February 20, 2015 |
A GRUESOME double-stabbing in the shadows of a small East Germantown tavern yesterday sent shockwaves through the upper reaches of the music industry. De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a veteran road manager who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Britney Spears, died after being stabbed numerous times in the torso about 2:30 a.m. while brawling with another man in front of the Che Bar & Grill, on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street, police said. Pickett and a co-worker, Eric Parker, in Philly to help Minaj prepare for an upcoming tour, had visited the bar at the end of a long night on the town, choosing it because they were friends with one of the employees, a police source said last night.
February 9, 2015 |
In his political branding, Gov. Christie is the blunt Jersey guy who'll tell you what he thinks even if you don't want to hear it. Yet a closer look at his rhetoric and policy actions shows Christie often straddles hot-button issues that divide conservative and moderate Republicans, a skill that will be tested in his expected campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. That tendency was highlighted last week when, at a pharmaceutical plant in Britain, Christie said parents should have "some measure of choice" about whether to vaccinate their children.
February 5, 2015 |
A position in the Camden County Jail that has faced high turnover will be filled on an interim level this month, making that person who fills it the sixth jail population manager since 2011. The move comes amid a vacancy in the position and a letter from U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle, who told county officials on Jan. 26 that he was "very concerned" about the turnover. The jail population manager focuses on how inmates are processed, from arrest to court date, and makes recommendations on how to improve their movement in the system.
February 3, 2015 |
In Atlantic City, where Democrats outnumber Republicans nine to one, voters signaled a desire for change when they elected Republican Don Guardian mayor in 2013. Guardian had stated candidly and correctly that the city needed to fashion a new economy because the old one, based on casinos, was waning. Even as a third of the city's 12 casinos closed during his first year in office, Guardian seemed to be making the right moves. He has cut the budget, embraced heightened state fiscal supervision, and, unlike his insular predecessor, reached out to experts and Gov. Christie.
January 29, 2015 |
William R. Johnson, 86, of Drexel Hill, a retired manager for Radio Corp. of America in Camden, died Friday, Jan. 23, of pneumonia at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. For 35 years, Mr. Johnson worked in the broadcast systems division at RCA as a manufacturing administrator. "He was an accountant. He took care of their budget; he watched their money. He was the only non-engineer in the department. He really, really liked it," said daughter Susanne Davis. When General Electric bought RCA, he left that position but continued working part-time at St. Francis Country House in Darby Borough and Acro Display in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.
January 24, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Thursday installed an emergency management team in Atlantic City, asserting that outside assistance was needed to curtail the city's financial free fall. "I can't wait any longer," Christie said, addressing legislative leaders, Atlantic City and Atlantic County officials, casino executives, and union leaders at a third summit on the future of the Shore resort, where casino closures have decimated the tax base and deepened debt. While he said the move was not intended to undermine local officials, Christie said, "We need to take more aggressive action, and that's the action that I'm taking today.
January 22, 2015 |
Update: Gov. Christie's office sent out an update officially announcing that a new "Atlantic City Emergency Management Team" would be introduced following the 11 am. Summit. The team will consist of Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager for Detroit, which just emerged from bankruptcy, and Kevin Lavin, a corporate finance consultant at FTI Consulting who more typically advises financially troubled companies. ATLANTIC CITY - On the eve of Gov. Christie's third Atlantic City summit, City Council President Frank M. Gilliam Jr. said Wednesday night that the state was poised to bring in a powerful emergency manager to oversee city government.
January 21, 2015 |
Reuben Amaro expects to file for unemployment by the end of next month - or in early March. That's when the Saladworks in the Gallery will close for renovations at the Center City mall. Amaro, 48, has twice been manager of the restaurant, for a total of seven years. "I'm looking at unemployment for now," said the man with almost the same name as the Phillies' general manager. (The baseball Amaro spells his first name Ruben.) Amaro found out when he returned to work Dec. 16 - three days after his wedding - that the restaurant was shutting down for as long as two years.
January 17, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continued to round out his cabinet Thursday, going outside the Pennsylvania State Police ranks for a new commissioner. Wolf tapped Marcus L. Brown, the current superintendent of the Maryland State Police, to lead the agency of more than 6,000 workers, at an annual salary of $145,025. In doing so, Wolf singled out Brown's commitment to diversity, noting that in Maryland he recruited in areas with high minority populations and at historically black colleges.
January 14, 2015 |
Now that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been safely packed away in bubble wrap until the NFL draft - assuming his decision-making skills include knowing when to come out - it's time to pay attention again to the NFL team that certainly needs him, but almost certainly won't get him. The Eagles have been quiet since their New Year's Week celebration of organizational dysfunction, and they figure to remain quiet as long as possible. Any team that can release a star player and not say a peep for weeks will have little trouble avoiding comment on something small like the cafeteria food fight that upended Jeffrey Lurie's carefully balanced management flow chart.