June 16, 2012 |
Saying it has "zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace," the federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees passenger screening at airports, is seeking to dismiss seven Philadelphia workers. The seven are among 10 employees who were suspended in November 2011 from security duties at Philadelphia International Airport, pending an investigation into allegations of payoffs for passing grades in annual proficiency tests. In February, training instructor Shannon Gilliam, of Sharon Hill, pleaded guilty in federal court to taking a $200 bribe from a security officer.
May 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Senators investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal said Wednesday that dozens of reported episodes of misconduct by agents point to a culture of carousing in the agency and urged Director Mark Sullivan to get past his insistence that the romp in Cartagena was a one-time mistake. The disconnect between the senators and Sullivan reappeared again and again throughout the two-hour hearing, even as the Secret Service chief for the first time apologized for the incident that tarnished the elite presidential protection force.
May 6, 2012 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Friday that he had permanently removed five priests from active ministry for sexual abuse or misconduct with minors, and reinstated three others after an investigation could not substantiate similar claims against them. The decisions, which followed a 14-month review, marked one of the largest ousters of active priests in the archdiocese's history. It also validated a February 2011 grand jury report that accused local church leaders of ignoring evidence of clergy sex abuse and stirred new outrage among area Catholics.
May 3, 2012 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput plans to meet Wednesday with hundreds of Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, stirring hopes that he may announce the fates of nearly two dozen clergy suspended last year over child sex-abuse or misconduct allegations. The e-mail invitation sent to priests Monday did not disclose the purpose of the afternoon gathering at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County. Archdiocesan officials did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
April 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia that has overshadowed President Obama's diplomatic mission in Latin America probably isn't an isolated incident, and the agency should ensure that it doesn't happen again, a leading House Republican said Sunday. California Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of a House investigative panel, said that he wasn't certain whether Congress would hold hearings on the misconduct. But lawmakers will be looking "over the shoulder" of the Secret Service, he said, to make sure that the agency's method for training and screening agents isn't endangering the nation's VIPs.
April 16, 2012
THE FLYERS-PENGUINS series finally displayed the snarl everyone expected in the first period of Game 3, when the teams combined for 72 penalty minutes. The biggest series of altercations came with 12:02 gone in the period. The craziest thing was not how Sidney Crosby started the whole thing - first by banging away at goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's glove after he made a save, and then later by knocking away Jakub Voracek's glove as Voracek was bending over to pick it up - and still left the Flyers with a man disadvantage after all of the calculations were made.
April 9, 2012 |
The 19-page letter from the U.S. Department of Education to colleges and universities across the nation last April made already-busy Philadelphia lawyer Gina Maisto Smith even busier. The letter emphasized that colleges had to respond to any complaint of sexual misconduct, even if the victim didn't want to press charges or otherwise pursue it. Some colleges hadn't been investigating such complaints even though a 2001 Education Department document recommended it, said Smith, a former sex-crimes prosecutor who now specializes in law involving sexual misconduct on college campuses and other institutions.
March 2, 2012 |
An internal investigation by the University of Pennsylvania found no evidence of research misconduct or plagiarism by two psychiatry professors - one of whom is the chair of the department - who were accused by a colleague of putting their names on a ghostwritten paper in 2001. The report said that though current standards would have required Dwight Evans, chair of Penn's psychiatry department, and Laszlo Gyulai, now an emeritus associate professor of psychiatry, to acknowledge that they had received "assistance from a medical writer," guidelines in effect in 2001 did not. Last summer, Jay D. Amsterdam, a Penn professor who also had been involved in the study of the effect of the antidepressant Paxil on depression in patients with bipolar disorder, filed a complaint with the federal Office of Research Integrity about the study.
February 16, 2012 |
After a yearlong investigation, the state Judicial Conduct Board has filed a formal complaint against a Chester County district judge, accusing her of giving preferential treatment to a son with a long rap sheet. Judge Rita Arnold was escorted by sheriffs Wednesday from the Downingtown District Court, and ordered to relinquish her keys and avoid contact with any employees "pending prosecution," said an order from Chester County Court President Judge James P. MacElree 3d. Arnold's attorney, Dawson R. Muth, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.