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May 24, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Board of Ethics announced its first enforcement action under the city's lobbying ordinance Thursday, fining the Philadelphia School Partnership $1,500 for an 18-month delay in registering as a lobbying organization and filing required financial disclosures. The partnership, a nonprofit that has raised millions with a goal of improving public, private, and charter schools, signed a settlement agreeing to pay the fine and to file reports outlining its 2012 and 2013 lobbying costs.
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May 23, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE PHILADELPHIA School Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes school-choice policies, will pay a $1,500 fine to the city Board of Ethics for failing to register and report as a lobbying group in 2012 and early 2013, according to a settlement signed Wednesday. The group registered as a principal under the city's lobbying law in August and cooperated with the board's investigation, which focused on the year-and-a-half before that time. Executive Director Mark Gleason and Managing Director Michael Wang should have registered as lobbyists for work they did in early 2013, the settlement said, and the nonprofit failed to file lobbying expenditure reports in 2012 and 2013.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two doctors' groups are defending a tissue-cutting device that makes gynecological surgery less invasive but in rare cases spreads a hidden uterine cancer. Electric morcellators, introduced in 1993, are used to dissect the uterus or uterine fibroids so tissue can be removed through small abdominal incisions. They have come under scrutiny in recent months because the motorized blade can disseminate bits of undetected cancer. Many hospitals have halted their use; the Food and Drug Administration last month issued a safety advisory "discouraging" power morcellation; and Johnson & Johnson suspended worldwide sales of its version of the machine.
SPORTS
May 21, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When T.J. Dezzi needed something extra on his pitches, he always could reach back to 2013. Or 2012. Dezzi's past helped propel the Clearview senior to the first playoff victory of his four-year varsity career. Dezzi, a lefthander, pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts to lead Clearview to a 7-1 victory over Kingsway on Monday in a first-round game of the South Jersey Group 4 baseball tournament. "This is big for our program," said Dezzi, who reached base three times and scored two runs from the leadoff spot.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
With abundant reasons to visit and a bottomless need for economic activity, Philadelphia should welcome as many tourists as it can get, even if they insist on spending their time here riding the Ducks and posing with Rocky. And given that the city's reputation hasn't always preceded it (at least not in a good way), it should do as much as it can to promote itself to potential visitors. More, in these respects, is more. The same cannot be said of the city's dueling tourism agencies.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  This has to get so old for the competition: Another awards season in Philadelphia's advertising community, another satisfying haul for the Brownstein Group. This year, the 50th anniversary of the city's oldest independent ad agency, Brownstein took home 15 trophies from the Philly Ad Club's March gala, including "Best in Show. " That extended Brownstein's ADDY win years to 19 - or every year of the contest. With the business now in its second generation of Brownstein leadership, the wins were an especially satisfying affirmation that the company of 75 employees and $12.5 million in annual fee income hasn't just survived but remains relevant, said Berny Brownstein, 78, chairman and chief creative officer.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A white segregationist group that calls itself the Advanced White Society lists its national headquarters as Birmingham, N.J., a woodsy, little-known hamlet on the edge of Pemberton Township. The Burlington County community had 33 residents, including one African American and one Latino, in 2010, according to a U.S. Census report. It has its own post office and is also home to a chemical plant and a cabinetmaking business. The Fort Dix military base is several miles down the road.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
In a gritty industrial park tucked inside a middle-class Bensalem neighborhood, John F. McGeever III is living his dream. Since he was a teenager working for his father in the firm founded by his grandfather in 1929, McGeever wanted nothing more than to own the Charles Schillinger Co. His father sold the company in 1988. Seven years later, McGeever mortgaged everything and bought back the small metal-spinning and fabrication firm. "I always wanted to have the company," said McGeever, 58, a tall, lean, intense man with close-cropped white hair.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Gina Tomaine, For The Inquirer
There's a bitter wind whipping through the streets, and the sun is just starting to creep up behind the mounted bronze George Washington overlooking the intermittent traffic of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yet Dan Layo and Suzanne Allaire are already running determinedly up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since October, through the polar vertex, and including workouts on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Philadelphia's chapter of the nonprofit fitness group November Project has held a free, open-to-all workout at 6:25 a.m. every Wednesday on the Art Museum steps.
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