February 13, 2016
The state Court of Judicial Discipline on Thursday ordered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to confirm that she has already provided the tribunal copies of all the emails by suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin that contain "sexually explicit, misogynistic, ethnically insensitive, racist or homophobic material. " Kane's office has already handed over to the tribunal a huge cache of Eakin's emails. Those copies later formed the basis of the judicial court's case filed against him in December.
February 12, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has fined the owner of Parx Casino, in Bensalem, $10,000 for allowing two gamblers on the gaming board's self-exclusion list to obtain cash advances. The two gamblers were charged with criminal trespass, the board said. Gambling regulators also fined Mount Airy Casino, in Mount Pocono, $15,000 for using non-approved roulette chips and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, in Grantville, $7,500 for leaving eight uncounted decks of cards on the gaming floor for three days.
February 11, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board sharply criticized Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday, saying she had failed to comply with a subpoena aimed at making sure she had turned over all offensive emails sent or received by state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. Kane learned of the content of Eakin's emails after discovering that they had been captured on government computers because he exchanged them with a friend who worked in her office. She had previously given large numbers of Eakin's emails to the judicial board, which described them as salacious, misogynistic, and racist in bringing a misconduct case against him in December.
February 5, 2016 |
The state Environmental Quality Board, which promulgates Pennsylvania's environmental regulations, on Wednesday approved controversial new rules intended to reduce the surface impacts of oil and gas drilling. The EQB, which is dominated by members of the Wolf administration, approved the new rules by a 15-4 vote. The rules will likely face a legal challenge from the industry. The last revision of the rules came in 2001, three years before the first Marcellus Shale well was drilled, launching a boom that has turned Pennsylvania into the nation's second-largest gas-producing state.
January 29, 2016
A member of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners has thrown her hat into the ring as a Democratic candidate for the seat to be vacated by House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Bill Adolph. Elaine Paul Schaefer has served six years on the board including two terms as the chairman, and is chair of the Open Space Committee. Prior to serving on the board, Schaefer co-founded and served as executive director of the Radnor Conservancy. Schaefer, an attorney, graduated from Boston College and William and Mary Law School.
January 27, 2016 |
Girard College's high school and boarding programs remain safe for the moment. Commonwealth Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that preserved both programs. The Board of Directors of City Trusts, which oversees the historic school, had sought the court's permission to temporarily jettison the boarding and secondary components to shore up Girard's long-term finances. In an opinion filed Thursday, Commonwealth Court said it "commends the board for beginning to confront the myriad of financial, educational and institutional challenges" Girard faces.
January 22, 2016 |
The state office that enforces ethical behavior by lawyers urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday to reaffirm its suspension of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's law license. Two weeks ago, Kane asked the high court to undo its unanimous order suspending her license. She did so as the state Senate moved forward on a proposal to remove her as the state's highest-ranking law enforcement official because she no longer has a license to practice law. Kane's lawyers said in her appeal that the Supreme Court's 5-0 vote in September was "incurably tainted" by the participation of Justice J. Michael Eakin, who is now facing misconduct charges because of his involvement in the so-called Porngate scandal.
January 21, 2016 |
Hoverboards were among the most in-demand gifts this past holiday season. But the motorized skateboards also have been cause for alarm. For one thing, they're known to burst into flames. In light of those cases, and scores of reported injuries from falls off them, a member of Philadelphia City Council plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would slap adults with a $25 fine if children in their care use the boards without helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. "People underestimate the dangers," said Michael Rivlin, a hand-and-arm specialist at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
January 21, 2016 |
The groups that would like to develop the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport include a real estate group funded by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), a local Philadelphia refinery, and the politically connected but unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works, Liberty Energy Trust. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns the land and plans to lease it, on Tuesday eliminated one of the seven original proposals. Six groups will now be asked to submit financial and development plans.
January 19, 2016
Barbara Wadsworth , Main Line Health senior vice president and chief nursing officer, has been named to the governing board of the Gift of Life Donor Program. Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 37,000 lifesaving organ transplants and more than 550,000 tissue transplants, and serves as the link between donors and patients awaiting transplants. The Center City Proprietors Association, a nonprofit member organization for small businesses, has elected the following officers: Linda Karp, president of Karp Marketing, president; Joe Wolf, owner of Lupine Retail Consulting, vice president; Eric Marzluf, a partner at Caesar Rivise P.C., secretary; and Suzette Mahoney, owner of the restaurant R2L, treasurer.