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PoliticsPA: I want you out as majority leader, Wagner tells Pileggi

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 09:36:00 PM
The conservatives-versus-moderates battle among State Senate Republicans started early – and publicly. When the chamber convenes after the election, Sen. Scott Wagner hopes to unseat Sen. Dominic Pileggi as Majority Leader.Wagner (R-York), who took office following a special election in March, wrote a letter to Pileggi (R-Delaware) openly declaring his opposition on Monday.“The bottom line is this: I have concluded that it is not in the best interest of Pennsylvanians for you to continue…

Is Atlantic City dead? Developments in the works say no

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 07:00:00 PM
With all of the news of its casino closures, including the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel, it may not come as a surprise that people may think Atlantic City has been left for dead. After all, revenue in the city that once monopolized gaming in the Northeast fell from nearly $6 billion in 2006 to $3 billion just last year.And, a city that once prided itself on its casinos, has seen their number dwindle by three with a fourth casino on the brink of closing: The Showboat closed on Aug. 31, Revel…

Bucks woman charged with embezzling $830,504 from Airgas

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 06:43:00 PM
A Bucks County woman is being charged by information for allegedly embezzling $830,504 from her employer and filing a false income tax return, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia announced.Joan Baranek, 57, of Yardley, Pa., was a vice president for sales at Levittown, Pa.-based Airgas Safety, a subsidiary of Airgas, which is based in Radnor, Pa. She was reportedly in charge of designing and managing a sales incentive program for call centers. She would allegedly purchase promotional items,…

Comcast hopes new exec will boost customer experience

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 05:38:00 PM
Comcast Cable recently announced a new corporate role that is expected to improve the customer experience.Charlie Herrin, who’s been with Comcast for 15 years, has been named senior vice president of customer experience. He will report to Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit and Executive Vice President and COO David Watson.In this new role, Herrin, 44, will work with the likes of customer service head Tom Karinshak and field operations lead Patrick O’Hare. He will also team up with…

Two more Ironworkers Local 401 members plead guilty

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 04:44:00 PM
Two more members of the Ironworkers Local 401, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy, arson, extortion and related charges in federal court Tuesday. That brings the total to six guilty pleas and four not guilty pleas with two more defendants set to offer their pleas later this week.Edward Sweeney and Shawn Bailey will be sentenced in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson on Jan. 27 and Feb. 2 respectively.In February, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia indicted 10 members of Ironworkers…

Two big tenants looking at space in Center City

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 04:17:00 PM
Two big tenants have entered the Center City office market to evaluate what options are available to accommodate them in an environment where large blocks of space are in short supply.Center City has at times seen more than a handful of large tenants conducting searches for office space but this year is one in which there has been a dearth of those mega tenants scouring the market. Blame it on lease expiration dates.That doesn’t mean the year hasn’t witnessed its share of sizable deals. Hill…

Jefferson finds its top doc in Pittsburgh

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 04:00:00 PM
Dr. Anne Boland Docimo has joined Jefferson Health System as its new chief medical officer.In the new position, established following the restructuring of Jefferson earlier this year, Docimo will serve as the Philadelphia health system’s top clinical leader. Her responsibilities will include working with Jefferson’s leadership to “develop a fully-integrated patient-centric faculty practice plan and will expand and grow relationships with employed and independent physicians through aligned…

Official ground breaking of East Market set for this week

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 03:48:00 PM
An official ground breaking is scheduled for Thursday on East Market, one of the developments expected to have a transformative effect along East Market Street in Philadelphia.Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will participate in the ceremony to mark the beginning of demolition and construction of the project. The 4.3-acre site takes up an entire city block bound by Market, Chestnut, 11th and 12th streets. The building fronting Market Street will be taken down and the…

N.Y. regulators delay decision on Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 03:44:00 PM
Comcast and Time Warner Cable agreed to extend New York’s vote on a possible merger more than a month per state regulators’ request, a Sept. 26 filing says.Bloomberg reported that the New York Public Service Commission, which can reject the $45.2 million deal between the cable giants, will vote Nov. 13 instead of Oct. 2.Ars Technica said the delay comes as the commission reviews recommendations from the New York Division of Consumer Protection’s Utility Intervention Unit. (Read the UIU…

IBC trying out Accolade's health assistants

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 03:00:00 PM
Independence Blue Cross said Tuesday it has formed a partnership with Accolade under which the Plymouth Meeting, Pa., firm’s “health assistants” are helping a select group of IBC members better navigate the complexities of medical delivery and health insurance.The pilot program involves 40 group customers with a total of about 40,000 IBC members. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Accolade’s health assistants are serving as a single point of contact to help members and their…

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