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January 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps said yesterday that it is investigating a video depicting what appears to be four Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. In a statement, the Marine Corps said it has not verified the origin or authenticity of the YouTube video. But it also said the actions portrayed are not consistent with Marine values. If verified, the video could create a strong backlash in the Muslim world and beyond for the disrespectful actions it portrays.
SPORTS
November 22, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Gregory Foster was confirmed as the replacement for Martin Booker as the Camden boys' cross-country and indoor track coach at Monday's meeting of the Camden Board of Education. Also, Clarence Turner was officially named the boys' basketball coach at Camden. Booker, who could not be reached for comment, had been suspended for "conduct unbecoming a [school] board employee" after a complaint from a member of the track team, a school spokesman said. Turner had been rehired in May, and Monday's action was a formality.
SPORTS
November 9, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Saying Woodrow Wilson High administrators are "treating me like a common criminal," athletic director Stanley Ash yesterday wondered why he had been suspended. Wilson suspended Ash with pay last week for what a district spokesman called "conduct unbecoming" a school employee. Ash said he has never been given an explanation for the suspension. "I got a letter that said I was suspended for conduct unbecoming, which tells me nothing," he said. He said a "third party" has told him the suspension stemmed from a misappropriation of funds from Wilson football games.
NEWS
August 27, 1987 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
A Winslow Township patrolman was fired and another patrolman charged with conduct unbecoming an officer yesterday as a result of a continuing probe of the Police Department, officials said. The investigation, which began in March, has so far resulted in the firing Monday of police Chief Gary F. Stowell Sr. and the resignation in June of Stowell's son, Patrolman Gary F. Stowell Jr. In one of the two latest actions, Patrolman Theodore King, 29, was fired effective yesterday.
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July 25, 1996 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A borough police officer has been suspended six months for "conduct unbecoming an officer. " Council members voted to suspend Officer Ronald Bainbridge without pay at its Tuesday meeting. They would not detail the reasons for the action. Council President Bryan Servis said he would not comment until Bainbridge had been notified. Solicitor Kevin Bradway could not be reached for comment yesterday. Council member Philip DiNatale said he thought the punishment was just. "I think it is," DiNatale said.
NEWS
August 7, 1999 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Bucks County Court judge yesterday overruled the firing of Newtown Township Detective Christopher Bush and ordered him reinstated to the police force. Judge Cynthia Rufe said the township had failed to prove "by clear and convincing evidence" that Bush was guilty of assaulting his girlfriend - the offense for which he was fired last year. The judge said there was sufficient evidence, however, that Bush engaged in conduct unbecoming a police officer, and ordered that he serve a 30-day suspension without pay. Bush, who was hired in 1985, was fired last August by Township Manager Cornell Hopkins, and the township supervisors later upheld Bush's dismissal.
NEWS
February 21, 1994 | by Susan Faludi, From the New York Times
"You know what really stinks?" the young Navy officer asked me. He pushed aside his third Scotch and leaned across the table in a chain restaurant near the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va., where the Tailhook prosecutions have crept along for more than a year and where he was one of the dozens accused of "conduct unbecoming. " "What about all the female officers who were going wild at Tailhook? How come they haven't been prosecuted?" Going wild? "You know, wearing sexy clothes, dancing like a bunch of party girls, getting their legs shaved in the suites.
NEWS
September 21, 1999 | By Jon Stenzler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Saying he wanted "to protect the Haddonfield Police Department, the borough, and George Ames himself," Ted Dorn, the borough's director of public safety, suspended Officer Ames yesterday. Ames, 41, who was charged Friday with four administrative counts in connection with a "humor file" that the borough contends contained "lewd and offensive" material, was suspended until Oct. 14, when his hearing is scheduled. Dorn, acting as a hearing officer yesterday, said the magnitude of the charges was the reason for the suspension.
NEWS
June 10, 1990 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A veteran Haverford Township police officer has been suspended from the force pending the outcome of an investigation by the Delaware County Special Prosecutions Unit into alleged thefts of items from the Township Police Department. Sgt. Joseph Greco, 50, of Havertown, was suspended for conduct unbecoming a police officer for 60 days by the Haverford Township Commissioners, prior to the May 29 board meeting. He had been suspended indefinitely the week before by Police Chief William McNasby.
NEWS
July 27, 1999 | By Jon Stenzler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Even though the two have filed civil lawsuits against each other, Ted Dorn, the borough's public safety director, testified last night that he "held no ill feelings" toward George Ames, a Haddonfield police officer. Dorn's 90 minutes of testimony at Borough Hall ended about 25 hours of hearings held this summer on the borough's complaint against Ames, a 15-year police veteran. Ames, 40, faces seven administrative charges that stem from three incidents said to have occurred in March 1998.
