August 19, 2013 |
William A. Capouillez may be the hardest-working man in Harrisburg. From 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Capouillez works as a director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, where his responsibilities include overseeing leases for oil and natural gas development on 1.4 million acres of public game lands. During his lunch breaks, coffee breaks, evenings, and holidays, Capouillez has a profitable side job. He acts as an agent for property owners who lease their land for oil and gas development, signing private deals with the same companies that often work with his state agency.
July 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett has made it official: He is bringing in a veteran Republican strategist and fund-raiser, Leslie Gromis-Baker, as his new chief of staff. As The Inquirer reported Wednesday, Steve Aichele is leaving the $154,000-a-year post in the aftermath of a bruising budget battle with the General Assembly. Aichele, 65, headed the Philadelphia law firm Saul Ewing before going to Harrisburg and is returning to private practice, the administration said. "Steve has provided a spark and energy to the administration, and staff members will long remember his enthusiasm and optimism," the governor said in a statement.
May 23, 2013 |
WITH YESTERDAY'S snoozefest primary election behind us, the next race to watch out for is the fall contest between District Attorney Seth Williams and Republican challenger Daniel "Danny" Alvarez. Both Williams and Alvarez were unopposed yesterday. Alvarez, 35, who worked as a prosecutor for eight years in the D.A.'s gun unit and the child support enforcement unit, is now in private practice. He spent most of yesterday introducing himself to voters. Williams, 46, who is seeking a second term, said he has not focused on the general election yet, but is "looking forward to serving another four years.
April 6, 2013
Jim Mees, 57, an Emmy-winning set decorator who helped bring alien worlds to life in the long-running Star Trek TV series, died Friday, March 29, at his home in Selinsgrove, Pa., said his partner, Michael Smyth. He had pancreatic cancer. Mr. Mees, who worked on more than a dozen TV shows in his 30-year career, spent 14 years on Star Trek sets, from The Next Generation to Star Trek: Enterprise. A five-time nominee, Mr. Mees shared an Emmy with production designer Richard D. James for art direction of a 1990 episode in which he gave viewers the first glimpse of the Klingon home world, decorating the warrior race's High Council chambers and sinister-looking First City.
March 20, 2013 |
The prosecutor who sent Jerry Sandusky to jail is leaving the Attorney General's Office to enter private practice. Joe McGettigan will join the McAndrews Law Offices in Berwyn, working mainly in cases involving crime victims in organizational settings such as youth or religious groups, and in suits involving the abuse or bullying of children, the disabled, or the elderly, the firm announced Monday. Sandusky was convicted in June of molesting 10 boys on or near the Pennsylvania State University campus, where he was an assistant football coach.
February 28, 2013 |
When his career was still in its formative stages, Wallace Bentley Hussong had a choice between Freud and football. He opted for the couch, and practiced psychoanalysis in Camden County for nearly a half-century. Dr. Hussong, 93, of Merchantville, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, at his home, having never taken the road measured in yard lines. But from high school through college, the semipro Camden Zuni Indians, and an Eagles practice squad, he was a triple threat - quarterback, receiver, and kicker.
February 25, 2013 |
EVEN BEFORE Christine Wiggins, founder of Imhotep Institute Charter School, took her first group of students to Africa in 2000, she knew that Dr. Samuel Quartey deserved admiration. But a royal greeting party wasn't on the itinerary. Quartey, who organized the trip, helped Wiggins develop Imhotep in 1998 as one of the country's first charter high schools with an Afrocentric focus. He also was one of the first black surgeons to open a private practice in Philadelphia, and he would later become involved with most of the powerhouse African-American institutions in the city.
February 22, 2013
STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams stopped just short this week of endorsing U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz if she challenges Gov. Corbett next year. After all, Schwartz isn't even a declared candidate yet. "I told her she could use my name in a fond and affectionate way," Williams told us. One person probably not using his name that way this week: state Treasurer Rob McCord . McCord is the other heavyweight in the state's Democratic camp considering ways to deny Corbett a second term.
January 27, 2013 |
Never can say goodbye. I always get so sentimental watching the grand finales of TV series. Maybe because they use everything but grappling hooks to tug on your heartstrings. This week, we bid a dewy adieu to so many shows there are still tear stains on my Superman Snuggie. On Private Practice , we got not one but two weddings. Ah, Addison, happy at last. And just about every other possible couple on the show pledged their undying love. This was the Noah's Ark of romantic finales.
January 12, 2013 |
JoAn Gewirtz, 84, of Bala Cynwyd, a retired adolescent and family therapist, died Thursday, Jan. 10, in a traffic accident in Ardmore. The former JoAn Luban was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla traveling east on West Wynnewood Road when it collided with a westbound Toyota Camry, police said. Mrs. Gewirtz was pronounced dead on arrival at Lankenau Hospital, police said. The two drivers were treated for minor injuries at other area hospitals. Wynnewood Road was cordoned off between Lancaster Avenue and Argyle Road for four hours as Lower Merion police investigated.