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February 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
For a public corruption case, the one against former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord seemed to move at a breathtaking pace. Over just a few days, McCord resigned, publicly confessed his crimes in a video, and agreed to plead guilty to extortion. The agreement, announced Monday, came less than two months after federal investigators first confronted him with recordings in which he shook down potential donors to his 2014 gubernatorial campaign with threats to their government contracts.
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February 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord will plead guilty to federal charges that he used his office to strong-arm political contributors during his failed gubernatorial bid last year, his lawyers said Friday. McCord, in a video statement, apologized for what he called a mistake, saying he "stepped over the line" in dealing with two potential donors in spring 2014. "I essentially said the potential contributors should not risk making an enemy of the state treasurer," he said.
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January 31, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Jeremy Roebuck, and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord said Thursday that he was stepping down after six years in office, as signs emerged that he is under scrutiny by federal authorities. Investigators have been asking about McCord's campaign fund-raising in recent months, according to several sources close to the examination. The focus and extent of the inquiry are unclear. McCord, who submitted his resignation to Gov. Wolf on Thursday morning, did not respond to requests for comment. His spokesman, Gary Tuma, said in a statement that "this is not a matter on which the Treasury Department can comment.
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January 29, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the resignation of the district's assistant superintendent. The action came just days after the resignation of a school board member who, until last month, was vice president. Angelo Romaniello, the former assistant superintendent, and James Fox, a former school board member, served during the administration of Richard Como, the former superintendent who was arrested last month and charged with dozens of counts of theft and state ethics violations.
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January 29, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Regardless of what he claims, Philadelphia City Councilman James Kenney launched his campaign for mayor Tuesday. He did so by inviting reporters to his City Hall office to announce that he planned to resign from Council on Thursday, after 23 years as an at-large member. There was never any doubt about the session's true import, however. "Clearly a resignation is a big step," he said, "and it shows I have the intention to follow through and move forward on what people have been speculating about.
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January 12, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bank president who led Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal has resigned, citing conflicting business demands. Karen Peetz, president of BNY Mellon in New York, will leave the board effective Thursday, one day before the board's next scheduled meeting in State College, board chair Keith Masser said in an e-mail to trustees Friday. As her final act as a trustee, she will chair a board committee meeting Thursday on audit and risk.
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January 11, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver abruptly resigned as Philadelphia Gas Works spokesman Friday after questions were raised about his visibility in a television commercial for the city-owned utility. Given Oliver's mayoral ambitions, City Councilman James Kenney had questioned the appropriateness of Oliver's appearance in a PGW ad for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In an interview Friday, Oliver said he had discussed the situation with the PGW board and concluded the issue was becoming a distraction undermining his ability to properly serve as PGW's senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications.
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December 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whatever they did, it seems Temple University's board of trustees couldn't win. Their most famous and loyal member, Bill Cosby, was the subject of an escalating string of ugly accusations of decades-old sexual assaults. Many of the board members are lawyers or judges, upholders of a system where one is presumed innocent until proved otherwise. And Cosby has never been found guilty of any sexual impropriety. So board members took their time, weighing what to do. While that annoyed some people, others expected nothing less.
NEWS
December 4, 2014
A photo Tuesday with a story about the resignation of aide Elizabeth Lauten showed President Obama, accompanied by his daughters, pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey. However, the photo was taken in 2010.
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December 3, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
T EMPLE University's most recognizable face, Bill Cosby, resigned from the Board of Trustees yesterday after 32 years, amid swirling controversy over sexual-assault allegations from 20 women. Cosby, 77, had been on the board at his beloved alma mater since 1982, and was a regular attendee at university events and a speaker at class commencements. Other schools associated with the television icon, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston's Berklee College of Music, also cut ties with Cosby recently as the assault allegations resurfaced in October and went viral.
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