November 8, 2015 |
Maybe it's my sense of humor, but this recent comment by Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, made me chuckle: "Despite strong protections that have been put in place to protect homeowners, this month's complaint report shows consumers are still having problems when dealing with their mortgages. " I'd like to think that all the federal government has to do is snap its collective fingers and all our problems will go away, but I wasn't born yesterday.
October 10, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray said he did not go to Eagles coach Chip Kelly to discuss his comments about a lack of touches after the Week 4 loss to Washington, and he did not feel the need to rehash the issue with Kelly. "We all are on the same page and we all know what needs to happen to get this thing rolling offensively," Murray said. "I think the defense, they've been playing amazing for us the past four games, and I think we all need to continue to work hard and do all the little things right and execute.
October 9, 2015 |
Barbara Buono, a former Democratic state senator who lost the 2013 governor's race to incumbent Gov. Christie, has paid $1,600 in fines to settle a complaint that alleged she misused funds during her campaign. The state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) disclosed Wednesday that it had reprimanded Buono and imposed a $2,000 fine in connection with its May complaint, which accused her of using her Senate campaign account to help finance her gubernatorial run. The fine was reduced to $1,600 because of Buono's prompt payment, ELEC said.
September 11, 2015
I TOOK A WALK in the sun a few days back with the Dynamic Duo, looking for sidewalk hazards. The Dynamic Duo are Debby Schaaf and Pamela Freyd, unpaid volunteer co-chairwomen of the 4-year-old Feet First Philly, which is sponsored by the Clean Air Council. Feet First Philly promotes the novel idea that sidewalks belong to the people who walk them. Crazy, isn't it? Feet First has done surveys (you can volunteer or chime in at www.feetfirstphilly.org ) of sidewalk obstacles.
September 1, 2015 |
Last week, years after Lumberton's Ethics Board went dormant, the township committee voted to make its demise official. With a unanimous vote, the board was abolished. Lumberton was one of only two municipalities in Burlington County to even have such a board; there are only about 30 across the state. Township Solicitor George Morris had advised the committee to eliminate it "for consistency" reasons, saying the majority of New Jersey's municipalities allow the state Local Finance Board to handle ethics complaints lodged against local officials.
August 5, 2015 |
Acting on long-standing complaints about stench coming across the Delaware River, a state agency on Monday fined the owners of Bucks County's aging Tullytown landfill $500,000 for failing to control odors and to treat wastewater promptly. The Department of Environmental Protection also said Waste Management Inc. had failed to treat water that flows through the mountains of garbage at two other dumps it owns in neighboring Falls Township. For years, New Jersey residents, particularly those in Florence, have complained about odors borne on the prevailing winds from the west.
May 29, 2015 |
After a surgical device spread an aggressive but undetected uterine cancer inside anesthesiologist Amy Reed in late 2013, she and her husband launched a campaign to ban electric morcellators. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has gotten involved, according to Reed's husband, Philadelphia heart surgeon Hooman Noorchashm, and Sarah Robinson, a California woman whose cancer was also worsened by the device. Both said Wednesday that they have been interviewed by FBI agents, and believe the FBI is looking into whether manufacturers failed to report deaths and serious injuries to the Food and Drug Administration, as required by federal law. "I had been trying to get the FBI's attention for a very long time," said Noorchashm, a heart surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
May 18, 2015 |
A former city prosecutor has charged in a complaint to the state Supreme Court that the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office knowingly used a police officer as witness in an untold number of cases although he admitted committing perjury. "Thousands of defendants were not afforded their proper due process rights," former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Justin Thomson said in his complaint dated Wednesday. Thomson's complaint to the high court's Disciplinary Board alleged the District Attorney's Office allowed Officer Christopher Hulmes to testify for more than three years after he admitted in 2011 to a city judge that he perjured himself in a case he was involved with.
May 3, 2015 |
Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned. The report summarized the findings of an internal investigation that found Jonathan Duecker had groped one woman and made improper sexual advances to another, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That document was sent to Kane the weekend before she promoted Duecker, a onetime supervisor of narcotics agents, to chief of staff, the sources said.
May 2, 2015 |
A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena personnel files from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, saying VA officials had ignored its requests for months. It is only the third time the House Committee on Veterans Affairs has issued a subpoena, and the latest sign that scrutiny of the Philadelphia office, which culminated in a blistering investigative report released last month, is expanding. "There is no doubt that there are serious issues plaguing the operations of the Philadelphia regional office," said Chairman Jeff Miller (R., Fla.)