September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In 2010, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million for helping expose the widespread tax-evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth. The dizzyingly abrupt turnabout in Birkenfeld's life leaves him with the largest government whistle-blower award ever to an individual, said Stephen M. Kohn, one of Birkenfeld's attorneys and executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
April 12, 2009 |
It's been a nasty, hateful and, at times, personal fight, one that seemed destined to go on forever. But last week, momentum swung sharply toward those striving to build a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge National Historical Park. Key tactical concessions and legal victories, building upon favorable government votes, have moved the American Revolution Center closer to being constructed at the Lower Providence site where its supporters want it to go. "When you get a court order in your favor, the momentum shifts," said Paul Decker, head of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and a studied observer of the drama.
April 9, 2009 |
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge Park - a big blow to the project's opponents. The existence of a federal suit held out the prospect of a years-long delay in building the proposed American Revolution Center, which would make it hard for the organizers to raise money and sustain interest. But in a decision released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
April 7, 2009 |
Depending on your point of view, the structure was going to be a scholar's dormitory that would enhance historical understanding of Valley Forge - or a hotel that would speed the commercialization of a treasured national park. Either way, its construction is now in serious doubt. The head of the American Revolution Center, a controversial museum complex planned for 78 acres of private land inside the park, yesterday announced a voluntary 15-year moratorium on building a particularly contentious piece of the project, the conference center.
July 25, 2008 |
A zoning hearing that will help determine the future of Valley Forge National Historical Park stretched into the night yesterday, the arguments of attorneys delaying testimony and comments from people who wished to speak. More than 75 people attended the hearing in Eagleville, Montgomery County, concerning a plan by a nonprofit group to build a museum and conference center on private land located inside the park. More than two hours after the meeting started at 7 p.m., the first witness finally spoke, questioned by attorneys for the National Parks Conservation Association and five local property owners who oppose the development.
July 24, 2008 |
More than a million visitors come each year to explore its rich Revolutionary War history, but the fact is that there's never been a battle fought at Valley Forge. Until now. Tonight, a conservation group and several local property owners plunge into what could be a long and contentious attempt to stop a nonprofit organization from building a museum and conference center on private land inside the national park. "Our ultimate goal is to protect Valley Forge," said Cinda Waldbuesser, state program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
May 16, 2008 |
Plans for an American Revolution Center would lead to a divided Valley Forge Park, an opponent warned yesterday. "If the current course continues, we will end up with two parks," Don Naimoli, president of the Friends of Valley Forge Park, told a noontime rally on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse. "A divided Valley Forge experience is not in the best interests of the public," he said. "Building the museum as originally planned makes good, sound, common sense. " The rally, attended by about 70 people, was held to protest the proposed ARC complex in Lower Providence Township.
April 27, 2008 |
Soaring 51 stories above the Philadelphia streets, and made of glass, it's not the stairway to heaven. It's the stairway to Brian Roberts' office. This see-through staircase climbs several top floors of the new Comcast Center. Sunlight shines through the windows and the steps that hang in the air. Says one of the designers: "It makes you feel as if you're walking on clouds. " Which at this elevation, you are. Ten floors down is the city's highest company cafeteria.
April 16, 2008 |
The American Revolution Center will show off its plans for a new museum and conference center with lodging in Valley Forge National Historical Park during an open house tonight. But with controversy continuing to swirl around the plan, even this seemingly benign event in Lower Providence Township has stirred the pot a bit. The invitation to attend the open house at Chadwick's Restaurant & Bar was sent to all township residents, including the municipality's supervisors. But five township residents have asked their supervisors to stay away.
March 12, 2008
Defending Jealous I strongly disagree with George Curry's assessment of the qualifications of Benjamin Jealous for executive director of the NAACP ("Looking for the NAACP's next leader," March 6). In addition to being a Rhodes scholar, Jealous is an extraordinary visionary. His energy and unceasing drive resulted in the implementation of many badly needed programs for the National Newspaper Publishers Association that helped our members catch up to the technology era. Given the current environment where "change" is an element people appear to be racing toward, Jealous would indeed be a lightning rod for the implementation of such a concept by the NAACP.