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June 3, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Department of Veterans Affairs removed two ranking managers Monday from its embattled Philadelphia office, days after an internal report cited both for their roles in a party where workers were encouraged to pay one manager's wife, a self-described medium, to contact the dead. In a brief statement, the agency said Lucy Filipov, the office's assistant director, and Gary Hodge, director of its pension management center, had been "temporarily relieved" while it investigates the allegations.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors Tuesday accused two employees of a campus hotel at the University of Pennsylvania of stealing more than $3 million over four years. Kenneth Kapikian, the hotel's former general manager, and Dennis Gagliardi, who was chief engineer, allegedly took more than $710,000 in kickbacks paid to them by contractors who overbilled for services at the Sheraton University City Hotel, according to government court filings. Federal authorities also accused the pair of submitting nearly $2.5 million in false invoices to the hotel from a washing-machine company they co-owned.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2015 | Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading Terminal Market on Friday named Anuj Gupta its general manager. The announcement was made by the market's board of directors after an extensive search process, Chairman Albert Mezzaroba said. "Anuj brings a rare blend of management success, not-for-profit leadership and vision at a consequential time in the market's history," Mezzaroba said. Gupta, 41, takes over the position that has been vacant since Paul Steinke stepped down on Dec. 31, 2014 to run for an at-large City Council seat.
NEWS
May 12, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gus Sarno still makes cakes in the basement of the South Philadelphia rowhouse his grandfather bought in 1904 and turned into Isgro Pastries. He still stacks cookies into boxes at the dining room table where his family ate supper 60 years ago when the doorbell to the shop wasn't ringing. Sarno still sells cannolis out of glass cases a few steps from his grandmother's original kitchen. The bakery at 1009 Christian St., in other words, has seen a lot come and go at the Italian Market - good times, bad times, so-so times.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GEORGE HETTENBACH had a lifelong love of automobiles, so it was considerably trying for him when he wasn't allowed to drive while recuperating from a heart attack in 2011. "Neurologically, he's fine," his wife, the former Alyson Walsh, said at the time. "I'm not dealing with any other issues, other than his complaints about my driving, which he believed could cause him to have a heart attack. " George's life was saved by a dedicated team of doctors and nurses when he suffered cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in September 2011.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Though Thomas P. Ferguson III never performed at the Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia, he was a longtime contributor to it. And with a group from Plays and Players, in recent years "he would go and entertain at retirement homes," said his friend John Pantages, a fellow performer. Mr. Ferguson sang and played the piano, Pantages said, "and had a great sense of humor. " On Wednesday, April 22, Mr. Ferguson, 89, of Pennsauken, who retired in the 1970s as a manager of government contracts for Radio Corp.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Tuesday ordered a Stenton man to stand trial on chargers of murder, attempted murder and assault in the stabbing death of rapper Nicki Minaj's tour manager and the wounding of her production manager outside an East Germantown bar. Pierce Boykin, 31, was held after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter involving a Feb. 18 fight that killed 29-year-old De'Von Pickett and wounded Eric Reese, 27....
BUSINESS
April 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Running a Wawa store and managing a Roman Catholic parish might not seem to have much in common. But last week, a group of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary students, a year from being ordained as priests, had the last of five management-training sessions inspired by a program that St. Joseph's University professors developed for the convenience-store chain. For the seminarians, the Thursday management classes at St. Joseph's Haub School of Business were in sharp contrast to the philosophy and theology classes that are central to their formation as priests.
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his first wife, Marie, died in 1992, Henry Saia lived alone for 13 years. Mr. Saia had retired in 1980 as a clothing factory manager in South Jersey and later became financial director for St. Mary Church and its school in Williamstown. "The church gave him a parking spot with his name on it," his son Thomas said, "and one day after Mass, a lady his age was standing there. " She introduced herself, now a widow, as the Elizabeth Schaeffer with whom he had been friends in a grammar school in Cedar Brook.
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