September 22, 2015 |
Loyalty is an admirable trait, but blind loyalty is not. Unfortunately, Mayor Nutter's criticism of City Controller Alan Butkovitz's call for the dismissal of Department of Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams appears to be an example of the latter. Rather than address the concerns Butkovitz raised in a report concluding that the department is too slow to demolish dangerous buildings, Nutter got personal, suggesting Butkovitz suffers from a "narcissistic personality disorder that seems to compel the need for constant public attention.
September 21, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - While still working on getting its offense to where it wants to be, Penn State showed Saturday night it can score on sustained drives, and it can hit on quick strikes as well. The Nittany Lions blitzed Rutgers with a 21-point second quarter, scoring touchdowns on drives of 80, 90, and 75 yards, then fashioned a two-play 70-yard drive behind true freshman Saquon Barkley in the fourth quarter. They rolled to a 28-3 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the opening game of the Big Ten Conference season.
September 21, 2015 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday formally dismissed charges against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick signed the one-page order without elaborating on the case. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud in May. A week ago yesterday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia filed a motion to drop the charges against Xi. Xi's lead attorney, Peter Zeidenberg, of Arent Fox in Washington,has said "the government had made a significant mistake [in indicting Xi]
September 18, 2015 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz called for the dismissal of Department of Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams, saying Williams has failed to improve the beleaguered department. "It is time to appoint new leadership," Butkovitz said at a news conference Wednesday. The controller said L&I "continues to jeopardize public safety" by allowing uncertified employees to conduct building inspections, relying on an antiquated computer system that is open to tampering, and moving too slow to eliminate unsafe buildings.
August 22, 2015 |
A Chester County Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit the Coatesville Area School District brought against its former solicitor and his former law firm that accused them of overbilling and unsound legal advice. The school district has 20 days from the date of the judge's decision, Monday, to file an amended lawsuit, which the district's solicitor said it would do. Judge Jeffrey Sommer said the school district must show specific instances of overbilling and said some allegations of the suit, filed in April, were too broad.
August 15, 2015 |
With the heated controversy stirred by the firing of a popular teacher over her same-sex marriage still simmering, officials at Waldron Mercy Academy say they are taking extraordinary steps to protect returning students. Administrators at the private Catholic elementary school on the Main Line say a psychologist has been invited to work with faculty and staff on how to handle questions that might arise about the June dismissal of Margie Winters, fired after a parent complained to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education about Winters' marriage.
August 14, 2015 |
A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit by Entertainment Studios Network Inc. that claimed racial discrimination by Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. by failing to distribute its channels on their cable systems. Entertainment Studios, a California company that calls itself a "100 percent African American-owned media company," filed the lawsuit earlier this year as federal regulators were evaluating Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
August 12, 2015
Waldron Mercy Academy principal Nell Stetser said Monday that the school would hold a special meeting in September for parents to discuss the firing of a religious studies director who was married to another woman. In a statement, Stetser said she understood that the decision to not renew Margie Winters' contract "continues to cause a great deal of pain and heartfelt questioning. " She said she wanted to explain the decision and hear from parents, faculty, and staff. In addition to the September meeting, she said, there will be another meeting in the fall for the Waldron community to talk with the school's leadership.
August 10, 2015 |
When Penn State landed Daiquan Kelly as part of its 2015 freshman class, the Nittany Lions thought the athletic-but-undersize linebacker might one day grow into a playmaker for them. Now they'll never know. On Saturday morning, Penn State issued a statement announcing that the 6-2, 194-pound Kelly had been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules. Kelly is generally regarded as a three-star recruit, although some recruiting services have rated him as high as four stars.
August 6, 2015 |
A JUDGE YESTERDAY dismissed charges against two people arrested in a bizarre case in which an 86-year-old Korean War veteran and his 55-year-old wife were allegedly kidnapped by three women in April and allegedly forced to rent two cars for them. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan dismissed all charges against Vashti Williams, 23 - accused of being one of the kidnappers - and Damon Cornish, 24, for lack of evidence presented at their preliminary hearing. Assistant District Attorney Emily Rodriguez told the judge that the 86-year-old vet, George Saunders, is "elderly and infirm" and his wife, Priscilla Jones, is "also unwell.