November 19, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission on Monday recommended that the city review why police officers fired from the department were frequently reinstated through arbitration. In 26 cases reviewed by the commission, officers were reinstated by arbitrators in 19 instances, according to the commission's annual report, made public Monday. "Arbitrations involving Philadelphia police officers, particularly those fired for serious misconduct, have been a source of frustration and public scrutiny for more than three decades," the report states.
July 20, 2014 |
The two unions representing SEPTA railroad engineers and electrical workers on Friday expressed disappointment with the recommendations of a presidential panel on their long-running labor dispute. The panel, appointed by President Obama, on Monday sided with SEPTA management on most of the issues in the dispute, which prompted a one-day strike last month. "We are disappointed with the recommendations of the [presidential emergency board], particularly because the board, instead of directly addressing the economic analysis of the employees, simply sidestepped the core issue of this labor dispute," the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and IBEW Local 744 said in a joint statement.
July 16, 2014 |
There are several ways to increase ridership and revenue on the Atlantic City Rail Line, according to a study commissioned by NJ Transit, but the agency doesn't plan to do any of them. With NJ Transit strapped for money and Atlantic City losing casinos, visitors, and employees, the transit agency has shelved the recommendations of a study that was authorized in 2009 by the Corzine administration. "NJ Transit does not have any immediate plans to begin action on any of the proposals in the analysis," spokesman William J. Smith said in an e-mail.
March 22, 2014
New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner was incorrectly quoted in Friday's Inquirer article on recommended changes to the state's criminal justice system. Rabner said that the recommendations were not a criticism of the bond industry but that if the recommendations were implemented, the role of the industry would diminish over time.
January 12, 2014 |
CITING CONCERNS about stability and consistency, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said yesterday that he will not recommend any school closings this year. The announcement follows 30 school closings in the past two years, including 24 a year ago, to address steadily declining enrollment and underutilized buildings. In announcing his decision during a conference call with reporters, Hite said his focus was on bolstering existing neighborhood schools. "The primary factor is we could not guarantee, based on where space was available, we would be improving the academic environment for children," he said.
December 23, 2013 |
Holiday time for many of us still is book-giving time. So the call goes out - and people are really pounding me, assistant books editor, for recommendations. What's good? What do you recommend? Old, new, no matter? Why should I do all the work, though? Luckily, the Inquirer staff is full of readers, folks of discrimination and taste, of course. Here are their recommendations. Most prices are for hardbacks (but we know plenty of folks giving e-books). There's something below for almost any bibliophile, for Christmas or any other time.
November 7, 2013 |
Philadelphia voters elected 10 new judges Tuesday and reelected 18 more in yes-or-no retention votes, paying little attention to negative recommendations on four candidates from the Philadelphia Bar Association. All of the new judges were running as Democrats, the key to electoral success amid Tuesday's light voting in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by better than 6-1. The city's new Common Pleas Court judges will be Anne Marie Coyle, Timika Lane, Joe Fernandes, Daniel D. McCaffery, Giovanni Campbell, Sierra Thomas Street, and J. Scott O'Keefe.
November 4, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY Train service on the Atlantic City Line should be increased to one train an hour, and a station near the Atlantic City airport would boost ridership, a study for NJ Transit says. The cost of operating 20 round-trips daily between Atlantic City and Philadelphia was estimated at $29.4 million a year, with passenger fares expected to cover 38 percent of the cost. Currently, there are 12 trains in each direction daily, with passengers required to wait as long as 21/2 hours between trains at midday.
October 19, 2013 |
Two Municipal Court judges and two Democratic candidates for the Philadelphia bench were rated "not recommended" Thursday after evaluations by a 30-member panel of the Philadelphia Bar Association. All four are on the citywide ballot for the Nov. 5 general election, as are 25 judges and judicial candidates who won "recommended" ratings from the panel. In low-turnout judicial elections, candidates who make it onto the fall ballot usually win election even with a "not recommended" rating.