June 14, 2014 |
The president of Swarthmore College stunned faculty and staff Thursday by announcing her resignation after five years on the job, a relatively short tenure at the highly regarded institution. Rebecca Chopp, a religion scholar, announced that she had accepted a job as chancellor of the University of Denver, beginning Sept. 1. The college announced that Constance Cain Hungerford, a former provost who has spent nearly four decades at Swarthmore, will step in as interim president beginning July 14. Swarthmore last year faced fierce criticism - and an inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education - over its handling of sexual assaults on campus.
June 13, 2014 |
The chief financial officer of Weavers Way has resigned amid allegations that he stole more than $25,000 from the Philadelphia food cooperative, its general manager has reported. Michael McGeary resigned effective April 18 after being confronted about using a business credit card for personal expenses, said general manager Glenn Bergman. Weavers Way reported the news in its June newsletter. Members were informed of the situation at a May meeting, the newsletter said. "We have reported the theft to the Philadelphia police and are pursuing prosecution through the District Attorney's Office," Bergman wrote in the newsletter.
June 11, 2014 |
THE COUP in Thailand has led to a perhaps unintended consequence. Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign. Call it a coup d'tiara. Weluree Ditsayabut , 22, tearfully announced yesterday that she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant. The actress and former talk-show host said that she was initially pleased to have won the title in what was viewed as an upset, but that the hail of brutal comments on social media blasting her outspoken political views and calling her fat had hurt her family.
May 22, 2014 |
City voters once again rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed politicians to keep their current post while campaigning for another. Tuesday's ballot question to repeal the long-standing resign-to-run rule was defeated by a close margin. The issue was also defeated in 2007. The other two questions on the ballot prevailed. Voters decided that city subcontractors must pay their workers 150 percent of the federal minimum wage, or $10.88 an hour. The minimum wage issue was front and center with airport workers, who were making as little as $7 an hour.
May 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia voters will decide three ballot questions on Tuesday, including one seeking to end the city's long tradition of forcing politicians to resign from office before running for another post. The resign-to-run rule was enshrined in the City Charter in 1951 as a good government salve to years of corrupt, one-party rule. But City Councilman David Oh, who sponsored legislation to put the question on the ballot, said the rule instead had caused political stagnation that hamstrings the city's influence.
April 25, 2014 |
A former Chester County teacher faces dozens of charges of possessing and distributing child pornography and was scheduled to turn himself in Wednesday, the state Attorney General's Office said. Joseph Fortunato, 60, of Lancaster, resigned from his teaching position at Devon Preparatory School on Monday. He has been charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, eight counts of distribution of child pornography, and a related charge. Police investigated an online peer-to-peer sharing network and found the IP address of Fortunato's computer.
April 11, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Five weeks ago, defenseman Andrew MacDonald was languishing through yet another fruitless season on Long Island. In the blink of an eye, he went from a franchise that has made the playoffs just twice since the 2004-05 NHL lockout to shoring up a playoff berth on a team heading in the opposite direction. "He definitely adds an element that is very good," coach Craig Berube said. "He moves the puck well and he's got very good composure with it, too. When I look at our 'D,' we've got a puck-mover on every pair that gets the puck up ice. It's a nice combination to have.
March 30, 2014 |
TRENTON - David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resigned Friday amid continued political fallout over lane closures last fall at the George Washington Bridge. Gov. Christie, speaking to reporters at a Statehouse news conference, said the decision was Samson's and did not implicate Samson in the bridge scandal, which has spawned legislative and federal investigations. The resignation, effective immediately, comes a day after the law firm representing Christie's office released a report absolving the governor and his current staff of any responsibility for the September traffic jams.
March 21, 2014 |
Mike Choi has stepped down as football coach at Great Valley after spending 10 seasons, including the last four as head coach, at the school. Choi is leaving to take over at Pequea Valley, a Class AA school in Kinzers, Lancaster County. "It's about 10 miles from my home," he said. "This will allow me more time to spend with my family and see my kids play sports. " Choi, 41, went 21-23 with Great Valley. Last season, the Patriots were 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the Ches-Mont League American Conference.
March 15, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY Burlington County Freeholder Director Leah Arter resigned Wednesday to take a $90,000 administrative position with the county college, which the board oversees. While Arter said it would not have been a conflict of interest for her to remain in her $11,023 post as an elected official, having both jobs, she said, is "not what I'm personally comfortable with" and she would have been concerned with "the appearance. " Arter, a Republican from Moorestown, who owns a T-shirt and handbag printing company in Beverly, has been on the five-member board since January 2012 and was named director this year.