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NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SEVEN PARENTS have accused the state Department of Education of failing to investigate poor conditions at Philadelphia public schools. The claims are contained in a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia on behalf of the parents and the local organization Parents United for Public Education. The suit says that 825 complaints were submitted to the department last school year regarding inadequate conditions and that the state is required to probe each claim.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karen Mackay of Pitman saw some red flags before she bought a puppy almost two years ago from a dog broker in Salem County, particularly an inoculation record that didn't seem to come from a veterinarian. But Mackay adored the collie and decided to take it home for the holidays that December. By the time they got there, the dog, which Mackay had been told was in treatment for routine kennel cough, was vomiting and had diarrhea. "I should have known better," said Mackay, who has owned other dogs, including a collie mix. This month, the broker, Jessica Durkin of Salem, was sued by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office on behalf of four other dog owners who allege Durkin sold them sick puppies, including one so ill that the family had it euthanized.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying it had no jurisdiction to handle the case, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed two complaints filed by members of Teamsters Local 107 against their union leaders, accusing them of failing to protect their work at the Convention Center. The two men, Edwin Taylor and Michael Conway, said leaders of Local 107 local did not represent members' interests when they did not sign a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement by the May 5 deadline imposed by Convention Center management, causing union members to lose their ability to work in the center.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Gideon Bradshaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Activists said Tuesday that the Attorney General's Office has told them it will look into how state officials handled complaints by residents on the possible health impacts of natural gas drilling. Sam Bernhardt, an organizer for the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, said an agent from the office's Environmental Crimes Unit asked him for contact information for individuals who contend the Department of Health never responded to their inquiries about symptoms they believed were related to natural gas drilling.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a watchdog group's complaint against former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, saying that even though the South Jersey congressman appeared to use $30,000 of campaign funds for a luxurious family trip to Scotland, he paid the money back and should not be prosecuted. The commission examined a 2011 trip in which Andrews, a Democrat, tapped his campaign funds to help bring his wife and two daughters to a wedding in Edinburgh, where they stayed in the five-star Balmoral hotel.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years after the Foxwoods Casino group lost its license to open a Philadelphia gaming hall, the former partners in the project are trying to retrieve their $50 million licensing fee in federal bankruptcy court. The Foxwoods group - also known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners (PEDP) - filed a complaint Thursday against the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The investor group alleges that Pennsylvania's refusal to refund its money was "an unconstitutional taking" and "unjust enrichment.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universities nationwide must rethink how they investigate and rule on sexual-assault complaints, because the current system isn't working, Pennsylvania State University's new president said Tuesday. Schools often use judicial or "honor boards," which can include students and others who are not adequately trained, to hear sexual assault cases and rule on whether the victim or the alleged perpetrator is telling the truth, said Eric J. Barron. Schools in effect are being asked to do a job normally left to the courts, he said.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE PRINCIPAL of a popular Philadelphia school is on her way out following complaints from parents about a series of bizarre incidents. Yvette Duperon, principal at Bache-Martin School, on Brown Street near 22nd in Fairmount, will leave next month at the end of the school year, according to a letter sent home to parents yesterday. The letter does not give a reason for the principal's departure. In a cover story yesterday, the Daily News reported parents' concerns about questionable incidents at the school, including an eighth-grade student being banished to first grade as punishment.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheating at Cayuga Elementary was no secret. Staff and parents at the Hunting Park school had alleged for years that principal Evelyn Cortez had ordered testing improprieties - from instructing students to confirm answers with their teachers before entering them in exam books to changing answers herself, according to a grand jury report. Multiple reports of cheating were made to the Philadelphia School District over several years before officials took it seriously, staff said.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five area colleges are among 55 nationwide being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for possible mishandling of sexual assault and harassment cases. Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Franklin and Marshall College are on the first-of-its-kind list, released Thursday. The investigations are looking for possible violations of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Officials declined to release details of the investigations.
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