December 6, 2012 |
Members of two parent groups and the city's NAACP chapter plan to file a city ethics complaint Wednesday alleging that William Penn Foundation-funded work that a consulting firm did for the Philadelphia School District this year constituted lobbying. For several months, the Boston Consulting Group studied the district's operations. It came up with an extensive set of recommendations on how to cut costs and restructure operations in a school system hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
December 4, 2012
HAVE A PROBLEM in your neighborhood? * Call 9-1-1 for all police and fire emergencies. * Call 3-1-1 or 215-686-8686 from a wireless phone (or use the philly311 free smartphone app) to report most nonpolice problems including abandoned nuisance or dangerous properties, abandoned autos, building violations, graffiti, illegal dumping, noise complaints, potholes on city streets (for potholes & deer removal on state highways, call PennDOT: 800-FIX-ROAD), recycling issues, rodents (rats, mice, squirrels)
November 14, 2012 |
BERLIN - Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims that it benefited from forced labor in the former communist East Germany, the company and victims groups said Monday. The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, used East German suppliers who employed prisoners - some of them political dissidents - to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s. "We hope this will be a first step toward a broader investigation into the use of forced labor in East Germany," Rainer Wagner, chairman of the victims' group UOKG, told the Associated Press.
November 7, 2012 |
New Jersey and New York officials are investigating hundreds of allegations of price-gouging in the days after Sandy struck the region, and are emphasizing warnings that property owners may be targeted by repair scams - a common consumer complaint after previous disasters. "We are urging New Jersey's consumers and municipalities to beware of fly-by-night, incompetent, and dishonest contractors who will seek to profit from the misery of those affected by this storm," Gov. Christie said in a statement Monday.
October 19, 2012 |
A Gloucester County assemblyman charged with drunken driving after declining to take a breath test over the summer has filed a 27-count criminal complaint against the arresting patrolman, accusing him of lying and falsifying a police report. Democratic Assemblyman Paul Moriarty said Wednesday that he was wrongfully pulled over July 31 by Washington Township Police Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura, who accused the legislator of cutting him off near a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Greentree Road in Turnersville.
October 19, 2012 |
One girl was just 10 when Bucks County tattoo artist Walter Meyerle sexually assaulted her for the first time. Two of his victims were 14; one was 16; a fifth, 17. The abuse occurred after 2003 and went on for months - in the case of a Croydon teen, more than a year - culminating in Meyerle's arrest in 2011. It did not have to be. Based on testimony at his child-sex-abuse trial, on court records, and on interviews, Meyerle might have been stopped before those young girls were molested - if a Bensalem Township police detective had aggressively pursued three cases reported in 2003.
October 4, 2012 |
Up in arms over a cost-cutting plan by two Chester County townships to get rid of their joint police department, the police officers' union said Tuesday it would file an unfair labor practice complaint with the state. Saying that East Goshen and Westtown Townships have failed to bargain in good faith, union attorney Joseph Chupein called their conduct "unlawful" and said the union would consider "additional legal action. " In announcing the plan Monday, the supervisors said the current labor contract with the Westtown-East Goshen Police Association, which expires next year, was "unsustainable.
October 3, 2012
In trying to halt the Philadelphia School District's process for closing schools, a group of parents and others say they are filing a complaint with the federal Office of Civil Rights. The parents, who include members of the community group ACTION UNITED, say that school closings disproportionately affect African American students. The group hopes to win a moratorium on school closings, and it wants an investigation into the school closings, which it says were discriminatory. The group says that at six of the eight schools that closed or began the closing process, at least 13 percent more African American students are enrolled than the district average.