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July 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who chairs the board of the Delaware River Port Authority, said Thursday that he was considering a request for an emergency board meeting to address the apparent loss of internal e-mails that were subject to a federal criminal investigation. The request for the emergency meeting came from Philadelphia union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, who represents Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on the DRPA board. "All of the facts need to be presented to and discussed among the entire board in an open and transparent manner," Dougherty said in a letter Monday to Cawley.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some e-mails sought in a federal probe of the Delaware River Port Authority appear to have been erased, DRPA officials acknowledged Wednesday. The e-mails were among communications and documents that federal investigators had instructed the DRPA to preserve in March 2013 as part of an investigation into millions of dollars in politically connected "economic-development" spending by the DRPA. The Corbett administration notified the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia late last week of the missing e-mails, following an internal report from a lawyer hired by the DRPA.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia-area U.S. Postal Service unions plan protests on Thursday over mail-service counters in Staples Inc. stores. Postal union leaders say the mail-service counters, to be staffed by Staples employees, threaten higher-wage unionized postal jobs and the survival of traditional post offices. More retail chains could seek mail-service counters, they said. The protests are part of a "national day of action" by the American Postal Workers Union. Rallies are also planned for Pittsburgh and Easton in Pennsylvania, and Brick Township and Hamilton in New Jersey.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
After a litany of startling revelations about the National Security Agency's bulk collection of e-mail and more, most Americans will be surprised that their electronic communications are in some ways more vulnerable to snooping by garden-variety government officials. A woefully outdated law allows agencies ranging from local district attorneys' offices to the IRS to pore over the contents of e-mails without seeking court approval. The law governing e-mail access dates back to the primordial age of the technology, in 1986, when the few who used it had to download messages onto their gigantic home or office computers.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures released new documents Monday that show more communications involving Gov. Christie's former campaign manager than previously disclosed. The e-mails and text messages, filed with Superior Court, indicate that the campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was notified of the Fort Lee mayor's frustration with the lane closures while they were underway in September. They do not show exactly what Stepien knew about the lane closures, or include new revelations about the incident.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
In the age of phishing, digital Trojan horses, and massive computer hacks, it's important to remember that some scams and schemes arrive the old-fashioned way: via the phone or mail. My latest reminder: an official-looking mailing marked "Travel Check Voucher Enclosed" and "Personal and Confidential. " Inside, it bore the name "US Airlines" alongside a logo. Just for a moment, both seemed oddly familiar. Why? Probably because "US Airlines" evokes the name of an actual carrier, US Airways, and because the logo, reminiscent of an airplane tail, is similar to that used by many airlines.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A now-fired aide to Gov. Christie and a former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey didn't limit their talk of "traffic problems" to Fort Lee: They used the same line while mocking a rabbi, according to newly unredacted documents in the probe into the George Washington Bridge controversy. The material, made public Thursday, was provided to lawmakers by the former Port Authority official, David Wildstein. It does not contain any evidence directly connecting Christie to the September lane closures at the bridge.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. " Except in parts of winter-weary Philadelphia, it appears. More than a week after the latest in this winter's parade of storms dumped a messy mix of snow and ice on the city, some Philadelphians say their mail hasn't arrived for days. "You come to depend on the mail, so it's very frustrating," said Ellen Frankel, 62, of East Mount Airy. Frankel, who lives in a condominium development, said she had not received her mail since Feb. 15. Ray Daiutolo Sr., a regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said he had heard scattered reports from Philadelphia and South Jersey residents who have been without mail for more than a week.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The defense in the $6.7 million fraud trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown rested Monday without calling Brown or her two codefendants to testify. But before Brown's attorneys ended their side of the case, they put on the stand a former Agora Cyber Charter School parent who is being sued for defamation by Brown. Gladys Stefany testified that she had not written a racist e-mail about Brown, even though she said in a 2010 deposition for the defamation case that she had. Stefany, who is diabetic, told federal jurors that she had been in the deposition for several hours and had not eaten.
NEWS
October 19, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some mail-in votes for New Jersey's Nov. 5 gubernatorial election may be voided if they were sent in the same envelope used to mail ballots for Wednesday's special Senate election, officials said Thursday. Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, in a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, said campaign workers for State Sen. Barbara Buono, a fellow Democrat running for governor, had learned that "up to a few thousand" such mail-in votes could be voided. The Attorney General's Office issued a statement Thursday saying there was a concern in Mercer County regarding a "few" such ballots.
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