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NEWS
February 13, 2013
Court proceedings were recessed for at least two days in the federal civil lawsuit against the Philadelphia Housing Authority by former Executive Director Carl R. Greene - who was fired in September 2010 and contends that the agency owes him $743,000 in lost pay, plus damages. Court officials said the nonjury trial would not reconvene until at least Wednesday. One source said only that "the parties are talking. " The trial, which started Feb. 4 before U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, was interrupted last week for a settlement conference, court records show.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Barbara Boyerand James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
More than three-quarters of New Jersey police departments failed to give the public correct information when they were asked how to file a complaint against officers, the American Civil Liberties Union has found. The organization Tuesday released a report based on a 2012 survey of 497 departments. It followed a similar study conducted in 2009 that produced similar findings. "The results remained disconcerting," the report said. "Once again, a majority of local departments provided inaccurate information in response to the most basic questions regarding individuals' rights to file [internal affairs]
BUSINESS
January 9, 2013 | By Daniel Wagner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Ten major banks agreed Monday to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes. The banks, which include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will pay billions to homeowners to end review of foreclosure files that was required under a 2011 enforcement action. The review was ordered because banks mishandled paperwork and skipped required steps in the foreclosure process.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Conshohocken man has alleged in a court filing that members of a controversial narcotics squad in Philadelphia raided his business without a warrant, beat him with a pipe, and kicked in his teeth before arresting him on trumped-up charges that were recently dropped. Warren Layre, 60, said in an interview Friday that he was seeking to recover about $400,000 seized after the June 2011 raid on his auto-repair shop in West Mount Airy. Layre filed a petition in Common Pleas Court to recover his money, denying that he ever sold drugs.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
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)
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Frank Jordans, Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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