Today's Top Picks: Sept. 23, 2016

Vince Fenerty Jr., the Philadelphia Parking Authority's executive director, had to repay the authority $30,000 to foot the bill of an independent investigation into his allegedly sexual harassment of an employee.

City Councilman Al Taubenberger, a member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's board, defended the agency's decision to let executive director Vincent Fenerty Jr. keep his job after sexually harassing a coworker. Taubenberger described Fenerty's repeated and unwanted advances as "a high-school puppy-love situation." But others, including Council members, a government watchdog, Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf questioned the decision to let Fenerty keep his post with reduced authority. "His continued employment sends the message that sexual harassment is OK, and that the harm caused can be erased by monetary payment," said Felicia Harris, head of the city's commission on women, referencing the $30,000 Fenerty paid to the law firm that investigated the allegations against him. "Sexual harassment can't be written off like a parking fine." The mayor called Fenerty's behavior "unacceptable and repugnant." Read more
Comcast Corp. is buying the portion of the Flyers and other Comcast Spectacor properties owned by Ed Snider's estate. Snider, who was the chairman of Flyers parent company Comcast Spectacor, died in April after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. When the deal is finalized next month, the cable giant will own 100 percent of the company. It will be the first time since the Flyers were founded 50 years ago that the Snider family won't be part of the ownership group. "I'm very excited we are able to carry [Snider's] spirit with us by bringing the company, its leadership, and its thousands of employees fully into the Comcast family," said Brian Roberts, Comcast's chairman and CEO. Read more
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stopped at Geno's for cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. A Philadelphia police officer who was there wrote on Twitter that the candidate "ordered 5 wiz #wit, 5 wiz #witout #onions." Read more
SEPTA's ridership numbers have taken a hit due to Regional Rail's troubles this summer. The agency had to remove 120 cars from service in early July because cracks had formed in a key weight-bearing part. In July, ridership was down 21 percent from the same month in 2015. August's ridership was down 10 percent. For the year to date, Regional Rail is averaging 107,000 daily riders, 14.8 percent fewer than last year. And all of those declines are translating to lost revenue. Read more
John Schultz, a well-known philanthropist in Atlantic City, has admitted that he and associates in a Boardwalk rolling-chair business deliberately hid profits from the Internal Revenue Service to avoid paying taxes. Schultz admitted that Royal Rolling Chairs Inc., which provides shaded rides in carts pushed by a worker, kept two sets of books to get out of paying $119,800 in taxes. He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Camden in January. "The background is simply that John got involved in a business venture several years ago, and the partners, himself included, were not very careful in recording tax receipts and including them in company and personal tax returns," defense attorney Edwin Jacobs said. "He's admitted his wrongdoing." Read more
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