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July 27, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
PhillyNORML says it has started an e-mail campaign that is flooding Mayor Nutter's inbox with messages supporting a City Council-passed marijuana bill. The campaign aims to ratchet up the pressure on Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine, with no arrest. And it's happening as increasing rhetoric over the bill flies at the mayor: Earlier this week, City Councilman James F. Kenney sent a letter to Nutter saying 264 citizens had reportedly been arrested since Council approved the bill on June 19, and arguing that "every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be ... jailed for a minimal offense.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't just "hundreds of dollars," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson now acknowledges. It was just over $10,000. But he still says that all the money donated to his Peace Not Guns group was handled honestly, if somewhat sloppily, and that critics of its unauthorized use of a federal charity designation are missing the point. "The mission of Peace Not Guns is pure," the Philadelphia councilman said during a recent interview. To make his case about the antiviolence organization, which he often trumpets as the cornerstone of 15 years of community service, he invited a reporter to sift through a color-coded chart and 70 pages of documents spread across a conference table in his lawyer's office.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Gov. Christie prepares to head to Iowa later this week, a conservative group opposed to his judicial record is targeting voters there with an online ad campaign saying that the New Jersey governor "broke his promise" to reshape the state Supreme Court. A 90-second spot from the Judicial Crisis Network describes New Jersey's high court as "one of the most activist courts in the nation," issuing rulings that have "wreaked havoc on state finances, driven away business, and jeopardized jobs.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pilot who spent 16 years ferrying the Philadelphia owners of Elmer's Glue and a collection of drug, energy, and manufacturing firms around the country in Gulfstream jets faces federal fraud charges after allegedly using credit cards and phony firms to drain $2.7 million from his bosses' accounts since 2006. Berwind Group , the Center City investment firm owned by heirs of one of the nation's great coal-mining fortunes, acknowledged that it had terminated its chief pilot and director of aviation, Kevin N. Boardman , and reported him earlier this year to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, contending that it improperly approved a Pennsylvania plan aimed at addressing haze pollution. They say the plan fails to limit emissions of haze-causing chemicals from major facilities in the state, and that iconic parks and wilderness areas - from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey and then to as far as Acadia National Park in Maine - suffer because of it. "The law on the books says we need to deal with the pollution choking our national parks," said Matt Elliott, the Pennsylvania and Delaware program manager with the National Parks Conservation Association, one of the groups that sued.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity said Thursday that District Attorney Seth Williams should have dropped an investigation of five Philadelphia Democrats allegedly caught on tape taking bribes. Williams announced last week that he was taking the case to a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane had dropped the investigation in 2013, calling it tainted by racism and overly reliant on an informant with a checkered past. The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy, said in an interview late Thursday that the way the investigation was conducted - using an informant and soliciting the alleged corruption - represents a major problem in the justice system.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, the organizations that set national organ allocation policy on Monday permanently adopted the temporary rule change that enabled then-10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square to receive adult lungs a year ago. In a statement, the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing said the change would expand access only "for a very limited group of young lung transplant candidates....
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A LIBERAL political group yesterday accused a billionaire casino investor of making an illegal campaign contribution to Gov. Corbett. Keystone Progress filed a complaint with the state Gaming Control Board against Sheldon Adelson, a Republican mega-donor and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. The group claims that an Adelson contribution of nearly $1 million ended up in Corbett's campaign account, in violation of the state gaming law's prohibition of casino owners giving political contributions in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what was, by all accounts, their first public appearance together since winning their parties' nominations in the May 20 primary election, Republican Gov. Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf outlined their competing environmental stances Wednesday night at the annual dinner meeting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Both spoke of a need for balance - that environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive. But they differed in how to get there - most notably, but not surprisingly, on whether there should be an extraction tax on natural gas development in the state's rich Marcellus Shale formation.
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