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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.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2015
The board of trustees of the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, has elected the following: John J. Aglialoro, an independent entrepreneur and chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd.; Catherine Hughes, chairperson and founder of Radio One Inc., the largest African American-owned and -operated broadcast company in the United States; and Gregory Charles Miller, a pharmaceutical industry executive, owner of GMP Consortium L.L.C. and a longtime education philanthropist. QR Pharma Inc. , a privately held Berwyn biopharmaceutical company, elected Michael Hoffman chairman.
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.
NEWS
February 3, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Those with front-row seats for at least part of the ongoing drama of keeping the historic Surflight Theatre afloat may think they've seen this play before, too. But the directors of the beleaguered theater company - billed as "Broadway at the Beach" in this Long Beach Island town - say their latest plea to save the 450-seat venue from going out of business is now a once-and-for-all proposition, not the sky-is-falling dialogue....
NEWS
January 29, 2015
SHOULD the School Reform Commission be dissolved in favor of an elected school board? Newly elected Gov. Wolf supports the idea. So does a group of vocal education activists in the city. Some mayoral candidates are on board with the idea. The teachers union would vastly prefer an elected board to the governance system we have now - especially after the School Reform Commission's recent attempt to cancel union contracts, a move blocked last week by Commonwealth Court. Despite support from some quarters, it's not a sure thing.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the resignation of the district's assistant superintendent. The action came just days after the resignation of a school board member who, until last month, was vice president. Angelo Romaniello, the former assistant superintendent, and James Fox, a former school board member, served during the administration of Richard Como, the former superintendent who was arrested last month and charged with dozens of counts of theft and state ethics violations.
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