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July 22, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The state Ethics Commission has launched a formal investigation into allegations that four Philadelphia legislators were captured on tape accepting money during an undercover sting investigation. The Ethics Commission revealed the investigation in a letter sent late last week to Gene Stilp, a Harrisburg activist. Stilp filed a complaint March 18 against the four Democratic lawmakers, two days after The Inquirer disclosed the existence of the long-running sting and that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had shut it down.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's finances are improving and are likely to continue doing so through 2019. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) board made that optimistic determination Monday when it unanimously approved the city's five-year plan. The city's fiscal overseers cautioned, however, that various risks were still associated with the Nutter administration's long-term budget, including unresolved labor contracts, the School District's fiscal crisis, and the pension fund.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
FOUR PENNSYLVANIA state legislators have sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" over the way it interprets laws that allow some places such as pop-up beer gardens to run continuously, and demanding an end to the practice. Under the law, liquor licensees can purchase a catering permit to serve alcohol for a few hours during private events, such as weddings, held at unlicensed locations. Instead, the licensees have been buying multiple permits at one time and using them interchangeably to run beer gardens for weeks at a time.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under pressure for its handling of sexual-assault cases, Swarthmore College turned to an outsider to oversee them: a retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. The college last fall hired Jane Greenspan, who has decades of experience as a trial and appeals judge and who now works as a professional mediator and arbitrator. "They wanted a neutral person, not connected to the college or the students," Greenspan said. "I just listen to them and try to make the correct decision, as I would in any arbitration.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2014
Jeffrey Helphrey was named to the board of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council . He is a manager at Wouch, Maloney & Co. L.L.P., Horsham. Anthony M. Padula , medical director at Independence Blue Cross, has been elected the 153d president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society . Riddle HealthCare Foundation elected the following members: Natalie D. Ramsey , partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., Philadelphia; William H. Clinger , retired president of William H. Clinger Corp.; and Chris Smith , vice president, commercial banking group, Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Widener University named Sophia Wisniewska , regional chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former chancellor of Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus, and Daniel Hartney , a senior business-management major from Scotia, N.Y., to its board of trustees.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rick Ritter, a member of the Coatesville Area School District board, resigned this week, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Ritter served during the texting scandal that led the district's former superintendent to resign about a year ago and led some residents to call for all board members serving at the time to step down. In a resignation letter Ritter submitted to the district Monday, he gave no indication that his exit was related to the fallout from the scandal, saying, "It was truly an honor to serve.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A controversial proposed subdivision in the Gill Tract section of Haddonfield is slated Tuesday to come before the borough Planning Board. Local developer Mark DeFeo is seeking permission to divide 605 Warwick Rd. into three lots. The plan also calls for tearing down the large stone house on the slightly more than one-acre property. The subdivision has sparked strong opposition, not to mention many lawn signs, well beyond the property's immediate neighborhood. Critics - including civic activists from other sections - say the redevelopment will be out of scale with the neighborhood, eroding its character, as they say other developments have in other parts of town.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing seems certain: The makeup and size of Pennsylvania State University's embattled board of trustees will change. But how much and what impact the changes will have remain uncertain, as alumni-elected board members remain locked in a struggle for a louder voice on the 32-member body. The board plans to hold a special meeting in August to review proposed changes and aims to vote in September, trying perhaps to preempt legislation now in the state Senate to shrink the board.
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