February 17, 2015 |
George McClay knew what he was getting into. Still, he was dumbfounded by the wallet incident. On the first day of his new job as Morrisville Borough Police Chief last February, McClay, 52, a former Philadelphia police lieutenant, opened his desk drawer and saw the wallet, which belonged to a resident but was simply tossed in the drawer. A few months earlier, the item had earned a special shout-out in a report documenting, among other failures, the ailing department's inability to properly catalog evidence.
February 12, 2015 |
The Republican City Committee, still casting about for a mayoral candidate, recently asked Philadelphia Housing Authority President Kelvin Jeremiah to be its champion. Jeremiah declined - for now. But the 42-year-old public housing executive, who has led the PHA since mid-2012, says he is building a political movement that may culminate in a campaign for mayor someday. "I have said I have no interest in running for office in this election cycle," Jeremiah said Tuesday. "I may very well have an interest in the future.
February 10, 2015 |
Growing up in Houston, Franklin Institute chief executive Larry Dubinski "built spaceships and shuttles" with the Lego bricks he played with as a youngster. These days, Dubinski, 45, is playing with Legos on a more adult scale, having managed to snare the work of Lego artist Nathan Sawaya for the Franklin Institute's newest exhibit, "The Art of the Brick," which opened Saturday. The exhibit, with more than 100 works of art, includes a giant T-Rex made with 80,020 snapped and glued Lego bricks.
February 8, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General has recommended that seven Fire Department employees face discipline for their interactions with a female paramedic who filed a sexual harassment complaint against the department last year, union officials said Friday. Among the seven are two battalion chiefs who were determined to have had inappropriate relationships with the woman, a subordinate, according to documents obtained by The Inquirer. The chiefs were not named in the woman's initial complaint, but their involvement with her was revealed as the Inspector General's Office investigated her other claims.
February 7, 2015 |
A four-alarm apartment fire that left one woman dead in Norristown early Wednesday is being investigated by local fire crews but does not appear to be criminal in nature, the Norristown fire chief said Thursday. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said the woman, who was older than 50, died of soot and smoke inhalation. The coroner's office was working to locate next of kin before releasing the woman's name or other identifying information, Hofman said. Firefighters had tried to rescue the woman from her fourth-floor unit at the Norris Apartments on the 600 block of Swede Street, fire officials said.
February 6, 2015 |
Tom Wheeler, head of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed unambiguous rules Wednesday that would dictate how Internet providers manage their networks for consumers, but stopped short of saying the agency would also regulate the rates telecom companies charge consumers. The stakes are high - for big content providers such as Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., and for a public that has become hugely dependent on the Internet. Supporters, who for years lobbied for the rules online and at the agency, say Wheeler's tough stance will preserve the freewheeling and open nature of the Internet by preventing telecom companies from blocking consumers from websites or slowing Internet speeds for competitive purposes.
February 4, 2015 |
La Salle University, for the first time in its 151-year history, will be led by a lay president rather than a Christian brother - and its new leader might be a woman. "This will be quite a transition," said James Gallagher, interim president of the 6,200-student university in Philadelphia's Logan section. "I believe the university is ready for it. " La Salle has announced two finalists for the post: Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, that is Canada's only university-level women's college, and Anthony Joseph Aretz, president of Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic school in Cincinnati.
February 1, 2015 |
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler said Friday in Philadelphia that Johnson & Johnson officials were "at best" misleading when they told the FDA in 2005 that there was no correlation between the drug Risperdal and higher levels of breast growth in adolescent boys. It was Kessler's third day testifying for the plaintiffs, a mother and father from Alabama, who sued J&J and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court because their severely autistic son developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug from 2002 through 2007.
January 31, 2015 |
Chip Kelly got his man - after Brian Gaine interviewed and decided to stay with the Texans, after Scott Fitterer interviewed and decided to stay with the Seahawks, after Chris Ballard, Jon Robinson, Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutenkunst, and Joe Hortiz declined to interview with the Eagles or their teams declined, and after Chris Polian and Chris Grier interviewed before eventual hire Ed Marynowitz had. And those were only the candidates to be Kelly's second-in-personnel-command...
January 30, 2015 |
David Kessler, the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, testified Wednesday that as a pediatrician, it "certainly is a red flag to me" that a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. study of the use of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal in young children and adolescents, mainly boys, showed high rates of breast growth. Kessler was FDA commissioner from 1990 to 1997, when Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, received approval in 1993 for the drug to be prescribed to adults with psychosis.