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January 16, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Markman, 57, of Center City, Philadelphia's first chief integrity officer and a federal prosecutor for 20 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 14. She had been undergoing treatment for cancer. On Jan. 17, 2014, Mayor Nutter announced the departure of Ms. Markman, who he said was contending with the side effects of chemotherapy for recurrent cancer. Ms. Markman's last day of city employment was Jan. 31 of that year. "We're devastated and deeply saddened at the news of the passing of our friend Joan Markman," Nutter said Wednesday night.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A firefighter with close ties to political officials in both parties - and who had little supervisory experience in the last decade - has been named the new fire chief and EMS director in Westampton Township, Burlington County. His salary is $90,000. The appointment of Jason Carty at a hastily scheduled special meeting last month has raised concerns from local residents about how he got the job. Acting Chief Craig Farnsworth, who had been a lieutenant and who has a master's degree in emergency and disaster management, was passed over for the position, which attracted 18 candidates locally and from states as far away as Missouri and North Carolina.
SPORTS
January 9, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took Chip Kelly less than four weeks to hire a coaching staff of 26 after he was named Eagles head coach two years ago, but it could take as long for him to find the one man who will be his second-in-command in personnel. Although he has made many coaching hires, Kelly has never had to hire an NFL senior scout. He will look for someone who checks off the typical requirements in any job - someone who is intelligent, committed, a leader, congenial - but he also has to find someone who fits his vision for the position.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
When Paul Steinke arrived in 2001 to become the new general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, the beloved Philadelphia institution was in need of a delicate update and future vision. To remain relevant, one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the country had to evolve without losing its diversity or historic character. Thirteen years later, the market has been significantly reshaped by expanded hours, a major redesign, and several bright new tenants. Visitors since 2003 have increased by 30 percent, to 6.2 million people a year.
SPORTS
January 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles and their vice president of player personnel, Tom Gamble, "have agreed to part ways," the team said Wednesday, describing the abrupt exit of the club's most powerful personnel executive besides general manager Howie Roseman. Gamble was believed to be a close ally of coach Chip Kelly. The move was made after a season in which there was tension between Kelly and Roseman, according to several sources. Roseman, Kelly, and owner Jeffrey Lurie were not available for comment, according to a team spokesman.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president of Philadelphia's police union on Wednesday decried the protests sweeping cities across the country after grand juries in Missouri and New York state cleared white officers who killed unarmed black suspects. "We have to guard against a growing trend in this country to replace due process and the legal system with media-fueled mob rule and sensationalism," said John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge. McNesby spoke after a ceremony at the union hall in Northeast Philadelphia honoring city police officers for valor and bravery.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many of the elementary students in Camden's long-troubled public schools wish they attended a different school, according to a survey conducted this year, and more than half of the parents surveyed feel the same way. Administrators and teachers still struggle to connect with parents about how they can best work together, Camden Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard told the state Board of Education on Wednesday, and standardized test scores remain largely...
BUSINESS
December 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
After spending a year and a half and more than $21 million on its failed bid to buy Philadelphia Gas Works, UIL Holdings Corp. chief executive James P. Torgerson has some words of advice for anybody considering doing business in Philadelphia: "Make sure you have everything lined up before you commit. " Torgerson, in the first interview he has given since his Connecticut utility company on Dec. 4 terminated its $1.86 billion offer to buy the city's gas utility, on Friday repeatedly used the word disappointed to describe his feeling about the city's sales process.
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