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NEWS
March 18, 1987 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
At least nine candidates - most of them incumbent City Council members - have filed court challenges to the campaigns of their opponents. Yesterday was the deadline for candidate challenges to be filed in Common Pleas Court. In general, the challenges concern residency claims and the validity of signatures on nominating petitions. According to information provided by the office of Common Pleas Judge Edward Blake, City Councilwoman Patricia Hughes led the list of challengers.
NEWS
September 5, 1991 | By Dave Urbanski, Special to The Inquirer
The secretary of the Laurel Springs school board, who is being fired as of Sept. 27, is challenging the board's right to fire her, a state education official said last week. Doris Walsh, who has been school board secretary for 14 years, filed a petition Aug. 21 with the state commissioner of education, arguing that she has tenure and cannot be let go without just cause. Walsh's firing, which the board approved in late July, takes effect Sept. 27. At the Aug. 21 meeting, school board Solicitor Jeffrey I. Baron said he did not believe Walsh had tenure under state law. Neither board President Raymond Rupertus nor Walsh would comment on the reason for her firing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
He's a composer, lyricist, and librettist, and in his 2005 musical See What I Wanna See, Michael John LaChiusa also is a challenger. We all see what we want to, his show says, then compellingly raises questions about whether what we perceive is real or not. Molded a little on the premise of the 1950 film Rashomon, and with a first act evocative of film noir and a second built on a fantasy, the show in both halves covers our need to seek answers....
NEWS
September 9, 2009
RE BRADLEY C. Holmes' Sept. 2 letter: If you read what Michael Smerconish wrote in his column on Mumia Abu-Jamal, why did you not read the trial transcripts? Where are the bogus reams of evidence that the judge and D.A. conspired to railroad this cop-killer, and why don't you identify the person who bragged about pulling the trigger, and what evidence is there about racist tactics by the Philadelphia court and prosecutor? You need to uncover your eyes, clean out your ears and learn the truth.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip J. Berg, having collected enough signatures from across the state, has officially become a candidate for governor on the Democratic ballot. Berg, who is challenging incumbent Gov. Casey on a pro-choice platform, filed his petition Tuesday in Harrisburg, he said. He needed 2,000 signatures, including 100 each from 10 counties. He secured about 3,800 signatures, he said, from 28 counties. In 13 of those counties, he collected more than 100 signatures. The Lafayette Hill lawyer is a former chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
SPORTS
September 11, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - As hockey prepared for its first work stoppage since the 2004-05 season was wiped out, the NHL Players Association planned to challenge a lockout before labor boards in Quebec and Alberta. The moves, if successful, could force teams to pay players on the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers during a work stoppage. The sport's labor contract expires at midnight Saturday night, and a lockout appears certain. It would be the league's fourth work stoppage since 1992.
SPORTS
April 28, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Indiana forward Ron Artest challenged San Antonio guard Bruce Bowen to a game of one-on-one for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award yesterday, a day after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized Artest and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle. "Tell his coach, 'Let's play one-on-one for the award,' " Artest said after practice. "I'll give it to him if he can beat me. " Popovich appeared Monday on a San Antonio radio station and said Bowen was more deserving of the award, which Artest won by a wide margin.
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
Karen Glanz is a behavioral epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Much of her work focuses on applying the social sciences to encourage healthy behavior in individuals and communities. She studies the effects of the environment, nutrition, and exercise on obesity and the prevention of such ailments as cancer and heart disease. Her work presents constant challenges, which Glanz relishes. It is also largely sedentary. As she puts it, "I spend a lot of time on my behind in front of a computer.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
IT'S a go-big-or-go-home campaign year for Philadelphia Traffic Court, with 23 of the 39 candidates for three open seats now facing legal challenges to their nomination petitions or financial-disclosure forms. Candidates had to file petitions with at least 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the city by March 12. The deadline to challenge those documents in Common Pleas Court was Tuesday at 5 p.m. A list of the challenged candidates can be found at ph.ly/challenge. The Philadelphia City Commission on Wednesday will select ballot positions for the candidates, with a top position often the easiest path to victory.
