April 12, 2011
Mayor's dubious 'admiration' In Jeff Shields' article on Thursday ("Firefighters endorse Milton Street"), Mayor Nutter's spokesman is quoted as saying that the mayor has "deep respect and admiration for the hard work the city's firefighters do. " Let's take a look at that "admiration. " First, the mayor goes to Harrisburg to lobby the state legislature to slash our pensions. Next, he closes seven fire companies, imposes "brownouts" on three more, and points to a "study" that says this is safe even though fire deaths and firefighter injuries have increased.
March 30, 2011 |
Litigation lives on over whether the Barnes Foundation should be allowed to move its priceless collection of art from Merion to Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Judge Stanley R. Ott of Montgomery County Orphans' Court in Norristown directed the state Attorney General's Office and the Barnes Foundation to explain why the Barnes lawsuit should not be reopened. Ott ruled in 2004 that the financially strapped foundation should be allowed to move its collection to Philadelphia. In 2008, he dismissed another petition by opponents seeking to block the move.
March 26, 2011 |
The state attorney general and the Barnes Foundation have asked Montgomery County Orphans' Court to dismiss the eleventh-hour legal effort to block the relocation of the foundation's renowned art collection from Merion to Philadelphia. The latest turn in the lengthy legal proceedings over the Barnes and its trove of Cezannes, Renoirs, Matisses, and other masters came after opponents of the move filed a court petition last month to reopen the case. In that petition, the Friends of the Barnes asked Judge Stanley R. Ott, who has presided over the case since 2002, to take another look, based largely on quotes from the 2009 documentary movie The Art of the Steal . The Barnes and the attorney general argue in their responses that there is nothing new in the opponents' legal briefs or the movie, and that the Friends of the Barnes and its members cannot intervene in the case anyway because they have no legal standing.
March 19, 2011 |
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - Just after returning from the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., in January - undoubtedly one of the highlights of his career - Danny Briere went into a serious slump. Briere posted 26 goals and 19 assists in his first 47 games, prior to Jan. 30. In his first 15 games after the All-Star festivities, which he enjoyed with his sons Caelan, Carson and Cameron by his side, Briere mustered just two goals and four assists. He was so frustrated that he went back and looked at video to compare his play to the beginning of the season.
September 28, 2010
ST. LOUIS - We may all die of natural causes without a definitive answer, the way husbands and wives argue their realities until death do they part. Was Donovan McNabb a great quarterback inside of flawed systems or a flawed quarterback inside of great systems? This was the year we were supposed to find out once and for all about our soon-to-be-34-year-old prodigal son. Or at least get some big hints. New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wasn't allergic to running the ball the way Andy Reid was, won a couple of Super Bowls thanks as much to Terrell Davis as John Elway.
September 10, 2010 |
It's not every day that a billion-dollar public company decides to move its corporate headquarters to the Philadelphia area. But Gardner Denver Inc. intends to do just that when it relocates from Quincy, Ill., where it was founded 151 years ago. The maker of air compressors, pumps, and blowers wasn't specific about where it was moving. Given that the Philadelphia Mayor's Office was not listed among the organizations involved in luring Gardner Denver, it's safe to assume the suburbs won out once again.
August 13, 2010
FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx SmartPost notified Pennsylvania labor officials this week that 106 regular employees and 56 temp workers would be affected when it relocates operations from a Pottstown facility to Breinigsville, Pa., near Allentown. The 106 regular workers are being offered jobs at the new facility, about 50 miles from the Pottstown location, the company told the state labor department's dislocated worker unit. The transfers will be complete by about Oct. 10, the company said.
August 11, 2010 |
A small but significant victory has been won by Chester County voters who waited for hours in the rain to take part in a historic presidential election. They have persuaded county officials to move a polling place back to the campus of Lincoln University after a lawsuit arising from a chaotic Election Day in November 2008. The county's decision to move the poll, announced Tuesday, was part of a settlement of a suit in which five voters claimed the Board of Elections had violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
July 2, 2010 |
After years of decline, the amount of money set aside to relocate frightened witnesses in Philadelphia is about to surge to a record level. The state budget approved by legislators Wednesday contains a 35 percent increase in funding for witness relocation and should steer more than $230,000 in additional funding to Philadelphia's beleaguered program. This increase would come on top of $200,000 that Mayor Nutter set aside this month to combat the problem, the first time that Philadelphia has dipped into its treasury to attack witness intimidation.
May 11, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. plans to lay off or relocate some of its New York City employees. Spokeswoman Joan Campion says she does not know the number of workers who will be affected. She says the company is moving "a number" of people to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company is putting an office tower, at 685 Third Ave., up for sale. Pfizer spokesman Chris Loder said employees who work there will be transferred to other buildings in New York as well as Madison and Peapack, N.J., and Collegeville, Montgomery County.