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NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville's former top administrator is suing the city, claiming it gave his predecessor, a white man, termination pay but refused to give him the same benefit because he is black. In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Harry G. Walker III, who became city manager in 2006, said his contract stated he would receive six months of termination pay if he was fired without cause. Walker said he was. The city has said Walker was fired in 2010 for mismanagement and breach of duties.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City law firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. said Friday that it had named Barry F. Levin, a partner in its Baltimore office, managing partner of the firm. Levin has chaired the firm's business and finance department for three years. He replaces David Antzis, who is returning to the full-time practice of law, as the firm's chief executive. Revenues from Saul Ewing's business and finance practice grew 17 percent during the time Levin chaired the group, the firm said in a statement. "Barry is a strong and proven leader with a vision to grow Saul Ewing to meet the needs of our clients at the pace they are evolving," Antzis said.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Russell H. Mawson, 75, of Villas, N.J., part-time office manager at the Greater Wildwood Hotel Motel Association since 2000, died at the Atlantic City campus of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Jan. 19, following a stroke. Mr. Mawson worked at the association after retiring from a career as a machinist and supermarket manager. "Even when he didn't have to go to work" in the Wildwood office, "he would go over to check to make sure that things were running smooth," his wife, Marie, said.
SPORTS
January 22, 2014 | BY MITCH RUPERT, For the Daily News
WILLIAMSPORT - Sitting on a dais last night in the grand ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in front of a throng of red-clad Phillies fans, Ryne Sandberg recalled his first major league postseason experience in 1984. It was a heartbreaker, as his Chicago Cubs lost the best-of-five NLCS to San Diego after winning the first two games. The Hall of Fame second baseman, preparing for his first full season as the Phillies' manager, took a moment, and a deep breath, and said that series is the reason he is still working in baseball.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
All businesses are at the mercy of their supply chain. Few are as vulnerable as a water utility. Witness West Virginia Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. of Voorhees. On Jan. 9, a sweet licorice odor was noticed in the air around the Elk River as it wound its way south through Charleston, the state capital. The source was identified as 7,500 gallons of a chemical known as MCHM that had leaked from a 35,000-gallon tank belonging to Freedom Industries. The spill occurred less than a mile upstream from West Virginia Water's intake facilities.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Credit-card debt can sneak up on you. If you think $20,000 in such debt is no biggie, you're wrong. If you think you'll never have to deal with that kind of number, better think again. For all but a few of those facing it, living with a credit-card debt of $20,000 or more is a major life problem. A Credit.com online survey this month found 5 percent of respondents had such debt - and a significant portion of that group thought most people were like them. The most common reason for running up such debt, the post says, is that people "don't have sufficient income to cover their expenses.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert A. Herbert, 84, of Haddonfield, a former group building manager for Richard I. Rubin & Co., the Philadelphia real estate firm, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at the hospice of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford after a fall at home. When he retired in the 2000s, his wife, Dorothy, said, he was managing the Bellevue, at Broad and Walnut Streets, which in part houses the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel. Born near McKeesport, Pa., in an area where his father was a coal miner, Mr. Herbert graduated from McKeesport High School and earned a bachelor's degree at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. Mr. Herbert earned a full scholarship to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his wife said, where he earned a master's degree in government administration and was ranked top in his class.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Wayne Lee, 81, a Philadelphia commercial property manager who was a member of a venerable American family, died Thursday, Jan. 9, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Hill at Whitemarsh, Lafayette Hill. Mr. Lee had moved to the retirement facility in 2007 after living in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Lee was the son of P. Blair Lee, a Philadelphia banker who mirrored the family's commitment to public service through active volunteer work.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Charlie Manuel said two months ago that he'd probably be back with the Phillies before the start of spring training after being fired as the team's manager in August. Now, it appears it will soon become official. WPEN-FM (97.5) reported Wednesday that Manuel has accepted an invitation to rejoin the team. Citing a source, CSNPhilly.com said that the winningest manager in club history would be a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. That report said Manuel would work with minor-league hitters, evaluate minor-league players, and handle some scouting assignments.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christine Marie Ambrose, 49, of Narberth, a program manager at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who helped adolescents learn to live with HIV, died Monday, Jan. 6, of metastatic lung cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Starting in 1997, as an adolescent social worker at Children's, Ms. Ambrose managed the cases of 55 HIV-infected youngsters and their families. She did individual and family therapy and home visits, and tried to help patients establish a life direction while dealing with the virus.
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