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March 2, 2012 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just days after Willie Singletary resigned from his post as a Traffic Court judge, the state Judicial Conduct Board on Thursday filed a complaint against him alleging conduct unbecoming of a judge. The board accuses him of showing a female cashier two photos of his genitals in an aroused state and posing the question: "Like that?" The state Supreme Court in January suspended Singletary without pay as a result of the allegations. On Monday, Singletary, 30, sent an e-mail officially resigning his post, said his attorney, John S. Summers.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps said yesterday that it is investigating a video depicting what appears to be four Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. In a statement, the Marine Corps said it has not verified the origin or authenticity of the YouTube video. But it also said the actions portrayed are not consistent with Marine values. If verified, the video could create a strong backlash in the Muslim world and beyond for the disrespectful actions it portrays.
NEWS
July 7, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Philadelphia Police Officer Deona Carter, whose risqué photos have aroused her Myspace fans and caught the attention of Internal Affairs investigators, is being sued in federal court. Again. For the same alleged behavior that drew an earlier police-brutality lawsuit. And the same behavior that got Carter suspended in 2008. The civil-rights suit filed yesterday accuses Carter of wrongfully arresting West Philly resident Darnell Jackson, 21, while he was catching a bus to his UPS job last spring.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia firefighter who caused a stir at the department when he posed shirtless for a charity calendar is dead, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers confirmed. John "Jack" Slivinski, 31, was found dead in his Lawndale home early Saturday morning, Ayers said. Police are investigating the cause of death. "The Philadelphia Fire Department has lost a son," Ayers said. "As you may imagine, this is devastating to everybody. " Ayers would not say whether foul play is suspected.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A Philadelphia firefighter who caused a stir at the department when he posed shirtless for a charity calendar is dead, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers confirmed. John "Jack" Slivinski, 31, was found dead in his Lawndale home early Saturday morning, Ayers said. Police are investigating the cause of death. "The Philadelphia Fire Department has lost a son," Ayers said. "As you may imagine, this is devastating to everybody. " Ayers would not say whether foul play is suspected.
NEWS
June 13, 2008 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the last day of a very unusual trial, Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. continued to defend himself against charges that he concealed his brother's sexual abuse of a minor decades ago, saying yesterday that he acted within the standards of the times. "As poorly as I handled it," he said, "if I had applied today's protocols then, things might have turned out worse. " In October, the Episcopal Church USA suspended him as head of the five-county Diocese of Pennsylvania on the ground that he engaged in "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy" by failing to protect the girl or report his brother's misbehavior.
NEWS
January 25, 2008 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The prison guard who posed for Playboy has her job back. Heather Hull, 29, a corrections officer, was fired after appearing in the March issue under a pseudonym in a pseudo uniform. But after an arbitrator ruled partly in her favor earlier this month, she resumed her duties at Berks County Prison over the weekend - then missed a couple of days because of illness, said Philadelphia attorney Mark Featherman, who handled her case. Arbitrator Charles Long, however, denied her back pay, saying that "she should have known better than to pose in a men's magazine," Featherman said.
NEWS
June 8, 2007 | By Nancy Phillips and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A woman who says a Philadelphia police officer forced her and a friend to put on a sex show in a city jail cell tearfully recounted the experience yesterday before a police tribunal that is weighing discipline in the case. Erica Hejnar sobbed as she told the Police Board of Inquiry that, in September 2003, Officer Norberto Cappas ordered her and another woman to kiss and touch each other and expose their breasts while they were locked in a cell at the 26th Police District. The women had been stopped on the street in Fishtown and detained on suspicion of drug possession.
SPORTS
November 22, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Gregory Foster was confirmed as the replacement for Martin Booker as the Camden boys' cross-country and indoor track coach at Monday's meeting of the Camden Board of Education. Also, Clarence Turner was officially named the boys' basketball coach at Camden. Booker, who could not be reached for comment, had been suspended for "conduct unbecoming a [school] board employee" after a complaint from a member of the track team, a school spokesman said. Turner had been rehired in May, and Monday's action was a formality.
SPORTS
November 9, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Saying Woodrow Wilson High administrators are "treating me like a common criminal," athletic director Stanley Ash yesterday wondered why he had been suspended. Wilson suspended Ash with pay last week for what a district spokesman called "conduct unbecoming" a school employee. Ash said he has never been given an explanation for the suspension. "I got a letter that said I was suspended for conduct unbecoming, which tells me nothing," he said. He said a "third party" has told him the suspension stemmed from a misappropriation of funds from Wilson football games.
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