March 28, 2016 |
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 is a labor and political juggernaut known for doling out campaign cash, tormenting nonunion workers, and swinging elections - and, occasionally, their fists. Under the leadership of John Dougherty, the union has all but conquered Philadelphia with a sophisticated ground game and hardball tactics. Now, it's going airborne. Dougherty, known as "Johnny Doc" to friends and foes alike, recently complemented his army of Local 98 electricians with a small fleet of drones to hover over disputed work sites with high-definition video cameras.
March 17, 2016 |
The Delaware County native who was killed Sunday afternoon in Maryland while on duty as an undercover police officer was "deliberately" shot by a fellow officer who did not recognize him and who viewed him as an armed threat, the department's chief said Wednesday. However, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said he did not believe the officer acted with "any malice" when he discharged his gun at Jacai Colson, a narcotics officer who was in plain clothes. At a news conference in Maryland, Stawinski declined to release other details, saying he had not yet taken statements from all of the officers involved.
March 11, 2016 |
EAGLES OWNER Jeffrey Lurie should just end the charade. The day after he fired coach/general manager Chip Kelly on Dec. 29, Lurie danced around the issue of whether that meant executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman would return to his role of controlling player personnel after a one-season banishment to the catacombs of the NovaCare Center. "In terms of the front office and the executives and all that, Howie Roseman will remain as executive vice president in charge of football operations," Lurie said.
March 11, 2016 |
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two draft picks and fined by the NFL for violating the league's anti-tampering policy because of "improper contact" with Jeremy Maclin when the wide receiver left the Eagles for Kansas City last offseason. The Chiefs lost a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick and were fined $250,000. Andy Reid, the former Eagles coach who now coaches the Chiefs, was fined $75,000. General manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000. The league said the Chiefs had "direct communications" with Maclin during the open negotiating period.
March 10, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - On again, off again, on again, kind of like a faucet. That would be an apt way to describe Atlantic City's actions to protect its water utility from takeover by either a corporate water company or the county's utility authority. On Tuesday, City Council President Marty Small once again embraced the strategy of making the Municipal Utility Authority (MUA) a city department - an action supported by both the state-appointed emergency manager and Mayor Don Guardian, but at which council has balked twice in recent months.
March 7, 2016 |
There was no superstar on the floor for the Cherokee boys' basketball team Saturday. There hasn't been one all season, as a matter of fact. But it's been more a strength than a weakness for the Chiefs, and that rang true in a 45-42 win over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "We're a complete team," Cherokee coach Eric Cassidy said. "Every night it looks like we have a different leading scorer. " The leading scorer Saturday for the second-seeded hosts was Kevin Brown, who scored 18 points thanks to four three-pointers, including one in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
February 29, 2016 |
Just a month before the Philadelphia mayoral primary last year, the Carpenters' union in New Jersey used a circuitous route to funnel $725,000 to a group supporting Jim Kenney's candidacy. The donation baffled local political observers, who did not know what to make of the out-of-state branch openly challenging Ed Coryell Sr., the longtime leader of the Carpenters in Philadelphia who was backing Kenney's chief rival, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. Now, given Coryell's unexpected ouster from union leadership, last year's primary plot twist highlights a power struggle involving unseen political forces, the movement of campaign funds from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., to the Philadelphia mayor's race and a simmering civil war between unions at the Convention Center.
February 27, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Will Fuller will run the 40-yard dash at the combine on Saturday, when the Notre Dame receiver and Roman Catholic alum is expected to have one of the draft's best times. "I'm shooting for a mid-4.3, something around a 4.35 would be real good for me, I believe," Fuller said. Fuller is considered perhaps the best deep threat in the draft, but he also wants to prove his route-running and catching ability during the position drills. "That's a big thing that I've been working on is attacking the ball and not letting it eat me up," Fuller said.
February 26, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy took his oath Wednesday as one of the Army's top civilian officials, assuming oversight of the branch's vast business affairs. Murphy, a Democrat who represented Bucks County, was sworn in as undersecretary of the Army, the branch's second-ranking civilian post. He has also taken on the duties of the top job, secretary of the Army, because that job is vacant. He has served as acting secretary since Jan. 7. "We are asking so much of our soldiers and our civilians and their families, and it's so great to be back on the Army team to fight for them," said Murphy, who served as a military lawyer with the 82nd Airborne Division.
February 26, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - Four years ago, Andy Reid got fired by the Eagles and then hired by the Chiefs and immediately turned a 2-14 eyesore into an 11-5 playoff team. From the outside looking in, it seemed so easy. But Doug Pederson, who followed Big Red to Kansas City as his offensive coordinator, said Wednesday that appearances can be deceiving. "Our first year there with coach Reid, we tried to have some of that mentality where we're going to make the people there fit what we do," Pederson said at the NFL Scouting Combine.