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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.
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.
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