April 29, 2016 |
STEPHEN J. Traitz Jr., 79, a colorful labor leader who was the central figure in the Roofers union scandal of the 1980s, died Tuesday at his farm in Trooper, Montgomery County. The barrel-chested former boxer, who attended daily Mass and did not drink liquor, was known for being polite and soft-spoken, but he was caught on FBI tapes being profane and offensive, and, a federal jury concluded, guilty of bribing Philadelphia judges with cash-filled envelopes. Richard L. Scheff, who prosecuted the case, recalled sitting five feet from Mr. Traitz during his trial, and the defendant "treated me with complete respect.
April 27, 2016 |
Blanche Carney first set foot in a jail in 1994. The experience was life-changing. Carney was a foster-care social worker at the time, with a client jailed on a minor theft charge. Carney was bringing the woman's 6-year-old daughter to visit. She still recalls how the girl jumped as each inmate's name was called, her sprint when it came time to see her mother, and the pain of tearing the child away when the visit ended. "I knew, working with children in foster care - sometimes they're in loving homes, but there's always that separation issue," she said, "and I thought, well, what are we doing for the parents?"
April 18, 2016 |
Bring up self-driving cars and Pennsylvania's transportation secretary gets enthusiastic. Leslie Richards is just as excited about using apps to understand traffic, installing smart signs to shrink gridlock, or getting rid of registration stickers. In a state where ancient infrastructure and dense development can make big transportation projects impossible, Richards likes thinking about high-tech solutions to old problems. "In some ways we're forced to really look at technology," she said, "but I welcome that.
April 14, 2016 |
TRENTON - Thousands of Atlantic City students could find their school doors locked if City Hall does not remit tax revenues it owes the school district, a top Christie administration official warned Tuesday. "I need to ensure the Atlantic City School District receives the local levies that the city is obligated to collect on their behalf," Education Commissioner David Hespe told the Senate Budget Committee. Otherwise, he said, "I will have to close the schools of Atlantic City. " "I'm not sure what that moment in time is," Hespe said, but he added that the process has already started, because, he said, the city has not paid certain vendors of the district.
April 12, 2016 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission has a relatively new cop on the beat here: Sharon Binger, director of the Philadelphia Regional Office. The Philly office oversees enforcement and examinations for the mid-Atlantic region. Binger joined it from the SEC's New York office in 2014, where she was assistant regional director. In an interview, Binger outlined some recent cases and priorities, first highlighting the one filed last week against Paul-Ellis Investment Associates, which the SEC examined at the firm's offices at 1818 Market St. In a suit filed against Joseph Andrew Paul and John Dee Ellis Jr., both of Philadelphia, the SEC alleges that the men orchestrated a fraud of a dozen retirees that totaled $3.9 million.
April 10, 2016 |
Darby Township will swear in Pennsylvania's first black female police chief next week, the township said Friday. Regina Price, a 30-year police veteran from Florida, also will be Delaware County's first female police chief, said Richard Womack, the township's police commissioner. "It's really going to be a distinction," said Womack, who is also vice president of the Darby Township commissioners. "I'm glad to see the commissioners looked past race and looked past gender to get the best qualified candidate to run our department.
April 9, 2016 |
Harry Van Gorder Armitage, 99, of Kennett Square, a longtime surgeon in Chester, Delaware County, died Thursday, March 31, of congestive heart failure at Kendal Crosslands. The family produced three surgeons: Dr. Armitage; his father, Harry Marshall Armitage; and an uncle, George L. Armitage. All three were born in Chester, graduated from Chester High School, earned degrees at medical schools in Philadelphia, served internships at Chester Hospital, and became chiefs of surgery at the hospital that is now Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
April 9, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney is expected to name Adam Thiel, Virginia's deputy secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security, as the next leader of Philadelphia's Fire Department, according to three sources with knowledge of the choice. Thiel, formerly the fire chief of Alexandria, Va., has worked in fire and emergency services for more than two decades in four states, according to a biography describing his current role in Virginia. He participated in response and recovery efforts for 9/11, Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Isabel, and multiple blizzards, another online biography said.
April 1, 2016 |
There has been a major shake-up in the leadership of the Philadelphia School District's athletic department. Cheryl Logan, the school district's chief academic support officer, said Wednesday in an email to athletic directors that Robert Coleman, the executive director of athletics, and two assistants had been relieved of their duties. Logan wrote in the email, "The following individuals will no longer conduct business on behalf of the Office of Athletics for the School District of Philadelphia: Mr. Robert Coleman, Ms. Starr Davenport, and Mrs. Angela White.
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.