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NEWS
February 18, 2001
Readers often ask us about the backgrounds of the opinion writers whose work appears on the Commentary Page. Many of these writers belong to interest groups, think tanks and opinion mills. Sorting out the political stances, allegiances and aims of these organizations can be confusing. But readers are sharp: They want to know where writers and their support groups stand. So we've set up a Web site titled "Sources of Authority. " You can visit it at http://home.phillynews.com/inquirer/opinion/archive/tanx.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
David Lapp is the director of policy research at Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based education organization ( www.reserachforaction.org ) A good charter school law must ensure that authorizers have actual authority over their charter schools. That's the conclusion to be gleaned from a recently released "performance" audit of the School District of Philadelphia's Charter School Office by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The report finds the district compliant with state law "in all significant respects" on charter authorization, but suggests changes are needed to ensure quality.
NEWS
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Give nurse-practitioners full practice authority Nurse-practitioners are registered nurses with advanced graduate education and the skills to diagnose and treat common, chronic, and acute conditions ("Expanding the role of nurse- practitioners," Aug. 28). NPs have been diagnosing and prescribing medications in Pennsylvania for years, but now they may not assess and treat patients or prescribe medication without a formal collaborative physician agreement. Full-practice authority means that an experienced NP could practice without a collaborative agreement.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Chester Redevelopment Authority Board appointed the Rev. Thomas Jackson as its permanent executive director at a meeting on Monday. Mr. Jackson, a former federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) management official, had served since March 18 as the authority's temporary executive director. He is the pastor at Chester's Calvary Baptist Church. He will be paid $60,000 a year. Mr. Jackson was hired to replace former board chief Willie Mae Wells, who was laid off in March after Chester's City Council seized the authority's bank accounts and cut off its money.
NEWS
May 16, 2005
IN HIS MAY 12 letter, David Lee asks why the local minimum-wage legislation does not cover all Philadelphians. The simple answer is that City Council does not have the authority to raise the minimum wage across the board in Philadelphia. That's why I am joining the lobby to raise the state minimum wage to create the maximum benefit for Philadelphia's working poor. I applaud Mr. Lee's compassion for the low-income citizens of this city. We must band together to lobby the state Legislature to raise the state minimum wage.
NEWS
June 15, 1988 | By Ray Rinaldi, Special to The Inquirer
The Burlington City Housing Authority will receive bids Friday on an ambitious plan to completely refurbish the authority's 17 buildings at a cost of more than $1 million. The project, funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide for renovations on all 90 units owned by the authority. Work should begin in about five weeks, said Joseph Badame, the architect overseeing the project. Through the extensive plan, each apartment will be redone from floor to ceiling.
NEWS
March 5, 1991 | By Marc Duvoisin and Thomas Turcol, Inquirer Staff Writers Inquirer staff writer Dan Meyers contributed to this article
Local political leaders have found much to bicker about since the city's chronic fiscal problems reached crisis proportions last summer. But there is one thing on which almost all of them agree: Philadelphia will be insolvent in July, or soon thereafter, unless the state legislature creates an authority to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars in the city's behalf. The question now is: Can that be done soon enough to make a difference? Cash projections indicate that the city treasury will be virtually empty on June 30. Major debt-service payments are due the next day and throughout July and August.
NEWS
February 6, 1991 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
The selection of a new chairman and, possibly, a new executive director is expected to top the agenda at tonight's reorganization meeting of the Deptford Township Municipal Utilities Authority. Two top MUA officials resigned last month, and a third member of the authority is expected to be replaced because his reappointment was ruled invalid after he voted for himself. Gary Covely, an MUA member, is considered a leading candidate for the chairmanship. "He would do an excellent job as chairman, and he knows as much as anyone about the MUA," Township Solicitor Eugene McCaffrey Jr. said.
NEWS
February 24, 1991 | By Christine Bahls, Special to The Inquirer
Two Bristol Township officials overstepped their authority by trying to negotiate with a businessman whose company is suing the township, three other officials say. The three, in interviews last week, said that Councilman Vince Lattanzi and Solicitor Clyde Waite had no right in a Feb. 7 meeting with businessman Gary Roberts to try to negotiate an end to a suit filed by Waste Alternatives Inc. in November. "Holding a private, nonadvertised meeting in a developer's place of business is inappropriate," Councilman Robert Lewis said.
