April 27, 2014 |
Tom Wolf's campaign for governor has apologized and fired a consultant after acknowledging the aide lifted passages from a Wisconsin energy company's reports and reprinted them as part of Wolf's policy on energy efficiency. "I have directed the staff to make sure nothing like this ever happens again, and have asked for a new process to be put in place to ensure it does not," Wolf said in a statement. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, one of his opponents in the Democratic primary, pointed out the "troubling plagiarism" Thursday, saying the episode raised doubts about the front-runner.
February 22, 2013 |
The similarity in essay after essay was striking to Carrie Marcinkevage, then admissions director of the master of business administration program at Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business. Through their own investigation that year, she and her colleagues found that 29 MBA applicants had plagiarized their essays - from the same two sources. That was 2009. "We realized how ridiculously error-ridden and inefficient that was," said Marcinkevage, now MBA managing director at Smeal.
September 7, 2012 |
BRADLEY COOPER is Hollywood's go-to guy when it comes to playing struggling writers who find overnight success via shady means. In "Limitless," a designer brain-power drug put him on the best-seller list. In "The Words," it's old-fashioned plagiarism. Cooper plays Rory Jensen, a modestly talented fiction writer whose exasperatingly long bohemian phase starts to test the patience of his wife (Zoe Saldana) and father (J.K. Simmons). Cooper is a decent writer, a few agents compliment his unpublished work, but he can't break through - until, that is, he finds an old, yellowed manuscript in a vintage briefcase purchased at a Paris antique shop.
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.
October 9, 2011 |
An assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing has lost his job due to research misconduct that includes plagiarizing text and falsifying data in two unpublished manuscripts and two applications for federal grants, according to investigators for the school and a federal agency. Scott Weber's dismissal was based on information released by a university research integrity officer and the Office of Research Integrity, a federal agency that investigates allegations of misconduct in research for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
October 28, 2010 |
Most writers would sell their souls to have their work spotlighted by Oprah Winfrey. After all, Winfrey's endorsement can make stars out of unknowns. When featured on her syndicated talk show, books routinely rocket to the top of the best-seller lists. So it comes as a bit of surprise to learn that one Philadelphia scribe is suing Winfrey, claiming that she read selections from a booklet he penned a decade ago. Charles Harris, in a suit filed this week in U.S. District Court, says Winfrey recited selections from his work last year without permission.
May 8, 2010
Iron Man 2 At its best, the sequel to the 2008 hit is shaggily enjoyable and enjoyably shaggy with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, disarming arms industrialist, tossing off one-liners like comic grenades, eluding four villains (including Mickey Rourke) while sizing up Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson. PG-13 Exit Through the Gift Shop Banksy, the pseudonymous British artist, let a French videographer document his street stenciling, then turned the cameras on his chronicler when the Frenchman himself became an artist.
December 10, 2008 |
For the last five years, I've taught five sections of U.S. history at a rural Pennsylvania community college. That's about 150 students a semester. By midterm, one-third of those students have dropped the course. Another third withdraw before the semester ends rather than risking an "F. " Some students complain that my standards are too high. Others grumble that history is "boring. " In fact, my courses place the responsibility for learning on the student; I'm simply the facilitator.
November 1, 2007 |
A PUBLICITY EVENT at the Colorado Mills Mall has turned into one of the most expensive mall trips ever for Vincent "Don Vito" Margera. The "Viva La Bam" star (and Bam Margera's uncle), who was born in Glen Mills and still lives in the area, was convicted yesterday on two counts of sexual assault and acquitted on a third, over a groping incident involving a 14-year-old girl and two 12-year-old girls at an August 2006 autograph session in Lakewood, Colo. The Rocky Mountain News reported on its Web site yesterday that upon hearing the verdict, Margera, 51, keeled over in court and yelled, "Just kill me now!"
August 2, 2006 |
Facing his first serious challenge in 20 years, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) accused his opponent yesterday of being a liar and plagiarist for borrowing ideas, and some phrasing, from a public-policy think tank. The think tank, a research center for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, said it didn't mind, and offered to let Weldon use its material, too. In a press release, the Weldon campaign said retired Rear Adm. Joe Sestak cribbed his health-care policy from the Progressive Policy Institute, "with much of the language ripped verbatim" from the think tank's papers.