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March 4, 2014
Spark Therapeutics , a Philadelphia late-stage company developing gene-based medicines for a wide range of debilitating diseases, named Rogerio Vivaldi as its first independent board member, effective April 1. He is CEO and president of Minerva Neurosciences Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and was senior vice president and head of rare diseases at Genzyme, a Sanofi company. Joseph M. Callahan , founder and CEO of Ciright Systems Inc., has joined the board of governors of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia . The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Stephen Aichele and Robert Allen to its board; they had been serving as members of the agency's executive committee.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
During final arguments Wednesday on who should get Philadelphia's second casino license, applicants' lawyers took potshots at other proposals and dismissed SugarHouse Casino's argument that there are too few gamblers to support another casino. At the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's hearing in Harrisburg, the applicants, as well as SugarHouse and a neighborhood group opposed to the Provence, were allowed 15 minutes to summarize their cases without introducing any new evidence.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to freshman Matt Cerruti's increased playing time and maturation over the last two months, Lower Moreland's bid for the District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball title remains alive. Cerruti scored 17 points, including the deciding basket with 5.5 seconds to go, to help the Lions overcome a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter and rally for a 59-58 semifinal victory over stunned Pope John Paul II on Wednesday evening at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. The 6-foot-1, 140-pound Cerruti, a sixth man who netted eight points in the first half and nine in the second, decided matters with a left-side, pull-up jumper.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER COUNTY Three months after it took control of the troubled Chester County SPCA, a newly constituted 20-member board is divided over how to operate the shelter for Chester and Delaware Counties' stray animals, board members say. Evidence of the discord became public Saturday when executive director Emily Simmons called West Goshen police to remove two board members and two volunteers from the property, according to police. The volunteers were told to leave and not come back.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Housing Authority board member Nelson A. Diaz is resigning, citing a federal decision that he cannot serve unless his law firm stops doing PHA legal work. In a letter to City Council President Darrell Clark, Diaz said he would leave the nine-member board April 1. He said he was being forced off by an unnamed person who complained to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about Dilworth, Paxton, Diaz's law firm, having contracts with PHA. "Someone wants me off the board by seeking an excuse from HUD," Diaz said in the two-page letter, "and, trying not to embarrass anyone, I will resign.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's top crime-fighter wants to take on new territory: District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday he is seeking a seat on Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees. Williams is a 1989 graduate and a "legacy" - his father went to Penn State in the 1940s when black students couldn't live on campus by way of unofficial school policy. During his own time there, Williams said, he headed the black student caucus, led a march from Penn State to Harrisburg protesting the school's investments in South Africa and was president of student government in his senior year.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University has scheduled a special meeting of the board of trustees for Monday afternoon. While no agenda was made public, the cutting of seven varsity sports has been front and center for Temple president Neil D. Theobald, who has said the university was revisiting the cuts and looked to have a resolution by the end of February. In December, the trustees, on Theobald's recommendation, voted to cut baseball, softball, men's indoor and spring track and field, men's gymnastics, men's crew, and women's rowing.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A new governing body for Rutgers-Camden, in its first meeting Friday, took a series of quick administrative actions, including appointing two members to a board that has eminent domain power in the city. Though it is still two gubernatorial appointments short, the board voted to fill positions on a joint panel with Rowan University that is expected to oversee the development of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden. "The [Rutgers] board wanted to get started, Rutgers wanted to get started, I wanted to get started.
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