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March 30, 1996 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After myriad faxes, legal jousts, sharp words and a news conference or two, Philadelphia and Florida have ended their war over who will charge Berto Ordaz with murdering his girlfriend and driving the body to a Miami suburb. District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham threw in the towel and said Philadelphia would do it. She authorized city police to issue an arrest warrant for Ordaz, a North Philadelphia man who officials say drove his girlfriend's corpse south to Florida in January and left her body in his van in a Miami suburb.
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April 26, 1991 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Cynthia Burton and Ron Goldwyn contributed to this report
Republican Party leader William A. Meehan helped engineer Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham's election this week as interim district attorney by lobbying GOP judges to vote for her, sources said. Meanwhile, GOP mayoral candidate Ronald D. Castille said yesterday he'd "be pleased" to have Abraham, a Democrat, as the Republicans' nominee for DA this fall. Abraham was chosen DA Wednesday by the city's Board of Judges, and the party organizations will select candidates to run in a special election for district attorney in November.
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January 8, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham has announced a crackdown on "hate crimes," which community groups say are on the increase. "Pennsylvania state hate crimes legislation affords this office the opportunity in certain cases to add the charge of hate or bias to the charges in the original crimes," Abraham said. "Bias crimes in general come to the district attorney's office as part of other criminal conduct and have an additional legal context. " Abraham spoke Monday while announcing the assignment of Assistant DA Richard Block to act as liaison on bias- and hate-related crimes.
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December 30, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, outraged over proposed cuts to her office's budget, slammed Mayor Street yesterday as a leader who lacks the courage and vision needed to stem the city's rising number of homicides. "Do something!" Abraham burst out at a news conference in comments directed at the mayor. "You know, stop switching around and changing programs and not having the courage to call up the district attorney and say, 'Lynne, what do you think we ought to do?' "He's the only mayor in Philadelphia history who hasn't called the district attorney up and said, 'Lynne, we have a crime problem.
NEWS
May 4, 2005 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham wants you to know that she stands, personally, between the citizens of Philadelphia and mayhem on the streets. "Trust me when I tell you. We're on the case," Abraham said recently at a meeting of the Wissinoming Civic Association in a church basement. As she seeks reelection to a fourth full term, Abraham, 64, already is the longest-serving district attorney in 80 years. She is running amid an upsurge in gun-related homicides, facing criticism that her office cannot seem to improve the rate of dismissal of felony arrests.
NEWS
April 28, 1991 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
On City Hall's sixth floor, in the low light and the haze of cigarette smoke, court criers, lawyers and reporters clustered near the entrance of Court Room 643, craning to hear the Board of Judges meeting inside. There was spontaneous applause, the doors flew open, and emerging into a flood of TV lights was Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne M. Abraham. With a crooked smile and a raspy voice, Abraham told the crowd that she had been selected - by a very narrow margin - to be Philadelphia's district attorney.
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April 1, 1992 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said last night that her office has received upward of 200 calls from males claiming they had sex with AIDS- infected businessman Edward I. Savitz without using condoms. Speaking on ABC's Nightline, Abraham appeared to contradict earlier comments by the city health commissioner that Savitz poses less of a public health threat than orginally thought because he reportedly insisted that the youths wear condoms. Dr. Robert K. Ross had said Monday that a majority of 100 teenagers calling a city AIDS hotline to report encounters with Savitz described contacts that did not involve sexual intercourse.
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January 30, 2001 | by Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
A coalition of African-American groups active in politics will try today to draft a city commissioner into the fight to unseat Democratic District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Alexander Talmadge Jr., relatively unknown despite his three terms as city commissioner, denied yesterday he plans to run. "No," Talmadge said, laughing when told about a City Hall rumor that he would be taking on Abraham in the May Democratic primary. "That won't be happening. " Tell that to J. Whyatt Mondesire, the local NAACP president and newspaper publisher who started publicly pushing Talmadge as a candidate yesterday.
NEWS
August 16, 1995 | By Claude Lewis
In last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau threw darts at Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in a letter to the editor. Morgenthau complained that since Abraham was elected in 1991, she "has apparently asked for death in virtually every homicide case. " Morgenthau used statistics comparing Philadelphia and Manhattan, counties with nearly identical populations that had an identical (503) homicide rate in 1990. His letter was prompted by a lengthy Times magazine piece by Tina Rosenberg a month ago questioning Philadelphia's "aggressive use of the death penalty.
