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NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
EASTTOWN The chairman of the Devon Horse Show has resigned, four months after board members at the prestigious Main Line institution challenged what some said was his undisclosed role in a proposal to build a high-end retail center and hotel beside the fairgrounds. Wade McDevitt, whose grandfather was one of the show's founders and who in many ways grew up on its grounds, said he stepped down to spend more time with his family. The plan he had backed to build what could be Devon's first taste of a town center - a project in which his family stood to profit - has stalled.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Housing Authority board member Nelson A. Diaz is resigning, citing a federal decision that he cannot serve unless his law firm stops doing PHA legal work. In a letter to City Council President Darrell Clark, Diaz said he would leave the nine-member board April 1. He said he was being forced off by an unnamed person who complained to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about Dilworth, Paxton, Diaz's law firm, having contracts with PHA. "Someone wants me off the board by seeking an excuse from HUD," Diaz said in the two-page letter, "and, trying not to embarrass anyone, I will resign.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a successful 19-year stint, Mark Schmidt has stepped down as Neshaminy High's head football coach. "I thought it was the right time to move on," Schmidt, 53, said. "I've been thinking about this for a year or two. You don't want to wear out your welcome. This gives someone else a chance to take over and keep things going in the right direction. " Schmidt, who guided the Redskins to a 161-66 record (.709 winning percentage) and won three PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championships, submitted his letter of resignation Monday to Neshaminy School District officials and also spoke to his players.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCIL overrode a veto from Mayor Nutter yesterday that clears the way for an elected official to seek another public office without resigning from his existing one. Councilman David Oh introduced the abolition of the city charter's long-standing "resign-to-run" rule, a measure that passed out of Council last month. But the mayor returned the bill, citing that while the rule poses difficult choices for prospective candidates, "I nevertheless believe it has worked. " As it stands, anyone holding elected office in city government must resign before seeking a different office at the city, state or federal level.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Cerf, Gov. Christie's education commissioner for the last three years, who helped usher in big changes like a new tenure law, a new teacher-evaluation system, and increased school choice, announced Tuesday that he would step down at the end of the month. Cerf, 59, is leaving his $141,000-a-year post to work for an educational-technology company headed by his old boss, former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein. The former deputy chancellor will become chief executive of Amplify Insight, a division of Amplify, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.) created a political shock wave Tuesday when he announced that he would resign Feb. 18 after more than 23 years in the House. But the fight to succeed him is unlikely to carry any such surprises. There almost never are in South Jersey Democratic politics. Andrews, who has a long-running House ethics inquiry hanging over him, said he was taking a job as head of government relations at the Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson. He called the move a family decision, not a response to the investigation.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ROB ANDREWS needs to pay some bills. The 23-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 1st District said yesterday that he was stepping down, citing future financial obligations and too many decades away from his family. Andrews, 56, has been the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation for using campaign money to take trips with his family to California and Scotland, although he insisted the investigation played no part in his decision to resign, effective Feb. 18. "I made this decision because I think it's the right decision for my family," Andrews said during a morning news conference at his office in Haddon Heights, Camden County.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers will sign Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10-day contract Friday, a league source said. The Sixers originally added the 7-foot, 255-pounder on a 10-day contract Jan. 14, making him the first player signed by the franchise since Dan Orton was waived Jan. 7. A center, Dedmon was called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League and has averaged 3.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, one blocked shot, and 14.8 minutes in five games with...
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
TERRY GILLEN, a top aide to Mayor Nutter who is rumored to be mulling a run for his job, is leaving the administration, she announced yesterday. Gillen, the city's first director of federal affairs, will leave in about two weeks. She said her new job will be to work on "economic-development policy" for two nonprofits. She declined to name them - the details of her position are still being worked out - but she said one is in Philadelphia and one is not. "It was just a good offer, and it gave me a chance to work on job-creation issues," Gillen said.
NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY Former Mount Holly Mayor Richard Dow said Friday that he was resigning from the township council, effective immediately, due to health reasons. His one-year term as mayor, which was decided by a vote of the nonpartisan council, ended last month, and he had one year left on a four-year council term. "My health-care providers advised me that at this point, it would be unrealistic to estimate a return date," he said, adding that he is on medical leave from his job at Verizon, where he works on cables.
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