April 29, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney quietly appointed on Wednesday a new board of directors for Philadelphia Gas Works, whose first order of business may be to release information about its predecessors' decision to approve a controversial bonus plan for PGW senior executives. The nonprofit Philadelphia Facilities Management Corp. (PFMC), which acts as PGW's board of directors, faces a Friday deadline from the Philadelphia Gas Commission to respond to inquiries about the bonus plan. The Gas Commission, which approves PGW's budget, says it was unaware of the plan, which paid eight executives a total of $333,348 in bonuses in December.
April 22, 2016 |
Flyers left winger Scott Laughton left the ice on a stretcher Wednesday night after crashing into the boards with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first period of the playoff game with the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. Capitals defenseman John Carlson pushed Laughton below the left circle at the goal line and the Flyers winger slid into the boards. It did not appear to be a dirty hit by Carlson and there was no penalty on the play. Out of respect, players from both teams tapped their sticks as Laughton was transported off the ice on a backboard.
April 19, 2016
Beyond Celiac, formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Ambler, named the following board members: Linda S. Deal, head of patient-centered outcomes assessment at Pfizer, Collegeville; C. Kane Brenan , managing director, global portfolio solutions, investment management division at Goldman Sachs, New York; Eugene Kemp, principal of Fidato Partners, Wayne; Aimee Corso, senior vice president, health care, at WE Communications, Lake...
April 16, 2016 |
Seaside Heights had a financial hole to fill. Last fall, the borough learned that it owed $522,000 in tax refunds stretching back to 2010. Its solution - borrowing to pay the money back - would cost a typical homeowner $50.26 annually for four years. But before Seaside Heights could proceed, it needed permission. The Local Finance Board, little known to most New Jerseyans but familiar to municipalities in trouble, scrutinizes a swath of spending: from bonding to pay back taxes, to fire districts looking to buy new ladder trucks, to improvement authorities incurring questionable costs.
April 10, 2016
A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot twice in his right leg Friday afternoon in the city's East Germantown section, police said. The shooting was reported about 4:20 p.m. - after the teen got on a SEPTA bus at Wister Street and Nedro Avenue and then announced that he had just discovered the two bullet wounds in his upper right leg. The teen, who told police he did not know where the shooting happened, was taken to Einstein Medical Center. No arrests were reported.
April 7, 2016 |
A design-review board for the city's biggest building projects expressed disappointment Tuesday with the latest version of developer Bart Blatstein's plans for the northwest corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, saying it still overwhelms the South Philadelphia site. Blatstein's plan for a 32-story-high tower and outdoor shopping mall atop a podium of parking and larger-format stores suffers from overly long, unbroken facades and too few street-level entries, among other problems, members of the Civic Design Review board said at a meeting.
March 26, 2016 |
Yahoo! Inc. investor Starboard Value LP nominated nine directors to replace the entire board at the struggling Web portal, which it contends has been mismanaged under chief executive officer Marissa Mayer. Starboard, a longtime critic of the company and an activist shareholder with 1.7 percent of Yahoo shares, nominated its chief executive officer, Jeffrey Smith, among others for election at Yahoo's annual meeting later this year, according to a letter to shareholders. With little progress to show for her revival efforts after more than three years, investors are losing patience with Mayer, who has presided over sluggish sales growth and failed to separate Yahoo's main Web business from its multibillion-dollar stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Starboard first began to call for changes in 2014 and recently stepped up criticism of management, even as Yahoo said it would consider alternatives, including the sale of the company's core operations.
March 24, 2016 |
With all the angst over the 2016 presidential race, perhaps it is not too soon to look to future elections and the prospects of Emanuel Wilkerson. The Pottstown school board member is sitting in a booth at Ice House Steak & Pizza, where he conducts interviews and important meetings. It's the same joint where he gobbles down cheese fries with his Pottstown High School classmates. "I love serving the people," says Wilkerson, who won't get his high school diploma until June, but already has a master's in the political sound bite.
March 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURTS Conduct board best suited to investigate To clarify my comments quoted in the Inquirer Sunday ("Judicial board: Tough enough?"): In reviewing the emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided to the Supreme Court in late 2014, the court directed me to focus on three areas of immediate concern: pornography; improper communications about cases; and relationships that could require recusal. However, while these were my main focus, the court also asked me to report any other violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
March 24, 2016 |
The chairman of a super PAC that raised $1.4 million to help elect Mayor Kenney last year has been appointed to the board that has oversight of the city's budget and spending plans. Kevin Vaughan, who headed the Forward Philadelphia super PAC, is the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). He was appointed to the board this month by Gov. Wolf on Kenney's recommendation. At last week's PICA meeting, the board unanimously approved Vaughan as chairman.