Pittsburgh School Principal Held For Trial On Lewdness Charge

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The suspended principal of Pittsburgh Brookline K-8 accused of exposing himself at a McCandless gym was held for court Wednesday on several charges.

But the district judge presiding over the preliminary hearing for Alfonzo DeIuliis dismissed three charges, including what his attorney called the “most serious” one.

Mr. DeIuliis, 37, of Hampton was ordered to stand trial on charges of indecent exposure, open lewdness, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor and harassment involving one alleged victim, 17, at a hearing before District Judge William K. Wagner.

Charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness for a second alleged victim were held for court.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-north/pittsburgh-school-principal-held-for-trial-on-lewdness-charge-706848/#ixzz2hL0MF0HM

Local McDonald’s Owner Subject Of Son’s Harassment, Prostitution-Related Complaints

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The son of a local McDonald’s franchisee has asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and McDonald’s Corp. to investigate employee harassment charges that he has lodged against his father.

Jason Rippon filed a complaint with the EEOC in August in which he alleges that his father, H. James Rippon, has ordered employees to help solicit prostitutes, regularly sexually harasses workers and makes racist comments to staff.

James Rippon, 72, had a manager at one of his three restaurants send text messages to prostitutes he was soliciting, according to his son’s complaint. James Rippon allegedly had the worker send the texts because he didn’t know how to send messages from his own cellphone.

The elder Rippon, of Hummelstown, owns McDonald’s restaurants in West Hanover Township, Pine Grove and Shamokin Dam.

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/10/mcdonalds_franchisee.html#incart_m-rpt-2

PEL: Scranton Faces $20 Million Deficit Next Year; Needs To Raise Taxes

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scranton city government’s budget outlook for next year continues to worsen as the city now faces a possible deficit of nearly $20 million for 2014, according to the city’s financial-recovery coordinator.

That state-appointed Act 47 coordinator, Pennsylvania Economy League, also urges the city to craft a “realistic and responsible” budget for next year that closes the structural deficit and lists as options unspecified hikes in both the real-estate (property) and earned-income (wage) taxes, and an increase in the city’s annual garbage fee.

“I think the letter speaks for itself,” Mr. Cross said in a phone interview. “It shows where the city is in terms of recovery-plan progress and shows the challenges that we always spoke of for 2014 being a challenging year.”

Read the letter here

City Business Administrator Gina McAndrew said the 2014 budget is in the works. She would not rule out any increases in taxes or fees but declined to say what may be under consideration.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/pel-scranton-faces-20-million-deficit-next-year-needs-to-raise-taxes-1.1566385

Cop Accused Of Inappropriate Relationship With Teen

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WYOMING, PA — Six months to the day after he took an oath as a part-time borough police officer, Cody Lee Smith faces charges that he had inappropriate contact with a teen when she was 16 and he was 20.

State troopers on Wednesday charged Smith, 21, of Wyoming with three counts of corruption of minors and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor, all misdemeanors, for allegedly having sexual contact with the female and giving her alcohol.

Smith has been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the case, borough Mayor Bob Boyer said.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news//897406/Cop-accused-of-inappropriate-relationship-with-teen

Teva To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Drug Company Winds Down Bucks Operations

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Map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will cut about 5,000 jobs, 10 percent of its workforce, accelerating a cost-cutting plan as it prepares for lower-priced competition for its best-selling drug.

Teva, the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, said it expects to save about $2 billion a year by the end of 2017.

In May, the company announced plans to close its West Rockhill Township manufacturing plant in 2017, eliminating more than 450 jobs there and dealing a significant blow to northern Bucks County‘s employment base.

Teva is the Pennridge-area’s second-largest employer after Grand View Hospital.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-teva-fires-5000-workers-20131010,0,7070943.story#ixzz2hKpgdvPX
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Large Logan Square Project Approved

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PHILADELPHIA – Development in the fast-changing area around Logan Square will pick up momentum after Wednesday’s final zoning approval of a $140 million project featuring a new Whole Foods market and 293 high-end apartments.

Rodin Square, named after developer Neal Rodin, is coincidentally located a block north of the Rodin Museum. It will replace the current Best Western hotel.

The project will take up almost all of the block between 21st and 22d Streets to the east and west, Spring Garden Street to the north, and Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street to the south.

Rodin, chairman of International Financial Co. L.L.C., said he expected to break ground in January or February. Construction could take two years, he added.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131010_Massive_Logan_Square_rental-commercial_project_approved.html#7Vpr12Bz3dkhmWXb.99

Shouts And Accusations At Coatesville Area Board Meeting

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CALN — Members of the Coatesville Area School Board continued to bear the brunt of public outrage Tuesday as calls for the removal of the district’s acting superintendent and solicitor dominated a public meeting held over a month after the controversial departure of two former administrators.

At Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled school board committees meeting in the district’s 9/10 Center auditorium, community members again criticized the school board’s handling of the resignations of former Superintendent Richard Como and former Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato.

The highlight of the meeting came when Acting Assistant Superintendent Teresa Powell, one of two whistleblowers who uncovered the racist and sexist text messages exchanged on Como and Donato’s district-issued cell phones, took the podium and accused acting Superintendent Angelo Romaniello of exchanging insensitive text messages about her with his predecessor.

According to Powell, the text message transcripts at the center of the district’s ongoing controversy contained exchanges that referenced her by name, and that the now acting superintendent was a key participant in those conversations.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131009/shouts-and-accusations-at-coatesville-area-board-meeting