August 20, 2016 |
Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler, whose term is to expire in January 2018, announced Thursday he will retire in two weeks. County judges will choose an interim district attorney to serve until the November 2017 election. Heckler said that while any prosecutor in the office would be qualified, Chief of Prosecution Matthew D. Weintraub was "sort of the obvious choice" and he predicted Weintraub would win an election. In explaining his decision, Heckler, 69, said he had accomplished most of his goals and felt his value was coming to an end. "This was never going to be a long-term proposition for me," he said.
August 19, 2016 |
Charisse Lillie, who headed the Comcast Foundation and was the point person for organizations seeking donations or philanthropic help from Comcast Corp., is retiring in January after 12 years at the cable giant. Lillie, 64, served as a human-resources vice president when Comcast rapidly expanded its workforce between 2005 and 2008. She is one of the company's top African American executives. "It's time for me to leave," Lillie said, adding, "I want to start a new chapter. I'm not exactly sure what the next chapter is, but I'm ready for a change.
August 17, 2016 |
Defense lawyers on Monday challenged a series of retired Philadelphia police homicide detectives on why they made Anthony Wright the prime suspect in the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. "I was 18 years a detective," responded one of them, retired Detective Frank Jastrzemski. "This is real life, this isn't TV. " The steps that led to Wright's 1993 conviction and life sentence for the slaying of Louise Talley have come into question after new DNA testing undermined prosecutors' original theory in the case.
August 16, 2016 |
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz. Polanco came to Philadelphia in 2002 and turned out to be the most valuable piece in the deadline deal that sent Rolen to the Cardinals.
August 8, 2016 |
When Frank H. Radey Jr. was 10 or 11, "he used to carry his shotgun to school," in Collingswood, his wife, Patricia, said he told her. After he had plugged a rabbit near Newton Creek now and then, "he would throw it up on his father's sister's front porch. " And after Aunt Hilda had taken it in for a few hours, "he would pick it up on the way home, so his mother could cook it, make a stew for him. " In the early 1940s, his wife said, "he was allowed to take a gun into school," and leave it with an official.
August 5, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's top elections official defended his role Wednesday in postponing a controversial referendum to extend the retirement age of judges to 75. In a filing to the state Supreme Court, where he is a defendant in a suit over the ballot question, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes said "the need for certainty" drove his decision to move the referendum from the April primary until November. Cortes, a cabinet member in the administration of Democratic Gov. Wolf, did so this year at the request of Republican Senate leaders, who later moved to reword the question to eliminate any reference to the current mandatory retirement age of 70. Senate Democrats sued to stop Cortes, but he implemented the change nonetheless.
August 4, 2016
SHOULD the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75? There are pros and cons on either side, but we don't have to guess what most voters think of the idea. A proposed amendment to increase the retirement age to 75 was defeated in the April primary. More than 2 million voters cast ballots on the issue. The final tally: 1,220,587 nays (50.99 percent) to 1,172,999 yeas (49.01), a difference of just under 2 percent. This wasn't the outcome supporters of the amendment wanted, so they did a mulligan.
August 3, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by two high-ranking GOP lawmakers to intervene in a legal battle over the retirement age of judges. With no explanation, the court denied the motion by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R., Jefferson) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre). The ruling put the Republican leaders on the sideline of a closely watched battle that has erupted into a forefront issue for some of the state's top officials. At stake is a question to voters on the November ballot that would raise the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 - a decision that could alter the partisan makeup of the Keystone State's highest court within the next year.
July 31, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I recently retired, but I haven't told anyone. I receive widow's benefits, so I'm comfortable financially. I like my privacy, and I'm afraid things will change if I tell people about my retirement. My father is dying of cancer. My best friend says if I were her sister, she'd be mad at me. My sister lives a mile away and I don't want her dropping in on me. If she knew, she'd include me in everything she does. I feel this is my life and I want to enjoy it alone for the most part.
July 31, 2016 |
READING - It was an interesting transaction announced just as the minor-league season was getting underway. "OF Andrew Pullin retired," read the April 9 listing on the Florida State League's transaction log. Pullin hit 14 homers last season with high-A Clearwater to lead the Florida State League. And now he was retired at just 22. Pullin returned home for a month to Centralia, Wash. It was a break, he said, to clear his mind more than it was a retirement from baseball. There was a thought that Pullin was disappointed that he was assigned to start the season in Clearwater instead of double-A Reading.