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June 20, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's state-related universities would be required to disclose more information on salaries, contracts, and other business if legislation approved by a state Senate committee on Wednesday goes forward. The State Government Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal that would apply to Pennsylvania State, Temple and Lincoln Universities and the University of Pittsburgh, none of which now has to adhere to all provisions of the state's Right to Know Law. That has been a sore point for freedom of information advocates, especially as costs for higher education increase and in the aftermath of Penn State's child sex-abuse scandal.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A POLITICAL-action committee set up to help Gov. Corbett win re-election received nearly $1 million from a billionaire casino investor barred from making political contributions in Pennsylvania. The Republican Governors Association, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, reported receiving $1 million for its federal political-action committee on Dec. 31 from Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. The group immediately moved $987,844 of Adelson's money into its "RGA Pennsylvania 2014 PAC," according to a state campaign-finance report filed Jan. 31. Pennsylvania's gaming law prohibits casino owners in the state from making contributions to candidates for state office or political-action committees in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
M ICHAEL JACE , who played a police officer on "The Shield" and was later arrested by police officers and charged in his wife's slaying, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, according to a 9-1-1 call released yesterday. How creepy is that? In the three-minute call, the father of April Jace told a dispatcher that his son-in-law had called and texted him about the shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before her senior prom at Germantown Academy in April, Allison Moise had a fairly typical to-do list: Find the perfect dress, figure out what to do with her hair, and hit the tanning salon for some unseasonable bronze color - a school-dance ritual she has stuck to since she was 15 or 16 years old. But while nervous dates and inedible catered meals may never go away, pre-prom tanning is one tradition that could be on its way out in Pennsylvania....
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Trujillo has a lot of balls in the air, and he doesn't give the impression that he is at risk of dropping any. Not so far, anyway. He merged his small, litigation-focused firm, Trujillo, Rodriguez & Richards, with the much larger Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P. last year. His practice is white-collar defense, class actions, and corporate compliance, advising big companies on how to stay on the right side of business laws and regulations, and to defend them if the government claims they have strayed.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
GOV. CORBETT has said he won't appeal the judicial fiat legalizing same-sex bliss between the Alleghenys and the Poconos. He has done exactly what our long-tressed attorney general has done and abdicated his duty to Pennsylvanians who care about the rule of law. So it's fairly certain that Adam and Steve and Madame and Eve can start wiggling to the electric boogaloo. There is, I say with the manic certainty of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, hope to live and fight another day. But I gotta tell you, it's looking fairly grim at the moment.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Managers of law firms have seen the future, and the future looks lean. Big firms - and many small ones, too - still sport hefty profits almost six years after the financial market meltdown unleashed tumultuous changes, from downsized firms and law schools to severely curtailed career dreams. But pricing pressure from clients and the corresponding need to cut costs have become lasting features of the legal landscape. That is the major takeaway from a survey by legal-consulting firm Altman Weil of managing partners at more than 300 U.S. law firms with 50 or more lawyers.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Daylin Leach says Marjorie Margolies is continuing to violate federal campaign finance laws, and has lodged a new complaint as the Democrats vying for the 13th Congressional District seat enter the last full week before the May 20 primary. Leach said Monday he intends to file a supplementary letter with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Margolies has again spent contributions designated for the general election on her primary campaign. Four Democrats are battling for the nomination in the 13th, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
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