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NEWS
February 23, 2016
There's some advice on doing battle, often attributed to Napoleon, that says: Don't interfere if your enemy is making a mistake. That wisdom seems to be in use now in the Second Congressional District, where three Democrats are challenging U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid for a 12th term. Fattah, as you may have heard, is scheduled to start a federal trial on racketeering charges on May 2 - six days after the April 26 primary. His primary opponents sure hope you've heard about it. Because they are loathe to speak a word about Fattah's legal woes.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
A GROUP of city educators who think their union has grown complacent and needs challenging is making a run at the leadership of the powerful Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The Caucus of Working Educators, a grassroots group of about 500 school staffers and others, said it has tried to effect change - more contact with members, better organization of the union's 11,000-plus members, a stronger focus on social justice - from the inside. "But we just felt like we were hitting our head against a brick wall," said Kelley Collings, a teacher at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences who is running for a vice president position.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
A group of city educators who think their union has grown complacent and needs challenging is making a run at the leadership of the powerful Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The Caucus of Working Educators, a grassroots group of about 500 school staffers and others, said it has tried to effect change - more contact with members, better organization of the union's 11,000-plus members, a stronger focus on social justice - from the inside. "But we just felt like we were hitting our head against a brick wall," said Kelley Collings, a teacher at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences who is running for a vice president position.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Admitting a 20-year whiff in bringing competition to the $20 billion cable-TV box industry, federal regulators voted Thursday to open cable-box standards for Google and other technology companies. The goal is for them to devise new ways for consumers to search TV channels and on-demand streaming on television. The Federal Communications Commission voted along partisan lines, with three Democrats voting for the proposal and two Republicans voting against it. The measure, if ultimately successful, could undermine a longtime profit center for Comcast and pay-TV companies that have a monopoly on the business of leasing tens of millions of cable, or set-top, boxes to consumers.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A coalition of environmental groups and private citizens announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit challenging New Jersey's recently revised rules for development in the state's coastal zone. The plaintiffs allege that regulations the state Department of Environmental Protection adopted last year would "open up the coast area to more at-risk development where there should be less," and that the DEP had overstepped its statutory authority. The coalition includes Environment New Jersey and Save Barnegat Bay. It filed its suit Friday with the Superior Court Appellate Division, which hears challenges to state agencies' actions.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
With a new book, Booker aims for healing. A2. For Christie, a list of challenges back home. A19. Kasich's sunnier tone. Michael Smerconish, C1.
NEWS
February 15, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
For the foreseeable future, Gov. Christie likely will not be talking about terrorism, the international refugee crisis, illegal immigration to the United States, or Marco Rubio's debating skills. But as the former presidential candidate returns to Trenton, people there definitely will be all ears to hear his views on pressing issues closer to home: New Jersey's underfunded pension system for public employees, Atlantic City's financial crisis, and the state's nearly depleted fund for roads and bridges.
NEWS
February 15, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Images of cars, patio furniture, and chunks of ice floating in floodwaters during last month's powerful storm brought home to the public that the infrastructure along the Jersey Shore's back bays needs to be fortified. It's a situation that barrier island residents like Chris Rakus have experienced year after year. "The beachfront always gets a lot of attention . . . but it's back here that the real damage happens whenever there is flooding. And it seems like it's getting worse and more frequent," said Rakus, whose family lost two cars last month and spent days cleaning up the first level of their home, a block from the bay here.
SPORTS
February 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
All the physical measurables check out, but there are other reasons one of Temple's most important football recruits gets his highest grade. Most notably is his will to compete. Yes, that is said about most recruits. But Anthony Russo's actions showed his willingness to take on the challenge when accepting a scholarship from the Owls. Temple, according to those who make a living by ranking recruiting classes, did well with its 2016 group. The late addition of four-star defensive lineman Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia's Prep Charter elevated Temple's grade.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane asked Superior Court on Friday to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that tossed out key charges against three Pennsylvania State University leaders in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The three judges last month overturned a lower-court ruling that upheld obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against former president Graham B. Spanier; Gary Schultz, a former vice president; and Tim Curley, a former athletic director, along with perjury charges against Spanier and Schultz.
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