February 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar wrote to President Obama last year indicating an interest in talks key to ending the war in Afghanistan, current and former U.S. officials told the Associated Press. The letter purportedly from Omar was unsigned. It was passed through a Taliban intermediary in July and intended for the White House. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the letter and its contents are part of sensitive diplomacy with a fighting force that targets U.S. troops.
November 10, 2011 |
Joe Paterno has contacted a Washington criminal defense lawyer who once represented President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair, according to NBC News. J. Sedgwick Sollers has not met with Paterno and a retainer has not been signed, according to the report. Paterno's son, Scott, denied the report. "To be clear, no lawyer has been retained," he said. "Not sure where that report originated. " A source close to Paterno told NBC that he is concerned about civil lawsuits by the alleged victims and their families, along with the ongoing investigation by the state's attorney general.
February 21, 1991 |
An attorney representing Phoenixville Borough has extended an olive branch to Schuylkill Township officials who have taken the borough to task for supplying residents with smelly, discolored water. Hearings began Feb. 7 before the state Public Utility Commission on the growing list of complaints from some of the 625 residents served by the borough-owned water system. Last week, the borough's attorney, Robert Haines of Harrisburg, contacted township officials, said Schuylkill Supervisor Ted Ryan.
July 27, 2010 |
A Delaware County woman has contacted police to say she was the driver who hit and injured a 6-year-old Chester County boy and took him home before driving off. The 23-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified or charged, called Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Monday evening after police issued a wanted poster. The poster was distributed to residents of the Rose Hill Apartments, where the boy was hit Friday evening, and one of them called the driver, police said. The injured boy is resting at home after undergoing treatment at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
May 16, 1994 |
Dick Versace, former Indiana Pacers coach and current TNT and NBA radio broadcaster, said yesterday that he has made contact with owner Harold Katz about a job with the Sixers. Versace, in Chicago for Game 4 of the Bulls-Pistons street war, did not say whether he was inquiring about the general manager's job that Jim Lynam left earlier this month or the head coaching job that now belongs to Fred Carter. "It could be either," Versace said. "I like doing television, but if the right offer came along, I'd listen.
March 9, 1989 |
Contacts between two jurors, a defendant and defendants' relatives were dismissed yesterday as not important enough to affect the racketeering trial of six former members of the defunct Five Squad narcotics unit. Senior U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum rejected a request by prosecutor John P. Pucci that the jurors be questioned about the contacts, and Pucci did not press the matter during a sidebar conference, sources said. "No harm, no foul," said one defense lawyer, using a basketball analogy to indicate that the conversations among the jurors, a defendant, and relatives of defendants were not considered serious breaches of the prohibition against such conversations.
November 22, 1996 |
It is not uncommon for Phillies president Bill Giles to be contacted by people who claim to have an interest in buying the team. Such an occasion occurred last week, several sources said, when Giles and local resident Sidney Kimmel had lunch. Kimmel might not be a familiar name to the sporting public, but he is not unknown in the upper echelons of professional sports. He is believed to have looked into the possibility of buying other sports franchises, most notably the NBA's Miami Heat.
September 21, 2005 |
Optometrist Kimberly Friedman still vividly recalls the panicked 15-year-old boy who came into her Woodbury office. As he clutched a wet washcloth over his swollen-shut eyes, he groaned in agony. When Friedman gently pried open one eye, the cornea was covered in a hazy cloud of bacteria, and the whites of his eyes were "fire-engine red. " And in one eye, he was completely blind. "He was doubled over in pain," said Friedman. "I'd never seen anything like it. " Nor has she since that incident, a decade ago, but other eye doctors around New Jersey have - and do. In July, optometrist Ken Daniels treated a 16-year-old in Princeton with similar symptoms.
June 28, 1994 |
Tough competition for jobs and a national entrepreneurial trend fed by necessity have made " 'networking' the buzzword of the '90s," says Bob Burg, an expert on sales. The challenge, said Burg, who was in Philadelphia last week pitching his book on effective networking, is to network in a way that potential customers don't feel pushed and obviously exploited. Officially, Burg was just doing a gig as a warm-up speaker on the motivation-rally circuit. But he used his sales pitch to keep a Convention Center audience enthusiastic while it waited for Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz.