March 16, 2001 |
A 23-year-old woodcrafter took his life yesterday with what police said might have been the same gun he used to kill his supervisor the night before at the Knoll Inc. furniture-manufacturing plant, which employs many residents of this northwestern Montgomery County community. Michael J. Tompkins of nearby East Greenville, whom acquaintances described as "nice" and "clean-cut," was found dead inside his aqua 2000-model Mitsubishi Eclipse early yesterday morning of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
December 4, 2011 |
In the recent annals of modern office-dom, first came the cube farms: nightmarish rows of high-paneled cages where office workers labored in lonely silence, noses buried in their computers. Then came the antithesis: All those bright spirits flitting about with laptops, plugging in anywhere, turbocharged on Starbucks lattes. "The mobile workforce was very in vogue," said Lynn Utter, sitting in a museum of office furniture located among cow pastures and farms in rural East Greenville, Montgomery County.
August 11, 1989 |
Reginald D. Irvis, the son of former House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, has been hired as a $24,923-a-year administrative officer in the state Treasury Department. State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll said yesterday that the younger Irvis, 32, works in the department's cash-management area, which is in charge of investing state funds. Knoll said that Irvis - who began work June 1, according to state payroll records - was hired because of his expertise, not his family connections.
October 1, 1991 |
State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll has filed suit against Salomon Bros. Inc., accusing the Wall Street firm of costing Pennsylvania taxpayers money by cornering the market on U.S. Treasury securities. The class-action suit charged that Salomon's "circumventing" of laws had allowed the firm to "manipulate the market price of . . . Treasury securities and force others to buy these and other Treasury securities at artificially inflated prices. " "What Salomon did was basically manipulate the market to prevent the Treasury Department from receiving as good a yield as it possibly could have on its investments," Michael W. Arpey, the department's deputy general counsel, said yesterday.
May 26, 1988 |
More than 20 residents who live on or near the Knoll, a heavily wooded private street with five houses off Scottdale Road in Lansdowne, appeared at the borough Planning Commission meeting Tuesday to express their concerns about a proposed four-lot subdivision for a property there. Clarence M. Smith Jr., the owner of a 2.37-acre, steeply sloped parcel on the Knoll, is seeking to divide his land into four lots of 16,000 square feet, 18,900 square feet, 27,800 square feet and 31,000 square feet.
May 31, 1989 |
State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll yesterday named former federal prosecutor and prominent Philadelphia lawyer Gregory T. Magarity to be her department's first inspector general. Magarity, who will be paid $175 per hour in the part-time position, will be charged with investigating allegations of waste and misconduct within the Treasury Department. In a statement, Knoll praised Magarity, 42, as a "star corruption fighter. " He formerly was in charge of the special prosecutions unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
May 1, 2009 |
Richard Schultz was an aspiring designer not long out of graduate school when, with the cockiness of youth, he decided on a whim to pop into the showroom of the Knoll furniture company in New York and ask for a job. The year was 1951, and in a stroke of good luck that would launch his career, the pioneering modern furniture-design firm just happened to be looking for a smart young guy with industrial-design training to work on a line of furniture...
April 24, 1991 |
State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll is refusing to issue a paycheck to Cambria County Judge Joseph O'Kicki, pending justification by the state court system for continuing the suspended judge's salary. O'Kicki has collected about $60,000 since his sentencing nearly a year ago on bribery and corruption charges. The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has continued processing O'Kicki's pay voucher while awaiting an order on the matter from the state Supreme Court. Michael W. Arpey, a Treasury Department lawyer, said yesterday that Knoll had informed the administrative office that it must provide "written justification" for the department to process O'Kicki's paycheck.
April 19, 1988 |
It was like any sleepy little state government agency in charge of handling $24 billion a year - until Jan. 22, 1987, when Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer put a gun in his mouth and staged a public suicide before his scheduled sentencing on federal corruption charges. Dwyer, a Republican, was serving his second term at Treasury after being re-elected in 1984. His Democratic opponent in that election, former Auditor General Al Benedict, is now serving time on unrelated federal corruption charges.
October 13, 1992
One thing it isn't is the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The winner of the election in the 3rd Congressional District isn't likely to galvanize a nation. If it seems as if these guys have been running against each other since George Burns' bar mitzvah, they pretty much have been. It used to be Charlie Dougherty's seat. Then Bob Borski took it over. From time to time, Charlie runs against him to try to get it back. So far, he hasn't succeeded. This year, he's at it again. Dougherty's an interesting guy. Seldom have we met a candidate with as much charm, backed by a pretty good dose of smarts.