September 26, 2014 |
Where will the money come from to fix L&I? That's the question that won't be answered in a blue-ribbon commission's special report to Mayor Nutter scheduled for public release Thursday. The report calls for breaking Philadelphia's much-criticized Department of Licenses and Inspections into two new units, creating a Fire Prevention Bureau, and hiring more staff. The result of a 10-month examination of the department by a 22-member panel, the report also says L&I is underfunded and overworked - and suggests that staffers be given raises to bring their salaries in line with those in other cities.
August 13, 2011
Failure to pay property taxes is epidemic in Philadelphia, costing the city hundreds of millions of dollars. Don't miss our special report in Sunday's Inquirer.
June 3, 2011 |
The Justice Department's antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football's postseason format. Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock told the Associated Press yesterday that a Justice Department attorney last week asked for a voluntary background briefing on how the BCS operates. Hancock said he agreed to provide one, but that no date has been set yet. "We view it as an opportunity to make it clear that the BCS was crafted very carefully with antitrust laws in mind," Hancock said.
June 23, 2010 |
HARRISBURG - A search engine that sputters. Pictures that are blurry, too dark, or washed out. Incomplete or inaccurate information on sex offenders. That's what Auditor General Jack Wagner found in a special report issued Tuesday on Pennsylvania's five-year-old Megan's Law website. "We're not pleased with the Megan's Law website," said Wagner at a news conference. "The state police can do a better job policing the site. " He said the website is plagued with technological problems that prevent people from easily finding and identifying sex offenders who live and work in their communities.
June 21, 2010 |
Saying that convictions are all too often based on inaccurate eyewitness identification, a special report ordered by the New Jersey Supreme Court is calling for mandatory pretrial hearings to evaluate the testimony of eyewitnesses in criminal cases. The report, filed this morning, also recommended that judges adopt and implement the findings of a wealth of scientific studies that offer guidance on how to ensure greater reliability. If adopted by the state's high court, New Jersey would have the most rigorous system in place to deal with the growing recognition that eyewitness testimony - which has long been known to carry great weight with juries - is often flat out wrong.
October 25, 2009 |
W. Neil Barto's 180-acre Angus breeding farm reflects a man struggling with burdens. A barn has collapsed into a heap of lumber and hay. Tomatoes rot by the driveway. Rusted junk and empty bottles clutter the porch. Weeds flourish. Barto's wife, Louise, came to the door in a wheelchair. She was disabled 23 years ago in an automobile crash, and Barto quit his county job to care for her. Barto's health is not so good, either. He lost a finger to a log splitter, got a knee replacement a few years ago, and had a kidney transplant in 1995 that freed him from dialysis.
March 22, 2009 |
It was early in the investigation, but already the FBI was getting on Vince Fumo's nerves. In a typically blunt e-mail, he wrote to a top aide in 2004 that a delicate part of his anatomy had just been "busted by my 2 friendly female FBI agents. " Then he cursed them. His aide replied: "I do not like those people. Long live the realm of Fumo-world! :-)" Now former State Sen. Fumo stands convicted of scores of counts of corruption in a $4 million fraud, his aide has lost his job, and Fumo-world is a smoking ruin.
June 14, 2008 |
Joseph Muscara's Mister Big, fresh off a performance in which he paced the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths mile oval, can expect an immediate challenge to his supremacy from seven rivals in tomorrow's $500,000 Ben Franklin final at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack. Last Sunday, Mister Big was impressive as he took an elimination for the Franklin in 1 minute, 48.1 seconds, which now stands as the all-age, all-sex record for a five-eighths-mile track. The five-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear checked in three and one-quarter lengths in front of his nearest competitor while in hand at the finish for driver Brian Sears.
June 9, 2008 |
Two harness-racing world records were set and another equaled at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack yesterday. Mister Big, driven by Brian Sears, won his division of eliminations for next Sunday's $500,000 Ben Franklin final in 1:48.1, a record for all ages and either sex on a 5/8-mile oval. Artistic Fella, driven by Tim Tetrick, won the second elimination in 1:48.2, equaling a world record for older pacers on a 5/8-mile track. Also advancing to the Franklin final from the first elimination were Mr. Feelgood (Andy Miller)
May 31, 2008 |
Less than a mile from the mournful place in Lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground, in a hushed federal courthouse, a small band of Philadelphia lawyers is prying loose secrets of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It is here that the Cozen O'Connor law firm has filed an 812-page lawsuit on behalf of U.S. and global insurance companies alleging that Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed Islamist charities nurtured and financed al-Qaeda, the author of those deadly attacks.