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.)
April 27, 2015 |
It was not long after sundown when a Camden County Police cruiser, its emergency lights off, stopped Malik Macklin in the alley behind his home in September 2013. The sergeant was searching for a man with a gun and asked Macklin what he was doing. Macklin, a soft-spoken 21-year-old who did not match the suspect's description, says he was confused about why police stopped him and did not respond. Things quickly got out of hand, and two more officers arrived. The sergeant said Macklin charged at him and a fight ensued.
February 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For eight minutes Wednesday, Cliff Lee offered pitches to a rotating trio of teammates: Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere, and Freddy Galvis. The live batting practice was the first time Lee threw to hitters since a strained elbow cost him the last two months of last season. The reports provided to Ryne Sandberg were "excellent," the manager said. "Felt good," Lee said. "Felt normal. No complaints. " Lee threw each of his pitches in the session. The 36-year-old lefthander warmed up with a bullpen session, his third of spring training.
February 17, 2015 |
The clothing donation bin appeared on the North Philadelphia street corner without warning, a metal box caked with bubble-gum pink paint and rust. Stenciled on the side in small blue letters was this message: "Through your donations we provide money to charities & give employees occupation. " Jay Butler, who owns the adjacent property near Erie Avenue and 21st Street, didn't think much of it. Until the bin filled up, and clothing - along with a mattress, a broken television, and an empty bottle of brandy - littered the sidewalk.
February 13, 2015 |
An ethics complaint was filed Wednesday against Westampton Township Committeeman Robert Maybury, alleging that he had a conflict of interest when he cast a deciding vote in the hiring of Jason Carty as the town's fire chief/EMS director. When Carty was a commissioner with the Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority, he voted to hire Maybury as the interim executive director in October, according to the complaint filed by John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
February 7, 2015 |
The National Labor Relations Board's Philadelphia office has agreed to hear complaints filed by Au Bon Pain employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. In their unfair labor practice charges filed last year, the employees complained that in September the company tried to dissuade them from attempting to form a union by disciplining two of the activists, by currying favor by offering to pay for an employee's child care and by bringing in the Boston-based company's chief executive to meet workers.
February 4, 2015 |
Union carpenters and Teamsters angling to regain their jobs at the Convention Center had their hopes thwarted Monday when a hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board said the board did not have jurisdiction to handle a complaint filed by the two unions. The unions, which have been staging protests outside the Convention Center for months, lost the right to work there in May, when they did not sign a new customer-satisfaction agreement by a deadline set by the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board.
February 2, 2015 |
Pity the beleaguered Comcast phone reps. Sure, their jobs aren't up there with logging or roofing - the kind that usually make lists as the most dangerous in America. Besides, let's be clear: We're talking about call-center jobs that aren't even always in America. Isn't the Internet a wonder? But judging from my swamped inbox after last Sunday's column about a three-week Comcast flub, and last week's strange tale of a customer whose name was replaced on his account with a seven-letter epithet, "Comcast phone rep" is starting to look like a gig worth hazardous-duty pay. Unless you're immune to psychological pain, how often can you blithely tell people that you're really, truly sorry the company missed an appointment, can't seem to fix a billing error, or insist on transferring fed-up clients to "customer retention" when they just want to cancel?
January 26, 2015 |
Nearly everything went smoothly with Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer's holiday-week move from one Philadelphia neighborhood to another. The truck and crew arrived on time to take their belongings from Queen Village to Northern Liberties. The gas and power were functioning at their new home. Even Dec. 30's weather cooperated. The lone exception? Their Comcast cable and Internet service. Moravec had timed an appointment to have it connected on the morning of Dec. 31, and Thauer took off work to await the technicians.
January 10, 2015 |
A nonprofit advocacy group representing New Jersey charter schools filed an ethics complaint this week accusing a Rutgers University professor of abusing her title and improperly using her university affiliation to lobby against charter schools. Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, denied the accusations, describing them as an attack on academic freedom and an attempt to silence her. The New Jersey Charter Schools Association, a nonprofit group that advocates for charters, has long butted heads with Save Our Schools New Jersey (SOSNJ)