November 19, 2012 |
A Philadelphia nonprofit with ties to State Rep. Dwight Evans mismanaged $1.5 million in state grants since 2006, raising questions about how the money was obtained and spent, according to a confidential state audit. At Evans' direction, the Urban Affairs Coalition put a Philadelphia pastor and his aide on its payroll, the auditors found, then used taxpayer funds to pay them $365,000 for work that auditors said they could not verify. The grants included $1 million that went to renovate a nursing home run by Leland Beloff, a former Philadelphia city councilman who was convicted in an extortion scheme in 1987 with mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo.
August 3, 2012 |
We now know that James Holmes, who was charged this week in the Colorado movie theater shooting, had been seeing a psychiatrist, though no one besides his doctor knows how often he was seen or what he said during treatment. According to one report, the psychiatrist warned University of Colorado officials about Holmes, but no further action was taken because he dropped out of graduate school. This raises important legal and ethical questions about what doctors and others providing mental health care ought to do if they believe a patient is dangerous.
May 19, 2012 |
Human Genome Sciences Inc. filed a plan with regulators Thursday to try to block GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C.'s $2.6 billion takeover offer for the Maryland-based pharmaceutical company. The shareholder-rights plan — a corporate tactic often called a poison pill because it discourages takeover attempts — was part of several filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would allow current shareholders to buy stock at a discounted price if anyone acquired more than 15 percent of the stock.
April 13, 2012 |
When Pennsylvania's new natural gas law, which takes effect Saturday, was being debated, the focus was on high-profile issues such as the new impact fee. But just before it passed, medical provisions were added that now have some physicians worried it will compromise public health. Except in an emergency, a physician who needs proprietary information about chemicals used in natural gas drilling to assess a patient must provide "a written statement" to a company, according to the act, and must sign a confidentiality agreement.
March 5, 2012 |
THE PLAYERS' association believes the leak of NL MVP Ryan Braun's drug test was an isolated occurrence. ESPN reported in December that Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone. Representatives of the Milwaukee outfielder argued during a grievance hearing that specified procedures for handling the sample were not followed, and arbitrator Shyam Das last month overturned the 50-game suspension Braun faced. "Everybody associated with the case is extremely disappointed that it leaked out," union head Michael Weiner said yesterday at the Brewers' training camp.
October 28, 2011 |
Judge Kevin Dougherty, head of the city's Juvenile and Family Courts, acknowledged Thursday that in 2002 he placed a young girl in the custody of her aunt, convicted murderer Linda Ann Weston - and added that he did so at the recommendation of the Department of Human Services, a child advocate, and the girl's mother. Police say the child, Beatrice Weston, became a prisoner and endured years of severe abuse in her aunt's custody. Beatrice Weston, now 19, was rescued by investigators earlier this month after police discovered that Linda Weston was keeping four mentally disabled adults in a basement dungeon in Tacony and allegedly stealing their Social Security checks.
November 15, 2010 |
When three salesmen from a rival firm offered to come on board at Standard Medical Supply Inc., founder Tony Ferrante thought it would be a way to expand the company. Two years after they arrived, they quit and started a competing business. Now, Ferrante and his erstwhile sales crew are in court in Delaware County, arguing about whether the crew built their new business by making unfair use of Standard's pricing strategy for its product line of bedpans, catheters, and oxygen tanks. When the economy is moving up or down, sensitivity can be heightened to such things as breaches of confidentiality and employee duty of loyalty, trade secrets, and noncompete contracts.
April 28, 2010 |
ANDREW Voudouris was only 15 when he joined his older brother, Steve, then 17, and their good friend Chris Francy in launching an online company called Xoxide.com (pronounced ex-oxide) in his parents' garage. They began by selling custom-built computers - and sold them pretty quickly. The company soon morphed into a computer-accessories store, selling everything from elaborately designed cases to PC tachometers, a "speedometer for computers" that the guys invented to measure how hard a computer is working.
August 18, 2009 |
Citing undisclosed health reasons and a possible appeal of his conviction and sentence, lawyers for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday asked a federal judge to postpone his Aug. 31 surrender to the Bureau of Prisons. If U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, who on July 14 sentenced Fumo to 55 months in prison, grants the request, the 66-year-old South Philadelphia Democrat could avoid prison for months as legal issues are sorted out. Federal prosecutors filed a notice this month setting the stage for an appeal of Fumo's sentence, which they had called "unduly lenient.