November 17, 2015 |
Jim Kenney resigned from Philadelphia City Council at the end of January. Ed Neilson quit in mid-June. But their former staffers are in no rush to leave City Hall. Seven remain on the Council payroll, working without the watchful gaze of a boss nearby. In the months since their bosses left Council, city records show, the seven have earned more than a quarter of a million dollars at taxpayer expense. Doing what? "A ton of constituent services," said the best-paid among them, Pat Parkinson, a Democratic ward leader who is still earning the $110,000 salary he received as Neilson's chief of staff.
November 3, 2015 |
THE CHERRY HILL firm that places substitute teachers and other temporary staff inside Philadelphia schools has had a tough time of it since the start of the school year. The company, Source4Teachers, hasn't been able to make good on its promise to reach a 75 percent fill rate on Day One in September. Instead, it began the first week of school by filling just 11 to 12 percent of the district's daily vacancies, which can number from 500 to 800 per day. The rate had inched up to 24 percent as of last Thursday, according to the school district - but the district has been including its own staff in the rate.
October 6, 2015 |
FOLLOWING yesterday's season-ending win over Miami, the Phillies announced that the majority of manager Pete Mackanin's coaching staff has been asked to return in 2016. Bench coach Larry Bowa, first base coach Juan Samuel, pitching coach Bob McClure and hitting coach Steve Henderson have all been offered contracts for next season, while bullpen catchers Bob Stumpo and Jesus Tiamo have also been asked to return. It's unclear if everyone will return: Samuel, interviewed but passed over for the managing job in the last month, could seek a job elsewhere.
October 2, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's defense has been listening hard this week to co-defensive coordinator Brent Pry. Players and coaches are drawing on Pry's experience having worked at Georgia Southern with Jeff Monken, who is now the head coach at Army, the Nittany Lions' opponent on Saturday. Penn State coach James Franklin said Tuesday that Pry will have a "stronger voice" at practice, particularly in helping Penn State (3-1) prepare for Army's triple-option offense. "I think the triple option puts stress on everybody," Franklin said.
September 19, 2015 |
Employees in Philadelphia City Hall's 311 call center were sent home Thursday after a bedbug was found in the office, city officials said. The office, which has about 50 employees who have been busy fielding citizen inquiries in the lead-up to Pope Francis' visit, closed at about 1 p.m. and will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday after the space is treated, according to Mayor Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald. He said 311 staff would continue to take requests for information via email and social media while the office was closed.
August 27, 2015 |
La Salle University just welcomed the first female president in its 152-year history. The Dalai Lama will visit the campus in October, and students and staff are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' arrival next month in Philadelphia. But that excitement hasn't protected the Catholic university from enrollment struggles, as many small, private universities compete for fewer applicants. Faced with a more-than-$12-million shortfall - the largest in recent school history - and a precipitous drop in the freshman class, La Salle recently laid off 23 employees, about 3 percent of the workforce.
July 25, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday named Mary Isenhour, a key aide and Democratic Party veteran, to be his new chief of staff, one day after Katie McGinty resigned for what many observers believe will be a U.S. Senate campaign. A former state Democratic Party leader and political strategist, Isenhour had been Wolf's director of legislative affairs. "She is stepping into some very big shoes," the governor said during a Capitol news conference. But he said she knows how to manage people and has the ability to work with the Republican-controlled legislature.
July 24, 2015 |
Katie McGinty, Gov. Wolf's chief of staff for the last six months, resigned Wednesday and is expected to soon enter the 2016 Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate. Wolf's press secretary, Jeff Sheridan, on Wednesday said McGinty told the governor that it would be her last day on the job. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks around McGinty and the Senate race, fueled in part by her meeting two weekends ago with officials from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Martha's Vineyard.
June 19, 2015 |
NEW FLYERS coach Dave Hakstol has yet to fill out his staff. The logical supposition, given Hakstol's college roots, is that at least one member of the staff will be an NHL veteran, possibly with head coaching experience. Phantoms coach Terry Murray, went the speculation, would have fit perfectly, given his head coaching experience with the Capitals, Flyers, Panthers and Kings. But Murray is going to Buffalo instead, joining new coach Dan Bylsma's staff. Buffalo's general manager is Tim Murray, Terry's nephew.
June 8, 2015 |
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nearly three weeks after his hiring, Dave Hakstol is still sorting out who will join him on the Flyers' bench as assistant coaches. One thing is clear: One of Hakstol's assistants from North Dakota, Dane Jackson, will not relocate to Philadelphia. Hakstol approached Jackson about the opportunity, but Jackson - who played 45 NHL games and coached with Hakstol for nine seasons - declined because of family reasons. Jackson's wife, Carrie, has roots in the Grand Forks area.