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December 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
When you lose or leave a job, it's important to know what to do about any money that's stashed for you in a former employer's 401(k) retirement plan. There are lots of options. Losing a job raises all sorts of questions in addition to immediate concerns for income. What becomes of the retirement money you and your former employer have put into your 401(k) account? Bankrate.com's Don Taylor notes some facts that may surprise you in a post titled, "I lost my job. What happens to my 401(k)
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
      Six months after instituting new work rules for union labor at the Convention Center, the facility's managers say there has been a dramatic increase in groups looking to gather in Philadelphia. Despite the continuing presence of some protesting union members outside the center, bookings are up, with numerous trade and business associations agreeing to return to Philadelphia after noticeable absences, or rebooking after a recent show. There has been a 20 percent increase in convention-related hotel bookings over last year, according to Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)
NEWS
November 25, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - This town has always had its bosses. Its political Nuckys, Haps, and Sonnys, its corporate Steves and Donalds, its gangster Nickys and Joeys. But is the Boardwalk Empire ready for a new emperor? One with unilateral power to sideline the city's Republican mayor and Democratic council, throw out municipal labor contracts, sell off assets, slash spending, and privatize city departments? Jon F. Hanson, powerful two-time author of how-to-save-Atlantic-City reports delivered to Gov. Christie, is proposing exactly that - an emergency manager with "extraordinary supervisory powers" to stabilize a cratering city where casinos have closed and debt and taxes have skyrocketed.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was Saturday. The clock read approximately 6:30 p.m. The Penn Charter girls' soccer team had just won its second consecutive Independent Schools state title at Cabrini College when the prospect of a three-peat was first mentioned. Yes, a three-peat would be nice, coach Darci Borski thought, but she wanted to enjoy this championship first. The sentiment from Borski, who in two seasons at the Quakers helm has amassed an overall record of 35-6-4, was justified. It made sense that she wanted to savor this one a little bit longer considering all the obstacles Penn Charter overcame this season.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have been pursuing former Manchester United assistant and ex-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen for the last half year and finally they have gotten their man. The team will announce at a Friday press conference that Meulensteen has been hired to the technical staff. A MLS source familiar with the details confirmed Thursday that Meulensteen is being hired as a consultant. According to the source, Meulensteen will work very closely with the team as it prepares for the franchise's sixth season.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Suzette Parmley, and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - With casinos folding like bad poker hands in this ailing Shore resort, Gov. Christie said Wednesday he would consider a proposal to create an emergency manager for the city - drawing a sharp dissent from its mayor. Don Guardian, who became mayor in January, called the emergency manager position unnecessary, because a state monitor was already assigned to review and report on Atlantic City's finances. "So the concept of a different title I'm kind of lost on. All of that exists right now," Guardian said in a phone interview Wednesday night.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael B. Eroh, 61, of Clementon, a senior home delivery manager for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in South Jersey, died of a heart attack Thursday, Nov. 7, at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Eroh spent most of his professional career at Interstate General Media, the company that publishes both newspapers, and its predecessors. He began in 1977 as a district manager and worked his way to senior management. During an earlier stint as a district manager in Philadelphia, Mr. Eroh worked in gritty neighborhoods, going door-to-door to collect payment from subscribers, said Ed Delfin, vice president of circulation.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
JoAnn Hobbins, 69, of Blackwood, who retired in 2007 as warehouse manager for the Cherry Hill Board of Education, died Friday, Oct. 24, of brain cancer at home. A 1962 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Hobbins, known as Sis, worked first as a warehouse supervisor at the former Superior Record Co. in Runnemede, a niece, Denise Melvin, said. Her career at the Board of Education warehouse spanned 32 years, her niece said. "She was made supervisor and manager in 1984.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 2010 federal law bars private money managers who invest state and local pension funds from making political contributions to state and local officials who hire private money managers. But wealthy hedge, buyout, and real estate investment magnates still can and do finance Congress members and national political committees closely tied to state and local politicians while also collecting fat fees from state and local pension funds. Last week, New Jersey and Philadelphia both acted on legislation that attempts to curb these conflicts of interest.
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