May 16, 2013 |
JOHN McDANIEL, former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, was sentenced yesterday to one year in federal prison for stealing more than $100,000 from her campaign account. McDaniel, according to documents filed in the case, has cooperated in local and federal investigations since his indictment in February. The question left unanswered: What did that cooperation entail? Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray declined to comment after the hearing about a letter he filed under seal with the judge.
May 3, 2013 |
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz and Brett Mandel, one of his two foes in the May 21 Democratic primary election, used a debate yesterday afternoon to accuse one another of ethical violations. Mandel, who finished third in the 2009 primary for controller, claimed that Butkovitz is under investigation by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for using brochures produced with city money in his campaign for a third term. "Alan has been using his staff and his resources to produce materials that he distributes at campaign events as if they were political material," said Mandel, who later said he based his claim on an account from one person questioned in the investigation.
April 29, 2013 |
The music on Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze , is deeply relaxed and absolutely confident in its laid-back, stretched-out, fingerpicked trance vibe. So much so that it would be perfectly reasonable to assume that the Philadelphia rocker is a prototypical stoner dude. Reasonable perhaps, but incorrect. Sure, Kurt Vile - yes, that's his real name - looks the part. He's the guy with the past-his-shoulders hair to rival The Addams Family 's Cousin Itt, and who sat down to talk on a recent morning at the Rocket Cat Café in Kensington, up the street from the four-story-tall mural that provides the cover image for Wakin (Matador ***1/2)
April 26, 2013 |
Funny and gritty and deeply troubling, Bruce Graham's courageous new play, North of the Boulevard , continues the Philadelphia playwright's dramatic examination of the really tough issues of our times. In this play, being given its world premiere by Theatre Exile, he tackles nothing less than Right and Wrong and the shifting ethical ground underfoot. Act I plunges us right into a world, a beat-up auto-body shop with a partially dismantled car taking up much of the floor space and a branch growing through the plaster wall ("Last tree in the neighborhood and it's got to come through my wall")
April 15, 2013 |
TRENTON - The federal prosecutor who busted more than 130 corrupt politicians became governor based in part on New Jerseyans' belief, and hope, that he could clean up government. But despite a sweeping ethics package that Republican Gov. Christie proposed in his first year in office - and despite continued political corruption in all corners of government - Trenton during the Christie administration is where ethics reforms have gone to die. None of the governor's ethics proposals dating to September 2010 have been passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
March 29, 2013 |
THE TASK FORCE that was charged with reviewing ethics policies in the Philadelphia school district assessed the district's image problems, however diplomatically, in a report obtained Tuesday by the Daily News . "Far too few district employees or members of the general public appear to have a high degree of confidence that district business is conducted in the most ethical manner," read the report, dated December 2012. The nine-member Ethics Task Force, which convened at the request of School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos in January 2012 and was led by Common Pleas Judge Ida K. Chen, found that several factors contributed to the perception, including: * Severe reductions in auditing and compliance staff at every level of the district, leading to sporadic oversight.
March 28, 2013 |
Former Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. violated state ethics law when he voted to ratify a contract that benefited his firm, a state ethics panel announced Tuesday. Archie was cleared of multiple other infractions. In 2009, Teach Productions Inc. - the production company responsible for a Tony Danza reality show shot at Northeast High - agreed to pay the Philadelphia School District's legal fees related to the show. Those legal fees ultimately went to Duane Morris L.L.P., where Archie is a partner.
March 22, 2013 |
A long-running lawsuit between lawyer Daniel McCaffery and the city Board of Ethics ended Wednesday with the panel agreeing to pay $2,000 for an advertisement saying McCaffery did not act intentionally to violate the city's campaign finance law in his 2009 campaign for district attorney. The lawsuit, filed in December 2009, accused the board and its executive director, Shane Creamer, of "frivolous, misleading, and false statements about McCaffery," made to "sabotage McCaffery's campaign, to embarrass McCaffery, and to tarnish his name and reputation in the eyes of the voting public.
March 20, 2013 |
There is an electrical box in Franklinville that looks different from most in the area. It is dented and marked up and has the signature of Josh Awotunde, who also used the blank canvas of the box to profess his NFL dreams. Awotunde is probably not going to the NFL. He did start at quarterback for Delsea, the Group 3 state champion, but his future is in another sport: track and field. Last season as a junior, Awotunde won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put at the state Group 3 championships.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Mike Knuble has played 1,058 games in the NHL. Even after finding himself on the wrong side of Peter Laviolette's lineup card for the Flyers' previous two games, Knuble didn't see any reason to change what worked in his first 1,057 before Tuesday night's contest at Madison Square Garden. No professional athlete wants to be a healthy scratch - but especially not a 40-year-old veteran trying to make one more go of it at the game's highest level. "I'm not going to beat myself up. I am what I am," Knuble said, humbly.