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BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, besieged by a record 4,775 informal complaints about high winter electricity prices, wants to dramatically speed up the time it takes customers to switch competitive electricity suppliers. The PUC on Tuesday requested comments about a proposed regulation that would require utilities to switch customers within three days of the request. It currently takes up to 40 days, depending upon when the next meter reading is scheduled. The rule change was prompted by the large number of complaints the commission has received from customers whose variable-rate plans soared this winter.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A longtime good-government activist filed ethics complaints Tuesday against leading Philadelphia Democrats ensnared in an undercover sting investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. The complaints by Gene Stilp, a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and Congress, came in response to a report in Sunday's Inquirer that at least five public officials, including four state representatives, had been captured on tape accepting money or gifts. Stilp filed two complaints, one with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, another with the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A PHILLY WOMAN who called Nestle's customer-service department to inquire about the fluoride content in her Nestle Pure Life water was "threatened with a bloody death" by the customer representative who took her call, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court. Shimrit Ellis claims that on Aug. 5, 2012, she called Nestle's customer service with concerns about the "possible health ramifications" of the fluoride in the bottled water she purchased. Her call was answered by a woman.
NEWS
March 16, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
COATESVILLE Citing allegations of bias against minorities in student discipline and special education, the Pennsylvania NAACP has recommended that the U.S. Justice Department monitor the Coatesville Area School District and investigate whether it is complying with federal law. The NAACP report, released publicly Friday, also called on the school district to do a better job of evaluating children with special needs, transporting them, designing their...
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
For nearly a decade, the complaints against Philadelphia Police Officer Kevin Corcoran just kept coming. There's one for allegedly entering a man's house in South Philadelphia without permission, and breaking his face with punches and kicks. There's another for allegedly slamming a man headfirst into a newspaper box in Old City, beating him bloody after the Phillies' World Series parade. The nine-year veteran has been sued four times for excessive force - with the city twice settling for undisclosed amounts.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AN INVESTIGATION into reports that a man has been accosting students near a North Philadelphia elementary school is underway, police confirmed yesterday. The alleged incidents happened near Mary Bethune Elementary School, at Old York Road and Germantown Avenue, on Friday and Monday. Police said they are also investigating whether the same man, who is believed to frequent the area around the school, may have also accosted kids in other incidents. In the more recent incident, about 8 a.m. Monday, police said the man approached a young boy about two blocks from the school and grabbed him. Other children intervened, throwing rocks at the man, causing him to let go of the boy and flee, according to investigators.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON The Christie administration official overseeing distribution of $3 billion in federal Sandy aid testified Monday that "lawyers are engaged" to sort out the firing of a $68 million contractor, which he said occurred after the state tried to resolve complaints from Sandy victims. But Richard E. Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, insisted that hiring Hammerman & Gainer Inc. (HGI), the Louisiana-based firm that ran housing recovery centers to distribute $700 million in rebuilding money, was "the right thing to do. " "We obviously became aware of concerns that many members of the public had," said Constable, during two hours of testimony before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
HERE in the Upper Midwest, we do battle with Old Man Winter using a two-stage, gas-powered snowblower in every garage. May not need a lawn mower or a leaf blower or air conditioning, but darn sure need a snowblower. It's the first day above 32 degrees here since November, with 8 inches of snow on the ground. We have salt trucks, snowplows, the water company for frozen pipes, so it is not just the power company. Lots of blankets and the fireplace when the power goes out. We ice-fish and play pond hockey, too. We do not listen much to Punxsutawney Phil.
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