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NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Mary Ann Ryan McDonough, 76, of Medford, a former school labor union leader in Medford Township Public Schools, died on Thursday, June 16, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly following a heart attack. Mrs. McDonough was a bus driver for the Medford school system from 1967 until she retired in 1994. Her husband, James, said in an interview that she became the first president of the Medford Township Schools Support Union. "It took in mechanics, drivers, cafeteria workers," he said.
SPORTS
June 11, 2016
St. Joseph's Prep soccer coach Jim Murray will retire after the 2016 season, his 50th year in coaching and 46th at the Prep, the school announced. Murray, with 614 wins, is the second-winningest soccer coach in state history, according to the school. He became the first soccer coach at St. Joseph's Prep in 1971 and in 2006, according to the school, became the third soccer coach in Pennsylvania history to reach the 500-win mark. His team won the Catholic League title in 2010. Murray also coached for four seasons at Friends Central before his stint at St. Joseph's.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, STAFF WRITER
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will give early retirements to Illinois nuclear power plants it says are among its best performers, now that the state Legislature declined to act on the company's request for financial support. Exelon - the parent company of Philadelphia-area utilities Peco Energy, Atlantic City Electric, and Delmarva Power & Light - announced that it would retire its Quad Cities and Clinton plants, which have lost a combined $800 million in seven years in electricity markets depressed by low natural-gas prices.
NEWS
June 3, 2016
ISSUE | PENNSYLVANIA JUDICIARY Raise mandatory retirement age to 75 Leave it to politicians to see absolutely everything in partisan terms ("A heated battle over retirement and judges," Tuesday). As the prime sponsor of the bill to change the Pennsylvania Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges to 75, a process that took four years to get this far - constitutional amendments must pass both houses of the General Assembly in two different sessions before being offered to the voters for consideration - I can say that the political party of any Supreme Court justice who might benefit was the furthest thing from my mind.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Robert L. "Joe" Holmes, 82, of Mount Airy, a retired Philadelphia police officer and security supervisor at Hahnemann University Hospital, died Saturday, May 28, of complications from lung cancer at Chestnut Hill Hospital. The youngest of four boys and a girl, Mr. Holmes became the patriarch of his family after the death of his brothers. He was a mentor to younger men in his family, neighborhood, and on the job. Affectionately called "Unc," he advised them on matters of personal responsibility, and helped them find jobs and stay out of trouble.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
More than two million Pennsylvania voters responded to a clear question put to them on April 26 - whether the state's mandatory retirement age for judges should be raised from 70 to 75 - with a clear answer: No. Rather than accept this result, those rooting for the opposite outcome have decided the question was a little too clear. With the tenure of the state Supreme Court's chief justice and lone Republican, 69-year-old Thomas Saylor, at stake, the legislature's ruling Republicans passed a resolution and won a court ruling rendering the election results moot less than a week beforehand.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The head of Somerset County's forensic unit who was accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of destroying evidence collected during the death investigation of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife is scheduled to retire Nov. 1. The retirement of Capt. Lee Niles will be the fourth high-level departure at the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office after the agency was sharply criticized by the Sheridans' four sons for its handling of the case. They have called investigators "incompetent" in part for failing to dust for fingerprints, failing to collect evidence, and failing to fully process the crime scene.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Two high-ranking officials in the Somerset County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office are retiring in the wake of allegations that authorities failed to properly collect and store evidence, and destroyed other evidence, in the 2014 investigation of the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife. The office's deputy chief of detectives, Steven Ughetta, and chief of detectives, Timothy M. Fitzgerald, will retire Tuesday, acting Prosecutor Michael Robertson confirmed Wednesday.
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