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Apr. 13th, 2017 @ 3:40 pm
RT @ByChrisBrennan: It's official: PA Supreme Court signs off on law license suspension for @DASethWilliams after federal indictment https:…

Apr. 2nd, 2017 @ 9:11 pm
RT @nytimes: The University of South Carolina won its first women’s basketball title with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State https://t.…

Mar. 27th, 2017 @ 9:36 am
RT @AngelasInk: BREAKING: extraordinary decision in Dick Ireland case. Judge Jones threw out all charges, says gvmt did not meet burden. Mo…

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 9:54 pm
No verdict tonight #spaniertrial Back at 9am Friday. https://t.co/rEqXxGJ068

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
Franco Harris exits Dauphin county courthouse during jury deliberation #spaniertrial https://t.co/qYFROhjkg9

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 7:11 pm
RT @FqEsposito: Jury asked to speak with the judge after fifth hour of deliberation in Graham Spanier trial.

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 4:34 pm
RT @AngelasInk: Update: Spanier jury has a question. Seems to be in question whether judge will allow public in to hear it -

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 3:57 pm
RT @drgilliland: Vote canceled: Trump unable to seal deal with GOP health care skeptics https://t.co/1HofUPpCaf https://t.co/n7tUbhTa0E

Mar. 23rd, 2017 @ 2:50 pm
Jury deliberations underway Graham Spanier trial. https://t.co/aDwkI7xdXH

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 6:29 pm
State street sinkhole. #Hbg https://t.co/TL6qhxRJdc

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 5:54 pm
Repairs underway State street sinkhole #Hbg https://t.co/Hf0MdMSoby

Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
State street sinkhole #Hbg https://t.co/Y2K1oAC2RA

Mar. 20th, 2017 @ 9:14 am
Rob McCord in Federal court #Hbg https://t.co/EgcLBiDUk4

Mar. 20th, 2017 @ 9:13 am
Busy day in Hbg - Graham Spanier in Dauphin County court. https://t.co/3Zs1D30Q3n

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 10:01 am
Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord enters federal courthouse in Hbg Friday morning. https://t.co/DSq7dZAMsY

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 9:59 am
Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord enters federal courthouse in Hbg Friday morning. https://t.co/vzeHZhoJY1

Mar. 17th, 2017 @ 9:53 am
RT @AngelasInk: Overheard in the courtroom as cross examination about to begin on Ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord: "The show's about to start…

Mar. 16th, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Volunteers clearing Capitol steps for #LtDevoe procession @hbgfire https://t.co/YsmFWwOrwW

Mar. 16th, 2017 @ 10:53 pm
RT @timelywriter: "Would it be fair for me to ask you for an extra hundred?" The big corruption trial in Pennsylvania, via @AP: https://t.c…

Mar. 16th, 2017 @ 10:52 pm
RT @AngelasInk: On tape, jurors hear McCord ask Chesco businessman for 'extra' 100 grand; gossip about pols; plot for state contacts https:…

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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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