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April 11, 1991 | By Tanya Barrientos, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District has recommended that George E. Wiggins, driver of the school bus that overturned and injured 41 children last week, be fired. Wiggins, 50, has worked for the school district since 1980, continuing to drive a bus despite two driver's license suspensions and at least three prior school bus accidents. The recommendation to fire Wiggins came on the heels of police findings that he was speeding at the time of last Thursday's accident. The bus, which had just turned off Roosevelt Boulevard onto Holme Avenue, was going 60 m.p.h.
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February 25, 1990 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The future for a Hatboro police officer ousted last summer for events that included a scuffle with a businessman and a drunken-driving arrest will be decided shortly. Within the next few weeks, Montgomery County Court Judge William T. Nicholas is expected to rule on an appeal of Hatboro Borough Council to have the Robert Ottey Jr. permanently removed from the force. Nicholas heard arguments during a Tuesday hearing on the council's appeal of the police civil service commission's November decision to reinstate the officer after a 60-day suspension.
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July 2, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
An administrative law judge will hear the case of Monroe Township schoolteacher Robert P. Valenti, who has been suspended for the last three months after his March 11 arrest on a marijuana charge. "The board has decided to certify the charges against Mr. Valenti to the commissioner of education," said school board solicitor Walter L. Marshall Jr. during the public portion of the June 20 school board meeting. Before the announcement, the board met in private for 45 minutes with Valenti and his attorney, Mary Crangle of Haddonfield.
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December 17, 1988 | By Elizabeth Hallowell, Special to The Inquirer
A state Superior Court judge yesterday let stand a lower court's controversial dismissal of drunken-driving charges against state Senate President Pro Tem Richard S. Cordrey. Judge John E. Babiarz Jr. denied the state's appeal of the dismissal, ruling that the state had gone about its appeal improperly. The decision of whether to appeal Babiarz's ruling to the state Supreme Court is "under review," said state prosecutor Eugene M. Hall. Cordrey, a Millsboro Democrat, was arrested June 9 while driving near his home and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
NEWS
January 17, 1986
Receiving less than a prominent news position on Jan. 7 was an article from the Washington Post news service about the firing of the postmaster general for ineffective management after one year on the job. To me, the big story is that a governmental board not only recognized a poor performance but took action on it. Too bad, by many billions, that this same Board of Governors could not have been in the Pentagon during the ill- fated development of...
SPORTS
March 22, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The University of Arkansas' top executive upheld the dismissal of basketball coach Nolan Richardson, saying yesterday he concurred in a campus chancellor's decision to fire the basketball coach. President B. Alan Sugg said he reviewed 80 pages of material submitted by Richardson and interviewed a number of people while doing his own research. In the end, he agreed the coach should be replaced. "Based on my review, I am firmly convinced that the termination of your employment agreement by [Chancellor]
NEWS
February 4, 1988 | By Dawn Capewell, Special to The Inquirer
A part-time Hainesport police officer who was fired Jan. 6 has been told to disregard the order because the police chief failed to get authorization for the firing. John Carnuccio, Hainesport Township committeeman and police commissioner, told Officer Dennis Toomey in a letter that Chief Richard Knapp had failed to get authorization from the Township Committee when he fired Toomey. Knapp declined to comment on the letter yesterday. Bennett Bozarth, township solicitor, said that he advised the committee it could intercede between Toomey and Knapp, and that the next move was up to the committee.
NEWS
February 6, 1991 | By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Special to The Inquirer
A sixth-grade science teacher who was fired for passing out a list of racial jokes to other West Chester teachers was properly dismissed because he violated a school district code prohibiting immorality, a Chester County judge ruled yesterday. Judge Lawrence E. Wood threw out an arbitrator's ruling that had reinstated Daniel W. Reitmeyer Jr., who formerly taught science at Peirce Middle School in West Chester. The ruling was welcomed by the school board attorney. "We have repeatedly said that racism will not be tolerated in the West Chester Area School District.
NEWS
March 26, 1992 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
Two police officers who allegedly brawled with two other men while off duty on March 2 have been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams said yesterday. The action against Officers Francis Cheney and Paul Viola came after an investigation that led the district attorney's office to recommend charges against the two. Cheney and Viola surrendered to Northeast Detective headquarters, Harbison Avenue and Levick Street, yesterday, Williams said.
