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NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The trendy takeaway from a Public Policy Polling survey last week was that Pennsylvania voters see the Phillie Phanatic as more presidential than Donald Trump. You can see why the Phanatic is up on Trump by 6 percentage points. Both are frenetic performers with unnaturally hued complexions. The Phanatic, however, has a hot dog cannon at his disposal. Tough to beat that. Deeper in the poll was something more interesting about the state of Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate, and the self-inflicted Republican wound that may haunt Pat Toomey's bid for a second term.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Taking a step they had telegraphed, Bill Cosby's lawyers moved Wednesday to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed because prosecutors failed to present his accuser, Andrea Constand, at his preliminary hearing last month. By relying on detectives to testify and read Constand's 2005 statements to police instead of calling her to the witness stand, prosecutors denied Cosby "an opportunity to confront and cross-examine his accuser," the defense team wrote in a bid to have the charges dropped or receive a new preliminary hearing.
SPORTS
June 9, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
LANCASTER - The LPGA took just two days before it began trying to bring a tournament back to Lancaster Country Club. After the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster last July, LPGA commissioner Michael Whan asked officials at the course if they would be interested in submitting a bid for the 2021 Solheim Cup. About 11 months later, the bid was officially announced at a news conference on Tuesday. Lancaster Country Club is one of six finalists to host the competition, which features the top women's golfers from the United States against those from Europe.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The attorney for David "D.J. " Creato Jr., the Haddon Township man charged with killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan, lost a bid in court Monday to have the indictment against his client dismissed, and slammed the medical examiner who handled the case, calling him a "disgrace. " "This boy deserved better than what he got from the medical examiner's office," Richard J. Fuschino Jr. said in Superior Court in Camden. He said Camden County Medical Examiner Gerald Feigin should have inspected the wooded area where Brendan's pajama-clad body was found, slumped over a rock, on the day of the discovery, not five days later.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Parting, such sweet sorrow . . . "It's bittersweet," Michael Strahan said Friday of his last appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael . Cohost Kelly Ripa was dressed in black, but she did not sing a funeral dirge. Strahan, who is leaving for Good Morning America , said, "I didn't anticipate being here at this moment, but it's here and we're going to enjoy it. I'm not dying. " Ripa, who went AWOL for a week when she heard Strahan was ditching her, gave him nice parting gifts.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Mark Cohen, a Philadelphia Democrat and the state's longest-serving legislator, was defeated in Tuesday's primary, according to unofficial election results. Cohen, elected in a special election in May 1974, lost to community organizer Jared Solomon in the 202nd District, in the city's Lower Northeast. It was Solomon's second attempt to unseat Cohen, whom he nearly ousted in the primary two years ago. Cohen, one of the legislature's most liberal Democrats and the son of the late Philadelphia City Councilman David Cohen, said late Tuesday that he had been "victimized by a highly negative campaign.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday rejected Bill Cosby's request to dismiss sexual assault charges against him, clearing the way for the case to resume its path toward trial in Montgomery County. In a three-sentence order, a Superior Court panel denied the 78-year-old entertainer a rare pretrial appeal. It did not address Cosby's argument that the prosecution should be stopped because of a former district attorney's decade-old promise that he would never be charged. Thus, after a months-long respite, Cosby again faces the first substantial evidentiary hearing in the only criminal case to emerge from allegations by more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for the defunct Foxwoods casino project in South Philadelphia lost their bid in bankruptcy court to recoup the $50 million license fee Foxwoods paid in 2007. In a 64-page ruling Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Magdeline D. Coleman rejected the Foxwoods group's arguments under bankruptcy code and said she did not have jurisdiction over certain other counts, which belong in state court. A lawyer for the Foxwoods group - formally known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners L.P. - said he would recommend that his client appeal the bankruptcy issues to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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