December 11, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to launch the process that could remove Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office. The Republican-controlled chamber scheduled a Jan. 12 hearing on whether Kane, who is facing criminal charges and whose law license has been suspended, can continue to function as the state's top law-enforcement official. At the hearing, Kane, a Democrat, will be able to testify and present evidence, if she chooses to participate. Her lawyer could also speak.
December 10, 2015 |
Shares of Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack rose Tuesday as investors bet that Bridgestone Corp. will boost its $15-a-share offer to beat billionaire Carl Icahn's Monday bid of $15.50 a share for the Philadelphia-based auto-parts sales and service chain. Shares closed at $16.30, up 1.5 percent or 24 cents, in Tuesday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. That's the marginally profitable chain's highest daily closing price since 2008. On Tuesday morning, Pep Boys said its board recognized that Icahn's offer may be "a superior proposal" compared with the deal it agreed to accept from Bridgestone in October.
December 4, 2015 |
A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider a decision to allow federal investigators to sift through the private emails of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah as his corruption trial looms next year. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday denied the Philadelphia Democrat's petition to rehear his arguments, which involve claiming congressional protection from interference from the executive branch. At issue are seven years of correspondence on Fattah's Gmail account.
December 4, 2015 |
'CAUSE I'M a '90s kid, I'm gonna go out on a limb and quote the punk-rock band Blink-182 with the song "I Miss You," as that is the sentiment I most feel toward my Daily News family, for this is my final column. From Molly Eichel to Dan Gross , and to Stu Bykofsky before him, the Daily News has seen a broad array of talented people write its gossip column, and I have had some big shoes to fill. When the powers that be moved me from City Hall to the gossip gig almost a year ago, I thought it was a strange beat for me to be inheriting.
November 2, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Democrats are all but certain to maintain their majority in the New Jersey Assembly when voters head to the polls Tuesday. But they don't appear to be willing to concede a single seat, judging by the torrent of cash being poured into the race in the Second Legislative District, covering parts of Atlantic County, and in South Jersey's First District. Democrats and their allied super PAC are on track to spend as much as $4.3 million on TV ads alone in the two districts - nearly 5.5 times that of the Republican candidates.
October 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan closed in on the support he needs to become speaker of the House as centrist Republicans from the Philadelphia area rallied around him Wednesday, hours before the GOP's restive conservatives also offered their backing. Their signs of approval came after weeks of internal strife that illustrated the divides roiling the GOP across the country. Many Republicans hope Ryan, the Wisconsinite nominated for vice president in 2012, can pull their party together. "He's a unifying factor.
October 16, 2015 |
J. Whyatt Mondesire was known for affect - a Stetson hat topping a fiery temper - and employed for effect - drawing attention to civil rights issues and the many politicians he supported and opposed. Two generations of Philadelphia leaders praised Mondesire on Wednesday, on what would have been his 66th birthday, using his life to challenge young people to carry on his work. Mondesire, a former leader of the NAACP in Philadelphia who died Oct. 4, was described as a fierce foe who could grow to be a close friend.
October 9, 2015 |
She's had a dazzling career anchoring television news in her hometown Philadelphia market for more than three decades. Now CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi is hanging up her hat. When Pope Francis departed Philadelphia 11 days ago, Ciarrocchi said it was a "wheels up" moment for her, too. "The Francis visit has empowered me with the strength to forge a path that is certain to use my voice," she wrote on Facebook. Ciarrochi's been to the Vatican several times, including covering the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. But when she learned that Pope Francis was coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, "I could barely breathe," she told me. When his plane touched down in Philly, "I got choked up as I waited for that," she said.
September 30, 2015 |
Wakefern Food Corp. of Edison, N.J., the parent organization of ShopRite supermarkets, has bid $40 million to buy a dozen grocery stores, including seven local Pathmarks, from the bankrupt A&P chain. A New York bankruptcy judge will decide during an auction on Oct. 8 whether it's acceptable. Wakefern's bid includes Pathmarks on Monument, Aramingo and Oregon Avenues in Philadelphia, as well as Pathmark stores in Wyncote, Glenolden, Brookhaven and Upper Darby. Since A&P, the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. in Montvale, N.J., filed for bankruptcy in July, saying it would exit the supermarket business, seven of its area Pathmark, Super Fresh and Food Basic stores have already closed or will soon close.
September 18, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Wednesday took steps to put $17 billion worth of Medicaid business out for bid to private companies. At a time when the insurance industry considers goverment programs a growth sector, the moves are expected to attract new national competitors to Pennsylvania, where home-grown firms, such as AmeriHealth Caritas, have dominated for years. "When fully implemented, these new changes will mark the most significant changes to Medicaid in Pennsylvania since the department first moved to mandatory managed care 18 years ago," DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said.