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July 31, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Friday refused to throw out the bribery and fraud charges filed against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, clearing a hurdle standing between the New Jersey Democrat and a possible corruption trial. Menendez had sought to have his case dismissed, citing constitutional protections that shield the work of legislators from Justice Department interference. He is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in campaign donations and bribes from a South Florida eye doctor seeking help in disputes with the Obama administration.
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July 21, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a defamation suit against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, saying even false remarks by her did not do enough damage to the plaintiffs for her to face a lawsuit. Even if Kane's statements defamed former state prosecutor Frank Fina, former State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, and three other former state officials, they were "mere speech" and the men did not suffer the concrete harm of being fired or disciplined, the judge ruled.
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July 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Steve Bohnel, STAFF WRITERS
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday took a unanimous vote of no confidence in president Neil D. Theobald during a private session, and announced its intention to dismiss him. The board's action, announced by spokesman Kevin Feeley, came after a regularly scheduled meeting. News of the planned ouster came less than a month after Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai from his post and blamed him for a $22 million shortfall in the university's merit scholarship program.
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July 10, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for three former Penn State administrators accused of failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children filed motions last week asking that those charges be dismissed. The Pennsylvania Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, Gary Schultz, and Tim Curley, who were accused of conspiring to cover up Sandusky's abuse. But the men continue to face charges of child endangerment and failure to report suspected child abuse.
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July 2, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Some faculty at Temple University, including members of the chemistry department, are rallying to the defense of Hai-Lung Dai, the provost who was ousted this week with no explanation. Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor, has started a Change.org petition demanding to know why Dai, also a tenured member of the chemistry department, was abruptly relieved of his administrative duties as provost. The petition asks the board of trustees to scrutinize the decision by president Neil D. Theobald.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge has rejected Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's attempt to have the criminal case against her dismissed on the ground that she was a victim of vindictive prosecution. In a one-sentence order Monday that offered no explanation for the decision, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy denied Kane's motion. Kane's attorneys had argued in court motions that the charges against her should be dropped because her political rivals launched the criminal investigation to stop her from releasing information about them - including the exchange of pornographic emails on state computers.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Jurors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial were instructed to start over in their deliberations on Friday after one member of the panel was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III offered no explanation for the dismissal after calling the jury back into the courtroom around 10 a.m. An alternate had replaced the missing member. Lawyers for the congressman and his codefendants declined to comment, saying that Bartle had instructed them not to discuss the matter.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A lawsuit brought by Autumn Pasquale's family accusing authorities of failing to properly search for the 12-year-old girl after she was reported missing, before she was found dead two days later, has been dismissed, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. The suit, filed in October 2014 in Superior Court in Woodbury, said authorities organized a search of volunteers "miles from" Autumn's home, as opposed to the Clayton neighborhood where she was last seen. Her body was found in a neighbor's recycling bin near the home of Justin Robinson, then 15, who confessed to strangling her. The Prosecutor's Office - which was listed as a defendant in addition to Monroe Township, Elk Township, Clayton, and the New Jersey State Police - said there was a "voluntary dismissal" of the case May 31. It's unclear which side sought the dismissal.
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June 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Taking a step they had telegraphed, Bill Cosby's lawyers moved Wednesday to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed because prosecutors failed to present his accuser, Andrea Constand, at his preliminary hearing last month. By relying on detectives to testify and read Constand's 2005 statements to police instead of calling her to the witness stand, prosecutors denied Cosby "an opportunity to confront and cross-examine his accuser," the defense team wrote in a bid to have the charges dropped or receive a new preliminary hearing.
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June 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal judge this week dismissed a defamation lawsuit against former Mayor Michael Nutter and two top city law enforcement officials filed by narcotics officers who were acquitted in a high-profile corruption case. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond on Monday ruled in favor of Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, and former Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, writing in a 16-page memorandum that the officers' complaint "reads more like a news release than a pleading. " Six of the plaintiffs - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, John Speiser, and Linwood Norman - were accused of a conspiracy to rob and extort money from drug dealers.
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