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October 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
To chief executive Sue Schick, it's a continuing mystery. Why are there so few women on corporate boards? Why are there so few top women executives? Why are so few women ranked among the top earners? And if major nonprofit organizations seem comfortable with female leadership, why can't that confidence translate to more business leadership spots for women? "Inertia," said Schick, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, a publicly traded health insurance company that has more than 5,000 employees and covers more than 900,000 people.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2014
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia , a nonprofit that provides critical health and safety repairs to low-income homeowners with volunteer resources, has named to its board Joseph Falco , a consultant with Falco & Associates; Michael McCarthy , Lean Six Sigma project manager at Independence Blue Cross; Susan Wysor Nguema , an adjunct professor at La Salle University and a doctoral student at Bryn Mawr College; and Kathleen Seweryn , a retired funeral director....
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's Board of Ethics approved a series of amendments to the city's campaign-finance rules Wednesday, the most significant aimed at tightening restrictions on what constitutes a third party's support of a candidate. Specifically, the board approved an amendment to address the reuse of campaign materials produced by a candidate, but then picked up and distributed by an individual or political action committee independent of the candidate. Under the new rule, such reuse would be considered an in-kind campaign contribution and thus would fall under the city's campaign rules that limit such contributions to $2,900 for individuals and $11,900 for political action committees, or PACs.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of Camden high school seniors will have the opportunity to complete a medical apprenticeship and training program with the hope of landing jobs in the city's growing health-care field. Ten to 15 seniors will be selected in December to participate in a paid apprenticeship at an area health-care organization and then go on to a training program to get officially certified as a medical assistant. The program is the first launched by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board of governors, created in April.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR THE SECOND time in four months, President Obama has spared Regional Rail riders a big headache. Obama, at the request of SEPTA, yesterday called for the formation of a presidential emergency board that will help mediate an ongoing dispute between the transit authority and one of its labor unions, according to a statement from the White House. More importantly, the creation of the board will prevent the union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, from striking, effectively shutting down Regional Rail lines.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board will investigate a complaint that Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery may have violated ethics rules if he sent sexually explicit e-mails from his personal account to a state employee, according to a letter from the board. In the Tuesday letter, the board agreed to "conduct an inquiry into the matters" raised in a complaint filed last week by Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp. In his Oct. 2 complaint, Stilp cited news accounts that McCaffery in 2008 and 2009 sent e-mails containing pornographic content to an agent in the state Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board has chosen a new solicitor to replace the one who has been under investigation by the Chester County district attorney for months, the superintendent said Thursday. The District Attorney's Office is investigating James Ellison in connection with possible overbilling and defrauding taxpayers. The district will hold a public vote at a special meeting Monday to appoint Mike Levin and his firm, Levin Legal Group, based in Montgomery County, Superintendent Cathy Taschner said in a statement.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Democrat Tom Wolf said Thursday he would push, if elected governor, to abolish the School Reform Commission and transfer state control of Philadelphia schools to a locally elected school board. Wolf took exception to the dramatic step the SRC took last week when it canceled its contract with the teachers' union and imposed terms requiring members to pay 10 percent to 13 percent of the cost of their health-care benefits; currently they pay nothing. "I'm against what [the SRC] did," Wolf said.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a New Jersey congressional district dominated by Democrats since the Bicentennial, Republican Garry Cobb is stressing one point over and over: He's not Donald Norcross. The former Eagles player's push against the status quo was the overarching theme in the First District candidates' joint interview Wednesday with the Inquirer Editorial Board. Norcross, a Democratic state senator from Camden County, touted a lengthy record and said he, not a political machine, claims sole ownership of it. "Clearly, he's a product of the machine.
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