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Ed Koch: Longtime mayor of the Big Apple
Ed Koch: Longtime mayor of the Big Apple
Posted: February 03, 2013


3 judges suspended from Traffic Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday suspended without pay three of the nine judges indicted Thursday for what federal investigators called a massive "culture of ticket-fixing" at Philadelphia's Traffic Court.

The suspended judges are Michael Sullivan, who had been administrative judge until being removed from the leadership post in December 2011 by the Supreme Court while the federal probe was still going on; Michael Lowry, and Chester County District Judge Mark Bruno, who heard cases in Traffic Court.

Heist suspect shot

Police shot a gunman who they say robbed a Little Caesar's Pizza in Southwest Philadelphia Friday afternoon.

About 1:30 p.m., police were called to Island and Elmwood avenues for an armed robbery. When a cop encountered the armed suspect nearby, on 72nd Street near Dicks Avenue, the officer fired once at the man, striking him in the hip, police said.

The wounded suspect was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police said they confiscated gun he'd been carrying at the scene of the shooting.

Roommate arrested in Overbrook homicide

An Overbrook man has been arrested for repeatedly stabbing his roommate, killing him, on Wednesday, police said Friday.

Renaldo Robichaw, 55, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of , Albert Smith, 48, police said. The two had been arguing.

Robichaw is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 20.


Bucks native to leave helm of NBC News

Bucks County native and Temple grad Steve Capus is leaving the presidency of NBC News.

Capus, an ardent sports fan who turned his 30 Rockefeller Center office into a shrine for Philadelphia teams, has been friends with anchor Brian Williams since the two worked together at WCAU in Philadelphia back in the 1980s.

NYC's Koch dies at 88

New Yorkers marked the 100th birthday of Grand Central Terminal and ended up celebrating the legacy of another emblem of the city, former Mayor Ed Koch, who died early Friday and who supported efforts to spare Grand Central from demolition.

The ceremony started with a moment of silence for Koch, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg then praised both his predecessor and Grand Central.

"We almost lost this extraordinary building, if you remember, back in the '70s," Bloomberg said. "And as a matter of fact, at that time the whole city was crumbling, and then we elected Ed Koch."

Koch steered New York back from the brink of financial ruin and infused the city with new energy and optimism in the 1970s and '80s. He died of congestive heart failure at 88.

No more Skittles in school machines?

The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines that once were full of Skittles and Sprite would instead be stocked with water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips. Lunch rooms that now sell fatty "a la carte" items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to transition to healthier pizzas, fruit cups and yogurt.

- Staff and wire reports

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