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May 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will spend about 3 percent more for transit operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1, and it will nearly double its spending on major construction and repair projects, thanks to an infusion of state money. The SEPTA board unanimously approved a $1.33 billion operating budget and a $572 million capital budget Thursday, without discussion. The operating budget, which includes no fare increases, provides money for a pilot program to resume 24-hour-a-day subway service on weekends, beginning this summer.
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.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2014
Esther McGinnis has been elected to the board of Gannett Fleming Inc. , Harrisburg provider of construction management service. She is a senior vice president and director of the firm's Eastern Pennsylvania Region, which includes its Valley Forge and Philadelphia offices. Stradley Ronon partner Lisa Duda has been appointed to the board of directors of Drueding Center , Holy Redeemer Health System's transitional housing and comprehensive counseling program for homeless women and children.
REAL_ESTATE
May 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A few weeks back, a reader asked for reasons why a wood floor was starting to extrude chips and slivers from between the boards. Doug Sandilands, of Shamrock Flooring in Aston, says it's his guess that the chips and slivers coming out of the floors are from an older type of waxed prefinished floors the industry called Kromar. "These boards are 5/16 inches thick by two inches wide," Sandilands said. "However, the depth from the face of the board to the tongue and groove is only about 1/16 of an inch.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - For the second year in a row, candidates endorsed by an alumni group dissatisfied with Pennsylvania State University's handling of the child sexual abuse scandal swept the elections for three open seats on the Board of Trustees. Their selection almost certainly means that the voice calling for late football coach Joe Paterno to be honored and the university to be exonerated will grow louder in the coming months, especially with the heft of a major financial figure, a former state senator, and a professor.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Continuing a public dispute that has embroiled the Philadelphia NAACP, two board members this week filed a petition to obtain financial records for a nonprofit controlled by the local chapter's president. Sid Booker and the Rev. Elisha Morris, the board members, and J. Whyatt Mondesire, the president, were suspended last month by the national office of the NAACP pending an internal review of the dispute. A third board member, Donald Birts, also was suspended. In the petition, filed in Common Pleas Court, Booker and Morris argue that they have a right to review the documents because they are board members of the nonprofit, Next Generation Community Development Corp.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN More than 200 protesters marched into the Camden school board meeting Tuesday night, chanting "Save our schools" and carrying signs, to protest ongoing and expected changes to the district. The group, organized by the teachers union, the Camden Education Association, and Save Our Schools New Jersey, was mostly teachers but included some students and parents, who held signs reading "Education Is Not for Sale" and "Layoffs Hurt. " They chanted from their seats while the board met in closed session, breaking into calls of "Please start the meeting" around the 90-minute mark.
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