March 22, 2015 |
The Camden County freeholders on Thursday approved a $66,800 raise for Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson, bringing his annual salary to $230,000. Thomson's new contract guarantees that he will stay in Camden until at least 2019, county spokesman Dan Keashen said Friday. "This is about retaining one of the sharpest law enforcement minds in the country," Keashen said. No county funds are used for the operation of the Camden County Police Department, which is paid for by Camden City and the state.
March 19, 2015 |
A POWERFUL LABOR leader who is also a big-time Democratic fundraiser allegedly warns an incumbent City Council member he'll spend $1 million to defeat him in the May 19 primary. An incumbent Democratic councilwoman accuses her primary challenger of being a closeted tea-party racist - and she uses his alleged Facebook postings to prove it. Her challenger fires back that the councilwoman hacked into his Facebook account, and now he's going to sue her. With a little more than eight weeks left before city voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary, what does such infighting say about the Democrats in this heavily Democratic town?
March 17, 2015 |
In Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard's first 18 months at the helm of Camden's state-run school district, his administration restarted the Safe Corridors program to help kids walk to school, added teacher-support systems such as one-on-one coaching, ushered in new technology, and increased pre-K enrollment to 96 percent. Rouhanifard has often said the greatest challenges lie ahead: improving school curriculum, test scores, and graduation rates and better preparing the city's students for jobs and higher education.
March 10, 2015 |
The Eagles are expected to lose top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and are keeping quarterback Mark Sanchez, two moves that could signal major changes to Chip Kelly's offense. A deal is in place for Maclin to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source confirmed. The signing would reunite Maclin with former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who drafted the wide receiver in Philadelphia. The Chiefs still need to clear salary-cap space, according to ESPN, which first reported the news. Sanchez is returning to the Eagles on a two-year contract that is worth $9 million and possibly $16 million if he hits certain incentives, a league source confirmed.
March 4, 2015 |
A New Jersey congressman is asking for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the resignation of its top official after reports that FEMA was aware that insurance companies fraudulently denied full payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims. Rep. Tom MacArthur, a Republican whose Third District stretches from Willingboro to the Shore, said Monday that FEMA had engaged in "corrupt and fraudulent" practices and called for the resignation of Administrator W. Craig Fugate.
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.