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.
April 18, 2013 |
The U.S. Golf Association has made deals with two local labor unions, ending protests over preparations for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. Union representatives said Friday that the deal would bring full-time work for about 40 Philadelphia-area carpenters and a handful of stagehands leading up to the tournament from June 10 to 16. The carpenters will set up 160,000 square feet of flooring for the spectator tents and walkways, as well as...
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.