June 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a watchdog group's complaint against former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, saying that even though the South Jersey congressman appeared to use $30,000 of campaign funds for a luxurious family trip to Scotland, he paid the money back and should not be prosecuted. The commission examined a 2011 trip in which Andrews, a Democrat, tapped his campaign funds to help bring his wife and two daughters to a wedding in Edinburgh, where they stayed in the five-star Balmoral hotel.
May 31, 2014 |
Three years after the Foxwoods Casino group lost its license to open a Philadelphia gaming hall, the former partners in the project are trying to retrieve their $50 million licensing fee in federal bankruptcy court. The Foxwoods group - also known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners (PEDP) - filed a complaint Thursday against the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The investor group alleges that Pennsylvania's refusal to refund its money was "an unconstitutional taking" and "unjust enrichment.
May 22, 2014 |
Universities nationwide must rethink how they investigate and rule on sexual-assault complaints, because the current system isn't working, Pennsylvania State University's new president said Tuesday. Schools often use judicial or "honor boards," which can include students and others who are not adequately trained, to hear sexual assault cases and rule on whether the victim or the alleged perpetrator is telling the truth, said Eric J. Barron. Schools in effect are being asked to do a job normally left to the courts, he said.
May 16, 2014 |
THE PRINCIPAL of a popular Philadelphia school is on her way out following complaints from parents about a series of bizarre incidents. Yvette Duperon, principal at Bache-Martin School, on Brown Street near 22nd in Fairmount, will leave next month at the end of the school year, according to a letter sent home to parents yesterday. The letter does not give a reason for the principal's departure. In a cover story yesterday, the Daily News reported parents' concerns about questionable incidents at the school, including an eighth-grade student being banished to first grade as punishment.
May 12, 2014 |
Cheating at Cayuga Elementary was no secret. Staff and parents at the Hunting Park school had alleged for years that principal Evelyn Cortez had ordered testing improprieties - from instructing students to confirm answers with their teachers before entering them in exam books to changing answers herself, according to a grand jury report. Multiple reports of cheating were made to the Philadelphia School District over several years before officials took it seriously, staff said.
May 3, 2014 |
Five area colleges are among 55 nationwide being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for possible mishandling of sexual assault and harassment cases. Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Franklin and Marshall College are on the first-of-its-kind list, released Thursday. The investigations are looking for possible violations of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Officials declined to release details of the investigations.
April 16, 2014 |
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.
April 4, 2014 |
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.
March 25, 2014 |
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.
March 20, 2014 |
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.