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June 15, 2003
The allegations are shocking: that Pennsylvania State Police troopers traded favors and drugs for sex with women stopped by police, used police barracks and cruisers for other pairings, and harassed female troopers. Off-duty troopers were accused of domestic abuse, sexual hijinks, and frequenting prostitutes. Here's the real shocker, though: Out of all these cases - 118 complaints of sexual misconduct filed against state troopers in recent years - not one resulted in a trooper getting fired.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
NEWS
May 22, 2014
Tourism review With almost 40 million visitors to the region in 2013 supporting 90,000 jobs and generating $636 million in taxes, a thriving tourism industry should have an independent review as part of a financial checkup ("Visitor groups need revisiting," May 19). The Inquirer's editorial suggested our office conduct an independent review of Philadelphia's two major tourism groups, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. We recognize the importance of analyzing the impact that these two agencies have on our city to produce tourism dollars, and through our financial and policy unit, we will conduct a study of these revenues and ascertain whether a distinct return on investment can be produced between the two agencies.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
HONOLULU - A Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago and showed up at his home over the weekend was in military custody at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday after being released from the hospital. Tripler Army Medical Center medically cleared and released Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews on Tuesday night, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said. When Matthews, 36, vanished in October, he was in the process of being discharged from the Coast Guard for illegal use of marijuana, Maestas said.
NEWS
November 30, 1995
The corruption probe and the 39th District scandal have turned 1995 into a mean season for the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department. Nine officers have gone to jail for misconduct, 60 convictions have been overturned and 1,400 arrests are under review. As federal and local investigations continue, suspicion lingers, further eroding police credibility. In this uncertain atmosphere, an independent review of how the criminal justice system failed makes sense, to expose deeper problems that allowed police misconduct to flourish.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two previous deadline extensions, this time they really mean it. If you were targeted for foreclosure during 2009 or 2010 by one of 27 banks or mortgage servicers whose practices raised concern among federal regulators, you have only until Monday - Dec. 31 - to request a free, independent review of what happened. The review could lead to compensation, from as little as $500 for improper fees to as much as $125,000 plus lost equity for the most egregious mistakes or improprieties, said Bryan Hubbard, a spokesman for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, one of two federal banking agencies that ordered the reviews.
NEWS
November 25, 1996 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Supervisors have approved an independent review of the Police Department that they hope will tell them whether they need to add officers. The $32,550 study, approved by the supervisors last week, will review the structure of the department and make recommendations in areas such as community-based policing and patrol deployment. Maryland-based David M. Griffith & Associates will conduct the study. "It's going to be a good way to evaluate the operation," Township Manager Jim Dillon said.
NEWS
June 19, 1986 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
City Council President Joseph E. Coleman yesterday named a nine-member panel to review the city Home Rule Charter and recommend changes to Council. In answer to criticism that the group will be subject to Council's whims, Coleman said that after a long, difficult search, he had put together a group of mostly jurists and educators that will do a thorough and independent review of the city's basic law. Chairing the committee will be Edward G. Bauer Jr., a vice president of the Philadelphia Electric Co. Temple University vice president H. Patrick Swygert will serve as co-chairman.
NEWS
November 17, 2010 | By BOB WARNER, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
The state board responsible for oversight of city finances has agreed to sponsor a comprehensive study of the Philadelphia Fire Department, to provide an independent view of its current and future operations. The study will be conducted by a yet-to-be-chosen consulting firm at an estimated cost of $300,000 to $450,000. The study is intended to shed more light on the department's operations and perhaps reduce some of the heat between the Nutter administration and the city firefighters union, which have been fighting over budget cuts since Nutter took office nearly three years ago. The board of PICA, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, voted unanimously yesterday to develop parameters for an independent review of the department and incorporate them into a request for proposals, or RFP, from consulting firms interested in the contract.
NEWS
November 24, 1991 | By Howard Altman, Special to The Inquirer
Nelli Monaco waved his ronca - an Italian machete - and pointed at the lazy creek behind Pennsauken's Golfview Drive. "This creek has flooded five times since I moved here in 1971," said Monaco, whipping the rusty blade through the air as his agitation grew. "The township is getting a whole bunch of money from the lease of the landfill. I want them to buy my home. " Three weeks ago, township officials agreed to buy three houses ruined by a July flood. Monaco maintains that they should buy others, including his. He also said he would sue the township to recover damages.
