July 20, 2015 |
Nearly five years after former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman steered a major no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a minority firm not approved for emergency work, the Philadelphia School District could be spending at least $3.6 million to defend and make amends for the move. The cash-strapped district already has paid $1.8 million to outside lawyers to represent it in four lawsuits stemming from the contract, according to information The Inquirer obtained from the district under the state's Right-to-Know Law. In the first case to go to trial, a federal jury found that Ackerman, her former head of human resources, and the district had wrongfully suspended and recommended firing Francis X. Dougherty, a top administrator, for exposing the contract.
July 17, 2015 |
The City Council race between incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush delivered fireworks. But you wouldn't know that from the results of Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary. In the end, the freshman councilman outpaced Feibush by nearly 2-1. The Inquirer sat down last week with Feibush, who made headlines long before his self-funded foray into politics as a brash businessman and a staunch critic of Johnson. Feibush, 31, who owns a real estate business and a chain of coffee shops that bear his initials, OCF, is best known as a developer, having helped build hundreds of homes in the rapidly changing Second District, which includes Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, and part of South Philadelphia.
July 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
July 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for the Senate on Monday, four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall. In a statement, Pawlowski said he was pausing the campaign "to fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since. " He said he would reevaluate when he had a clearer picture of the investigation. The news came after agents raided the office Thursday, seized documents, and interviewed Pawlowski and city Managing Director Francis Dougherty, according to a source close to the investigation.
July 2, 2015 |
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Gov. Christie launched a bid for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, betting that his blunt brand of politics and promise to campaign on big ideas will overcome conservative skepticism and a vulnerable record as the steward of New Jersey's flagging economy. On a stage in the center of the gymnasium of the high school he attended in this North Jersey suburb, Christie - with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children by his side - invoked lessons taught by his strong-willed mother and his parents' successful efforts to improve their lives, the sort of possibility that Christie argued has waned.
July 2, 2015 |
Craig Angelos believes his expertise in building a football stadium and in fund-raising will benefit him in his new job as Temple's deputy director of athletics. Temple announced his hiring on Tuesday. Angelos comes from Florida International University, where he was the senior associate athletic director for revenue enhancement since June 2014. He has worked 24 years in intercollegiate athletics administration. When Angelos served as director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University from 2003 to 2012, he led the effort to build a 30,000-seat football stadium that opened on campus in 2011.
June 26, 2015 |
The city's auctioning of liens on tax-delinquent properties began Wednesday morning with what officials said was a quiet but promising start. More than 150 investors registered to participate in the online auction of 900-plus tax liens, all of which have a minimum bid requirement of the full delinquent property-tax bill plus interest. The liens are for property-tax bills that have gone unpaid for from two to 20 years. If successful, the sale of those liens could generate millions of dollars in city revenue.
June 24, 2015 |
The acquisitive Dallas company that gobbled up Sunoco in 2012 is making a bid to become an even bigger energy behemoth. Energy Transfer Equity L.P. announced Monday that it had proposed an all-stock merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. that it valued at $53.1 billion, combining two of the country's largest pipeline companies. Williams rejected the offer, which priced its stock at a 32 percent premium, as being inadequate. But the company's stock soared Monday, closing almost 26 percent higher, and Williams announced that it had launched a review of its strategic alternatives, including a merger.
June 7, 2015 |
If you plan to sell your house and your wood floors look worn out, listing agents offer this advice, almost universally: Have them refinished. "Having those gleaming hardwood floors is almost always a plus when presenting a house for sale," said Gary Segal, of Keller Williams Realty in Blue Bell. Floors probably have "the single most powerful impact on the look and feel of a home," said Chris Somers, of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties. "Hands down, hardwood floors is what the majority of people want," Somers said.
June 7, 2015 |
WHAT WOULD the reaction be if there is finally a Triple Crown winner? I get that question every June after a horse wins the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The answer is unknowable, because it has been so long and so much has changed since Affirmed last won it in 1978. Think about it? ESPN did not exist then. No cellphones. The Internet was barely a thought, and certainly not a word. The anticipation has been building for 37 years - Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Smarty Jones, Big Brown, California Chrome - all wonderful horses, all Derby and Preakness winners, all unable to win the Belmont Stakes.