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March 6, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders. Wolf's appointees are: Ryan Boyer of Philadelphia, business manager of the Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity, which represents 5,000 workers on major construction projects.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could it be Happy Valley is happy again? Ever since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal roiled Pennsylvania State University, dozens of candidates have vied each year for the three open alumni seats on its board of trustees. A record 80 or so candidates ran in spring 2012, a few months after Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was indicted in the abuse of young boys, and President Graham B. Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno were ousted. This year is different.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2015
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox partner Brenda H. Gotanda was elected to the board of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary , a nonprofit environmental group. Gotanda leads the law firm's sustainability practice group. Diana A. Silva has been selected for the Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division's Board Observer Program , where she will serve on the board for the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA - Columbia North Branch. The initiative gives young lawyers in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public-interest legal services organizations and develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations.
SPORTS
March 2, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Levi Worthington says he's been shown "nothing but love" by the folks at Octorara since transferring from Coatesville before this school year. He showed a measure of his appreciation Saturday afternoon on the hardwood at a pavked Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Whitemarsh. The 6-foot-5, 165-pound senior forward delivered 24 points and six rebounds as the Braves clobbered Glen Mills, 80-54, in a fast-paced contest to earn their first PIAA District 1 Class AAA championship since 2011.
SPORTS
February 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Major League Baseball announced rules changes on Friday that are intended to quicken the game's pace, and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is all for it. The pace of the average game has slowed by nearly a half hour in the last 34 years. Under the new rules, a manager no longer needs to leave the dugout to invoke instant replay to challenge an umpire's call; a batter must keep one foot in the batter's box at all times; and in-stadium timers will be used to enforce a prompt return to play after commercial breaks.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board's Philadelphia office has agreed to hear complaints filed by Au Bon Pain employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. In their unfair labor practice charges filed last year, the employees complained that in September the company tried to dissuade them from attempting to form a union by disciplining two of the activists, by currying favor by offering to pay for an employee's child care and by bringing in the Boston-based company's chief executive to meet workers.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf wants to expand the executive-branch gift ban he put in place last month to dozens of independent state boards, commissions, and agencies. In letters sent Tuesday, Wolf urged board members and leadership of 25 commissions, authorities, and other agencies to enact a ban on gifts for their employees, as he did with members of the executive branch on his first day in office. Wolf said gift-taking by officials has "plagued" the public trust. "Too often our leaders take advantage of the public, but I am committed to making government work so we can restore the public's trust and make sure we are being open and transparent," the governor wrote.
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