November 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, a millionaire from York who distributes kitchen cabinets, did not win the race for governor of Pennsylvania yesterday. Gov. Corbett lost it. In 77 days, Wolf will be sworn in as the state's 47th governor, mostly because of political and policy decisions that Corbett made. Corbett last night conceded the race in Pittsburgh, saying that he stood by all those decisions even though they proved unpopular. "I said I may be a one-term governor. And I am," Corbett said.
October 31, 2014 |
NO SAVESIES! That's what people in one city councilman's camp are saying with a bill that would make it illegal to "sell" your temporary public parking spot to a nearby driver in dire need of one. Councilman Bill Greenlee is trying to get ahead of what he says is a growing trend of private citizens selling public parking spaces - a practice that he says is both dangerous and illegal. The measure comes in the form of an ordinance he plans to introduce this morning that would apply to both metered spots and free street parking.
October 30, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - During a raucous special meeting Tuesday, Pennsylvania State University trustees defeated a resolution to reopen the controversial investigation into how school leaders handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The proposal, introduced by alumni-backed trustees who for more than a year have been pushing the board to act - and preferably reject - the damning findings of former FBI Director Louis Freeh, won the support of only nine of the 26 board members who voted.
October 30, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery's decision to retire may have been sudden, but the process of replacing him on the high court will be anything but fast. On Tuesday, a top Senate Democrat suggested that neither he nor his party were likely to broker any quick deals with Gov. Corbett to fill the seat. "I don't think it's a good idea to rush this decision," Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) said one day after McCaffery stepped down to halt an ethics probe into his conduct.
October 2, 2014 |
With a top bid of $98 million from the Toronto real estate investment firm Brookfield Asset Management, lawyers for Atlantic City's closed Revel Casino Hotel were considering late Tuesday whether to adjourn the casino's bankruptcy auction until Monday. Brookfield, which owns two casinos, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, was competing with Florida investor Glenn Straub, whose $90 million offer set a baseline for the auction. The $98 million bid by Brookfield - which amounts to 4 percent of the $2.4 billion cost to build Revel - topped a $95 million offer Tuesday by Straub, who will receive a $3 million breakup fee if he loses the auction.
September 25, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has launched an internal investigation into alleged sexually explicit e-mails sent and received on state computers, her office said Tuesday. The disclosure came in a letter denying an Inquirer request for the e-mails, which sources have said circulated among scores of state employees, including prominent officials. In the letter, the Attorney General's Office said it had decided that the material does not fall under the legal definition of a public record, and argued that any such e-mails would be exempt because they are part of an internal inquiry, and may be relevant "to the investigation of violations of agency policy and the appropriate use of agency equipment.
September 24, 2014 |
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., said Monday that its board of directors rejected last week's unsolicited takeover offer from Endo International P.L.C., because it undervalued Auxilium. Endo offered $28.10 per share for Auxilium stock and called its total value $2.2 billion, but the offer was in an unspecified combination of Endo stock and cash. This takeover attempt involves two Philadelphia-area companies. Endo was headquartered in Chadds Ford before moving to Malvern. Most of its leaders still operate from Malvern, but the company registered in Dublin, Ireland after another acquisition late in 2013.
September 20, 2014 |
Emergency no-bid repairs for the Walt Whitman Bridge were approved Thursday by the Delaware River Port Authority board after holes were found in the bridge's steelwork, including one in a support beam that a worker described as big enough to "put a hard hat in. " The move, which will cost about $2.7 million, came just months after completion of a three-year, $140 million redecking of the 57-year-old bridge between South Jersey and South Philadelphia....
September 7, 2014 |
Let the race begin. Terry Gillen, who served in the administrations of Mayors Nutter and Ed Rendell, announced Saturday that she is running for mayor, making her the first official candidate in what is expected to be a crowded 2015 mayoral race. The announcement was held in Gillen's Graduate Hospital neighborhood, where she has been active in Democratic politics for decades. "I left my job with the city in February and I've been preparing for this ever since," Gillen, 59, said Friday.