March 19, 2012 |
Pennsylvania "birthers" are 0-for-3 in their efforts to knock President Obama off the April 24 Democratic primary election ballot after a ruling in Commonwealth Court on Friday. Philip Berg, a Lafayette Hill lawyer who previously tried to take his claims about Obama's citizenship to the U.S. Supreme Court, lost his ballot challenge, which Commonwealth Court rejected at the request of John Lavelle Jr., Pennsylvania counsel for Obama for America. The court, in a two-page order, said ballot challenges can be based on the authenticity of signatures on nominating petitions, the affidavits of the people who circulated those petitions, or the affidavits candidates file about their financial interests.
March 5, 2012 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Frantz Massenat expends much energy running the Drexel offense, but on this day more was needed. Massenat, who went from averaging 5.5 points a game as a freshman to an all-conference player just one year later, put together an extraordinary two-way effort on Sunday that catapulted the Dragons to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game. In addition to scoring 20 points and delivering four assists, the 6-foot-4 point guard did a masterful defensive job on Old Dominion's chief offensive threat as the top-seeded Dragons defeated the No. 4-seeded Monarchs, 68-51, in a semifinal at the Richmond Coliseum.
January 9, 2012 |
ON PAPER, there seemingly isn't much that separates the basketball teams representing Drexel and Virginia Commonwealth. On the court, the same holds true. Two of the nation's more tenacious defensive squads took turns trading the lead, elbows and three-pointers in a slugfest of Colonial Athletic Association contenders that had a near-sellout crowd of 2,532 in the Daskalakis Athletic Center rocking with each crashing body, each subtle shift in momentum. In the end, Drexel (10-5, 2-2)
December 16, 2011 |
Eastern Metal Recycling Terminal L.L.C., with a heap of crushed scrap at the foot of the Platt Memorial Bridge in South Philadelphia, has received a setback in its move to Eddystone. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, on behalf of the administration of Gov. Corbett, rescinded $31.1 million promised by Gov. Rendell to develop a pier on the Delaware River. The scrap recycler, formerly Camden Iron & Metal Inc., will spend $60 million to transform the vacant Foamex Industrial Inc. property in Eddystone, with seven buildings, into a modern scrap-metal shredding operation.
November 3, 2011 |
Democrat Kathryn Boockvar said she's made it to at least 55 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in her bid for a seat on Commonwealth Court. Republican Vic Stabile said his campaign for Superior Court has him going "as far as my shoes and tire rubber will carry me. " Voters may not know much about Pennsylvania's intermediate appellate courts, but four candidates for two judgeships are sure learning a lot about the state as they wrap up long-distance, high-mileage...
October 19, 2011
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it would launch a Twitter feed to instantly communicate opinions, rulings, and other relevant information. Recipients can sign up at http://twitter.com/SupremeCtofPA "The manner and pace in which the Commonwealth's citizens expect to receive information from their government is changing rapidly," Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said in a statement. "This is a logical extension of an ongoing commitment to enhance the delivery of court information and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
September 15, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - After questioning by a full panel of seven Commonwealth Court judges Wednesday, a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the argument that the agency overstepped its bounds when it took away the license for the Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia. "The board was justified in saying, 'We've been down this road before and enough is enough,' " said James Eisenhower, an attorney for the gaming board. The board members, he said, have a duty to provide tax relief to Pennsylvania communities through gambling revenues.
May 27, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Election boards in Pennsylvania's 67 counties are poised to start recounting hundreds of thousands of ballots in a tightly contested statewide judicial primary race. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele on Thursday ordered a mandatory recount in the Democratic primary election for Commonwealth Court judge. Doylestown lawyer Kathryn Boockvar beat her opponent, Barbara Behrend Ernsberger, a Pittsburgh lawyer, by 2,116 votes in the May 17 election. The margin of victory was below one half of 1 percent of the total vote - the threshold for triggering an automatic recount under the law. Ernsberger said she decided not to waive her right to a recount so Democratic voters would have a clear decision on who won. "I believe the legislature put the recount mechanism in here so that everyone knows the results," Ernsberger said.