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October 1, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Barbara Boyer, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Along stately and tree-lined Meadow Run Drive in this Princeton suburb, neighbors of John P. Sheridan Jr., the CEO of Cooper University Health System, and his wife, Joyce, struggled Monday to come to terms with the deaths of the well-regarded couple in a weekend blaze. The deaths also rattled the hospital system's executives in Camden and politicians in Trenton. The couple had raised their family and lived for more than four decades in the quiet Central New Jersey community.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When James "Randy" Pace was elected nearly three years ago, his small Pinelands community was reeling from a deepening financial crisis, a sex scandal involving its mayor, and two abrupt resignations on the exclusively Republican governing body. But the upheaval in Medford Township was about to get worse. Pace, a staunch conservative who was named mayor in January 2012 by an all-new Township Council, soon announced plans to raise municipal property taxes a walloping 30 percent.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
REMEMBER the last mayor's race, the unforgettable thumping of momentary Republican candidate Karen Brown by incumbent Democrat Michael Nutter? Oh? You forgot. How about 2007, when unknown (millionaire) Tom Knox finished just behind Nutter in the Democratic primary (which picks the mayor because the GOP hasn't won a mayor's race since Jim Gardner was in diapers). That cast of characters also included (in descending vote count) U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah and state Rep. Dwight Evans.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
IT JUST never ends. The state that was the keystone of colonies, the cradle of Democracy, a lofty leader for what's good and right just keeps finding ways to degrade itself. And I'm not talking bond ratings. I'm talking X-ratings. As you may have heard, the governor, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the attorney general are embroiled in a porn scandal. The guv and chief want more details (snicker, snicker) on what the A.G. has regarding who used government computers to send, swap or watch sexually explicit videos and images.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he served his time in federal prison for cheating on his taxes, Sam Kuttab vowed that his days of skating close to the edge were over. "I made a promise to family, my kids," Kuttab said last year. "I do not plan to make another mistake. " Now Kuttab is under federal criminal scrutiny again, a decade after he spent 22 months behind bars for a scheme to evade $1.2 million in taxes. And this time, the Wyncote man is smack in the middle of the FBI's latest probe of Philadelphia judges.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN GENE Roberts became executive editor of the Inquirer in 1972, he intended to turn the paper into a journalistic powerhouse. First, he had to check out the staff to gauge its strengths and weaknesses, find out who would help him transform the paper from the lame publication it had become to a first-class regional paper. One name caught his eye. Tony Auth was the political cartoonist, and the astute Roberts recognized quickly that Tony would be an important contributor to his plans.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CONSIDER THIS a master's-level acting class in how to get cut from a campaign commercial. Alan Benyak, a lawyer and former judicial candidate, appears in a TV ad for Democrat Tom Wolf's campaign for governor. But that's not his most famous on-screen role anymore. Buzzfeed.com reported yesterday that Benyak also starred as Mr. Cannibal in "Breeding Farm," described by the website as a "twisted porn film. " And that means Benyak is falling on Wolf's cutting-room floor. "We were unaware of Mr. Benyak's involvement in the film, and we are making changes to the ad now," Wolf spokesman Mark Nicastre emailed yesterday in response to a question about the Buzzfeed story.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The official cloak of secrecy on political contributions made by companies working for the Delaware River Port Authority may soon be a thing of the past. The DRPA's audit committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to restore public access to vendors' political contributions. The full DRPA board will vote on the proposal, made by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, later this month. "It's just common sense," DePasquale said Wednesday. "The public has a right to know who's donating to me. " "The idea of not letting this stuff become public is just silly.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty was into one of her cheerleader-type speeches on the Capitol steps. The subject was women in politics. "Are we fired up?" she asked. "Are we fired up?" I know I was. It was hot in Harrisburg's midday sun. McGinty yesterday stood in front of two dozen women running for Congress or the Legislature and suggested more women in office means more investment in education, pre-schooling and health care and also more jobs.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
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