February 12, 2015 |
IMAGINE THIS: A lobbyist from the Chamber of Commerce approaches Mayor Nutter and offers a $10,000 donation to the city if the mayor will veto the upcoming vote requiring city employers to provide sick days. That lobbyist would be arrested and tried in a court of law. When Mark Gleason, executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, spoke with School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green last week and offered a donation of $25 million in exchange for the SRC to approve a number of charter-school applications, what followed was a discussion in the news media about whether he was offering enough.
February 9, 2015 |
When the Parking Authority of the City of Camden decided it wanted to tear down the decades-old Commerce Building in the heart of downtown to put up a parking garage, it made an offer far below the property owner's expectations. The Estate of Milton Rubin, a real estate investor in the city, had been paying property taxes on an assessment of $1.66 million, and in 2007 had prepared to sell it for $4.5 million. The Parking Authority's offer came in considerably lower. In a letter in June, the agency raised the specter of eminent domain as it offered minus $200,000 - essentially asking the estate to part with the building and pay on top of it. The authority based its offer on an appraisal it commissioned that said the cost of renovating the building would exceed its potential income.
February 7, 2015 |
Temple's men's basketball team remains in the running for an NCAA tournament berth, aided by a four-game winning streak, albeit against some of the weaker teams in the American Athletic Conference. Now the schedule picks up, especially the next two games - Saturday at the University of Memphis, and Tuesday at home against Cincinnati, the last team to beat Temple, in an 83-54 home win on Jan. 17. Two of the four wins during the streak came against South Florida, and the Owls also beat Tulane and Central Florida.
February 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like nature itself, the most important job for farmers in the Garden State is to evolve, according to agricultural officials hosting the 100th annual New Jersey State Agricultural Convention, which officially opened here on Wednesday. Hundreds of farmers of vegetables, fruits, nursery stocks, and even aquaculture packed the parking garage at the Tropicana Casino & Resort with their "No Farmers No Food" bumper-stickered pickups and cars. The two-day convention offers conferences and meetings on dozens of farm-related topics.
February 3, 2015 |
Camden County homeowners, gardeners, and fix-it-yourself types will soon have a new money-saving resource. This summer, county officials hope to launch a tool library in Gloucester Township that can help residents work on home projects without having to buy special equipment. The program will be similar to the West Philly Tool Library, which Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek visited last year, along with Chris Waldron, county director of sustainability and shared services. "In the short time we were there, about 20 people came through the door," Gentek said.
January 30, 2015 |
THREE MEDICAL experts yesterday offered conflicting opinions on whether charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown is mentally competent to stand retrial. Brown, 77, is accused of defrauding three brick-and-mortar charters and a cyber charter she created of about $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to cover up the alleged activity. A retrial was scheduled after a jury acquitted her on six charges but deadlocked on nearly 50 others. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered Brown to undergo examination upon request from her defense team.
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.
January 28, 2015 |
Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York cable company, is launching a national WiFi-only telephone service for $29.95 a month - a first for a big cable-TV company. Subscribers to Cablevision's TV, Internet, and phone services will pay just $9.95 a month for the new service, branded as Freewheel. Freewheel is part of an intense interest by cable companies, including Comcast Corp. and others, to develop wireless phone services as people become accustomed to constant access on smartphones and tablets.
January 26, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - For months, the 2016 Republican presidential race has been dominated by the "invisible primary" scramble for the backing of the party's donor class. On Saturday, it goes grassroots. At least eight likely candidates will give their pitches to 1,500 conservative activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, trying to seduce the people who pack a punch in the GOP caucuses, where the first votes of the party's nominating process are scheduled to be cast in a little over a year.