April 19, 2013 |
DOES THE city's chief integrity officer have an integrity problem? That's what critics are saying after Joan Markman - Mayor Nutter's first appointment to the position, which he created - attended a Historical Commission meeting last Friday and seemed to question the board's handling of a project by developer Ori Feibush, a vocal City Hall critic. "I am concerned that in considering this application - about which by the way I have no opinion, yea or nay, up or down - but I'm concerned about the process and I want to make sure that as the Historical Commission considers this application, it makes sure that different standards not be applied to this application than to any of the other applications," she said at the meeting.
April 11, 2013
Despite refinery closures, a storm for the ages, and the perils of the "fiscal cliff," Delaware County has experienced something of an industrial renaissance, according to James L. McGarrigle, the County Council chairman said Tuesday. "We have plenty of Silver Linings," he said at a county Chamber of Commerce lunch in Media, invoking the movie Silver Linings Playbook , filmed in part in the county. In his annual state of the county address, McGarrigle said the future "is bright.
April 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Top New Jersey transportation officials on Wednesday recounted a challenging fiscal year to Senate lawmakers, tallying more than $2 billion in Hurricane Sandy-related expenses, seeing the state's snow-removal budget busted by frequent winter storms, and continuing to rely on borrowing to fund road and bridge repairs. But rail and bus riders will be spared fare increases for the fourth straight year, they said. Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson and executives at NJ Transit and the Motor Vehicle Commission appeared before the Senate Budget Committee, as the panel began its review of Gov. Christie's proposed $32.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Lawmakers must act on the proposal before the current fiscal year ends.
April 4, 2013
The president and chief executive of TD Bank Group, which competes with Wells Fargo for the top spot in Philadelphia-area deposit rankings, has announced his retirement effective Nov. 1. Succeeding Ed Clark, who has led TD for 12 years and spearheaded aggressive U.S. growth, will be Bharat Masrani, who is based in Cherry Hill and currently heads TD's U.S. operations, the Toronto company said. Mike Pederson, who currently heads TD's wealth management and other operations, will take over U.S. banking operations Nov. 1 and will relocate to Cherry Hill, the bank said.
April 2, 2013 |
An in-depth state report on Camden's schools "in crisis" laid out several recommendations in August, including hiring a superintendent who could transform the district. But just as the Camden Board of Education had narrowed its search to three candidates last week, the process came to a halt when Gov. Christie announced a full state takeover of Camden schools. Working through the office of state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, Christie will appoint the next superintendent.
March 30, 2013 |
Albert Lord Jr., at age 67, is planning to retire as chief executive officer of student loan giant SLM Corp., better known as Sallie Mae, where he has battled presidents and barons of Congress, college heads and student protesters, rival bankers. and other ferocious foes since 1981. He's left Sallie Mae twice before - once voluntarily, once not. Tough job? Even for a guy paid $7 million in cash and stock in 2011, the last year Sallie reported his income? Albert Lord knows tough.
March 29, 2013 |
THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with his former Eagles boss, Andy Reid. Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs' spread game analyst and work on special projects. He spent 5 years as the Minnesota head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009. Childress previously spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Eagles, where he worked with Reid, the new Chiefs head coach.
March 28, 2013 |
After his regular morning run of four miles, Andrew Witty had flown into Philadelphia from North Carolina and would soon fly out to London. In between all that moving, the chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline sat for a few minutes Thursday in the lobby of the newest building at the Navy Yard and explained why one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies is still in this region. A week earlier, Glaxo announced plans to consolidate researchers from two facilities in Upper Merion, with 1,900 moving and most landing in a larger shop in Upper Providence.
March 28, 2013 |
Former Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. violated state ethics law when he voted to ratify a contract that benefited his firm, a state ethics panel announced Tuesday. Archie was cleared of multiple other infractions. In 2009, Teach Productions Inc. - the production company responsible for a Tony Danza reality show shot at Northeast High - agreed to pay the Philadelphia School District's legal fees related to the show. Those legal fees ultimately went to Duane Morris L.L.P., where Archie is a partner.
March 26, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gun evidence links a Colorado parolee fatally shot in Texas with the death of Colorado's corrections chief, investigators said Monday. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said that "unique and often microscopic markings" found on shell casings in Texas and Colorado led investigators to conclude that the gun Evan Ebel used to shoot at authorities in Texas on Thursday was the one used to kill Tom Clements at his home last Tuesday. It had been known that the casings at both scenes were of the same caliber and brand, but Monday's announcement was the first time Colorado investigators had made a direct link between Ebel and Clements' death.