May 29, 2015 |
Solar advocates in Pennsylvania, including John Hanger, Gov. Wolf's policy chief, and labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, called on the legislature Wednesday to boost support for renewable power. At a rally, Hanger and Dougherty asked supporters to pressure the legislature to approve Wolf's budget proposal to spend $225 million on renewable energy and efficiency programs. The package includes $50 million to relaunch the Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, which ran out of money for solar rebates in 2013.
May 26, 2015 |
Terry Newton does not usually trust police officers. But after his 28-year-old son was shot and killed in Norristown last month, he found comfort at an unexpected place: the police station. Norristown police Chief Mark Talbot stood among Newton's family. He expressed sympathy for the death of Keithon Majors. He made eye contact. He answered questions. "It was almost like I was in his living room," Newton said. That approach is typical for Talbot. In his first 18 months on the job, the chief has worked to transform his department and overcome what borough officials called a long-standing lack of trust between residents and police.
May 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie vowed to rein in government spending when he took office in 2010, and one of his most controversial first-term initiatives was setting a cap on salaries for school district superintendents. Anecdotes of seemingly exorbitant pay for school administrators became a symbol of the government excess Christie had pledged to rid from Trenton. Four years after Christie set his own salary - $175,000 - as a maximum base for superintendents, Democratic lawmakers and school boards say the regulation has resulted in high turnover and made the state less competitive in attracting the best administrators.
May 16, 2015 |
Joseph Boardman, chief executive of Amtrak, defended Amtrak's safety record Thursday, even as he lamented that Tuesday's deadly derailment may "have destroyed the confidence of people" who ride the railroad. He also said Amtrak has been underfunded for decades and must have more money to rebuild the century-old underpinnings of the Northeast Corridor, the nation's busiest rail route. He said Amtrak officials have not interviewed the engineer of Train 188, who apparently was operating the train at twice the 50-mile-per-hour speed limit entering a sharp curve in Port Richmond.
May 16, 2015 |
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
May 12, 2015 |
SANDRA L. STIBBINS would have been out there yesterday, marching with the other cancer patients and survivors in the annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. She made every march in recent years, dressed in the pink costume that every marcher wears, symbolic of this Mother's Day event in the ceaseless battle against cancer. But this year Sandra couldn't make it. She died of cancer May 2 at age 57. An ebullient, high-spirited woman, she would have been laughing and waving at the crowds along the line of march, as she did every year.
May 7, 2015 |
WITH "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" crushing everything in its path and obliterating box-office records along the way, the question, as always, is: "What does the future of the Marvel cinematic universe have in store?" Thankfully, Comics Guy was able to chat with Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige to get some answers! (Warning: Mild spoilers if you haven't seen "Ultron" yet!) In the wake of the premiere screening of "Age of Ultron," Feige was already excitedly talking about the next film on Marvel's slate.
May 2, 2015 |
Police came to the rescue twice in less than an hour in downtown Camden on Thursday. They removed a baby locked alone and in distress in a hot car, and less than an hour later, with Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson lending a hand, revived a man from a drug overdose. Officer Belinda Villegas-Ramos was working a security detail at a TD Bank office on Mickle Boulevard shortly before noon when a passerby told her a baby was crying in a car parked outside a nearby CVS pharmacy.
May 2, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
May 1, 2015 |
THE RIGHT crew chief at the right time. That's the Tony Gibson-Kurt Busch pairing. Although he's only 50, Gibson is one of the few remaining old-school crew chiefs in NASCAR. He has been crew chief for Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott. Gibson's NASCAR career goes all the way back to 1992 when he was car chief and mechanic for the late Alan Kulwicki, the '92 Cup series champion. With three races remaining last season, Gibson moved from Patrick's team to Busch's.