November 30, 2005 |
A million here, a million there, and soon you have a real political war chest. Or maybe not. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) conceded yesterday that Gerlach had overstated his campaign receipts for this year by $2.2 million. But it was all a clerical and computer error, campaign spokesman Mark Campbell said. Nevertheless, the result yesterday was a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission by Gerlach's presumed Democratic opponent, Lower Merion lawyer Lois Murphy.
July 16, 2004 |
Preston Lee Burns, who spent a year in Chester County Prison because of a clerical error and then fell into a similar but shorter-lived black hole in Berks County, likely will be a free man today for the first time in almost two years. Dale Derr, district court administrator for Berks County, said a hearing was held yesterday on the parole violation that returned Burns, 28, to Berks County Prison on July 2 - two days after he was acquitted of a minor marijuana charge in Chester County Court.
April 6, 2016 |
When state officials last week said that 128,000 voters had switched to the Republican Party in just the last three months, experts dubbed the unexpected surge the "Trump effect. " Now, they have another term for it: "Clerical error. " That's what Pennsylvania's Department of State officials said Monday when they released a statement correcting the number of Pennsylvania voters who have switched their party affiliation before the April 26 primary. And they weren't off by only a few. On March 28, state officials released a registration database reporting that nearly 215,000 Pennsylvania voters had switched their party affiliation to either Democratic or Republican since the start of 2016.
April 8, 2000 |
Suburban Cable founder H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, formally announced yesterday that they would donate $35 million to Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in south central Pennsylvania, where Gerry Lenfest attended high school. The gift is believed to be the second-largest ever given to an independent secondary school, behind that of Lenfest's former boss, publisher Walter Annenberg. Annenberg gave $100 million in 1993 to his prep school, the Peddie School, in Hightstown, N.J. "I want to give back and encourage others to support the future of Mercersburg," Lenfest said earlier this week.
August 30, 2012
A Tredyffrin woman who sits on the township Zoning Hearing Board was charged with public drunkenness and criminal mischief, but the charges were dropped when police did not show up for her hearing. Tredyffrin Police Lt. Taro Landis told Main Line Life that the officer who was supposed to appear in court for the hearing last week was on another call at the time. "It was purely a clerical error on the part of the officers," Superintendent Anthony Giaimo told The Inquirer, referring to two officers involved.
September 13, 1988 |
"It's a love-in," declared Delaware Senate candidate Sam Beard, but it was his opponent, Lt. Gov. S.B. Woo, who was really loving it. Although the vote is not yet final, Woo apparently has won the Democratic Senate primary by 88 votes despite going to bed Saturday night believing he had lost by about 3,000. Woo, who found out earlier yesterday that his apparent defeat in the primary had been reversed after a clerical error was discovered, showed up - along with Beard - at the New Castle County Board of Elections' meeting to endorse a call for a recount.
August 31, 2010
Gov. Christie shed lots of credibility in the blundering drama that led him to fire his handpicked education commissioner, Bret Schundler. For those of you who may have missed a riveting show last week, the drama began when the U.S. Education Department decided not to award New Jersey $400 million in a school grant program called "Race to the Top. " (Pennsylvania didn't win a grant, either). Ten states received this coveted aid. The federal government rated states' applications on a numerical system, awarding points in several categories that reflected each state's level of commitment to education reform.
September 15, 2004 |
The search for an inmate freed by mistake from a city prison earlier this summer continued last night with law enforcement officers hoping the admitted killer voluntarily surrenders. Because of a name mix-up, William Nesmith, 28, was erroneously let go from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility six weeks ago. He had admitted participating in the Nov. 16, 1999, arson of a North Philadelphia drug house in the 900 block of West Dakota Street in which two men were killed. "He should turn himself in," Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, who is prosecuting Nesmith, said yesterday.
March 4, 1997 |
More than 30 people, including Willingboro students, parents, teachers and school officials, went to a meeting of an Assembly committee yesterday to urge state officials to restore $1.8 million to their district. "I just wanted them to hear what I had to say. Our programs are being cut," said senior class president Clarence Owens, 17. "I am graduating this year, but I want the underclassmen to have the same opportunities I had. " The community members had hoped the Appropriations Committee would vote on a bill to restore the funding, but they were disappointed.
September 30, 2011
I'VE GOT a shocking story for you. Not one shock, but several - some good, some not. The first shock - a $12,169 gas bill from PGW - electrified Robyn Irving, a data coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She got the insane bill for her two-story Nicetown rowhouse in July, a month after PGW fixed a leak in her gas meter. Twelve thousand freaking dollars? Was PGW pumping Chanel No. 5 into her home? Irving, 58, complained, but PGW was slow to provide an explanation and, ultimately, no satisfaction, she says.