July 29, 2015 |
After winning back their freedom and their jobs, five former members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad - acquitted earlier this year on federal corruption charges - have set their sights on new targets: The district attorney, the mayor, and the city's police commissioner. The three city leaders unfairly maligned the officers and made accusations that led to their firings and arrests last year, Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, and John Speiser alleged in a defamation complaint filed Friday in federal court.
February 25, 2015 |
AFTER A FIREFIGHTER killed himself in September 2011 and another attempted suicide last year, a cloud of grief hung over the redbrick firehouse in Ogontz where Engine 51, Ladder 29 and Medic 18 are stationed. Yet that's where Philadelphia fire officials sent a troubled young paramedic not long after her second suicide attempt, sources say. Such insensitivity helped throw an already vulnerable woman into deeper instability, those who know her say. The paramedic, whom the Daily News is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, is now at the center of a sex scandal that has gotten national headlines.
February 25, 2015 |
THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them:THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them: Murderers! Pigs! Racists! At one point, a black protester got within a breath's reach of a black officer's face and screamed: Sell-out! If I were a Philadelphia police officer, I'd be furious. And not at the protesters who marched to the 15th District headquarters on Frankford Avenue, demanding answers in the December police-related shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown.
February 7, 2015 |
When Sunny Jain was 5 years old, he traveled to India from his home in Rochester, N.Y., for his uncle's wedding. "It was the first time I saw an Indian brass band," says the leader of the boisterous dhol-and-brass octet Red Baraat. The band, which has just released its third studio album, Gaadi of Truth , will play Saturday night at the Ardmore Music Hall. "I remember taking a nap and waking up and I came outside and the baraat" - the groom's wedding procession - "had already started," says Jain, speaking from his home in Brooklyn.
January 30, 2015 |
OF THE FOUR men who began this fall as the general managers of our professional sports franchises, three remain in those jobs. The odd man out was clearly the most successful of the four, helping to build a roster that won 10 of its 16 games despite season-ending injuries to its quarterback and defensive captain; despite spearheading, just a season before, the successful hiring of the most coveted coach at the time, Chip Kelly. Odd man out may be somewhat inaccurate, for Howie Roseman is still with the Eagles organization, but bumped so far upstairs that he will need field glasses to view the assemblage of players he was once chiefly responsible for. In that, he is more exiled than Flyers president Paul Holmgren, who is still consulted by the man who replaced him, or so Ron Hextall says.
July 14, 2014 |
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and director of player development Joe Jordan couldn't have been more frank when assessing the minor-league system. "There are not enough offensive players in our system," Amaro said last week. "We feel we need to do better than that, and it certainly is something that is a priority for us. " Jordan went further. "We need more of everything," he said. "We are like 29 other teams. " In fairness, the system has helped the team in a few spots this year.
May 15, 2014 |
IN THE wake of fans' boos and chants calling for his firing during Saturday's loss, Union manager John Hackworth said yesterday that he feels supported by CEO Nick Sakiewicz and the club's front office and is focused on continuing to try to "put this team in a position where we can be successful. " Speaking on a teleconference with reporters before the team took off for Kansas City ahead of tonight's 8:30 road match against Sporting KC, Hackworth also said he thinks the players have been affected by all the negativity surrounding the club.
May 3, 2014 |
Well, it was just another week with those chatterbox Eagles. All three major players in the team's hierarchy - Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and Howie Roseman - were available to share their thoughts with the public. Blah, blah, blah. You just can't shut up these guys. Kelly emerged to say that releasing DeSean Jackson five weeks ago was a "purely football decision"; Lurie said, "What he said"; and Roseman held a wide-ranging predraft confab with the beat writers in which he confirmed everything except the stuff you couldn't probably figure out on your own. Perhaps all this exposure, which arrived after a month of stonewalling and hiding, was a coincidence, or perhaps an acknowledgment that the organization believes it is time to make nice with the paying public again or toss a bone in its direction.
March 3, 2014 |
THERE WERE some mixups, and maybe a few cops who were just plain ticked off. Either way, the Philadelphia Police Department issued a "clarification" missive to officers earlier this week about the department's new interview and interrogation policy, which went into effect on Jan. 1. The memo noted that "it is entirely reasonable under the Fourth Amendment to temporarily detain all persons found at a crime scene. It is also expected," according to a copy obtained by the Daily News . The three-page note makes it clear that temporarily detaining people at a crime scene wouldn't conflict with a passage in Directive 151, the new interview policy, which states that a complainant or witness can refuse to be taken from a crime scene to a detective division for questioning.
January 14, 2014 |
A LOCAL grand jury is investigating two high-ranking Philadelphia police officials who allegedly tried to cover up an arrest in 2012. Inspector Aaron Horne and Capt. John McCloskey are the subjects of the probe, law-enforcement sources have told the Daily News . Both men were suspended by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey for 30 days without pay in August 2012 after an Internal Affairs investigation found that the two commanders had tried to erase all traces of a violent encounter in Oak Lane between a pair of patrol officers and the grandson of a retired Philly cop. Ramsey stopped short of firing Horne and McCloskey, telling the People Paper at the time that both were hard workers who had made mistakes.