October 27, 2015 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon, when a rising career as a baseball executive was taking him from the West Coast back to his roots on the East Coast, from the shotgun seat in Anaheim to the head seat at the table that is the Phillies' front office, Matt Klentak's voicemail was full. But Klentak, who was introduced as the Phillies' general manager in an 11 a.m. press conference today at Citizens Bank Park, at least had some battery life left on his cellphone. On Saturday morning, he called Justin Hollander, the director of baseball operations with the Los Angeles Angels, with whom he worked as an assistant general manager over the last four years.
October 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia Gas Works could save as much as $9.4 million a year, mostly by switching more of its natural gas supplies from the Gulf Coast to less expensive Pennsylvania producers, according to a state audit released Thursday. The audit, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, said PGW could save $6 million to $7 million a year by buying 60 percent of its gas from the Marcellus Shale region, up from 33 percent last year. Before 2013, the PGW secured all of its supply from Louisiana and Texas.
July 23, 2015 |
The only Philadelphia Traffic Court judge convicted on corruption charges tied to the court's ticket-fixing culture may just walk away with one of the lightest sentences in the case. In court filings this week, prosecutors pushed for house arrest for Fortunato N. Perri Sr., the court's 78-year-old former administrative judge, who admitted he helped toss dozens of citations in exchange for gifts of seafood and pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday and could face up to two years under federal sentencing guidelines.
June 19, 2015 |
A BIPARTISAN commission yesterday unanimously recommended a new funding formula for Pennsylvania schools that would allocate more state funding to districts with higher levels of poverty, English-language learners and charter schools. The proposed formula from the Basic Education Funding Commission also factors in a school district's total enrollment and assigns weights to other elements that impact learning to determine how they drive up the cost of educating a student. Additionally, it compares a district's median household income with the state median household income.
June 7, 2015 |
A state advisory board has recommended creating a drinking-water regulation for a chemical found in Gloucester County water supplies, a move that could have implications for a company whose West Deptford plant is believed to be responsible for the chemical's presence. The unanimous vote Thursday by the Drinking Water Quality Institute followed more than a year of work evaluating the unregulated and little-studied chemical. The group's research and recommendation on perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
June 6, 2015 |
An advisory panel on Thursday recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve the first-ever medication for premenopausal women with low libido, but only with special safety precautions. The 18-to-6 vote was a victory for Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which has pugnaciously pushed for flibanserin - proposed brand name Addyi - despite two previous rejections by the FDA. After the last denial in 2013, the Raleigh, N.C., company and its allies created an Internet-based advocacy campaign dubbed eventhescore.org that accused regulators of sexism and a double standard.
May 20, 2015 |
President Obama's speech in Camden on Monday will focus largely on that city's improvements in policing and crime reduction, but it also will touch on several federal initiatives aimed at improving policing nationwide. Among them is the release of the final report of the 21st Century Policing Task Force, chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The report's recommendations revolve around helping departments to build community trust, improve diversity on their forces, and increase transparency in use-of-force incidents.
May 15, 2015
REPUBLICAN at-large Council members could be pitied for holding some of the loneliest jobs in City Hall. That said, the two slots for Republicans on Council can be important, not just to carve out issues that might otherwise be ignored, but as loyal opposition to follow-the-leader members of the majority party. The current incumbents, David Oh and Dennis O'Brien, alas haven't provided that role when it was most needed: calling for public hearings on the proposed PGW sale to UIL. They fell in with their colleagues in letting the deal die without explanation or full airing of the issues.
May 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
April 24, 2015 |
A Philadelphia grand jury has recommended criminal charges against a caseworker who allegedly let an autistic client wander out of a Center City department store 13 months ago, a day before the client was found dead in the cold in West Philadelphia, authorities said Wednesday. Hassanatu Wulu, the caseworker, allegedly took Christina Sankey, 37, into Macy's around 2:25 p.m. last March 6. Within minutes, according to a statement from District Attorney Seth Williams, Sankey, who was born with severe disabilities, had walked out of the store by herself and crossed Broad Street.