March 8, 2014 |
WENONAH After only a year in the job, Wenonah Police Chief Joseph Harrison has been fired, officials confirmed Thursday. It was not entirely clear what led to the termination, which they said was approved unanimously Feb. 27 by the borough council during a closed-door session. Officials announced in early January that Harrison would be placed on a leave of absence, "attending a variety of classes so as to become intimately familiar with New Jersey specific statutes and judicial procedure.
March 6, 2014 |
David P. O'Brien, 57, of Lower Gwynedd, a college sports executive and educator for more than two decades, died Saturday, March 1, of cancer at his home. Born in Montclair, N.J., Mr. O'Brien graduated from Immaculate Conception High School, Moravian College with a bachelor's degree in political science, and Seton Hall University with a law degree. He worked as a high school teacher and coach before launching a career as an athletic director at Long Beach State University in 1991.
March 2, 2014 |
The most powerful man in college sports was in a basement auditorium Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Sansom Street, talking at a symposium. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the event's keynote speaker said nothing particularly incendiary. A trial is due to start in June where, among other issues, it could be decided whether athletes should be compensated for their likenesses. Meanwhile, a drive to unionize college athletes has begun, at a Big Ten school, Northwestern.
March 1, 2014 |
CAMDEN Lorenz Bethea, 17, takes her one-mile walk to school pretty quickly. With no one on the streets in the early morning and a 10-block walk, "it's a long stretch if something were to happen," she said. Once inside Woodrow Wilson High School, she said, it's common to start her day weaving through fights in the hallways. "Sometimes it just feels like this isn't school," Bethea said. "Sometimes it's chaos, it's a party all the time. " On Thursday, in a move to make Bethea and all city students safer, Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announced a five-point safety plan for the district where, last year, 50 percent of students reported feeling unsafe and violent incidents in schools climbed from 138 to 163. At the same time - echoing President Obama's call to abandon zero-tolerance policies because they are often enforced inequitably - Rouhanifard said he wants to reduce unnecessary police calls and arrests while still ensuring that incidents are accurately reported to the state.
March 1, 2014 |
Chester County Court Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin will preside over the trial of former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns. No trial date has been set. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille signed off last Friday on Gavin's assignment and gave him "the same power and authority as the judges of the requesting district," the order said. It came after Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. advised the Supreme Court of a "full-bench recusal," according to a state document.
February 28, 2014 |
NANCY HUMMEL is now six years older than her mother, Mabel Rostron, was when she was brutally killed March 1, 1980, at age 73, in the South Philadelphia housing complex where she lived. Every day for the last 34 years, Hummel has waited for an answer and she has cried. Tomorrow, on the anniversary of her mother's unsolved slaying, she will call the Philadelphia Homicide Unit, as she does every year, to check on the case. She will be told, as she is every year, that her mother's slaying is still a cold case and police have no new leads and no new evidence.
February 26, 2014 |
William J. Cassidy, 93, of Philadelphia, a former chief of orthopedic surgery at Northeastern Hospital, died Thursday, Feb. 20, of dementia at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Cassidy graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1938 and from St. Joseph's College with a bachelor's degree in 1942. He completed his medical degree at Temple University Medical School in 1945. He was a physician in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II. On release from active duty, Dr. Cassidy set up a family practice in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
February 22, 2014 |
The longtime mayor and police chief in Bucks County's biggest municipality invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination late last year and refused to answer questions about claims that they fabricated criminal charges against the son of a fire chief who had criticized them, according to filings in a lawsuit against the men. It is unclear which questions Bensalem Township Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo and Public Safety Director Frederick...
February 16, 2014 |
Campbell Soup Co. has weather issues on both sides of the country. In the East, there's the cold and the snow, which normally spur consumers to eat up the soup they have in their cupboards and then buy more. But that doesn't always work out. "We definitely acknowledge a benefit of cold temperatures, but we think it was offset by unfavorable weather conditions. We had plant closures for a while, retail store closures, and some lost business in the food-service sector," Denise Morrison, Campbell's president and chief executive, said Friday during a teleconference on the Camden company's second-quarter results.
February 14, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. formally announced Thursday that the two cable giants would merge in an all-stock transaction valued at $45.2 billion. Comcast will control the combined entity in a deal that values Time Warner shares at $158.82 a share. Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said on Thursday morning in a conference call with analysts that a merger with Comcast and Time Warner Cable will create a "near national platform" for its cable-TV and broadband businesses with exposure in 43 of the nations top 50 TV markets.