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November 21, 1986 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. conferred yesterday with the city's Common Pleas Court judges and urged them to continue doing their jobs in the face of the widening investigation into judicial misconduct. Arriving unannounced, Nix met with the judges for about 15 minutes in a closed session. Several judges who were present said he told them that, like anyone else, they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Those judges also said Nix told them that any judges who are found guilty must resign.
SPORTS
September 1, 1990 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles president Harry Gamble said yesterday that he had rejected a written contract-extension proposal made for holdout tight end Keith Jackson. The proposal, from agent Gary Wichard, represented the team's first communication with Jackson since the two-time all-pro refused to report for the start of training camp, Gamble said. Jackson is seeking an extension of a four-year contract that has two years remaining. Gamble said the proposal called for a signing bonus, reportedly of $1.5 million, plus significant salary increases.
SPORTS
January 30, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates have rejected a revised bid from John Rigas to buy the team, television station KDKA-TV reported yesterday. Rigas, the cable TV entrepreneur with major league baseball's permission to negotiate a purchase, increased his initial $80 million offer Friday. He and city officials said the new bid was worth nearly $90 million. However, the Pirates said Rigas proposed no extra cash for the owners but instead offered stock in the team and a pledge to try to find other investors who want to buy their stock.
NEWS
March 28, 1994 | by Bob Warner, Daily News Staff Writer
State law requires candidates for governor to identify anyone contributing more than $50 to their campaigns. But it is still very difficult to follow the donations of any particular donor - requiring a visit to Harrisburg and a search through thousands of pages of campaign finance documents. Most of the candidates for governor cooperated with the Daily News by providing a computerized list of their donors - the same information they're required to file on paper with the Department of State in Harrisburg.
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April 29, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's $65,000-a-year Common Pleas judges are badly underpaid and leaving the bench because of it, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. told a joint session of the General Assembly yesterday. "In virtually all cases, the exodus is because the individual cannot meet his or her family commitments on the judicial salary presently provided," Nix said in urging legislators to create a Judicial Salary Board to build cost- of-living increases into judges' pay. Although he did not recommend a specific salary level, Nix noted federal judges earn $89,500 annually and have lighter caseloads, trial judges in neighboring states earn more than in Pennsylvania, and 50-year-old law partners in Philadelphia earn more than $254,000 annually.
NEWS
April 24, 1986 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. said yesterday that any city judge who is a target of a current federal investigation into Roofers Union Local 30-30B will not be allowed to decide cases. Nix instructed the almost 100 Common Pleas Court judges and 21 Municipal Court judges to "immediately" report to court officials if they are notified that they are targets of the investigation. Any such judge will be reassigned to "non-decisional duties" within the court system, Nix's office said.
NEWS
May 13, 1990 | By Fredric N. Tulsky and Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writers
In newly released court papers, state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen has accused Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. of widespread misconduct and revealed that he has filed formal charges accusing Nix of violating the code of judicial conduct in two court cases. The formal accusations against Nix, which Larsen filed secretly on Feb. 20, involved cases before the Supreme Court in 1980 and 1986. In addition, Larsen last November accused Nix of having "failed, neglected and refused to pay" real estate taxes, of interceding in a criminal case for a friend who had been arrested and of voting in cases in which he had a personal interest in the outcome, newly released court papers show.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
F OUR big-city mayors, including Mayor Nutter, took a road-trip to Harrisburg on Tuesday to object to a bill that would let gun-rights activists sue cities that require their citizens to report lost or stolen firearms. The bill would allow any gun owner challenging the local ordinances to collect attorneys' fees and damages from the city that passed the ordinance. State lawmakers in 2008 rejected a bill requiring the timely reporting of lost or stolen handguns, but 48 municipalities, including Philly, passed local laws requiring such reporting.
NEWS
October 16, 1986
John B. Kelly and son were fine men and did a lot for Philadelphia, but it surely was a bad idea to rename East River Drive after them. After all, East River Drive was an informative name that let you know that it was a road alongside the river and that it was on the east side of the river. Kelly Drive lets you know nothing! And now, to further inconvenience the public, fans of Frank Palumbo, great man that he was, want to rename the West River Drive after him. Ridiculous! Mr. Palumbo was from South Philly and may not have often used West River Drive, but he surely had a good idea of where it was by its name.
NEWS
July 31, 1996 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., stepping down today after 24 years on the state Supreme Court, said he would not have resigned if his longtime nemesis, Rolf Larsen, was still a member of the court. "I'd have been here 'til the day they carried me out in a box," said Nix, 68, who resigned even though he could have served for two more years. Nix carefully avoided using Larsen's name, calling him, "that individual. " Among the reasons he resigned, said Nix, was that Larsen was removed from office two years ago after being convicted of obtaining prescription drugs by falsely using the names of his employees.
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June 28, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Friday signed a $33.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday, vetoing tax increases passed by the Legislature to fund the pension system but extending an olive branch to Democrats by proposing an increase in a tax credit for the working poor. Christie used his line-item veto authority to nix measures passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature to raise taxes on income exceeding $1 million and on corporations, which Democrats said would have generated more than $1 billion in revenue.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
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March 5, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
TODAY COULD have been another historic first for Philadelphia - a day to showcase why we're the City of Brotherly Love. U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun and Counselor Kwon Jong Gun were among members of the North Korean mission to the United Nations set to sample our hospitality, with visits to the Liberty Bell, Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia Museum of Art, according to Kerri Kennedy, of the American Friends Service Committee. It would have been historic: The North Korean U.N. representatives normally never leave New York because the United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five of six Democratic mayoral candidates have called for the School Reform Commission to reject 39 charter-school applications to be considered on Wednesday. Only State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, long a charter-school champion, voiced no opposition to the vote. "A blanket moratorium on charter expansion makes a nice headline, but it's really just a political solution to an education problem," Williams said in a prepared statement. "We need solutions that make sense for our children, first and foremost.
SPORTS
December 17, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE RETURN of Nick Foles this week would have at least piled a stick or two of fresh kindling on the Eagles' flickering playoff hopes, but like so much else lately, Foles' collarbone tests did not go the way the team had hoped. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Foles "is not healed," and won't play Saturday against Washington. "We will move forward without him," Kelly said. "He's going to start throwing a little bit more, but he's out right now. " A source close to the situation said that Foles' tests yesterday showed "continued healing, but not enough to play professional football without significant risk.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie vetoed a measure Friday to ban crates used to confine pregnant pigs, slamming it as a "solution in search of a problem" and a "political movement masquerading as substantive policy. " "We do not have an issue with gestation crates in New Jersey," Christie wrote in his veto message. He urged the Legislature to work on "significant issues" and "stop following misguided partisans and special interest groups who want to use the lawmaking process as a political cudgel on issues outside our borders.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
WHEN I entered Temple in September of 1956, I was not required to take what was then called the College Boards because I finished in the upper 25 percent of my class at South Philadelphia High School. Temple required only that I take placements tests for English and math. Forgive me, then, if I'm puzzled by Dom Giordano's concerns that Temple's decision to forego the SATs is going to dilute the quality of its student body. I agree with Giordano that an "A" at a suburban high school may be worth more than an "A" at an inner-city school, and that is also the problem.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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