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July 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2014
Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia, formerly the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia, has named Thomas Jennings , a partner at Hill Wallack L.L.P., Yardley, chairman. He replaces John W. Goldschmidt Jr. , a partner at Ference & Associates L.L.C., who will remain on the executive committee.    Other directors include: Christopher S. D'Angelo , partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes L.L.P., Philadelphia; Michael A. Schwartz , partner at Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., Philadelphia; and Gabriella Vacca, vice president, system engineering, at Comcast Corp., Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that he envisioned creating a nonprofit board composed of top business leaders that would reinvest gaming revenue from potential casinos in North Jersey into Atlantic City. Faced with the prospect of four Atlantic City casinos closing this year, Sweeney recently signaled an openness to casino expansion in North Jersey, possibly as soon as November 2015. Sweeney's idea is one of several being contemplated as the Shore city grapples with declining gaming revenue and worker layoffs.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The state Ethics Commission has launched a formal investigation into allegations that four Philadelphia legislators were captured on tape accepting money during an undercover sting investigation. The Ethics Commission revealed the investigation in a letter sent late last week to Gene Stilp, a Harrisburg activist. Stilp filed a complaint March 18 against the four Democratic lawmakers, two days after The Inquirer disclosed the existence of the long-running sting and that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had shut it down.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's finances are improving and are likely to continue doing so through 2019. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) board made that optimistic determination Monday when it unanimously approved the city's five-year plan. The city's fiscal overseers cautioned, however, that various risks were still associated with the Nutter administration's long-term budget, including unresolved labor contracts, the School District's fiscal crisis, and the pension fund.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under pressure for its handling of sexual-assault cases, Swarthmore College turned to an outsider to oversee them: a retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. The college last fall hired Jane Greenspan, who has decades of experience as a trial and appeals judge and who now works as a professional mediator and arbitrator. "They wanted a neutral person, not connected to the college or the students," Greenspan said. "I just listen to them and try to make the correct decision, as I would in any arbitration.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
FOUR PENNSYLVANIA state legislators have sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" over the way it interprets laws that allow some places such as pop-up beer gardens to run continuously, and demanding an end to the practice. Under the law, liquor licensees can purchase a catering permit to serve alcohol for a few hours during private events, such as weddings, held at unlicensed locations. Instead, the licensees have been buying multiple permits at one time and using them interchangeably to run beer gardens for weeks at a time.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
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