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NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A federal investigation of a Kensington charter school has not made headlines since a TV station showed video of agents carting off boxes of documents in 2009, but the probe is very much alive. Attorneys for Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School in a whistle-blower's lawsuit stemming from the raid have urged a Common Pleas Court judge to keep the suit on hold because "it is beyond refute that the federal criminal investigation" of the charter is active. As evidence, Community submitted an affidavit from an administrator's defense attorney that said the assistant U.S. attorney overseeing the probe told him in mid-March "the investigation is ongoing.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort money from the university before releasing video that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with antigay slurs. A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Sunday that investigators were interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men's basketball program's player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marla Pietrowski hasn't collected a dime of the $1.7 million a Philadelphia jury awarded her last month. But the 56-year-old former administrator of a rehabilitation program for prison parolees has a message for other would-be whistle-blowers: "Don't give up, even when it looks like all is against you," she said. "Pursue what you believe is right, and in the end, it does work out. " Pietrowski hasn't received her money because on Monday, her former employer, the Kintock Group in King of Prussia, filed a motion to overturn the verdict reached March 22 in the courtroom presided over by Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013
In the Region   Comcast completes NBC deal   It's final. Comcast Corp. closed on its $16.7-billion purchase of the 49 percent of NBCUniversal it didn't already own. The cable giant announced the deal in February and it did not need federal government approvals, which had been obtained when Comcast purchased the first 51 percent of NBCUniversal in early 2011. "We are excited the transaction has closed and look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities for growth and innovation at our combined company," Comcast said.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission insiders who tried to blow the whistle on patronage hires, pay-to-play contracts, and influence-peddling were routinely threatened and sometimes fired by bosses with political connections, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. One of those whistle-blowers was Ralph M. Bailets, a financial officer, who said he was dismissed for complaining about $82 million in technology contracts awarded to a politically connected firm that he said charged too much and performed poorly.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Megan Galo, whose concerns about a Philadelphia charter school's operations helped land two of its ex-leaders behind bars, was sentenced to prison Monday for stealing money from the orthopedics practice that employed her. Galo, 48, of Abington, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to one felony count of theft by deception for stealing more than $100,000 from the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics on West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, where...
BUSINESS
January 26, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cooper Health System in Camden has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that it made improper payments to doctors in an effort to build its cardiology business, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey said Thursday. From October 2004 through 2010, local doctors were paid $18,000 to attend four meetings of the Cooper Heart Institute Advisory Board in any given year under "consulting" and "compensation" agreements, in possible violation of antikickback laws, state and federal law enforcement officials contended.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District says in a court filing that former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman did not steer a no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a small minority firm, which contradicted a report the School Reform Commission recently adopted that said she had. In a response filed Friday to a whistle-blower's suit in federal court, the district denied that Ackerman acted improperly and alleged that the whistle blower - Francis X....
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