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September 28, 2012 | By Gillian Wong, Associated Press
BEIJING - A prominent Chinese government forensic scientist has questioned the cause of death of a murdered British businessman, casting doubt on the official version of a scandal that reached into the upper levels of the Communist Party. In a post to her blog that has since been removed, Wang Xuemei, a forensic expert with the top prosecutors' agency, said official accounts lack sufficient evidence that Neil Heywood died from cyanide poisoning, which she describes as leaving the body obviously discolored.
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November 15, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WITH PLENTY of preening self-portraits and pointless chatter with friends, 17-year-old Nasheen K. Anderson's Twitter feed at first looks like that of any typical teenager. But it doesn't take long before you find some jaw-dropping stuff. In one photo Anderson posted, a cat rests its head on a man's erect penis. Another shows a woman squirting milk from her naked breast into a coffee mug. Others show extreme close-ups of women's naked genitalia, Anderson flashing gang signs or showing a handgun jammed beneath a mattress, and a "family photo shoot" of a smiling woman pointing a handgun at four beaming school-age children.
NEWS
May 23, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 22-year-old Bensalem Township man who found an extra $69,300 mistakenly deposited into his bank account surrendered today on charges he spent most of the money. Police said Joseph Bucci, of the 3300 block West End Avenue in Trevose, used the money to buy food, clothing, furniture, a vehicle, airline tickets and a pet dog. Bucci was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies. Police said Wells Fargo accidentally deposited the money in his account but by the time the bank discovered the error, he only had $2,000 remaining.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FOR AT LEAST two recent weeks, the Twitter account of District Attorney Seth Williams was following two accounts that regularly dished out nude and seminude photos of women. The accounts, @RateMyLatin and @RateMyEbony, were suspended between March 9 and March 11 by Twitter and disappeared from the D.A.'s account. They resumed posting on March 12 but were not restored to Williams' feed. Images captured by the Daily News in late February showed the lewd accounts listed in plain sight among the 573 Twitter users that Williams' account, @DASethWilliams, followed at the time.
NEWS
January 6, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
THE OWNER of a now-defunct Feasterville law firm, Debbie Carlitz, told a federal judge yesterday that admitted fraudster Bonnie Sweeten stole her payroll checks and deposited them into her own personal account. Sweeten, 41, who was the office manager at the law firm, had been expected to be sentenced yesterday, but attorneys for the government and Sweeten spent all day arguing over how much money that Sweeten, who worked at the law firm from 2005 to 2009, stole. The feds say more than $1.1 million; the defense says $948,077.
NEWS
July 16, 2011
No community in the Philadelphia region has been harder hit by the foreclosure crisis than Willingboro. Read an account of who has been affected and how foreclosures have hurt other local towns in Sunday's Inquirer.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
SOMEBODY hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo. The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message left on Monday. Burger King usually tweets several times a week; typical tweets promote sales on chicken sandwiches, or ask how many bites it takes to eat a chicken nugget.
NEWS
October 3, 2012
A WEST Philadelphia man was charged Monday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in connection with a scheme to defraud the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Paul Roane, 40, agreed to receive a bogus $21,673 check in September 2009, made payable to him on the bank account of the Sheriff's Office. Roane, the fourth defendant charged in the case, allegedly deposited the check into his bank account, withdrew the proceeds and shared the money with his co-conspirators, including Richard Bell.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
A VIEWING for Officer Moses Walker Jr. will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, on Lehigh Avenue near 20th Street in North Philadelphia, where the officer was a member. A second viewing will be held at 7 a.m. Monday, followed by services at 10 a.m. Walker will be buried at Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 announced Wednesday that an account has been set up with the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union to benefit Walker's family.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Joseph James Sr., a high-ranking city employee was fired yesterday for setting up a secret rewards account for city purchasing and using the points to buy $48,000 in luxury goods. City Inspector General Amy Kurland said James, former deputy information officer for communications and operations in the Department of Technology, and former city worker Francis Punzo, set up a Verizon Business Link Rewards account to do city purchasing without authorization, Kurland said. They then used the account to buy $48,000 in iPods, Tumi luggage and televisions.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together for eight years. When we first met, I was in the military, and she was a bartender. Needless to say, she made far more money than I did at the time. Six months into our relationship, she got pregnant and quit her job. For the next seven years, she raised our children and went to school while I did whatever I had to do - working two jobs - to make enough to pay the bills. I am now out of the military. I have been at a company for six years, and we are finally reaching a point where we don't worry about money as much.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've been dating my boyfriend for 11 months. It's the best relationship I have ever been in, and I love him. Last weekend, he found out about a social media account I didn't tell him about and got very upset. He found out when I showed him a cute kitten post on the site, so it wasn't so much a secret as an omission. He says that this has made him reconsider our whole relationship and that he doesn't feel like he knows me at all anymore.
