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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.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The ousted chief of the Office of Open Records can return to his job - for now, Gov. Wolf said Monday. Wolf dropped his attempt to stay a Commonwealth Court decision from last week that found the governor had overstepped his authority when he fired Erik Arneson, the office's executive director, earlier this year. But Wolf stressed that he will continue his appeal of that ruling to the state Supreme Court - he is just allowing Arneson to return to the position in the interim.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A volunteer fire chief in Camden County "abused the trust placed in him" by using his fire station computer to share files of child pornography, authorities said. John Terruso, 44, chief of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company, was arrested at the station Wednesday evening and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. He has been suspended from his position. Investigators seized four laptop computers and other electronic devices, and found more than 1,000 files of suspected child pornography, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Ruling on a case that sparked acrimony between the new Democratic governor and top Republicans, a state court on Wednesday ordered Gov. Wolf to reinstate the Office of Open Records chief he fired just weeks after taking office. Republicans swiftly hailed the 4-3 Commonwealth Court decision that Wolf overstepped his authority in firing Erik Arneson, who had been appointed to a six-year term by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. Wolf quickly appealed to the state Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising fight that could further strain his rapidly deteriorating relationship with the GOP-controlled legislature.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As pay raises go, it was both big and small. A 15.4 percent bump is nice. But it only added up to $4,704 per year. That raise put just $268.66 more in the pocket of Alex Clark, a trades helper at the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners, before it was rescinded 12 days later in October 2013. But that small chunk of change may add up to big trouble for his brother - and boss - Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark. The executive director of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in January accused Clark of pushing for his brother's raise and then threatening the commissioners' budget officer for cooperating with an investigation.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ability to connect small, midsize, and large communities by air is threatened as the nation's transportation infrastructure falls further behind because of insufficient funding, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday in Philadelphia. Foxx spoke to about 1,800 airport managers, vendors, and suppliers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and lamented that U.S. airports "once state-of-the-art are now quickly becoming outdated. " Air traffic control equipment "requires a huge amount of reinvestment and replacement in the years ahead," Foxx told the American Association of Airport Executives at the group's annual meeting.
SPORTS
June 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Almost everyone agrees that a Sprint Cup series drivers council is a good idea to help improve safety and rules. Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, endorsed the council idea on Fox Sports 1's prerace show yesterday. Referring to the council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway, France said, "That's a good thing for us to hear in a more formal setting some of the things that are on their mind. It was a good meeting. It was a good discussion. " A problem, in France's view, is that the drivers are all over the tracks with their recommendations.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abington School Superintendent Amy Sichel has gained national recognition and high marks from school board members and colleagues, but the generous terms of a recent contract extension for the state's highest-paid superintendent have raised concerns in the Montgomery County district. Her $304,532 annual salary gets bumped up to $319,714 on July 1 - even before a just-inked five-year pact goes into effect in February. "It's very sensitive right now," said Phyllis Jablonowksi, chairwoman of the Abington Educational Foundation, a fund-raising group that works with the district.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph T. Hess, 66, of Cape May, former owner of a Philadelphia construction firm involved in plastering restoration work at the Academy of Music and the Union League, died of melanoma Saturday, May 30, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Born in Havertown, Mr. Hess graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at Villanova University in 1970, where he was a member of the Accounting Society, his wife of 41 years, Doriel, said.
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