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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.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
SHAMONG A state ethics complaint has been lodged against a Shamong Board of Education member for Facebook posts that make pejorative references about district teachers and endorse student physical force to deal with bullies. In a complaint dated April 9, former Shamong School Board President Diane Tallaksen alleges that board member Greg Vitagliano wrote public posts in 2013 that violate state School Ethics Act provisions, including protecting "the welfare of all children in the school district," and supporting and protecting "school personnel in proper performance of their duties.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two competitive electrical suppliers account for more than half of the 5,732 complaints over soaring power bills that Pennsylvania regulators have received in the last two months, according to data released Wednesday. IDT Energy Inc. and Pennsylvania Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), which offer variable-rate electricity deals to residential customers, were the targets of 52 percent of the complaints filed this year, according to the Public Utility Commission. A total of 66 suppliers were listed.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Did you just get an electric bill that doubled or tripled? You're in good company. Pennsylvania's attorney general is investigating why so many thousands of us have seen our energy bills skyrocket. Yes, there was a polar vortex. But some also suspect price-gouging on the part of suppliers. Without warning, many a customer discovered his or her account had been switched to a variable rate from a cheaper fixed rate - in the middle of a winter so cold Gov. Corbett declared a state of emergency Feb. 5. Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said price-gouging during a state of emergency is prohibited in Pennsylvania.
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.
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 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.
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