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December 11, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ellen Greenlee, the longtime head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, who began her professional life as a high school language teacher and went on to develop and expand one of the nation's most prominent public-interest law agencies, on Tuesday announced her retirement effective March 1, 2015. Greenlee has served for 40 years with the association, which provides legal representation to thousands of low-income people in Philadelphia each year. For about 25 years, she has been chief defender.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge has ordered former Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene to pay a $75,000 fine in connection with the housing agency's lobbying of Washington during his tenure. In a decision released Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge Alexander Fernandez said Greene failed to disclose in federal documents that PHA paid $10,000 a month in 2007 and 2008 to the lobbying firm American Continental Group. Under federal lobbying laws, Greene was required to report annually whether PHA spent money to influence members of Congress or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
SPORTS
December 8, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
With his team huddled around him, wind whipping, rain still pouring down, Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan tried to put this season in perspective. "Every championship is special," he said. "But this one is extra special. " After a 3-3 start, some were doubting whether the Chiefs would even make the playoffs. But here they were, kneeling on the slick turf at Rowan University as South Jersey Group 5 football champions for the second year in a row. Cherokee topped Rancocas Valley, 30-10, Saturday night, sealing one of the more improbable of the program's 10 championships.
NEWS
December 6, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a contentious hearing, a judge ruled Thursday that Joe Watkins could remain the state-appointed receiver of the troubled Chester Upland School District, turning down state officials' surprise request to oust him. The state Education Department had cited Watkins' alleged failure to improve the finances and student performance in the poverty-stricken system, but Delaware County Court President Judge Chad F. Kenney said he did not see a reason...
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Stephen Holt came to Philadelphia to run the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia nearly a quarter-century ago, home health care was a "land of paper and pencil. " His staff had no GPS systems, laptops, or cellphones. Nurses did all their records and billing by hand, and had to call coworkers by landline. Now, as Holt prepares to retire Dec. 31, his nurses carry laptops, and can easily see what therapists and other practitioners have done with patients. "The nurse admits the patient at the bedside and pushes a button, and the billing starts," said Holt, 66. He is still so remarkably enthusiastic about his work that it's reasonable to wonder if he's ready to retire.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
After buying the Waldorf-Astoria, the General Motors Building, and billions of dollars of U.S. Treasury bonds, the Chinese may be looking to invest in something completely different - a broke and struggling school system. The head of the Chester Upland School District announced Wednesday that he would travel to China to work out a deal in which an elite school would pour up to a billion dollars into the Delaware County district, which is in state receivership, and the communities it serves.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board voted unanimously Thursday night to sue its former superintendent and former high school athletic director to recover any money the district may have lost due to the men's alleged misconduct. The district is acting before the statute of limitations can expire on some of the claims against former Superintendent Richard Como and former athletic director James Donato. The administrators resigned last year after school officials found the racist and sexist text messages about students and staff they exchanged on district-issued cellphones.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "a-ha moment" for Gabriel Tatarian came at a party when, light-headed, he passed out. When he regained consciousness, son Gabriel T. said, Dr. Tatarian determined to get himself into shape. After the episode, "he was a pretty avid runner, from age 50 to 88," his son said. "He was running five miles a day for 15 years, to 65. " And that was despite a demanding day job. On Monday, Nov. 17, Dr. Tatarian, 91, of Moorestown, from 1961 to 1988 the co-chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Rancocas Valley division of the former Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, will step down this month to work for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, nearly a year after the governor named O'Dowd his pick for attorney general. O'Dowd, whose selection as attorney general never moved forward after controversy arose over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will serve as senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Cooper, where he will focus on business development, Christie officials said.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The young waitress at the Jersey Shore was not expecting to hear from her best friend after he boarded a plane to Greece to commit to a prearranged marriage in his home country. But there he was, this short-order cook, calling long-distance to say he had canceled the wedding. He had fallen in love with her at the diner where they both worked and during their strolls on the beach. After a storybook start 40 years ago, George and Colleen Catanakis' life together developed into a tale of sweat and perseverance as they opened several South Jersey diners.
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