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July 20, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The now-former chairman of Camden's parking authority is suing the city following his removal last week after it came to light that he was also a city employee, which is forbidden under state statute. Angel Alamo, who has been a commissioner since 2005, was an employee in the city's finance department as of July 8, according to a resolution to remove him that passed at that night's City Council meeting. State law does not permit authority commissioners, who are not paid, to also work as an officer or employee of the municipality.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For decades, Denny Somach, rock entrepreneur, author, and collector, has lived the life Jay Z so memorably described: "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man. " He has a new book, Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World , which he'll read from on Thursday at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr. He's also on a quest to start an International Classic Rock Society website and museum (perhaps in Philadelphia). And that's just the beginning. "I had no idea any of this would work, but figured it's a great way to earn money, meet girls, and have fun until I found a real job," says Somach, an Allentown native with offices in Havertown.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Drive for show, putt for dough. " That has been the long-standing wisdom in golf for decades - until Mark Broadie came along. The Columbia Business School professor gave a lecture like few others this week at the storied Merion Golf Club, where such greats as Ben Hogan, Bob Jones, and Lee Trevino have competed. Broadie's new book, Every Shot Counts , employs Wall Street-style numbers-crunching and quantitative analysis to deconstruct the game. "It's about how to use data and analytics to measure and improve golf performance," Broadie said in an interview Wednesday.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Tripoli was just trying to inspire his then-12-year-old son to read some fiction when he introduced him to the books of Lloyd Alexander, a literary giant in the enchanted world of fantasy writers. Now the mechanical engineer from Perkasie, Bucks County, has a mission: to get every sixth-grader in Upper Darby Township, Alexander's hometown, to read the works of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winner. And he's doing it at a cemetery. For the last six years, Tripoli - a fan of the author of children's and young-adult fiction, who has been compared to J.R.R.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FINALLY, THE 2014 World Cup begins today when host nation Brazil plays Croatia at the new Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. And if you are FIFA president Sepp Blatter or Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, this match could not come soon enough. Once the games begin in an event like a World Cup, they take precedence. The drama on the pitch jumps to the forefront of the public's eye and pushes other issues to the background. And while it may be for different reasons, Blatter and Rousseff are eager to have the eyes of the world focused away from off-the-pitch World Cup concerns.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man whose skeletal remains were found in a red trash can off I-676 in Camden in December was killed after he allegedly stole $2,000 worth of drugs from a Camden drug set he was part of, according to a probable cause affidavit read in court Monday. The family of Adrian Rivera, 23, of Camden, cried as Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John described what he called the "utter disrespect" given to Rivera's remains. Lashaun Brown-Bunch, 21, of Camden, was arrested Friday in connection with Rivera's slaying and charged with murder.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge to postpone its plans to take testimony from the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a committee spokesman confirmed Thursday. Patrick Foye was scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday, along with Port Authority Commissioner William "Pat" Schuber. Federal prosecutors are investigating the lane closures, which tied up traffic for four days in September and were allegedly orchestrated by former allies of Gov. Christie.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard R. "Dick" Nicolai, 81, of Philadelphia, promotion director for Fairmount Park and spokesman for the Fairmount Park Commission for 27 years, died Sunday, May 18, of Alzheimer's disease at Nazareth Hospital Hospice. Mr. Nicolai retired in the mid-1990s after a career as the public information officer for the 8,900-acre parkland and its governing panel. In that role, he encouraged visitors to tour the parkland's offerings, reported on the illegal activities of tree rustlers in the park, and sat in on the official meetings of the Fairmount Park Commission.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanley H. Rosen, 84, of Philadelphia, a scholar and emeritus professor of philosophy, died Sunday, May 4, of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Dr. Rosen was an influential writer and teacher known for his thinking and writing on Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Nietzsche. He served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 38 years and Boston University for 14 years before retiring to Philadelphia to be near family. He was the author of 20 books, recipient of numerous honors, and a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just minutes before Delaware County, state, and federal authorities gathered Tuesday to announce a new plan to combat increasing gun violence in Chester, another man was shot there. The victim was gunned down near 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue around 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We don't expect him to survive," he added. The man would become Chester's 12th homicide victim this year. Forty-two other people have been shot and wounded, Whelan said. Those shootings are why "Operation City Surge" was launched.
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