide unions. "By reaching a fair agreement, faculty can now focus on what they love to do: teach.