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Apr. 28th, 2015 @ 9:55 am
In storage around Hbg - Benedict Arnold's ship, transcripts of the Nuremberg Trial, & the Walnut Street bridge. Video http://t.co/61rssXcOL0

Apr. 27th, 2015 @ 9:55 pm
RT @atompkins: A TV station live truck pelted by rocks covering #baltimoreriots photo: story http://t.co/0tI03SmwkV http://t.co/UNGICpdgEX

Apr. 23rd, 2015 @ 11:00 pm
@genecarloveno Friday afternoon.

Apr. 23rd, 2015 @ 6:01 pm
Former Hbg mayor Steve Reed's wild west artifacts - The Nuremberg Trials. Video http://t.co/61rssXcOL0

Apr. 23rd, 2015 @ 4:47 pm
RT @AngelasInk: There will still be arguments Monday on legal issues PA AG Kane has raised in regard to the hearing. (2/2)

Apr. 23rd, 2015 @ 4:47 pm
RT @AngelasInk: BREAKING: Monday's hearing on PA AG Kane's decision to fire a top lawyer has been postponed; no new date set.

Apr. 22nd, 2015 @ 5:03 pm
Hbg CC meeting tonight 5:30pm. Agenda http://t.co/EIxLxsRH2s

Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 6:35 pm
RT @BBumsted_TRIB: Embattled AG Kane to hire former Rendell press secretary http://t.co/bYS4R1DId3 via @TribLIVE

Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 12:01 pm
New LED street lights coming to Harrisburg. Video http://t.co/vSwb1b2sKS

Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 12:01 pm
New LED street lights coming to Harrisburg. Video http://t.co/vSwb1b2sKS

Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 6:40 pm
RT @wbender99: Lynne Abraham at tech forum. Twin Peaks vibe https://t.co/tUy2LqNuhc

Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 5:51 pm
Recording Hbg CC joint budget/finance & public safety committee meeting. http://t.co/vKA6y9MXRW

Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 5:22 pm
Hummelstown Police officer charged in criminal homicide waives prelim. Videos http://t.co/PCFCmLznFZ

Apr. 16th, 2015 @ 5:51 pm
Friends of Midtown @FOMHbg city council candidates forum starts at 6pm. http://t.co/GlYFjxzWXt

Apr. 15th, 2015 @ 10:57 am
RT @drgilliland: Steve Reed arrives for possible grand jury testimony @ChasThompson1 says: http://t.co/67gjrGF3dX http://t.co/M6PXMPyFGK

Apr. 15th, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Had to ask county press person for release related to 14th street sinkhole, release contains opinion from attorney Thomas Gacki.

Apr. 15th, 2015 @ 10:12 am
Recording Dauphin county commissioner meeting, Hbg Mayor Papenfuse waiting to speak.

Apr. 15th, 2015 @ 7:40 pm
Recording second Hbg candidates forum of the week, will publish videos Thursday.

Apr. 15th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm
Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste on the Pittsburgh grand jury. "I'm under a gag order" Video http://t.co/XKsZc9uHmg

Apr. 14th, 2015 @ 7:01 pm
RT @Owens_abc27: Grell seat will be filled by special election, likely in August. Cumberland R's and D's get to pick candidates for special…

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Harrisburg School District: Settlement Agreement

21 Dec
Friday @ 3:17 pm

It was recently revealed the Harrisburg School Board has agreed to settle with ex-superintendent Gerald Kohn. Kohn had sued the School District in Fall of 2010 after Mayor Linda Thompon's appointed School Board of Control ended his employment contract in a 5-2 vote. With that move, one of Thompson's campaign promises was fulfilled.

Kohn insisted his termination was improper and based on Thompson's personal vendetta against him. At the time he said, "I think that the reasons that it's being done are just wrong." Mayor Linda Thompson has always contended her call for the Kohn's dismissal was not based on vindication or personal history, but rather on Kohn's failure to raise the performance of the Harrisburg School District during his tenure.

The lawsuit filed in 2010 included ethical claims against Linda Thompson and attorney James Ellison. Thompson requested she be dismissed because of the “high public official immunity under Pennsylvania law.” Judge William Caldwell had denied her motion, and she remained in the suit with a federal civil-rights conspiracy claim against her.

No details of any proceeding settlement have been disclosed.

by Tara Leo Auchey

photo by Natalie Cake

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Special Report on The Harrisburg Incinerator Forensic Audit: The Parking Lease Part II

21 Dec
Friday @ 2:02 pm

In 2008, the City of Harrisburg was offered $215 million for a 75 year lease of its parking system, which included parking garages and meters. Locally, this deal was dubbed the "Frydman Deal," so named after Jacob Frydman, co-owner and prominent personality of the private equity firm that put the offer on the table.

The City of Harrisburg's mayor at the time, Stephen Reed, praised the Frydman Deal as the perfect remedy for the City's debt problems, primarily caused by a botched public project---the Harrisburg Incinerator retrofit.

Many of the same professionals, that is advisors and attorneys, who worked on the financings for the retrofit were also principle in conducting the business of the Frydman Deal. In order to get the deal sealed, two boards needed to give approval---the Harrisburg Parking Authority (HPA) and the Harrisburg City Council.

The HPA Board approved the deal in a 3-2 vote despite a very strong indication that board members hadn't thoroughly read or understood the complex contract put before them for vote. In fact, in subsequent testimony in front of Harrisburg City Council, Joe Link, Parking Authority Board Chairman and City Engineer, notified Councilors that he approved the deal based on the information given to him by the professionals and Mayor Reed. "I accepted what he had told me, and that was a good part of the basis that I used for making my recommendation," Link stated.

During his January 2012 testimony in Federal Court, attorney Andrew Giorgione corroborated Link's sentiment about Reed's authoritative approach to getting things done. "You didn't tell him to. He told you what to do."

In 2008, Harrisburg City Council, however, was not as easily swayed by Mayor Reed's insistence. City Council rejected the deal in a 7-0 vote.

In a recent meeting of the Harrisburg Receiver William Lynch, the Receiver's Financial Advisor, Steven Goldfield, and the HPA staff, Goldfield declared, that after reviewing the Frydman Deal, "[We] used that as our guiding light of what not to do."

by Tara Leo Auchey

by Natalie Cake

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