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January 11, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge on Thursday entered a $3,300 judgment against Don Tollefson, the latest in a series of mounting legal woes over sports trips arranged by the once-prominent broadcaster. District Judge Katherine McGill in Oreland rendered her decision after Tollefson failed to appear to defend claims from an Allentown couple that he sold them a Super Bowl package, then never provided airfare. The judgment comes as Bucks County prosecutors prepare felony fraud charges against Tollefson on behalf of 100 more people whose claims total $200,000.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - More than two years in the making, a package of bills to strengthen the state's child-protection laws was approved by legislators Wednesday and sent to the governor. One bill widens the net for adults who could be held responsible in suspected child abuse. Another seeks to improve coordination among county and law enforcement agencies that investigate such claims. But a bill mandating that suspected abuse be reported directly to state welfare officials - a requirement some say could have snagged Jerry Sandusky years before his arrest - is on hold at least until January.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
PENNSBURG The Pennsylvania auditor general on Wednesday criticized the Upper Perkiomen School District for giving its former superintendent $229,000 in unused sick and vacation days and health-care coverage after he retired. "I feel very comfortable calling this an excessive package," Eugene A. DePasquale said. "In these tough economic times, when we're having education cuts all over the state . . . we need to be directing as many available dollars as possible to the classroom. " DePasquale said his office concluded that the benefits to Timothy F. Kirby were excessive based on the Montgomery County district's size, structure, and other factors.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Diane Marie Turner, 66, of Upper Darby, whose dedication to American troops included sending care packages to those deployed abroad, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, of heart failure at her home. She had not been ill, her family said. Many years ago, the former Diane Marie DiValerio helped form the Upper Darby Marine Corps League Detachment No. 884 of Upper Darby Ladies Auxiliary. She was a past president. In 2003, she started a program in which the auxiliary sent hundreds of cartons filled with comfort items for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2013 | By Amy Laughinghouse, For The Inquirer
From romance beneath the waves to your own private island paradise, there are many honeymoon packages available to start your new life together. Here is a sampling from around the globe.   Krabi, Thailand Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable adventure at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Thailand. With the three-night "Underwater Romance" package, you can trade your wedding dress for a wetsuit and exchange vows below the teal-blue waters of the Andaman Sea. After all, there aren't many places in the world where you can say "I scuba do" - with an underwater bouquet and a celebratory release of clownfish.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
A fingerprint sensor to provide the ultimate security. A dual-flash camera that reads color temperatures and adapts. A 64-bit processor that adds speed and power. It's easy to shrug off the latest advances from Apple, which largely seemed to confirm Silicon Valley rumors Tuesday when it unveiled two new iPhones, the 5S and the 5C, that will go on sale Sept. 20. Yes, it's true: The top-of-the-line iPhone 5S will boast built-in fingerprint authentication, to add a layer of security that would seem sci-fi spectacular if Disney didn't already use something similar at its theme parks.
NEWS
August 17, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James R. Doherty Jr., 76, of Moorestown, owner and chief executive since 1991 of Weber Display & Packaging in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of heart failure at home. Raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Doherty graduated in 1955 from Collingswood High School, where he was a center on the varsity football team for three years, his son, James R. III, said. While in high school, he worked as a clerk at a Food Fair store in Runnemede, where his father, James R. Sr., was the manager.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Dish Network has its Hopper, which records every show in prime time and helps you skip commercials. Microsoft has its Xbox One, which it says will enable you to control your TV with voice or gestures. Apple TV is still reaching for Steve Jobs' goal of an easy-to-use "integrated television. " Comcast hasn't announced its own plans to win the war for the living room. But the Philadelphia cable and broadband giant has a stealth entrant in that contest: the X1, a do-almost-everything device designed to protect and expand its share of the turf.
SPORTS
July 16, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS TIME, Ben Revere won't lobby his way back into the lineup. That will finally spell the Phillies' demise. Revere missed 2 1/2 weeks when a 95-mph fastball broke his face in 2010. A top prospect for Minnesota, his season was supposed to be over. Still, he managed to convince the Twins' organization to let him return, his fractured orbital bone shielded by a specially configured helmet. That return helped convince the Twins that Revere, a 5-9, 170-pound speed demon, was major league tough.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
  HARRISBURG - A key piece of the rescue package being negotiated in Harrisburg for Philadelphia's cash-strapped school district may now be in jeopardy. Sen. Anthony Williams (D., Philadelphia) said in an interview Sunday that the proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax that would have raised roughly $45 million for Philadelphia's schools "is probably not going to be part of the solution. " Williams cited "the complexity of politics in the House," including the chamber's more conservative Republican faction, as one of the reasons the cigarette tax was close to being ruled out altogether.
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