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NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - A top Veterans Affairs investigator said Wednesday that the department's probe of employees at the Philadelphia benefits office is ongoing and that the embattled site will not improve without new leadership. Going beyond the scathing report issued by her office last week, Assistant Inspector General Linda Halliday told a congressional committee that the Philadelphia office needs "a culture change" if it is to improve its service to veterans. Of all the VA regional offices, "Philadelphia is clearly the most problematic," Halliday told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs as a handful of Philadelphia-based whistle-blowers watched from the gallery.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RAY BONINA couldn't even walk on a beach in Mexico without someone calling out, "Hey, Ray!" And probably adding, "Remember me?" "To Ray, strangers were simply friends he had not yet met," his family said. In fact, it was kind of a family joke that Ray Bonina couldn't go anywhere without running into someone he knew, from that beach in Mexico to a street in New York City or a restaurant in Chicago. "Hey, Ray, remember me?" Raymond Joseph Bonina, retired president of the Garrett Buchanan Paper Co., passionate ice-hockey fan, active alumnus of St. Joseph's University and devoted family man, died Saturday.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Papit, 86, a football star at Northeast High School who set records as a running back at the University of Virginia and spent four years in the NFL before embarking on a career in banking, died Monday, April 6, in Forest, Va., of complications from a stroke. Despite a football legacy that included a victory in a legendary city championship game against West Catholic 1946 and having his jersey retired by UVa in 2008, Mr. Papit, known as "Johnny," rarely spoke about his gridiron glory, according to son Michael.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milton Sprague Stearns Jr., 91, a business executive and former longtime resident of Gladwyne, died Monday, March 30, of complications from pneumonia in a nursing facility near his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Mr. Stearns was former chairman of Judson Infrared Inc., a company in Fort Washington that made infrared detectors. He was founder and president of Charter Financial Co., a financial consulting firm in Philadelphia and later in Radnor. Mr. Stearns was a former group vice president of the Fidelity Bank, now part of Wells Fargo, before creating Charter Financial.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Morris "Mickey" Lloyd Jr., 77, of Philadelphia, an insurance executive who was active in alumni affairs for various educational institutions, died of a heart attack Monday, March 16, in Vero Beach, Fla. His family said Mr. Lloyd collapsed as he was about to tee off for a round of golf with his wife and daughter. The family maintains a condominium in Florida. Born in Philadelphia, he attended Chestnut Hill Academy but graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1956.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Gray Warden III, 82, of Newtown Square, a business executive and sailor, died Wednesday, March 18, of causes related to aging at his second home in the Bahamas. A native of Haverford, Delaware County, Mr. Warden graduated from the Haverford School in 1950. While there, he played soccer and ran track. Four years later, Mr. Warden graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He became a pilot and flew early-generation single-engine jets.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for a man captured on video last month committing an execution-style murder in a coin laundry. Eric Norman, 25, a stay-at-home father, was gunned down Feb. 19 in the laundry on the 1300 block of South 53d Street. Homicide Capt. James Clark released video Wednesday showing a person entering the establishment. Off-camera, the person pointed a silver handgun at Norman and fired several times. As Norman slid to the floor wounded, the man leaned down and fired a fatal shot into his head, Clark said.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last October, Comcast Corp. was rocked by one of its periodic customer service blowups when a California accountant claimed in a federal lawsuit that a top Comcast executive had gotten him fired for complaining about overcharges on his cable bills. Conal O'Rourke of San Jose said that after he called to complain to Comcast's controller's office, the head of the office, Lawrence Salva, phoned his employer to complain about him. Within days, PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. fired O'Rourke for violating its ethics standards.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shaun F. O'Malley, 79, of Chestnut Hill, a former executive with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, of metastatic melanoma at home. Mr. O'Malley joined Price Waterhouse in June 1959 and stayed there until retiring in June 1995. He was hired by the firm's Philadelphia office and maintained ties there throughout his career. He worked for Price Waterhouse in Japan, and in the company's New York office in the early 1970s and from 1988 until 1995. He was named a partner in 1973 and was elected chairman and senior partner in 1988.
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