May 2, 1989 |
Mary Ann O'Connor puts her lips together and just blows while selling whistles in Center City yesterday to benefit Women's Way, an independent funding organization for women's services. The group has 50,000 $2 whistles to sell as symbols of "blowing the whistle on abuse of women and children," a spokeswoman for Women's Way said. O'Connor was at the corner of Broad and Chestnut streets.
October 7, 2010
By Daniel K. Fitzpatrick No major scandals have rocked City Hall since Michael Nutter came into office and installed a strong ethics team, and City Council strengthened the campaign-finance ordinance and passed the city's first lobbying law. But claims of sexual harassment cover-ups, secret payouts, and conflicts of interest have dominated the local news lately. While insiders understand that the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Delaware River Port Authority, and the Pennsylvania court system - the subjects of these stories - are not city agencies, most of the public doesn't distinguish among branches or levels of government when it comes to integrity.
October 26, 2011
An Oklahoma man was sentenced to two years in prison for lying to Philadelphia-based antitrust officials about a price-fixing scheme by a former employer and other auto filter manufacturers, Zane David Memeger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said today. Two years after Champion Laboratories Inc. fired him in 2006 for falsifying travel vouchers, William G. Burch, 52, of Tulsa, filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against Champion and five competitors, alleging that they had conspired to fix prices.
June 18, 2013
By Tobias Peter 'I ch bin ein Berliner . " Those were the famous words John F. Kennedy used to express solidarity with the people of Germany in June 1963, when he became the first U.S. president to visit the German capital after the Soviets divided it with the Berlin Wall. So what will President Obama tell the Germans when he speaks to them during his visit this week, nearly 50 years later? "People of Berlin, Germany, and Europe: I've been reading your e-mail"? If only half of what Edward Snowden has leaked about U.S. Internet surveillance is true, it will be a huge burden for transatlantic relations.
March 22, 2011
Dear Harry: I work in the accounts-payable department of a manufacturing company in suburban Philadelphia. My brother (married with two kids) works in another department of the company. I discovered a theft scheme that is being operated by the owners where they split cash rebates from overbilling by two of our vendors. When I discussed this with my boss, he told me to keep quiet or my brother's job would be in jeopardy. My brother knows nothing about any of this. I guess the boss knows he can't fire me as a whistle-blower.
August 22, 2013 |
A former charter school administrator who alleged that she was wrongfully fired the day after the school was raided by federal agents has settled her whistle-blower suit. Court documents show that Adorable Harper reached a settlement with Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School in Juniata Park this month. The terms were not disclosed. In the suit, filed in Common Pleas Court, Harper maintained that she was fired in August 2009 because she had lodged a complaint with the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Education detailing "a pattern of criminal misuse of local, state, and federal funds" at the school.
August 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Jurors have awarded more than $1 million to a New Jersey state trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawyer for retired Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster says that jurors in Essex County on Wednesday found that the State Police and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes violated the act, which aims to protect those who speak out. Royster, who is black, filed suit in 2005. The 48-year-old claimed that cases pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action unit were stalled without reason and troopers accused of misconduct had been allowed to retire instead of being disciplined.
March 6, 2012
FRANCIS X. Dougherty, who was fired as the school district's deputy chief business officer after an investigation into who leaked information about the awarding of a $7.5-million no-bid surveillance-camera project, has filed a federal lawsuit contending that he was fired for being a whistle-blower. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, contends that he was dumped for telling the FBI, state officials and the Inquirer about his allegation that former Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman improperly steered the contract to a minority firm in 2010, bypassing Security & Data Technologies Inc., which already had begun work on the project to install cameras in 19 city schools deemed dangerous.
August 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - They've called from pay phones. They've had furtive meetings at hotels and even a church. On internal government documents, they go by such code names as Mr. X. For the last year, whistle-blowers deep inside corporate America have been dishing dirt on their employers under a Securities and Exchange Commission program that could give them a cut of multimillion-dollar penalties won by financial regulators. A new bounty program has been an intel boon to the securities industry regulator, which has struggled to redeem itself after failing to stop Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme and rein in Wall Street before the 2008 financial crisis.
June 15, 2012 |
OFFICER PAUL ZENAK thinks he's been asking too many questions. That's the only way he can make sense of it. Why else did Zenak — a decorated 21-year Philadelphia Police veteran and former Officer of the Year in his district — go from being what a sergeant described as an "outstanding" and "highly recommended" director of the Wissinoming Police Athletic League center to a cop with a tarnished reputation and two bizarre reprimands in his...