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NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samantha Phillips shepherded the city through hurricanes, terror threats, and the deadly Amtrak derailment in May. Recently she faced a slightly smaller challenge: persuading the Secret Service to allow water bottles during Pope Francis' appearances on the Parkway. Phillips, the city's director of emergency management, envisioned a crowd of 1.5 million people side by side on an 80-degree September afternoon. There would be elderly visitors, children, and families standing for hours.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After denying a motion to have high-powered defense attorney Jack McMahon removed from the case, a judge on Friday told state prosecutors that he had doubts about whether evidence was sufficient to support a $20 million fraud case against the Risoldi family, the politically connected Bucks County clan accused of defrauding insurers. In particular, said Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin, he was unsure whether prosecutors could credibly charge all four family members and a coconspirator with being part of a corrupt organization, the most serious allegation in the case.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
SOONER or later, someone was going to make fun of the incredible hulking obesity of the "Avengers" franchise, so Marvel was smart to keep the jokes in-house. Its nimble, amusing new "Ant-Man" has fun deflating the run-on visual giganticism of other recent comic-book adaptations - here, the title character shrinks to the size of an insect. Smaller than a minion, less powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . He's played by Paul Rudd, well-suited to the role in his capacity as cinema's most engagingly self-effacing comedian.
NEWS
July 15, 2015
ISSUE | GAY MARRIAGE A challenge that doctrine alone cannot meet The fourth of our six children - son Bob - was a happy kid, had a normal childhood, enlisted in the Air Force, and married twice ("How will church react?" July 9). Both marriages ended in divorce. After telling us he was gay, he returned home and soon thereafter took his life. He never could grasp why anyone thought he chose to be gay. Regarding the gay-marriage court decision, the more serious threats to my church's viability come from within; for example, the noticeable absence of younger people attending church.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN TWO convicted killers escaped from a New York prison last month, prompting a panicked, multistate manhunt, they had contraband-crammed hamburger to thank for their freedom: Inside the meat, a prison tailor hid hacksaw blades and a chisel, which the felons used to cut through prison walls and pipes. Here in Philly, contraband abounds in city prisons - guards seized more than 5,000 forbidden items, averaging about 10 a day - from inmates last year and through May of this year.
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing Philadelphia police officers has challenged Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's new policy making public the names of officers in police-involved shootings. Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police filed an unfair labor practice complaint Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, just hours after Ramsey announced his intention to release an officer's name within 72 hours of a police-involved shooting unless there is a threat against the officer or family.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to outsource more than 1,000 substitute-teaching jobs, awarding a $34 million contract to a Cherry Hill firm to recruit, hire, and manage the workers for two years. The unanimous vote came over the protests of the teachers' union, which currently represents subs. Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, vowed legal action, including a possible claim of unfair labor practices, and said the move was part of a plan to "privatize public education one position at a time.
SPORTS
June 17, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Aaron Nola drove to Allentown on Monday afternoon, officially beginning the next stage of his baseball career. The Phillies' top pitching prospect dominated at the double-A level. The Phillies promoted him Sunday to triple A. It was time for a new test. "I'm ready to get things started," Nola said before Lehigh Valley's game Monday night. "I'm ready to learn more of the game. I feel like I'm going to learn more over here. There's a lot of older guys. I'm going to keep my ears open and my eyes open.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Norfolk Southern Corp. touted its safety efforts in transporting crude oil in a letter to Gov. Wolf, but the railroad suggested it may file a legal challenge over some recent federal safety rules. Following the issuance of new rules by the U.S. Department of Transportation on May 8, "Norfolk Southern is still considering its legal options," the company's Chairman and CEO C.W. Moorman said in a letter delivered to Wolf on Monday. Like other railroads, Norfolk Southern was particularly "disappointed" with new rules on brakes that the railroad said would produce "little safety benefit," Moorman said.
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