April 30, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Independent review of PennEast Pipeline is a big step in the process The Delaware River Basin Commission is doing the right thing by conducting independent hearings on the PennEast Pipeline next year ("More review for PennEast Pipeline," Tuesday). This dangerous 119-mile pipeline, which would deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas to New Jersey utilities, would cut through the Delaware Valley, threatening water quality and the environment. It would affect 39 parks, 44 wetlands, 33 farms, and other open-space areas in the state.
November 20, 2015 |
The leader of the Philadelphia Bar Association called Wednesday for an independent investigation to reveal "once and for all" the full story of the exchange of email pornography among defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges. In a somewhat more muted statement, the head of the state bar association said Porngate, as it has come to be called, needed a "fair, thorough, and impartial review. " The calls came as dismay has intensified over how the state Supreme Court, the Judicial Conduct Board, and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane have handled the controversy.
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.
November 2, 2013 |
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.
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.
January 24, 2013 |
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.
December 26, 2012 |
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.
November 17, 2010 |
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.
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.
August 21, 2003 |
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....