Probe prompted by funds paid to mayor's family for purchases

...less than $10,000.In February, after learning of the payments, Brower said, she changed the policy to require three informal bids before the borough could buy goods from employees or families.The borough paid more than $500 for some of the cakes...
Greece pledges to get rid of tax evasion as a way of life

...economics at Athens University. "They do not perceive this as a kind of corruption."Contributing to the problem is an informal economy that accounts for about 25 percent of Greece's annual gross domestic product. Evasion is most common in the services...
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Afghan government holds direct talks with Taliban an unannounced location in Islamabad come after repeated informal meetings between Taliban and government representatives, for peace negotiations, officials and diplomats said. Informal talks in Qatar in May ended on a hopeful note, with the Taliban...
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Sources: NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 race

...York."I think it's great timing," said Leighton Lord, a friend of Christie since college who has been serving as his informal liaison in the early-voting state of South Carolina. "The field is still very unsettled and I think a lot of people are...
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Parenting reflections

...a homebound senior? Let's reflect on how to improve ourselves and our parenting. Let us find opportunities, formal or informal, to serve the children in our community. Let us involve the children and youth in our community in service so that we may...
Army looks into allegations of racial slurs at Alaska base

...The Army says it has launched an informal investigation into allegations that...aware of the allegations and that an informal complaint was "made through command channels."Brown says an informal commander's inquiry is underway...
Southeast Spotlight

...weekend, May 27-30. Sponsored by the Municipality of Skagway, the conference is known for bringing writers together in informal settings where they can make the most of writer-participant interaction, and for a range of location-specific activities...
Writers and artists retreat nearly complete in Dyea

...dream is nearly ready to be shared.This weekend, a group of Alaska's best-known writers convened at the cabins for an informal housewarming party as part of the Northwords Writers Symposium, which Jeff has helped organize since 2010 (see related story...

...still a challenge. "I don't tend to be concise, so... I appreciated the push. I tried to keep it so it sounded sort of informal and fresh, but also really polished in a way. I think that's the appeal. People get to the point quicker, but it still...
Board director resigns over appointment

...that the appointment had been made.Gillis said she requested a meeting with Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Walker's informal fisheries adviser, to discuss the appointment. Mallott did not attend the meeting, where Walker told Gillis he had deferred...
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