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BUSINESS
December 9, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gaetan Alfano, a name partner in a Center City law firm known nationally for its work in commercial litigation and whistle-blower lawsuits, is scheduled to make his inaugural address as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Tuesday amid concern over the group's flat membership and complaints it has lost relevance. Alfano, a member of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti L.L.P., argued in a recent interview that the association remains critical to the lives of lawyers in Philadelphia, and pointed to initiatives such as efforts to block a proposed sales tax on professional services under consideration in Harrisburg.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney on Wednesday announced four more members of his leadership team, including a prekindergarten director charged with carrying out his promise to provide "universal" free pre-K in Philadelphia by the end of his first term. Anne Gemmell, an educator and activist, was named to the newly created post. Kenney also introduced picks for deputy mayor for public engagement, chief service officer, and LGBT affairs director. Kenney campaigned on a universal pre-K platform, and has said the $60 million initiative will be included in his first budgeting process and start to unfold next fall.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven M. Altschuler, who retired in June after a 15-year tenure as chief executive of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has been named senior vice president of health affairs at the University of Miami and chief executive officer of UHealth-University of Miami Health System. Altschuler, 62, starts his new job Jan. 1. The University of Miami system had $1.44 billion in net patient revenue in the fiscal year ending May 31. The system includes a medical school, a 560-bed hospital, a cancer center, and an eye hospital.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The Christie administration on Tuesday defended its decision to privatize parts of New Jersey's lottery system, even as officials said revenue collected for the fiscal year that ended June 30 fell short of contractual targets. Some Democratic lawmakers, who have been skeptical of the 15-year privatization deal since Gov. Christie announced it in 2013, questioned whether the state was getting enough money for what it was paying the outside lottery operator. The lottery generated a record $3 billion in sales in fiscal year 2015, Carole Hedinger, executive director of the lottery, told the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The head of the John Brooks Recovery Center, who against the backdrop of Gov. Christie's viral speech on drug addiction sounded an alarm that his center would have to close, says the governor's office has summoned him to Trenton for a meeting. Alan Oberman said he would meet with Deputy Chief of Staff Amy Cradic on Monday. He said Cradic contacted him after stories appeared about the plight of the 119-bed inpatient center. "She called me saying the governor doesn't want to see us close," Oberman said Friday.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Promising an "aggressive posture," the head of the agency that oversees railroads urged them Thursday to install a mandated safety system as soon as possible, though Congress last week extended the deadline to 2018. The safety system, positive train control (PTC), was supposed to be in place by the end of this year and could prevent crashes like the Amtrak derailment in May that killed eight people in Philadelphia. But with railroads behind schedule, Congress gave them three more years, with extensions possible until 2020.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - The head of the Philadelphia and Wilmington Veterans Affairs offices repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions Monday night as members of Congress pressed her on an alleged scheme to get herself assigned to the job with less responsibility, the same pay, and a cost to the government of nearly $300,000 in relocation expenses. Asked about her role in allegedly creating an opening in Philadelphia and filling the vacancy herself, Diana Rubens refused to respond to questions from Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.)
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that Gov. Wolf overstepped his authority when he fired the state's Office of Open Records chief just weeks after taking office. In a 3-1 decision, the justices said Commonwealth Court was correct when it forced Wolf in June to formally reinstate Erik Arneson. The ousting of Arneson from the $140,000-a-year job was Wolf's brashest move in his first month, sparking acrimony between the new governor and the Republican-led legislature that has lingered through the year.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baird Whitehead, president and chief executive of embattled Radnor oil producer Penn Virginia Corp., retired Monday before the company was scheduled to announce its third quarter earnings. Whitehead, who had led the company for four years, had previously announced his intention to retire this year. Edward B. Cloues, II, Penn Virginia's chairman and former chief executive of K-Tron International Inc., will step in as interim chief executive. In a statement, Cloues said his initial focus will be to work with Jeffries L.L.C.
SPORTS
October 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Through the first four games of the season, Williamstown looked like a football world-beater. In their fifth game, the Braves helped beat themselves, with a major assistance from Cherokee. Using an efficient offense and opportunistic defense, host Cherokee defeated a mistake-prone Williamstown, 20-0, in A West Jersey Football League American Division game Friday between Inquirer Top 10 teams. No. 6 Cherokee is now 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the American and No. 3 Williamstown fell to 4-1, 2-1. The Chiefs have a habit of getting better as the season progresses, and Cherokee is once again following that script.
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