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March 31, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE BASKETBALL Dunphy's a leader on and off the court Kudos to the Inquirer not only for publishing the story about Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy's thoughtful treatment of his players and an 11-year-old Sports Illustrated for Kids reporter after a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament, but also for putting it across the top of the front page ("Grace and dignity after the buzzer," March 22). In an era of salacious judges, juvenile politicians, and others wrapped up in their own image and self-importance, Dunphy stands out as an honest man who understands his role in life without illusions.
NEWS
March 31, 2016
By Gaetan J. Alfano, Deborah R. Gross, and Mary F. Platt On April 26, Pennsylvania voters will have the opportunity to eliminate a court whose time has long since come and gone. Through the late 1960s, the old Philadelphia Magistrate Courts became clogged with numerous traffic violation cases and were beset by massive corruption. In 1968, as part of an overhaul of the state constitution, Philadelphia Traffic Court was created. Although intended to deal specifically with traffic violations, Philadelphia Traffic Court became a breeding ground for corruption and political patronage jobs.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
In a surprising twist, Stadium L.L.C.'s application to operate a casino hotel in South Philadelphia was sent back to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court, which said the board must take a closer look at the company's ownership structure. The Gaming Control Board's approval of Stadium's application was appealed by casino operator SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.L.P. and by Market East Associates, which had sought the license to operate a casino in Center City.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Ever so rarely, a company known for quiet growth in a sleepy business takes a secret, daring, unsettling step to try to reinvent itself as something bigger and bolder. Aqua America , the for-profit Bryn Mawr-based water company formerly known as Philadelphia Suburban, has grown for years by purchasing modest-sized town water and wastewater systems, boosting consumers' water rates, updating equipment, and enriching investors with dividends in states that encourage public-utility private enterprise.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Culture Writer
More than a year into the lawsuit it filed over Maurice Sendak's will, the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has asked a Connecticut judge to remove the executors of the author-illustrator's estate. Motivated by "financial self-interest," Sendak's executors have refused to carry out his wish to leave millions of dollars' worth of books to the Rosenbach, the Philadelphia museum and library asserts in a motion filed in Northern Fairfield County Probate Court. "They instead imagine themselves to have been invested with the power to pick and choose whether to follow his will or to implement instead a plan of their own for the disposition of his property," the Rosenbach says in the suit.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
A Pennsylvania judicial tribunal on Thursday found disgraced former Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin guilty of ethical misconduct for his exchange of offensive emails and fined him $50,000, but allowed him to keep his $153,000 annual pension. The six members of the Court of Judicial Discipline unanimously found that Eakin, by exchanging in "insensitive" sexually oriented and otherwise troubling emails on government computers, had undermined public confidence in the judiciary.
NEWS
March 25, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Still no precedent for ignoring nomination John Yoo, best known for authorizing the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping and waterboarding, also approves of the Senate's unprecedented refusal to consider Judge Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court ("Scalia's seat should be kept open," Sunday). Yoo cites the 1987 refusal to confirm Robert Bork, yet the Senate held hearings and voted on that nomination. There is no precedent for the Senate's refusal even to hold hearings on Garland.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
The judicial tribunal weighing the fate of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin abruptly froze his case Tuesday, a move that experts said suggested the case could end without a trial. Last week, the government lawyers who in December brought the misconduct case against Eakin over his exchange of offensive emails asked the Court of Judicial Discipline for permission to drop the most serious charge against him: bringing the Supreme Court "into disrepute. " The lawyers did so two days after Eakin, 67, a Republican who was first elected to the high court in 2001, resigned, becoming the second justice to quit the court because of the Porngate scandal.
NEWS
March 23, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Defer to voter dissatisfaction Since virtually the entire country is dissatisfied with the way our federal government is being run and wants change, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement should be postponed until immediately after the November elections to give voters a chance to express their will and have it acted upon. That said, President Obama acted correctly in making his nomination - it was his duty. Until the elections, Judge Merrick Garland's nomination can be discussed.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The drummer is so often behind the rest of the band, a position that reflects a general, and shameful, lack of credibility for the instrumentalist. "They get called the least musical aspect of any group," says Joe Ankenbrand, a veteran record seller and the onetime rhythm maker for legendary Philly electro-punks Bunnydrums and Jukebox Zeros. "Always in the back, eyes rolled into our skulls," agrees Eric Slick, a Philadelphia drummer/multi-instrumentalist for Dr. Dog and Lithuania.
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