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February 3, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Randolph Sanders was worried - his boss was onto him. He knew Kim Jones, his supervisor at Families and Schools Together, an after-school outreach program, suspected he was misappropriating funds, law enforcement sources said Sunday. He knew that she had scheduled a meeting for that very morning with Department of Human Services officials, the sources said. He was worried she would report him. He was worried that he would lose his job. So, law enforcement sources said, he packed a gun in his duffel bag. He knew her morning routine - that she caught the bus at 12th and Jefferson Streets on her way to work.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter, with a nod to the candidates running to succeed him, on Thursday laid out for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce a seven-year history of measured accomplishments and continuing challenges. Nutter's walk-on music - "Run This Town" by Jay-Z and Rihanna - served as a reminder that he holds the office for an additional 11 months. The two-term mayor used his final annual chamber address to tout economic development, citing $8.5 billion in construction projects completed, underway, or announced in the last year.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PROSTITUTES looking to leave the streets behind just got some good news: City prisons officials have agreed to help fund a halfway house intended to help women break the cycle of prostitution. The $214,000 approved will fund salaries, training and some supplies for one year at Breaking the Cycle, a program University of Pennsylvania nursing professor Kathleen Brown designed and partnered with the Rev. Michelle Simmons to run at Simmons' halfway house in Germantown. "This is going to be a blessing," said Simmons, who has run transitional housing for ex-offenders since 2003.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Michele Brown, a longtime ally of Gov. Christie and chief of the state agency that has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives for corporations in recent years, is leaving her post to head a nonprofit economic-development group. The group, Choose New Jersey, has helped pay for Christie's trade missions to Mexico and Canada in recent months, and says it will play a role in the Republican governor's trip to London in February. Since it launched after Christie took office in 2010, the group says, it has received pledges of $12 million from an array of businesses, labor groups, and educational institutions to promote economic development in New Jersey.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Risoldi family calls its white-columned mansion "Clairemont. " Surrounded by 10 acres of rolling farmland outside New Hope, Bucks County, it boasts a swimming pool, six bedrooms, and a ceiling mural of family members dressed in flowing robes, looking down from the heavens. The manse has caught fire three times in five years - and the Risoldis could not have been more lucky, state prosecutors said. Receiving $20 million in insurance payouts from the blazes of undetermined origin, the Risoldis allegedly bought six Ferraris and two Rolls-Royces, $1.2 million worth of jewelry, and another house while spending millions to renovate the damaged one. Matriarch Claire Risoldi, 67, a prominent Republican donor and fund-raiser, was charged Thursday on a slew of felony charges, including insurance fraud and corruption.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced a $10-million fund-raising goal for its annual Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports the archdiocese's Catholic Social Services programs in the region. In each of the last two years, the appeal's goal of $10 million was met, officials said. More than 50,000 people donated last year. The appeal supports 80 charitable programs - including educational programs for children and youth with disabilities, soup kitchens for the homeless, senior centers and hospices - that provide services to more than 200,000 people a year, regardless of their faith, the archdiocese said.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight months ago, the Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline was on top of the world. When the team came home from a stellar showing in the annual Winter Guard International World Championships in Ohio, police cruisers and fire trucks met the bus carrying 40-plus students and escorted them on the final three miles of their trip to a raucous welcome at the school. This winter, the short-term goal is a little more down to earth: Just to get to Dayton. While Upper Darby's champion "Marching Royals" drill up to 20 hours a week to nail down their colorful, percussion-driven performance, called "Celebration of Life," parents and boosters are stepping up the beat of fund-raising - scrambling to raise the $40,000 the drumline needs for a full season and to compete again in the top division at the worlds.
NEWS
January 18, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Middle-class parents of children with disabilities: There's a new low-cost, tax-advantaged way to save money on their behalf. Low cost is the key idea here. ABLE accounts serve a purpose similar to the special-needs trusts often set up to help disabled or special-needs children without disqualifying them from government benefits. ABLE accounts don't replace special-needs trusts. They are another option. In December, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
BUSINESS
January 15, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to announce next Tuesday this year's fund-raising goal for its annual Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports the archdiocese's Catholic Social Services programs in the region. In each of the last two years, the appeal's goal of $10 million was met, officials said. More than 50,000 poeple donated last year. In 2013, there were 73,806 gifts totaling $10.03 million. An official figure for 2014 was not available. The appeal supports 80 charitable programs - including educational programs for children and youth with disabilities, soup kitchens for the homeless, senior centers and hospices - that provide services to more than 200,000 people a year, regardless of their faith, the archdiocese said.
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