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July 27, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
David I. Lesser was a good enough friend to Robert Petril that Mr. Lesser and his wife, Gale, shared both of Petril's honeymoons. The Lessers "took us away to a timeshare in Newport, Rhode Island, which they owned," Petril said, soon after Petril married his first wife, Sherry, in the early 1990s. Vacationing from their two apartments, "it was a wonderful time for the four of us. " After his first wife died, Petril said, "I became engaged while out to dinner with David and Gale.
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July 25, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday named Mary Isenhour, a key aide and Democratic Party veteran, to be his new chief of staff, one day after Katie McGinty resigned for what many observers believe will be a U.S. Senate campaign. A former state Democratic Party leader and political strategist, Isenhour had been Wolf's director of legislative affairs. "She is stepping into some very big shoes," the governor said during a Capitol news conference. But he said she knows how to manage people and has the ability to work with the Republican-controlled legislature.
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July 24, 2015 | Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Melissa Murray Bailey, the Republican nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, called Wednesday for the immediate resignation of the head of the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, vowing to "reform this corrupt institution. " A spokeswoman for Democratic nominee Jim Kenney said Wednesday that L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams would not keep his job in a Kenney administration. "If Jim's elected, Carlton Williams won't be the L&I commissioner in 2016," said Lauren Hitt, the spokeswoman.
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July 22, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
The head of the Temple University faculty union said that board of trustees chairman Patrick O'Connor's representation of comedian Bill Cosby in a sexual-assault lawsuit posed a conflict of interest and that O'Connor should "seriously consider" stepping down. Art Hochner, president of the Temple Association of University Professionals, said Monday that O'Connor should have either stepped down from the Temple board before representing Cosby in 2005, or asked Cosby to find another lawyer.
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July 15, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NAACP's national leader said Monday that the group was strong as ever and vowed that it would fight with renewed intensity on behalf of African Americans to defend freedoms under attack decades after the height of the civil rights movement. In a rousing keynote speech at the NAACP's national convention in Philadelphia, Cornell William Brooks urged members to emulate the bravery of previous generations who risked their lives with demonstrations and marches to bring about change.
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July 14, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was hired as superintendent of Rose Tree Media School District in 2011, James Wigo was called the "best of the best" by the consultant who brought him to the school board's attention. Now, after several personnel moves have shaken the 3,800-student district - including the firing of a beloved elementary principal and the hiring of a middle school principal who subsequently was arrested and pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography - the 64-year-old superintendent is the one on slippery ground.
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July 8, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alan Greenberger will end his seven-year run as deputy mayor for economic development and commerce at the end of the year. The Inquirer took a ride with Greenberger, 64, last week to talk about his time in office and some of the significant developments under his watch, including rewriting of the city's mammoth zoning code, redevelopment of the Gallery and Market East, and the makeover of the Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad. Question: What was your economic development strategy coming into this new administration in 2008?
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June 26, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The dispute over whether Cooper University Hospital should take over emergency medical services in Camden intensified Wednesday, as the CEO of one of the current providers suggested that the legislative process was resembling "communist China. " Cooper quickly shot back, pointing to data released by Camden County claiming that Virtua frequently does not meet industry standards for response times. At issue is a bill, introduced this month and expected to reach the Legislature for a vote Thursday, that would let Cooper take over paramedic and basic life services in the city.
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June 24, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines for ethics violations in connection with efforts to secure a raise for his brother, a commissioners' employee. Clark, in a settlement reached with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, agreed that he failed to properly notify the city of his ability to affect his brother's pay, remove himself from discussions involving that pay, and cooperate with an investigation into his actions. That last charge was evidenced by an implied threat Clark made to the commissioners' budget officer when he learned she was to talk to investigators in the case.
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June 19, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County Court judge said Wednesday that he needed more time to decide whether some of the 47 charges against the former Coatesville school superintendent amounted to crimes, or were just violations of the state school code. "We're talking about the criminal code," said Judge Thomas G. Gavin, who recently took over the case. Gavin spoke at a hearing in West Chester in which the lawyer for former Superintendent Richard Como asked him to dismiss most of the charges, claiming a lack of evidence.
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