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Hydraulically fractured wells now produce about two-thirds of the nation's natural gas output, up from less than 7 percent in 2000, according to an analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA's report follows on a March analysis that showed fracking accounts for about half of current U.S. crude oil production. The last decade's dramatic increases of domestic gas and crude oil production from fracking has contributed to a decine in energy prices.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
WHEN I read Jenice Armstrong's article concerning Ebony magazine and Bill Cosby, I wanted to applaud both the magazine and her for the cultural honesty. I am a 70-year-old black male who has been deeply involved in the civil-rights movement, from the late 1960s to the present, although I am less active because of my medical problems. It has become increasingly clear that too many of our people, including those of renown and stature, refuse to allow us as a race to be honest and truthful in all our facts about persons of color who are celebrities (Cosby, O.J. Simpson, etc.)
SPORTS
April 20, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The straw that sent the camel of Jeff Lurie's patience to the ground last season fell during Chip Kelly's final press conference as Eagles coach, although no one knew at the time that his three-year shrugfest was over. Heading into the season-ending game against the Giants, carrying the burden of a 6-9 record, Kelly was asked if his dual roles as coach and personnel boss had been too much to handle. "I'm not the general manager, so I don't run our personnel department. I'm not in charge of scouting," Kelly said.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
By Michael E. Kraft Most of us recognize the value of science in dealing with complex problems that pose significant risks to public health and well-being. Thus we expect reputable science to be reported and used in helping us make difficult policy choices, such as what to do about climate change. Scientific findings and associated uncertainties should be scrutinized carefully and debated vigorously within the scientific community and among the public. However, denying the best scientific evidence we have could lead to greater societal harm than if we had taken sensible action when reliable knowledge was first available.
NEWS
March 30, 2016
Pennsylvania's Court of Judicial Discipline noted last week that the profane and bigoted emails that finally forced state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin to resign were marked by "arrogance and the belief that an individual is better than his or her peers. " Ironically, the court pointed this out in the course of a ruling that allowed Eakin to escape a public accounting of his misdeeds and perhaps additional penalties at trial. The unmistakable impression is that Pennsylvania's entire judiciary suffers from an arrogance that prevents it from subjecting its own to the sort of unflinching judgment it imposes on others.
NEWS
March 23, 2016
For months, I've advocated for detailed annual audits of the nearly $3 billion the Philadelphia School District spends. Despite efforts by City Controller Alan Butkovitz to make that happen, those audits still have not taken place. Yet when I spoke with Dr. William Hite, the district superintendent, in a radio interview nearly nine months ago, he told me he was open to such audits being performed. However, when Butkovitz forwarded a draft resolution detailing the scope of the audits to the School District's chief operational officer, Fran Burns, there was no response.
NEWS
March 15, 2016
"I have greatly sinned ... in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. "   - From the Confiteor, a prayer said during the Penitential Act during a Roman Catholic Mass By Thomas P. Murt In Western Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown knowingly protected priests who were known child molesters, according to a grand jury report. The diocese, the report continued, through church connections and pathetic public officials, protected the child-molesting priests from law enforcement and prosecution.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley's second attempt at establishing more accountability at the City Commissioners office was again snubbed by her two fellow board members. Deeley introduced a proposal during Wednesday's board meeting to require the city email addresses for the three commissioners to be checked "regularly" by either the commissioners or a staff member, to see if messages from the public were being answered. The proposal was in response to Chairman Anthony Clark's statements that he does not use his city-issued email account.
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