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April 25, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
SOME OF state Rep. Bill Keller's closest associates will gather Wednesday in federal court. It won't be a happy reunion. Mark Olkowski, Keller's longtime business partner, is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea after being indicted Jan. 29 on charges of filing false personal and business income taxes along with improperly collecting unemployment. Lorraine DiSpaldo, Keller's former chief of staff, is also scheduled to change her not-guilty plea after being indicted on Sept.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Comunidad Hispana, the nonprofit health-care and legal-aid clinic in Kennett Square, wanted to reach out to Hispanics beyond Chester County. The Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia wanted to be known better to the folks served by La Comunidad, those beyond the city. "The consulate wanted to partner with us because we understand the population we serve, the same population they serve," La Comunidad president and CEO Margarita Queralt Mirkil said in an interview. So on Monday, a nurse from La Comunidad will begin the clinic's monthly presence at the consulate office in the Bourse Building on the east side of Independence Mall.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Hall blossomed with Philadelphia pride Wednesday as elementary school students and civic leaders celebrated the 118th birthday of the city's flag - a unifying symbol that Mayor Nutter acknowledged "sometimes goes unnoticed in our daily lives. " Brenda Exon, cofounder of the nonprofit advocacy group Partners for Civic Pride, gave a history lesson on the Philadelphia flag, which depicts the city seal on a gold-and-sky-blue background. She said her group was trying to establish March 27, Philadelphia Civic Flag Day, "as an important day on the Philadelphia calendar.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keith J. Mastronardo, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla., an Upper Merion native who was a partner in a skin-care start-up seen on reality TV, died Tuesday, March 19, in a motorcycle accident in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mr. Mastronardo was riding a motorcycle east on Belleair Road in Largo when he swerved to avoid hitting an animal and was thrown off the bike. Police said Mr. Mastronardo was hit by a car driven by Jerome E. Mullarkey, 77, of Clearwater. Mr. Mastronardo died from his injuries at Largo Medical Center; the driver and a passenger were unhurt.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Archbishop Ryan High School in the Northeast and Holy Family University today unveiled a new partnership that includes a dual-credit program. Archbishop Ryan students who complete Holy Family courses offered on Ryan's campus on Academy Road will receive both high school and college credits for their work. "Today marks an historic moment in our school's 47-year history," Ryan's President Michael McCardle said at a signing ceremony carried live on the websites of both Ryan and Holy Family University.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The court-appointed receiver for an investment partnership has sued developer Brook Lenfest, former head of the group, saying he cheated the other partners in a land deal by not disclosing that the parcel was slated for a new Center City hotel. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Common Pleas Court, receiver Davin S. Lamm contends that Lenfest defrauded Mariner Chestnut Partners L.P., which included Lamm and Marc Wiser, when he sold the land on behalf of the partnership to himself at auction for an amount substantially lower than the half-acre parcel at Broad and Chestnut Streets was worth.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man admitted Wednesday that he killed his longtime partner, who wanted to end their relationship, authorities said. William W. White, 60, who pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in Superior Court, told Judge Frederick Schuck that he beat Alma Reyes Brito, 49, with a gun and choked her after they argued in her home in June 2012, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Brito was killed between the night of June 3 and 11 a.m. June 4, when a relative found her body.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
By Mark Brzezinski and Jonas Hafstrom I nnovative - entrepreneurial - audacious - these words apply to this region just as much today as they did 375 years ago. On an early spring day in March 1638, Swedish and Finnish settlers arrived near present-day Wilmington, Del., and established the tiny settlement of New Sweden. Led by Capt. Peter Minuit, who a decade earlier had purchased from the Dutch what we now call Manhattan, these early pioneers braved a dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to found a colony that included parts of what are now Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A WEST Conshohocken steelworker has sued his employer and the board of trustees of the Steelworkers Health and Welfare Fund for denying insurance coverage to the his husband. The same-sex couple filed the suit in federal court Monday against the board and ArcelorMittal USA, a Chicago-based company that operates the Conshohocken steel mill where Bryce Ginther works as an industrial electrician. Ginther, 54, married his partner of seven years, Kit Kineef, on May 15 in New York.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is not extending some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members even though it legally could because the complex issue requires more review and has triggered concerns among military leaders, senior Pentagon officials said Monday. A department memo detailed a number of other benefits that will be extended to same-sex partners, including identification cards that will provide access to commissaries and other services. But Pentagon officials said that while some housing payments and health benefits can't be included because of federal law, some access to base housing is not specifically prohibited and could be offered in the future.
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