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June 10, 2014
Lisa Lori , a partner in the litigation department at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, has been elected to the board of trustees of Marywood University . Liberty Lutheran , an Ambler nonprofit human-service organization, named Linda Breckenridge and Rick Stephan to its board. Breckenridge is a former science faculty member of the School District of Upper Dublin. Stephan was founder, president and CEO of NewSeasons Assisted Living Communities prior to establishing RickStephan & Associates.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The two-month-old joint board of Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden has quickly become a quasi-government entity that hopes to steer development toward Camden. Forgoing a formal search, the board has hired a $275,000-a-year chief executive to guide expansion of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden, using eminent domain, if needed. It's also leasing office space in the city. Calling new CEO Kris Kolluri, a former political aide and state transportation commissioner, "very qualified," board member Robert Mortensen added, "the process . . . did not, in my opinion, include the proper preliminary work," including establishing a job description and conducting a search.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE FINANCIAL fracas between local NAACP leader J. Whyatt Mondesire, who was ousted from that post last month, and a trio of former friends started with a $500 check written for the group's 2013 fundraising "gala. " Sid Booker, a board member of the NAACP and Next Generation Community Development Corp., a nonprofit Mondesire runs, wrote that check for the gala. Booker later noticed the check was not listed in the NAACP's gala records and, according to filings in a lawsuit filed in Common Pleas Court, he could not get an explanation from Mondesire.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
In North Camden, five men made their way down State Street on Wednesday morning, taking the city's problem of abandoned properties into their own hands, one building at a time. Broken windows and doors were replaced with sturdy boards decorated with painted foliage. Red flowers were planted along the sidewalk. Those in the group, all but one of whom live within a few blocks of where they were working, had jobs to keep them occupied and help pay the bills. "I feel like I'm cleaning up the city, giving it a better name," said Jose Porrata Jr., who lives around the corner.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - The ongoing fight between Rutgers University and New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney flared again Monday as a legislative panel backed his controversial proposal to expand the school's board of governors. The bill would increase from 15 members to 19. Twelve would be political appointees - 10 by the governor, one by the Senate president, and one by the Assembly speaker. The 59-member board of trustees would continue to appoint the seven remaining members of the board of governors.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOUR YEARS ago, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey was looking for more leeway in how to deal with misbehaving cops. Frustrated by a disciplinary code that hadn't been updated in ages, Ramsey implemented a new one that gave him the power to dish out harsher punishments. Police union officials cried foul because the new code hadn't been negotiated, and they filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board alleging an unfair-labor practice. This week, the board sided with the union, saying in a ruling that the changes should have been bargained.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Board of Ethics announced its first enforcement action under the city's lobbying ordinance Thursday, fining the Philadelphia School Partnership $1,500 for an 18-month delay in registering as a lobbying organization and filing required financial disclosures. The partnership, a nonprofit that has raised millions with a goal of improving public, private, and charter schools, signed a settlement agreeing to pay the fine and to file reports outlining its 2012 and 2013 lobbying costs.
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