January 6, 1987
The Inquirer editorializes (Dec. 20) that raising congressional pay by 74 percent to $135,000 would "restore the buying power of these positions' salaries to 1969 levels" and should attract America's "best and brightest" to public service. But who is responsible for the inflation that eroded the buying power of 1969 salaries, not just for members of Congress but for everybody? Who continued to vote for the appropriations to finance the Vietnam War - the biggest factor in inflation for the past 15 years?
September 19, 1987 |
The businessman who heads Pittsburgh's transit agency said yesterday that he had been asked by aides to Gov. Casey whether he would be interested in replacing Donald F. Mazziotti as the governor's nominee for commerce secretary. James C. Roddey, managing partner of Allegheny Media, said he had not been offered the job - only asked whether he would speak with Casey about it. "I'd certainly be interested in talking with the governor," Roddey said. Roddey, 54, is chairman of the Allegheny County Port Authority, the Pittsburgh-area equivalent of SEPTA, and also heads the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
October 19, 2002 |
President Bush is to take the political offensive today on the issue of pension protection as part of an effort to insulate Republicans from voter anger over stock-fund losses. With just more than two weeks to go before the Nov. 5 congressional elections, Bush will use his weekly radio address to tout his record on pension protection and to criticize Democrats. A White House spokesman said Bush would highlight a new law that prevents corporate executives from selling company stock from their pension portfolios when lower-level employees are prohibited from selling theirs.
July 11, 2002 |
A remarkably unanimous Senate voted yesterday to increase penalties against wayward business executives and to outlaw new white-collar crimes as President Bush warmed up to tough legislation against corporate fraud. Republicans rushed to support the tougher measures yesterday, pushing the legislation far beyond the proposals the President laid out in a speech Tuesday in New York. The Senate voted, 97-0, for the amendment containing the tough penalties. Combined with the White House's conditional endorsement of the emerging legislation, that puts the Democratic-controlled Senate in the driver's seat as Washington shapes the government's response to corporate and accounting scandals.
December 2, 1986
When last we left those fun-loving members of the Bohemian Club, they were trying to convince a California court that hiring female employees would impinge on their right to urinate on trees. Even in a California court that's a tough argument to win. After five years of legal battles, a state appellate court recently rejected the Bohemians' case. The Bohemians aren't just any fraternal organization. Members include the President of the United States, the attorney general, hundreds of corporate executives, powerful lawyers and politicians.
April 16, 1996 |
Federal agents found antidepressants, guns, an "autobiography" and a list of corporate executives in the cabin that served as a virtual bomb factory for Unabom suspect Theodore Kaczynski, FBI records released yesterday show. The 34-page document - the most detailed inventory yet of the former Berkeley professor's 10-by-12 foot shack - lists more than 700 items removed by FBI agents. The federal judge who released the records also ruled that Kaczynski's lawyers can tour the cabin to see the results of the 13-day search.
December 1, 1986 |
A party to celebrate the topping out of One Liberty Place, soon to be Philadelphia's tallest office building, will go on despite a scheduling conflict with the Pennsylvania Society Dinner, considered by many to be the biggest social and political event of the year. Rouse & Associates, developers of the 60-story building at 17th and Market streets, is giving a party Friday evening, Dec. 12, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the completion of the roof of the first building in the city to tower over Billy Penn's hat. The date of Rouse's party, however, conflicts with the 88th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner, which is held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and is attended by some of the state's top politicians, corporate executives, lawyers, labor leaders and lobbyists - many of the same people Rouse wants to attend his bash.
July 3, 1992 |
You think only corporate executives get stock deals? In an unusual - possibly unique - provision of their collective bargaining agreement, Sun Co. employees represented by Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) Local 990 in Philadelphia will receive 100 shares of restricted company stock. That's on top of a 9.5 percent wage increase. The contract affects 294 workers at Sun's 130,000-barrel-a-day refinery in the city. Sun acquired the refinery in 1988 as part of its purchase of Atlantic Petroleum Corp.
January 10, 1992 |
It's the manner of television to have everything balanced. Thus we can say that on This Week With David Brinkley, George F. Will represents the right, Sam Donaldson the left and Cokie Roberts something in between. In this way, all bases are covered and agreement almost never reached - until this week that is. On the subject of executive pay, Will, Donaldson and Roberts agreed on Sunday: It's too high. The show aired sometime after midnight in Seoul, which is where President Bush happened to be at the time.
June 17, 1988 |
A federal judge yesterday sentenced two former executives of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. to a year and a day in prison for selling millions of bottles of phony apple juice intended for babies. Niels L. Hoyvald, 54, former president and chief executive officer of Beech-Nut, and John F. Lavery, 56, former vice president of operations, also were fined $100,000 each for their roles in what prosecutors said was "one of the largest consumer frauds ever . . . prosecuted by the Department of Justice.