NEWS
January 9, 2003 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court judges have spent $23,650 to hire a lawyer to explore filing a formal complaint against District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham for her public criticisms of a handful of jurists. Ultimately, the judges decided not to pursue the complaint. The rift has not affected the city's criminal courts, according to two top judges. Abraham, a former Common Pleas Court judge herself, has periodically castigated judges for rulings and sentences that she believed were too lenient or unfavorable to prosecutors.
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September 19, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor. Just not yet. Abraham, a Democrat, said Wednesday, "I'll be entering the race" to succeed Mayor Nutter. Her disclosure, coming within hours after former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo announced his mayoral run, could rock a field of candidates in the 2015 contest who lack her name recognition.
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July 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Max Meshon, 96, of Penn Wynne, a Philadelphia lawyer whose skill with Yiddish helped crack a famous Philadelphia crime case, died Wednesday, July 9, of respiratory failure at his home. Mr. Meshon founded Meshon & Brener, a small, but respected, law firm at 1 E. Penn Center, across from City Hall. He was well-known throughout the legal community for his collegial attitude and friendly, witty personality. He was willing to fight for defendants from all walks of life, no matter their ability to pay. But he earned public notice as a witness, not a lawyer.
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July 4, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
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May 31, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abraham Noordergraaf, 84, of Haverford, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, died Saturday, May 24, of esophageal cancer at the Quadrangle. Dr. Noordergraaf served as a mentor, teacher, and scholar for many years in the department of bioengineering, part of Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science. His family said he also was knowledgeable in veterinary medicine, anesthesia, and Dutch culture. "He had honorary appointments because of his collegiality and work with people in those departments," said his daughter Annemiek Young.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams was at the podium Monday, talking about a grand jury's decision to charge state Rep. J.P. Miranda and his sister in an alleged "ghost employee" scam. It sounded as if Williams scattered throughout his remarks several thinly veiled, sharply worded barbs for his onetime career mentor, former D.A. Lynne Abraham . Things went south for them in 2005 when he tried to unseat her in the Democratic primary election. Twice, Williams said his office "will no longer abdicate our responsibility to investigate" political-corruption cases.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN TATTLE heard that "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham made a sex tape with porn star James Deen and then lied about it (pretending that it was a secret sex tape that no one was supposed to see), we thought, what kind of message does lying send to your young daughter? We already know what kind of message the tape sends. But a 21-year-old single mom has to take care of her kid, so Farrah has sold the tape to Vivid Entertainment for an undisclosed amount - rumored to be close to $1 million, but who knows.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE HATES to pick on dumb teenagers, but what the heck was Justin Bieber thinking? While in Amsterdam, Bieber got a guided tour of the Anne Frank House Museum and wrote an entry into a guestbook saying, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber. " Absoutely. If she didn't have to hide from the Nazis and die of typhus in a concentration camp 68 years ago. Really, dude, how is your takeaway from the Anne Frank house that you wish she'd been a fan of yours . Bieber's remarks led to criticism from some quarters, as a Facebook response insulting Bieber received more than 1,000 "likes" - slightly more than the museum's original post about the incident.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
By Neal Gabler As we edged closer to the "fiscal cliff," some observers said we should take a page from Steven Spielberg's Lincoln . The film tells the story of how the president managed to steer the 13th Amendment - which outlawed slavery, finishing what was started by the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago today - through an inhospitable House of Representatives. On one side were Democrats who opposed outlawing slavery on the grounds that it would confer an equality that blacks should not have.
NEWS
August 27, 2012
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal the Family in America On the eve of its Tampa convention, the Grand Old Party is as pumped as a young lady who just accepted an engagement ring from the man of her dreams. Conservatives may have reluctantly embraced Mitt Romney, but his running-mate choice, Paul Ryan - the wunderkind House budget chairman - has injected needed testosterone into the campaign. Still, excitement over the youthful Wisconsin congressman may not generate enough energy to win in November.
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June 26, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The guilty verdict against Msgr. William J. Lynn - the first time a Catholic church supervisor has been found criminally liable for child-sex crimes by a priest - concluded one of the most unusual prosecutions in the history of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. It took nine years, two grand juries, and changes in Pennsylvania law. And it made odd partners of former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and successor Seth Williams, whose relationship soured when Williams, a former Abraham prosecutor, challenged her in the 2005 Democratic primary.
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