November 22, 2004
THE HIRING of Councilman Juan Ramos' 19-year-old daughter as an assistant managing director of the city last week was a brilliant move . . . to underscore how critical ethics legislation is - right now. Did a 19-year-old who is still in college use her father's influence to help get a plum job? It's hard to assume otherwise, demonstrating how the perception of bad behavior and the reality of it are so intricately linked. But if she used her father's position, would it actually be wrong?
July 29, 1987 |
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D., Vt.) revealed yesterday that he was the source of the unauthorized disclosure in January of a draft Senate intelligence committee report on the Iran-contra affair and said he resigned from the panel as a result. In an unusual statement, Leahy said he had allowed a reporter, whom he did not identify, to look at the report and that he did not realize at the time that the action might lead to the document's disclosure. The statement said that after Leahy realized that he was the source of the disclosure, he "was angry with himself for carelessly allowing the press person to examine the unclassified draft and to be alone with it" and resigned from the committee as a sign of "his own regret.
April 23, 1986 |
Individual members of the Strawbridge & Clothier families have indicated they have "no intention of accepting the offer" of New York investor Ronald Baron to buy two-thirds of the outstanding shares in the retailing chain, Francis R. Strawbridge said yesterday. Baron on Monday launched a takeover effort offering $60 per share cash, a total of $249.6 million, for at least 4.1 million shares, about two-thirds of the outstanding stock in the company. Strawbridge's officials said they have not held a board of directors meeting since the tender offer.
July 26, 1991 |
Few would dispute that a patient's right to confidentiality survives death, but what about a patient's right to disclosure? In the case of an artist or public figure, issues of posthumous disclosure arise again and again. I would suggest that patients' right to disclose their conversations with their therapists also survives death, but here the issue is more complex. If a patient has consented to release all psychiatric records to a biographer, does the deceased patient's family have any rights to privacy?
December 9, 1994 |
Forget the statistics. Forget that in real life, women are more typically the victims of sexual harassment than the perpetrators. Forget that only 10 percent of sexual harassment complaints are filed by men against their colleagues, although in Hollywood - as seen in the recent academic drama Oleanna and the new techno-thriller Disclosure - it's 100 percent. Forget this because Disclosure is 200 percent the most purely entertaining film of the season. This witty, wily battle between genders is not so much about sexual harassment as it is about power politics in the workplace, where water-cooler gossip is replaced by E-mail, and where memo warfare is waged by combatants in virtual-reality goggles.
March 1, 1993 |
Pennsylvania's disclosure requirements for trash moguls leak like a sieve. People who set up waste disposal businesses in the state are required by law to answer a lot of questions - but not enough questions, some officials say. So when Carmine Franco went into the trash business in Southwest Philadelphia in 1986, he flew in under the radar set up by state law to screen trash figures with criminal records. Neither his name, nor the 1982 anti-trust conviction that got him thrown out of the waste business in New Jersey, has ever turned up on disclosure forms used by the Department of Environmental Resources in weighing approval for waste disposal businesses.
May 18, 1993 |
SPS Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. government $2.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to make required tests on nuts, bolts and other fasteners sold to NASA and the Defense Department for aircraft engines and parts. The settlement was announced yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, closing an investigation that SPS itself had started under the government's "voluntary disclosure" program. The program encourages self- policing by government contractors.
March 17, 2006 |
A challenger to veteran State Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) wants the courts to bar her from the May Democratic primary because of an incomplete financial-disclosure statement. Larry Farnese argued that Josephs violated a state ethics law by not listing specifics about her income on the statement that accompanies candidate nominating petitions. "This race can be won in the street - I just want the street to be clean," said Farnese, 37, a lawyer. "It's a matter of public disclosure, so potential conflicts of interest can be identified.
April 12, 2005 |
Commonwealth Court ruled yesterday that former Philadelphia judge John Braxton can remain on the Democratic primary ballot for city controller despite having filed an incomplete financial-disclosure form. In a terse statement, a three-judge panel of the appeals court affirmed a March 24 decision by the Common Pleas Court that Braxton could amend his ethics statement because he made no malicious attempt to conceal the sources of his income. State Rep. Alan Butkovitz (D., Phila.
November 11, 2005
RE the letter on abortion disclosure: You can't have it both ways. Either a woman has the right not to inform her husband when she plans to terminate a pregnancy, or she has the right to have the man's assets disclosed because the child needs to be supported. You father it, you support it. By the way, if a man could get pregnant, you can bet your bottom dollar abortions would be available at vending machines for 15 cents a pop. Marie Kahlan, Philadelphia