June 22, 2016
ISSUE | IRS CHIEF Censure not enough Why hasn't the U.S. attorney general indicted IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for failing to provide information demanded by Congress related to an investigation into targeting of groups seeking tax-exempt status, lying to investigators, dragging his feet in producing key evidence, and lying about destroyed emails? His actions surely warrant more than censure by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. |Dick Jones, Ocean City, N.J.
June 13, 2016
William C. Kashatus is a historian, educator, and writer Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, affirmed the protections of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by ruling that a suspect must be clearly informed prior to any questioning that he has the right to remain silent and that anything he says can be used against him in a court of law; that he has the right to the presence of an attorney; and...
June 9, 2016 |
A woman who had a front-row seat at many of the events mentioned in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal racketeering conspiracy indictment testified for the defense at his trial Tuesday. But if Maisha Leek, the congressman's former chief of staff and campaign fund-raising director, knew anything exceptionally beneficial to his defense or to the prosecutors seeking to convict him, she managed to keep it to herself. One of the most closely connected, yet unindicted, members of Fattah's inner circle to testify so far, Leek worked closely with Herbert Vederman, the wealthy fund-raiser accused of bribing the congressman over several years.
June 8, 2016 |
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen still wants to raise interest rates, but won't boost the price of money just yet. "I continue to think that the federal funds rate will probably need to rise gradually over time to ensure price stability and maximum sustainable employment in the longer run," which is the Fed's job, Yellen said in remarks Monday to the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia. She and her Federal Open Market Committee colleagues don't think weak hiring reports for May and April mean the economy is slowing.
June 4, 2016
By Michael Elkin Is America ready to nominate its first alte kaker as president of the United States? A Jewish phrase used to describe a crusty, grumpy old man, alte kaker has found its candidate in this topsy-turvy season of unconventional conventions and political satire passing for reality. Is it any wonder the Yiddish dictionary has a picture of Bernie Sanders grimacing right next to the phrase's definition? Well, it should. Because Sanders epitomizes that 1 percent of the population that uses age as an excuse - or a reason - to bristle and bray at anything or anybody that gets on their nerves, with immunity granted for senior citizens stocked with the enmity and agita that comes with having seen it all. He's not Bernie, he's my granddad.
May 31, 2016 |
A wrong turn on the way home from Taco Bell changed Adam Thiel's life. It was 24 years ago when the then-19-year-old student at American University got lost returning to campus and passed a firehouse advertising free EMT lessons. Thiel, impressed by the emergency responders who rushed his father to the hospital when he was dying of cancer, signed up and never looked back. "Once I got hooked, I was all in," said Thiel, Philadelphia's new fire commissioner. Thiel, 43, is the first non-Philadelphian to lead the city's fire department.
May 26, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Check out the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's within this 6,000-square-foot space with an entrance bathed in LED panels showcasing malls the company owns all over the country that PREIT chief executive officer Joseph Coradino was working his sales magic. Since landing in Vegas on Saturday, he has been selling the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East, the company's latest baby, at the nation's largest retail and real estate annual confab, known as ReCon, which will conclude Wednesday.
May 24, 2016 |
Whitney S. Kellett has been hired as chief information officer at the Bryn Mawr-based water utility Aqua America Inc. She spent the last four years as vice president of information technology at Atlas Energy Group L.L.C. Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has hired Jane Sobieski as senior vice president in its commercial banking area. She had been a senior relationship manager for Bank of America. Tabula Rasa HealthCare Inc., a Moorestown firm that operates the drug-software maker CareKinesis, among other brands, has hired Kristen Propp as creative director.
May 23, 2016 |
A pint of ice cream, lurking innocently in the freezer, is a dangerous thing. Chris Gheysens, 45, Wawa chief executive, knows it all too well. "My favorite Wawa ice cream is cookie dough. I've definitely been known to double dip, maybe triple dip. "But, if I want a Wawa treat, I'm a cheesecake smoothie guy," Gheysens said. "They are amazing and reduce stress with the first sip. " Stress reduction matters to someone like Gheysens, who leads a company that is growing by a store a week.
May 22, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - John Quigley, a longtime environmental advocate and fixture in Pennsylvania politics, resigned Friday as the state's top environmental officer, days after a private email he wrote stoked the latest controversy over his tenure. The Wolf administration would not say why Quigley abruptly left his post as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Gov. Wolf named the DEP's policy director, Patrick McDonnell, as acting secretary. "I thank John Quigley for his service to the commonwealth, and I look forward to working with Patrick McDonnell," the governor said in a statement.