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May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella and Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITERS
The superintendent of the Central Bucks School District - one of the largest in Pennsylvania - abruptly was placed on administrative leave last week after complaining publicly of "irreconcilable differences" with the new school board majority. David Weitzel, who announced in October that he would retire at the end of June, had moved up his retirement date - twice - to Friday. But after he told the Doylestown Intelligencer of his issues with the new board in an article that appeared last Friday, he was ordered to clean out his office.
SPORTS
May 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
JOE DOUGLAS, described by a source close to the situation as the "top candidate" to direct Eagles personnel under Howie Roseman, is scheduled to interview for the job Thursday, and could be officially hired very quickly after that. An NFL observer who knows Douglas well called him "a worker bee" Wednesday - a well-regarded scout who keeps a low public profile, and wouldn't mind reporting to Roseman, the former general manager restored to power by team chairman Jeffrey Lurie at the end of the 2015 season.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The city's Department of Human Services is paying high overtime costs to keep up with hotline calls and investigations as it deals with staff vacancies and a growing number of children in its system, its acting commissioner said Tuesday. Jessica Shapiro, in charge since January while Mayor Kenney continues a nationwide search for the next commissioner, testified at a City Council hearing that the department will pay $12 million in overtime in 2016. Most of the money goes to keeping the child-abuse hotline staffed, she said.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr, has hired Susan F. Haindl as chief administrative officer. She had been a vice president at Anexinet, a provider of digital business solutions, and prior to that was managing director, operations, for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Univest Insurance, a subsidiary of Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has named Dennis Boyle senior vice president and employee-benefits practice leader. He had been vice president of sales for the eastern region at employee-benefits firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp., parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co., has named Noel Collins, Brian K. Snyder, and Roderick A. Ward as vice presidents and relationship managers.
NEWS
April 30, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Robert Moran, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Willie L. Williams, 72, an Overbrook native who became the first African American to head the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police Departments and a major figure in law enforcement in the 1990s, died Tuesday night at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. Mr. Williams' sister-in-law Pat Odoms said pancreatic cancer was the cause. Mr. Williams, who began his career in 1964 as a Fairmount Park guard, was appointed Philadelphia's police commissioner in 1988 and served for four years. He earned widespread praise for improving police-community relations, increasing diversity in the upper ranks, and decentralizing the department.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
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?"
BUSINESS
April 18, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
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.
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