NEWS
January 4, 1987 | By Bill Tyson, Special to The Inquirer
The Central Chester County Recycling Authority is considering three sites for a new processing center for recyclable materials, according to Emil Meyer, the authority's president. Meyer said at the authority's meeting Tuesday night that three sites were under consideration, two of which are owned by Lukens Steel Co. in Coatesville. Meyer said that Lukens had expressed an interest in selling the land, but that the authority wanted a donation. Meyer said the third site was on Valley Road in Valley Township and would be leased.
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NEWS
September 23, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
What does it take to keep your job after sexually harassing your employee for two years? Vincent J. Fenerty Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, can answer that question. For Fenerty, it took $30,000 - to foot the bill of an independent investigation into his inappropriate behavior. After being reprimanded by the authority's board for a sexual harassment campaign against a senior employee last year, he was also curbed of the power to carry out the responsibilities he was hired to do. Fenerty, who is paid $223,000 a year to run the $245 million agency, is no longer allowed to go on overnight work trips with other employees without permission from his board.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a civil forfeiture complaint to seize possession of six pit bulls that a Glassboro man allegedly used for dogfighting. Justin Love, 36, was arrested in early June and charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act. He allegedly kept the dogs at a property his family owns in Westville. One dog, named Momba, had severe scarring, and the others had injuries from participating in dog fights, authorities said. Love could face up to five years in prison if convicted, authorities said.
NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
An overwhelming majority of faculty in Pennsylvania's state university system voted to authorize their faculty union to call a strike when leadership deems one necessary, the union said Monday. Faculty at the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education cast their votes last week, with 82 percent of eligible faculty voting. Of those, 93 percent voted to give the leadership of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties the authority to call a strike, the union said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As the name implies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority's speciality is housing. Though its designs have been a mixed bag - from the dystopian Schuylkill Falls towers to the gentle, rowhouse-scale MLK houses - the agency has ensured that thousands of low-income families have a basic roof over their heads. It might surprise some to learn that PHA is the city's biggest residential developer, the landlord for about 81,000 people . What PHA does not do well is all the other things that make a Philadelphia neighborhood successful - shops, offices, schools, parks, and playgrounds.
NEWS
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Give nurse-practitioners full practice authority Nurse-practitioners are registered nurses with advanced graduate education and the skills to diagnose and treat common, chronic, and acute conditions ("Expanding the role of nurse- practitioners," Aug. 28). NPs have been diagnosing and prescribing medications in Pennsylvania for years, but now they may not assess and treat patients or prescribe medication without a formal collaborative physician agreement. Full-practice authority means that an experienced NP could practice without a collaborative agreement.
NEWS
August 30, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Three undocumented immigrants were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Philadelphia this month after the men were released by local authorities despite detainers that were lodged against them by the federal agency, according to a news release from ICE. "Detainers lodged with Philadelphia authorities were not honored," the release said, in part. In January, Mayor Kenney reestablished Philadelphia as a "sanctuary city," essentially prohibiting local police and prison staff from informing ICE when an undocumented prisoner is released from custody, except in cases where the person is a violent, convicted felon for whom ICE has filed a warrant.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
Joyce Carol Thomas, 78, a prizewinning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, died Aug. 13 at Stanford University Medical Center in California of cirrhosis of the liver stemming from a bad blood transfusion decades ago, according to her sister, Flora Krasnovsky. Ms. Thomas was best known for her debut book, Marked by Fire , an autobiographical novel set in her native Oklahoma that won the 1983 National Book Award and the American Book Award, which highlights diversity in literature.
NEWS
August 21, 2016
Angela Richman, Death Investigator, Book 1 By Elaine Viets Thomas & Mercer. 320 pp. $15.95 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill Best known for her humorous, light mysteries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., author Elaine Viets confidently strides into darker terrain with Brain Storm , the launch of a new series about death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is doing quite well at her job investigating any death that doesn't happen under a doctor's care in wealthy Choteau County, Mo., near St. Louis.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was furious. In May 2012, top officials at the bistate agency lashed out at a processor of imported vehicles that operated at Port Newark and owed $2.8 million in rent and fees. The agency warned Foreign Auto Preparation Service (FAPS) that if it did not take remedial action quickly, it would be in violation of its lease. "For years, FAPS has failed to meet its financial responsibilities as a tenant at our port, and this practice stops today," then-Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
This election season, the American people are caught in the middle of a battle for two very different visions of our nation. Lorrie Kim, a West Philadelphia writer and confirmed Harry Potter superfan, thinks it's not unlike the battle between Potter and the Death Eaters, led by the creepy Lord Voldemort. (Author J.K. Rowling has likened the villain to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but hedged: "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. ") In the face of all that, Kim says, the only hope is if we, the voters, invoke our inner Severus Snape.
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