January 9, 2016 |
"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. " - Louis Brandeis The impulse to ferret corruption from politics corrupts the criminal justice system when it causes overzealous prosecutors and judges to improvise novel interpretations of the law of bribery. Consider Robert McDonnell's case. Virginia's former Republican governor has been sentenced to prison for actions that he could not have reasonably anticipated would be declared felonies under a dangerous judicial expansion of federal law defining bribery of public officials.
January 7, 2016 |
HOW MANY business owners are asked to take a position with their labor union? The fact that Edward E. Gardiner, president of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Wilkes-Barre, was asked to serve as a trustee of Teamsters Local 401, which represented his employees, was indicative of how he and his fellow executives treated their workers. "Edward became known for his disciplined and fair business practices, and for his profound respect for his workers," his family said. Edward Ernst Gardiner, a direct descendant of the founder of the Schmidt Brewing Co., a Marine veteran, a master craftsman and a woodworker, and a devoted family man, died Dec. 26 after having a joyful Christmas with his family.
December 25, 2015 |
Colin Caton Carpi, 84, of Penn Valley, a veteran, businessman and entrepreneur, died Thursday, Dec. 10, of progressive heart failure. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, he was a devoted father and grandfather who maintained lifelong curiosity, a love of learning, and optimism. "He was such an engaging human being. He always had a warm smile for everybody," said Jennifer Moller, his oldest child. "You saw him, he smiled, regardless of who the person was. " An honors graduate of the Haverford School, Princeton University, and Harvard Business School, Mr. Carpi was a voracious reader who delved into history, philosophy, physical sciences, religion, music and more, according to his family.
November 21, 2015 |
Lenny Bazemore remembers heating pots of water on the stove to fill the bathtub. He remembers waiting his turn and bathing in dirty water. He remembers hunger. He remembers poverty. "We didn't have much, but we had love, we had family," Bazemore said. "We didn't have much, but we had each other. " On Thursday, Bazemore, 46, now a successful businessman, sought to honor the family of his childhood best friend, who lived across the street in Norristown. He had purchased the family's home after the parents died, planning to flip it for a profit.
October 21, 2015 |
IN A STANDING-room-only courtroom yesterday, a federal judge sentenced a Southwest Philly automobile businessman to three years' probation in the Traffic Court ticket-fixing case. Henry Alfano, 69, known as "Eddie," got caught up in the scandal by using his longstanding connection to a then-retired Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, Fortunato Perri Sr., to get traffic tickets "fixed" for some of Alfano's friends and business associates. In exchange, prosecutors have said, Alfano gave Perri free seafood, porn videos and car repairs.
October 14, 2015 |
While a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, one of the oldest military units in the United States, Charles Lee McIlvaine III raised his hand to help with almost anything. When President Richard Nixon visited Philadelphia in the 1970s, Mr. McIlvaine served as one of his body guards from the troop. He volunteered for the Vietnam War. He gave 39 years of service to the National Guard. "It was a big part of his life," said his wife of 45 years, Susan McIlvaine. "Charlie was just always there to help anybody who needed it. " Mr. McIlvaine, 71, of Wyndmoor, a devoted military member and a retired employee of the insurance and financial sectors, died Tuesday, Sept.
August 5, 2015 |
Expecting a $15 million windfall in September 2011 from a deal involving pre-IPO Facebook shares, Montgomery County businessman Timothy D. Burns agreed to buy a bayside house in Avalon for $4.6 million. When the Facebook deal did not happen as expected, Burns stole from clients of his money-management firm and another business to pay cash for the 4,380-square-foot house. Bad move. At Burns' sentencing hearing Monday in federal court in Philadelphia for the Avalon deal and other fraud totaling more than $19 million, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis said he would give Burns credit for his role in the recent conviction of another fraudster, California-based Troy Stratos.
July 12, 2015 |
N. Leroy Kirk, 83, a lifelong resident of Broomall and a self-made businessman, died Tuesday, June 23, of complications from diabetes at Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Known as "Le" to those close to him, Mr. Kirk was the son of Nelson L. and Katharine Lewis Kirk. A gentle man with a sense of humor, he was a birthright Quaker who lived a life "of peace and principle," his family said in a remembrance. After graduating from George School in 1950, Mr. Kirk studied engineering at Drexel University's night school.
June 19, 2015 |
Daniel Wallace Jackson, 69, of Philadelphia, a business and family man, died Saturday, June 13, of complications from pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Leonard and Julia Jackson. Early on, religion claimed an important role in his life. He was baptized at age 10 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and in 2011 returned to worship there. He became a deacon a year later. Known as "Brother Dan" to friends and church members, Mr. Jackson completed his primary and secondary education in the city before graduating from Howard University in Washington.
June 10, 2015 |
Alvin Davis, 78, formerly of Wynnewood, a businessman who recognized the potential of the Super Soaker and saw the toy water gun rocket to worldwide popularity in 1990 after he agreed to manufacture it, has died. Mr. Davis died Friday, June 5, from injuries he sustained in a fall while doing a repair at his summer home in Linville, N.C., his family said. Although a resident of Naples, Fla., for the last decade, Mr. Davis was born in Philadelphia. He spent his childhood in South Philadelphia and Wynnefield.