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August 6, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday upheld an appeals court ruling ordering a new trial on attempted-murder charges for a Burlington County man, saying prosecutors unfairly used violent rap lyrics he wrote as evidence against him. The justices agreed with the lower court that the 13 pages of material written by Vonte Skinner at least four years before he allegedly shot a man in Willingboro were not relevant and should not have been used at his...
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Dean is awfully tired of Americans' penchant for applying the suffix -gate - from Monicagate to Obamagate - to attack politicians they dislike. Dean, White House counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, plead guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice in the mother of all political scandals, the real -gate , Watergate. The scandal? A cadre of Nixon operatives were arrested on June 17, 1972, after breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, most likely to steal the Dems' election strategy and bug the office.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, were arraigned in a matter of minutes early Tuesday night and both were ordered held without bail on a list of charges, including three counts of murder each. Earlier Story Two men have been charged with murder and sexual assault in connection with last week's carjacking that killed three North Philadelphia children and left their mother fighting for her life. Jonathan Rosa, 19, of Fairhill, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, of Logan, were also charged Monday with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related offenses - including sexually assaulting the woman they allegedly carjacked Friday morning.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities filed murder charges overnight at the hospital bedside of Richard Plotts, the troubled patient who authorities say killed his caseworker and wounded his psychiatrist at a Delaware County hospital Thursday. Plotts, who was hit three times when the psychiatrist fired back at him, awoke from sedation about 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Jack Whelan, Delaware County's district attorney. Whelan said prosecutors had to contact a Philadelphia court official so Plotts could be arraigned on seven charges, including first- and third-degree murder and attempted murder.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal Customs and Border Protection officers came across a rare counterfeit-money scam when they caught a man from Cameroon bringing $17,000 in bogus currency into Philadelphia International Airport recently. The officers discovered three packs of "black notes," bound similarly to checkbooks, during a routine baggage examination July 16, an official said Thursday. The notes appeared to be blank sheets of white paper, but under ultraviolet light, officers detected faint images resembling U.S. currency, officials said.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The now-former chairman of Camden's parking authority is suing the city following his removal last week after it came to light that he was also a city employee, which is forbidden under state statute. Angel Alamo, who has been a commissioner since 2005, was an employee in the city's finance department as of July 8, according to a resolution to remove him that passed at that night's City Council meeting. State law does not permit authority commissioners, who are not paid, to also work as an officer or employee of the municipality.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For decades, Denny Somach, rock entrepreneur, author, and collector, has lived the life Jay Z so memorably described: "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man. " He has a new book, Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World , which he'll read from on Thursday at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr. He's also on a quest to start an International Classic Rock Society website and museum (perhaps in Philadelphia). And that's just the beginning. "I had no idea any of this would work, but figured it's a great way to earn money, meet girls, and have fun until I found a real job," says Somach, an Allentown native with offices in Havertown.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Drive for show, putt for dough. " That has been the long-standing wisdom in golf for decades - until Mark Broadie came along. The Columbia Business School professor gave a lecture like few others this week at the storied Merion Golf Club, where such greats as Ben Hogan, Bob Jones, and Lee Trevino have competed. Broadie's new book, Every Shot Counts , employs Wall Street-style numbers-crunching and quantitative analysis to deconstruct the game. "It's about how to use data and analytics to measure and improve golf performance," Broadie said in an interview Wednesday.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Tripoli was just trying to inspire his then-12-year-old son to read some fiction when he introduced him to the books of Lloyd Alexander, a literary giant in the enchanted world of fantasy writers. Now the mechanical engineer from Perkasie, Bucks County, has a mission: to get every sixth-grader in Upper Darby Township, Alexander's hometown, to read the works of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winner. And he's doing it at a cemetery. For the last six years, Tripoli - a fan of the author of children's and young-adult fiction, who has been compared to J.R.R.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FINALLY, THE 2014 World Cup begins today when host nation Brazil plays Croatia at the new Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. And if you are FIFA president Sepp Blatter or Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, this match could not come soon enough. Once the games begin in an event like a World Cup, they take precedence. The drama on the pitch jumps to the forefront of the public's eye and pushes other issues to the background. And while it may be for different reasons, Blatter and Rousseff are eager to have the eyes of the world focused away from off-the-pitch World Cup concerns.
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