June 15, 2016 |
With a pilot shortage looming for U.S. airlines, three subsidiaries of American Airlines announced Monday that they will offer $15,000 signing bonuses to newly minted pilots. Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle), Piedmont and PSA Airlines, which operate short-haul or "express" flights for American, are offering signing bonuses to lure new aviators at a time many senior pilots are near the mandatory retirement age of 65, and it's become harder to be a pilot. New federal pilot-rest rules and tougher qualification standards since 2013 require commercial co-pilots, or first officers, to have 1,500 hours of minimum flight experience, up from 250. Fewer young people are opting for cockpit jobs because of the cost of training and low entry pay – $22,500 to $26,000 to start at the regional airlines, which operate half the nation's scheduled flights.
June 14, 2016 |
Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers told a Duke University podcast Friday that he hoped to be cleared for basketball activity over the weekend. The 6-foot-11, 275-pounder out of Duke had surgery on March 22 to repair the meniscus in his right knee. The injury cost the NBA all-rookie selection the final 23 games of the season. A CAT scan on March 8 revealed the tear. "I'm getting anxious," Okafor said on the podcast hosted by Jon Scheyer, a Duke assistant coach. "I got in trouble a week and a half ago for going out there and shooting.
June 13, 2016
Alan L. Yatvin is a partner at Popper & Yatvin in Philadelphia On Jan. 31, 1976, Ernesto Arturo Miranda died of stab wounds suffered in a fight over a card game in a dive bar in Phoenix. His passing made for a few lines in papers across the country. The mother of law professor Charles Whitebread clipped the story and sent it to her son with the note "Isn't it a shame, after all he did for us. " What he did for us is lend his name to a landmark June 13, 1966, decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Miranda v. Arizona . In 1963, when Miranda was arrested in Arizona as a suspect in three rape/attempted-rape cases, suspects being questioned in police custody had the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney even if they could not afford one. What was not so clear, though, was whether the police had to explicitly tell a suspect of those rights before questioning.
June 11, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille was wrong to participate in an appeal from a death-row inmate whose prosecution he oversaw nearly three decades before. In a 5-3 split, the justices ordered a new hearing for Terrance Williams, finding that Castille's involvement in hearing the case when it came before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2014 violated Williams' constitutional rights. The decision served as a sharp rebuke to Castille, one of the Pennsylvania legal system's most towering figures in recent years.
June 11, 2016 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a second legal challenge to Gov. Christie's 2011 pension overhaul, ruling that the state did not violate a contractual right when it froze cost-of-living increases for retired public employees. The 6-1 decision is a big fiscal win for the state, which had warned that an adverse ruling would have a "devastating impact" on the pension system for public employees. Suspending cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) at 2011 levels reduced the pension system's unfunded liability by $17.5 billion, the state says.
June 9, 2016 |
T. Milton Street Sr.'s path to appear on an Election Day ballot may pass through a Philadelphia courtroom for the third time in five years. Street, a former state senator who served time in federal prison for unpaid taxes, and ran for mayor in 2011 and 2015, announced Monday that he will run as an independent for the Second Congressional District seat in the Nov. 8 general election. Just one problem: Street has been a registered Republican since January. The Pennsylvania Election Code says independent candidates must leave their political parties at least 30 days before the primary election to be eligible to appear on the general election ballot.
June 9, 2016 |
A New Jersey appeals court backed the decision last year by New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance to approve Horizon's two-tiered Omnia health plan, which has lower out-of-pocket costs at Tier One hospitals. Ten health systems not included in the lower-cost tier, including Kennedy Health, Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services, and Virtua, appealed the insurance department's approval of Ominia. They argued to the Superior Court of New Jersey's appellate division that Omnia did not meet various standards for network adequacy, was not in the public interest, and was approved in a rushed review.
June 8, 2016 |
A panel of Appellate Division judges heard arguments Monday on whether New Jersey's municipalities must zone for the many thousands of affordable housing units that were not approved between 1999 and 2015. The court promised a quick decision. At issue is whether townships and cities that did not zone for their legally mandated share of low- and middle-income housing during this "gap period" must do so on top of their obligations through 2025. If the panel rules in favor of an affordable-housing advocacy group's position, it could double or triple the Mount Laurel -type housing obligations of some municipalities.
June 2, 2016 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to stay a judge's order punishing prosecutors for not surrendering three cellphones for examination by lawyers in the civil case filed in connection with the Center City building collapse. The motion filed Friday contends that Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein had no authority to grant sanctions requested by lawyers for the Salvation Army, whose thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets was crushed when an unsupported three- to four-story brick wall toppled from an adjacent property.