July 9, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Allentown: Developments in the City Hall search

No specific targets have been named, and the nature of the investigation has not been revealed. But experts say it’s likely that FBI agents have proved probable cause. Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign Monday, and on Wednesday, moving trucks were photographed outside the house of Pawlowski’s campaign manager, Mike Fleck.

Pittsburgh: Some goats in your backyard

A new City Council ordinance lowered the fees for urban farmers to obtain permits to keep chickens, goats and beehives. The process is also expedited from 10 to 12 weeks to a single day. Fresh eggs, anyone?

Washington County: Shady business park land deals

Mylan NV, a generic drug company, bought land from its vice chairman’s business partner for $1 a day. Mylan built headquarters there, effectively becoming both the buyer and seller of the property. The company was supposed to inform its investors about the transactions, but never did.

Philadelphia: When the mayoral race isn’t a race at all

Philadelphia hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since Bernard Samuel in 1947. Democrats outnumber Republicans about 7 to 1 in the city. Yet the Republican nominee, Melissa Bailey, works hard to keep things competitive, and wants to add some variety to politics.

Harrisburg: Attorney General’s suspension policy

Attorney General Kathleen Kane adopted a policy that requires employees charged with felonies in her office to be suspended without pay. Yet if Kane, currently under criminal investigation, is charged, she won’t suspend herself — she’s an elected official, not an employee.

Harrisburg: Harsher penalties for doctor impersonators

Although only eight people in the last five years have been convicted of falsifying their credentials, lawmakers agreed to make the terms for impersonating licensed medical professionals more strict, with a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

NATIONAL

Halt on the New York Stock Exchange

On Wednesday morning, the stock exchange shut down. New York Stock Exchange stocks continued trading on other exchanges, including Nasdaq. As of Wednesday afternoon, the reasons for the malfunction remain unclear.

Computer glitch grounds United Airlines

Also on Wednesday morning, a network connectivity issue grounded 4,900 United Airlines flights worldwide. When planes landed, gates were unable to open to receive passengers, so many people were inconvenienced by missing connections.

Washington Redskins forced to cancel trademark

The battle against the NFL team’s name finally gained some traction. A federal judge ordered the team to cancel the brand’s trademark, but the Redskins are likely to appeal the decision.

WORLD

Greece requests new loan

Greece submitted a request to the European Union for a new three-year loan. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has until the end of the week to send in credible, concrete reform proposals.

IN OTHER NEWS

A furry invasion

Today, Anthrocon kicks off in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, so those who work downtown could spot a few furry friends out on the prowl.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.