March 17, 2016 |
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid to have his corruption case dismissed by relying on a congressional privilege meant to protect lawmakers' independence from interference from the executive branch. The decision clears the way for the Philadelphia Democrat's trial on racketeering conspiracy charges to proceed May 2. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said none of the allegations in the indictment against Fattah violate the "speech and debate" clause - a constitutional provision that bars federal prosecutors from questioning lawmakers or holding them criminally responsible for their legislative acts.
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | CITY BIDDING Examine all aspects The city intends to improve its bidding process ("Reverse bidding: City sees big savings," Tuesday). But what about fundamental aspects: What's the level of participation on the bids? If the response is low, why? Once the bid is awarded, is the contractor required to provide what the contract stipulates? These issues are more important than the mechanics of the bid process. |Mike Egan, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2016 |
I T WAS just 3 1/2 minutes, but it was those moments in a game Saint Joseph's eventually would lose when coach Phil Martelli believed his team had a chance to be very good. The Hawks trailed Villanova, 52-37, at Hagan Arena on Dec. 1. After those 210 seconds, they trailed just 54-49. "I wanted to see how we would react to getting so far behind," Martelli remembered. "During that game, I said, 'There's something here.' " After the game, Martelli told his team they could be the best team in the Atlantic 10. They were close enough.
March 9, 2016 |
When the city wants to buy anything, from pencils to welding materials, it issues a request for bids and then buys from the company with the lowest first offer. City officials call that a lost opportunity, and have moved toward a process of letting sellers compete until the lowest price is reached. Officials say it could save the city millions. "They can see the prices and continue to lower the price they're willing to sell to us at until they're the last one standing," said Rebecca Rhynhart, the city's chief administrative officer.
March 7, 2016 |
They came from all around the region and the country - from Delaware County and South Jersey, from Bucks County and the Northeast, and New Mexico and Oregon - back to their childhood haunts, back to the maybe-not-so-mean streets, to say goodbye to a great son of Kensington. About 100 mourners converged on Holy Innocents Parish, Hunting Park Avenue and L Street, on Saturday morning to honor the memory and share stories about Elwood "Buddy" Segeske III, 60, of Primos, a regular guy who most people never knew, but if they had, they would certainly remember.
March 3, 2016 |
LEGACIES. It's what makes programs. Every departing class leaves one, and they're all different. As are the respective journeys. When guard Ryan Arcidiacono and center Daniel Ochefu arrived at Villanova four years ago, the Wildcats were coming off a season in which they tied a school record by losing 19 times. And the season before that they went from 16-1 to 21-12, losing their last six games. So, three years removed from a Final Four, more than a few folks wanted to know what had gone wrong.
February 28, 2016 |
United Technologies Corp. forcefully rejected Honeywell International Inc.'s purchase offer as the companies traded public statements over the proposed $90 billion tie-up. Honeywell's $108-a-share bid this month "grossly undervalues" United Technologies, its chief executive officer said in an open letter filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A deal would likely be blocked by antitrust regulators or require heavy divestitures, said CEO Gregory Hayes, reiterating similar comments he made this week.
February 27, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - The judicial ethics court that will decide the fate of embattled Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Thursday rejected a deal by the justice and his accusers to negotiate a settlement in the Porngate case. The panel's decision to bar any deal - sight unseen - sets the stage for a public airing of the details of a tawdry scandal. Eakin, who has been suspended from the bench, is charged with violating judicial ethics rules by exchanging offensive emails. At Thursday's hearing, Eakin, 67, grew visibly angry as the lead judge on the disciplinary tribunal curtly informed him, his lawyers, and lawyers for the Judicial Conduct Board that the court had no interest in considering a deal.
February 18, 2016 |
A Montgomery County judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's attempt to halt his criminal case while he challenges the judge's ruling that the sexual assault prosecution should proceed to trial. "An immediate appeal from these orders would not materially advance the ultimate termination of the matter," Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote. The petition to O'Neill was one of two Cosby's lawyers filed last week in a bid to halt the prosecution. The second, filed with Superior Court, is pending.
February 7, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday unanimously rejected Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's request that it reverse its suspension of her law license, clearing the way for the Senate to vote on whether to remove her from office. Last month, the embattled attorney general asked the court to undo the suspension, saying its 5-0 decision in September was "incurably tainted" by the participation of Justice J. Michael Eakin, who is now facing misconduct charges because of his involvement in the so-called Porngate scandal.