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November 22, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's board of directors on Thursday approved the recently negotiated contract with 5,000 bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, cashiers, and mechanics. The agreement with members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 avoided a possible transit strike. The pact, ratified this month by TWU members, provides a 5 percent raise over the two-year term of the contract. But it postpones difficult decisions on two major issues that will resurface soon: pensions and health-care contributions.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has nominated JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, to serve on the city's Board of Ethics. If, as expected, Epps is confirmed Thursday by City Council, the five-member board would officially be composed of lawyers. Epps would replace the Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Her nomination was a complete surprise, she said Wednesday. She would join the board at a busy time, as it is likely to have some oversight of and opinions about next year's elections, including the races for mayor, City Council, and city commissioner.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In rejecting SugarHouse Casino's "impassioned argument" that the Philadelphia area cannot bear another casino, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board relied partially on SugarHouse's own performance. The Gaming Board cited data showing that each of SugarHouse's 1,600 slot machines raked in an average of $299 per day in the year ended Sept. 30, or 25 percent more than the statewide average. Furthermore, in a 174-page document explaining its reasons for awarding Philadelphia's second casino license to Live!
BUSINESS
November 20, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's the quick read on why the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chose Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia for Philadelphia's second casino, based on a document just posted on the board's website. The pitch by Live's backers - Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. - that they could tap into the millions of annual visitors to sporting events and concerts at the stadium complex was convincing. "The board finds the synergy between gambling and entertainment at a casino with the sports and concert enthusiast visiting the more than 400 stadium area events per year presents an opportunity for marketing the stadium/casino area into a 365-day-per-year attraction with minimal negative impact on the surrounding areas," the document, known as an adjudication, said.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
Convinced that a stadium-area casino would draw sports fans, and certain that casino gamblers want to arrive by car, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday awarded Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! Hotel & Casino. The Gaming Board found that "the synergy between gambling and entertainment at a casino" with "the more than 400 stadium-area events per year" could create a year-round attraction at the sports complex, according to a filing that explained the board's selection.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission on Monday recommended that the city review why police officers fired from the department were frequently reinstated through arbitration. In 26 cases reviewed by the commission, officers were reinstated by arbitrators in 19 instances, according to the commission's annual report, made public Monday. "Arbitrations involving Philadelphia police officers, particularly those fired for serious misconduct, have been a source of frustration and public scrutiny for more than three decades," the report states.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2014
Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County has appointed Allison Turner and Sandra Nichols to its board. Turner is assistant professor in the master of public administration program at West Chester University, and Nichols is an independent consultant working with the Digital Innovation Group at AstraZeneca. Mann Center for the Performing Arts , Philadelphia, has appointed Miller Parker to its board. He is CEO of the Philadelphia Business & Technology Center and president of the Philadelphia Non-Profit Advertising Agency.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Lincoln University's board of trustees decided Saturday to conduct an internal review of the school's president, Robert Jennings, who has been under fire for comments about women and sexual assaults while also being at the helm during drops in enrollment and financial ratings. Chairwoman Kimberly Lloyd said after a closed two-hour session that the board "reviewed the actions of the president" and would refer the matter to an executive committee. The committee of several board members will begin the review immediately, though no timetable was given for a decision.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even with the revelation that NCAA officials may have bluffed their way through getting Pennsylvania State University to agree to football sanctions, the chairman of the university's board of trustees on Thursday maintained that the university made the right decision signing the consent decree. And the university, Chairman Keith Masser said, will continue to honor the deal. "It's easy to play cards when they're turned up," Masser said in an interview, during a break in board committee meetings on Thursday.
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