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February 22, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
PBS's new literary documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth , which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on WHYY TV12, opens with a series of nature shots - a serene landscape, water, trees, close-ups of tall, wild grass. It's a cliched bit of hokum, easily dismissible. Yet it fascinates, arrests, and draws in the viewer with its voice-over. As the first image appears, so rise the unique timbre and rhythms of Walker's voice as she recites a verse. "I am the woman: Dark, / repaired, healed /Listening to you," the Pulitzer-winning author of The Color Purple reads from her poem "Remember?"
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The former manager of Philadelphia's red-light-camera program was hired by Xerox Corp. to help it win the lucrative contract to run the camera program here. Chris Vogler, a Republican ward leader from Northeast Philadelphia and former manager of the red-light enforcement program for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, worked as a technical consultant for Xerox from September to December "to provide information and background on how photo enforcement programs operate in Pennsylvania," a Xerox spokesman said Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Wendy Plump's world, there are people who cheat and people who don't. The New Hope writer and mother of two boys was a cheater. And she's got news for you: Not everyone who commits adultery is a devil. Not everyone who remains true is a saint, or even a good spouse. "You really cannot understand it till you go through it yourself," says Plump, 52, who tries her achin' best to deconstruct this complicated business in Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (And Other Affairs) , published in 2013 by Bloomsbury in the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, and Australia, and due out in paperback in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  J.K. ROWLING   , the megaselling author who paired up Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley at the end of the Harry Potter series, is having second thoughts. London's Sunday Times excerpted a soon-to-be published interview with Wonderland magazine in which Rowling says she chose the red-haired Ron for Hermione for very personal reasons having little to do with literature. She told the magazine she "wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment" and said the couple might eventually need relationship counseling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'This [James] Bond fellow, I don't like him one bit, he's a sadistic brute. " So opines Ian Fleming's beautiful wife, Ann (Lara Pulver), in the opening scene of Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond , an enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series about the life, the loves - and even more of the loves - of the best-selling author who spawned the world's most famous superspy, 007. BBC America's sexy, visually scrumptious bio...
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Lavigne's second novel, The Wanting , opens with a horrifying image so surreal it verges on the comic. "I don't know what it was. It might have been a head, or perhaps a hand or foot, it went by so fast," the narrator, Russian-born Israeli architect Roman Guttman, observes through his office window. "But following it, as if pulling a wire, came the explosion, and instantaneously the window I was sitting beside shattered. " We're in Tel Aviv in the mid-1990s, and a Palestinian suicide bomber has just detonated a bomb outside Roman's building, killing 10 and injuring dozens more.
FOOD
January 17, 2014 | By MICHAEL KLEIN, Philly.com
For the leisurely lot of the cookbook author: Get up in the morning, test a recipe or two, send off a few pages, collect the big paycheck. Not quite, says Aliza Green, whose most recent of her 15 books are The Soupmaker's Kitchen and Making Artisan Pasta , both of which received national honors. "I only wish," said Green, who is just north of 60, "I could make a living off my books. " So Green, one of the first women to head a big-time kitchen in town (DiLullo's)
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia charter school chief executive Masai Skief has agreed to turn himself over to federal authorities this week while he waits sentencing on embezzlement charges. Skief, 32, CEO of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, said in court papers filed Monday that he would not dispute federal prosecutors' allegations he had used a debit card to steal money from Harambee after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in August. Prosectors asked a federal judge last week to revoke Skief's bail because he had violated his plea agreement, which barred him from having access to Harambee funds.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawrence A. Richette, 54, a reporter and author who gained notoriety when he was accused of assaulting his mother, Common Pleas Court Judge Lisa A. Richette, died Monday, Dec. 16, at his home in Southwest Center City. The cause of death is still pending, according to Carto Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Prosecutors withdrew the 2007 assault case. But Mr. Richette had several other run-ins with the law. He was the only child of the judge, who died of lung cancer two months after her son's assault arrest, and her husband, Lawrence J., a lawyer who died in 1986.
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