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NEWS
May 22, 2014
Tourism review With almost 40 million visitors to the region in 2013 supporting 90,000 jobs and generating $636 million in taxes, a thriving tourism industry should have an independent review as part of a financial checkup ("Visitor groups need revisiting," May 19). The Inquirer's editorial suggested our office conduct an independent review of Philadelphia's two major tourism groups, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. We recognize the importance of analyzing the impact that these two agencies have on our city to produce tourism dollars, and through our financial and policy unit, we will conduct a study of these revenues and ascertain whether a distinct return on investment can be produced between the two agencies.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A former U.S. attorney and a fire-safety expert were named Thursday by Mayor Nutter to lead an independent review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, an action spurred by the building collapse that killed six people in Center City in June. Peter F. Vaira, who was U.S. attorney in Philadelphia from 1978 to 1983, will serve as executive director of a 16-member review panel, Nutter said. Glenn P. Corbett, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York, will chair the panel, which is charged with completing its work by July.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
HONOLULU - A Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago and showed up at his home over the weekend was in military custody at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday after being released from the hospital. Tripler Army Medical Center medically cleared and released Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews on Tuesday night, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said. When Matthews, 36, vanished in October, he was in the process of being discharged from the Coast Guard for illegal use of marijuana, Maestas said.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two previous deadline extensions, this time they really mean it. If you were targeted for foreclosure during 2009 or 2010 by one of 27 banks or mortgage servicers whose practices raised concern among federal regulators, you have only until Monday - Dec. 31 - to request a free, independent review of what happened. The review could lead to compensation, from as little as $500 for improper fees to as much as $125,000 plus lost equity for the most egregious mistakes or improprieties, said Bryan Hubbard, a spokesman for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, one of two federal banking agencies that ordered the reviews.
NEWS
November 17, 2010 | By BOB WARNER, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
The state board responsible for oversight of city finances has agreed to sponsor a comprehensive study of the Philadelphia Fire Department, to provide an independent view of its current and future operations. The study will be conducted by a yet-to-be-chosen consulting firm at an estimated cost of $300,000 to $450,000. The study is intended to shed more light on the department's operations and perhaps reduce some of the heat between the Nutter administration and the city firefighters union, which have been fighting over budget cuts since Nutter took office nearly three years ago. The board of PICA, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, voted unanimously yesterday to develop parameters for an independent review of the department and incorporate them into a request for proposals, or RFP, from consulting firms interested in the contract.
NEWS
April 22, 2010
The sheer volume of Web-cam photos snapped by the Lower Merion School District to track school-issued laptops indicates how oblivious school officials were to students' privacy rights. An investigation by the district found that nearly 56,000 images were taken after tracking software was turned on, usually when a computer was reported missing. Henry E. Hockeimer Jr., the attorney hired by the district to lead the inquiry, said the photos did not capture students in embarrassing poses.
NEWS
August 21, 2003 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Gov. Rendell is backing away from a pledge to appoint an outside investigator to review allegations of sexual misconduct by state troopers. In late June, Rendell announced that state Inspector General Donald Patterson would probe the widespread allegations, ranging from rape to troopers' ignoring traffic tickets in exchange for sex. And at the same time, he said he would soon name an independent consultant to work alongside the inspector general....
NEWS
June 15, 2003
The allegations are shocking: that Pennsylvania State Police troopers traded favors and drugs for sex with women stopped by police, used police barracks and cruisers for other pairings, and harassed female troopers. Off-duty troopers were accused of domestic abuse, sexual hijinks, and frequenting prostitutes. Here's the real shocker, though: Out of all these cases - 118 complaints of sexual misconduct filed against state troopers in recent years - not one resulted in a trooper getting fired.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
In "The City Trusts Need Busting" (OpEd Dec. 11), Mark Alan Hughes made several allegations about the board of directors of City Trusts that are simply untrue. Hopefully, this letter will set the record straight. Since 1869, when the commonwealth removed legal control for all perpetual charitable trusts from the city of Philadelphia, the board has administered trust assets that today total over $400 million. But the board does not make its investment decisions, as Mr. Hughes asserts, pretty much as it pleases.
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