October 10, 2014 |
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.
October 7, 2014
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Urs Rohner , chairman of Credit Suisse Group A.G., to its board of directors. GSK, which is based in London and has operations in Philadelphia and its suburbs, recently named Philip Hampton to replace Christopher Gent as chairman of the board of directors. Andrew Witty remains as chief executive officer. Friends of the Wissahickon , a nonprofit organization, has elected the following board members: Patricia West , a candidate for a master of environmental studies degree at the University of Pennsylvania; Jean Sachs , chief executive officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and Chris Rabb , an adjunct professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business and the inaugural Social Impact Fellow at Temple's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.
October 2, 2014 |
WHEN WORD leaked this summer of the other players involved in the three-team Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade, Joel Embiid texted his mentor seeking confirmation. Yes, the reports were indeed true, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute verified. "It was kind of weird because it's like, 'Wow. Really, this is happening?' But it's exciting at the same time," Mbah a Moute said this week before the start of 76ers' training camp. "I never thought that [Embiid] would be in the NBA this quick, let alone be my teammate.
September 29, 2014 |
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Temple continued its streak of scoring either a defensive or special teams touchdown on Saturday, this time notching two more defensive touchdowns in their 36-10 win over Connecticut. The first when cornerback back Tavon Young intercepted Chandler Whitmer at the Temple 7 and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown with 6 minutes, 23 second to play in the first quarter. But the Owls weren't done. They got another defensive touchdown in the third quarter when Praise Martin-Oguike recovered a fumble and scored.
September 28, 2014 |
Sunoco's storied name, absent from the New York Stock Exchange since the Philadelphia company was acquired by a Dallas energy firm in 2012, will return to the Big Board this year. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP), a Dallas pipeline company that became Sunoco Inc.'s parent company two years ago, announced Thursday night that it will give its recently acquired Texas convenience-store company, Susser Petroleum Partners, a new name that is kind of an old one - Sunoco L.P. The new Sunoco L.P., which will trade under the ticker symbol SUN, will eventually become the corporate umbrella for ETP's growing portfolio of fuel stations and convenience stores, including Sunoco Inc. ETP had said it intended to drop its retail assets into the Susser partnership when it announced the $1.8 billion acquisition in April.
September 28, 2014 |
In a move that would have seemed unimaginable even a year ago, the four unions that work inside the Convention Center will receive the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association's highest award for their role in improving the hospitality business in Philadelphia and at the center. Sharing the honors with the unions at the association's annual awards event in December will be the Convention Center Authority's board, chaired by Gregory J. Fox. Fox and the board members heard the news at Friday morning's monthly meeting from Greg Stafford, general manager of the Inn at Penn and president of the hotel association.
September 25, 2014 |
Thomas Raftery III, the inspector general of the Delaware River Port Authority, is resigning, complaining of interference by the DRPA board and a "hostile" workplace environment. Raftery said in a draft letter dated Monday that his resignation would be effective Oct. 17. Raftery, who was hired in 2012 as the DRPA's first inspector general, has been at odds with many members of the board for months. He was hired to root out fraud, corruption, and inefficiencies at the DRPA. He soon collided with managers and board members, who complained that the inspector general was vindictive and bullying.
September 23, 2014
VOTERS won't be seeing a referendum question on abolishing the School Reform Commission on November's ballot, since City Council had too short a time between passing the resolution last week and the deadline for inclusion; the bill is still on Mayor Nutter's desk, waiting for a signature. Maybe it will appear in May, but voters should pay attention now to what they'll see - and won't see. They may see a nonbinding vote saying something like, "Should Philadelphia abolish the SRC?"