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March 25, 2014
Thomas A. Leonard , former controller of the City of Philadelphia , was elected to a four-year term as chairman of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P. He is chairman of the firm's litigation department and serves as chairman of numerous corporate, civic and professional boards. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) named the following board members:     Donal McCoy , managing partner of Sassafras, Tin Angel and Serrano restaurants in Old City; Drew Polin, president of OpDecision L.L.C.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said no dice Wednesday to lifting restrictions on Scranton businessman Louis A. DeNaples' dealings with Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, Pa. DeNaples, whose businesses include banking, auto-parts, and landfill interests, developed Mount Airy but was forced to turn it over to his daughter after being charged in 2008 with lying to the board about ties to reputed mobsters. A Dauphin County Court judge in May 2011 ordered the record of DeNaples' prosecution expunged after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court intervened to have the perjury charges against DeNaples dropped.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEVON Wade McDevitt has resigned from the Devon Horse Show board of directors, weeks after giving up his post as chairman amid controversy over his role in a potentially lucrative retail and hotel venture beside the fairgrounds. His wife, Wendy McDevitt - whose family ties to the proposed developer for that project, Urban Outfitters Inc., sparked allegations of double-dealing - also resigned Monday, according to the horse show's attorney. Both left the board of the prestigious Main Line institution to spend more time with their family, McDevitt said.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
GOLF OUTINGS, cocktails and dinners are a certainty when business and government mingle - and for the officials, at least, a certain amount of paperwork is expected afterward. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission ordered three former Liquor Control Board officials to repay thousands of dollars in gifts they received from vendors who did business with the PLCB, including outings at Aronimink Golf Club, dinners at restaurants all over the state and personal gifts such as engraved bottles of Scotch.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three former high-ranking Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials violated ethics rules between 2008 and 2012 by accepting gifts, donations, and hospitality from vendors who had business dealings with the agency, the state Ethics Commission has found. The gifts included entry into golf tournaments, meals at upscale restaurants, and, in one case, an engraved bottle of high-end scotch. Together, the items were worth more than $23,000, the commission said in reports released Monday.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett on Thursday appointed Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to the Delaware River Port Authority board to replace hospital executive David F. Simon, who resigned. It is anticipated that the DRPA board will elect Cawley to the chairman's post at its March meeting on Wednesday. Corbett on Thursday appointed Simon, who is executive vice president and chief legal officer of Jefferson Health System, to chair Pennsylvania's eHealth Partnership Authority. Cawley will arrive at the bistate DRPA at a tumultuous time, with an ongoing federal criminal investigation of the agency over past "economic development" spending, no permanent chief executive officer, and customer anger over recent problems at PATCO, the commuter rail line that is owned and operated by the DRPA.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | CHICAGO TRIBUNE
SHOPPING FOR a piano can be incredibly overwhelming because the range of prices for a new one can be anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $2 million. Add in used pianos, and the price range expands. There are also thousands of brands, and if you don't know what to listen for, you may think every piano (regardless of price and brand) sounds the same. "It's kind of like shopping for anything," said Pierre Julia, owner of Pierre's Fine Pianos, based in Los Angeles. "The range of quality goes from made-in-China to hand-built in Europe.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Damian D. "Skipper" Pitts was not offended when a student in his leadership class at Temple University raised a hand one Thursday night last year and asked for an early dismissal. Pitts was just confused by the excuse: The student wanted to get home in time to watch Scandal . "I said, 'What the hell is Scandal ?' " Pitts recalled recently. "The only thing the classroom didn't do was stone me. " A year later, the former Marine and leadership consultant from Fort Washington cannot only rattle off the names of every character like a true Gladiator, as fans of the ABC-TV political drama are known, he aims to cash in on the program's wild appeal with a crisis-leadership game called Scandalytes.
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