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November 5, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Angelo Fichera, and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
The GOP gained exclusivity over the Burlington County Freeholder Board - which it has controlled for nearly four decades - when Republican newcomers knocked out two Democratic incumbents in Tuesday's race. Republican Kate Gibbs, a union administrator, and her running mate, Ryan Peters, a lawyer and Navy SEAL, captured seats on the five-member board, upsetting Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz. The defeat ruined the Democrats' hope that they could win a third seat next year and seize control of the board when a presidential race is expected to bring a heavy Democratic turnout in New Jersey.
SPORTS
November 5, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
76ers coach Brett Brown said it was one of the best things he had heard in a while. Jahlil Okafor approached Brown in the locker room Monday after the team's loss to Cleveland. The rookie center told Brown that he wanted to become a better defensive rebounder. Okafor had grabbed just one defensive rebound in the game. He wanted his coach to help him improve. "You just want to hug him right there and then on the spot," Brown said. "Anybody that has that mind-set to truly want to do it, that's the starting place - to be able to make hits, follow flights of balls, and understand the logical place that balls will come off based on the angle they were shot.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2015
Sarah A. Eastburn , an attorney at Eastburn and Gray P.C., has been elected to the board of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra . The Philadelphia Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Philadelphia Police Department, has elected the following board members: Gregory P. Montanaro, Drexel University's senior adviser to the president for external affairs & executive director of Federal Affairs/Office of Government and Community Relations;...
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an election year where local races dominate the ballot, the four candidates for two seats on the Republican-controlled Burlington County Freeholder Board are getting attention by raising some unusual issues. The Republican candidates, who have never sought political office before, are accusing the Democratic incumbents of being too friendly with their GOP counterparts on the board and for voting "yes" too often on agenda items in the last three years. In the Nov. 3 contest between Republicans Kate Gibbs and Ryan Peters and Democrats Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz, taxes are another issue, but the candidates differ widely on which of the three taxes controlled by the county freeholders should be raised.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved an expansion at Parx Casino in Benesalem, that will add 268 slot machines and boost annual revenue by and estimated $15 million to $20 million. Parx, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., had $507.6 million in gambling revenue in the 12 months ended June 30, ranking second in Pennsylvania behind Sands Bethlehem. A portion of the expansion, which will increase Parx's gaming floor 15 percent by expanding into space that is currently unused, will be ready to open Nov. 5, Parx officials told Gaming Board members.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Mildly pornographic. " No worse than what "appears commonly in Playboy. " That was what a Pennsylvania board determined late last year when it cleared state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin of misconduct even though he had received about 50 pornographic emails on state computers. The Judicial Conduct Board, under fire for its role in the so-called Porngate scandal, has offered a rare glimpse into its normally secret workings by publicly explaining its reasons for clearing Eakin.
NEWS
October 20, 2015
IF YOU ever wondered what the Pennsylvania Board of Education does, the answer is . . . not much. Not much at all, according to a critical report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The 21-member board is tasked with creating and updating the Commonwealth Master Plan for education. It's independent of the state Department of Education, which has the job of implementing and overseeing the policies set by the board. The Board of Education has regulatory power over an array of educational issues: school performance, staff certification, school finance and transportation, to name a few. As DePasquale's report put it last week, the board is supposed to provide a "road map" for education policy in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
PJM Interconnection's board on Thursday authorized 11 improvements to the electrical transmission grid in its 13-state region. The regional grid manager, which is based in Valley Forge, said the projects are expected to cost $59 million and will yield $815 million in savings over 15 years. The projects, which are enhancements to the existing transmission system rather than new lines, include three upgrades in Pennsylvania, all located near the Susquehanna River south of Harrisburg.
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