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July 8, 1987 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tapes of secretly recorded conversations at the headquarters of Roofers Union Local 30-30B were the focus of the first day of the bribery trial of former U.S. Labor Department official Bernard J. Dillon as a prosecutor contended that the union had tried to "buy" Dillon. Dillon, the former Philadelphia-area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is charged with accepting a total of $500 in bribes in 1985 from union business manager Stephen J. Traitz Jr. and business agent Michael Daly.
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March 5, 1987 | By Andy Rooney
We're getting a lot of inside stuff from Washington these days but there's a lot of good stuff we're missing, too. For instance, there are private conversations that must have taken place, the substance of which we can only guess. White House staff people have said, for instance, that President Reagan really liked Donald Regan, man-to-man, but Regan and Nancy Reagan didn't get along and it was Nancy who got him fired. Conversation between Ronald Reagan and Donald Regan: Prez: Come in, Don. Always glad to see another Irishman.
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August 15, 1996 | By Mary Beth Warner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Not since Watergate have taped conversations been more controversial in Glassboro. The release of taped private phone conversations between school board member Luis Perez and Jack Portock at Tuesday night's Borough Council meeting raised eyebrows on all sides of the political spectrum. And the tapes have the mayor, Perez and Portock ready to take legal action. About a half-dozen copies of the tapes - which Perez and Portock say were made and distributed without their consent - were handed out to the public by local builder Sam Flamma, who said he found them in his mailbox.
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April 21, 2012 | Carolyn Hax
Question: This question concerns my husband, who is either oblivious or willfully hurting/irritating me. Or, I am a controlling, overly sensitive witch, I guess. When we are out in public my husband will just start random conversations with strange women. I am not talking about folks at a party. I mean just standing in line and striking up a chat or sitting at a bar and leaning over to discuss the game/her bag/etc. with someone he has never met before. When a guy does that I usually figure he's hitting on me or trying to open the door to a larger conversation that may go that way. Certainly I don't strike up chats with unknown, random guys in bars or other public places because I don't want to open those doors.
NEWS
September 26, 1998 | By Raja Mishra, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Late next week, the American public could hear Monica Lewinsky's confessions - not to a grand jury or to investigators, but to her erstwhile friend Linda Tripp, in the kind of privacy the former White House intern never thought would be pierced. The House Judiciary Committee agreed yesterday to release edited copies of the tapes Tripp surreptitiously made of her conversations with Lewinsky. The tapes will be made public next week as the House releases more documents in the White House sex scandal.
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February 4, 2011 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Black lawyer: Do you know what you can say to a black man on the subject of race? White lawyer: Nothing . Black lawyer: That is correct. Those provocative lines come from the opening scene of David Mamet's stirring drama Race, running through Feb. 20 at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Race examines the complicated, confusing, often combative prism of race through the eyes of black and white law partners who grapple with whether or not they should defend a white man accused of raping a black woman.
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October 15, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge yesterday refused to throw out secretly taped conversations in which authorities allege that former Cherry Hill plumbing contractor Irving Singer detailed his involvement in the brutal 1974 stabbing death of his ex-wife. The conversations, recorded by two men working as informants for the New Jersey State Police, are considered the linchpin of the prosecution's case against Singer. Judge John A. Fratto, during a hearing in Camden, denied a motion by Singer's lawyer, Jerrold D. Colton, who argued that investigators had not had sufficient probable cause to seek authorization to bug the conversations.
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May 2, 1996 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arguing that the government's case against his client was largely a "war of the words," defense lawyer Edwin Jacobs Jr. launched a blistering counterattack yesterday, saying federal prosecutors and FBI agents misconstrued, misinterpreted and misrepresented what mob lawyer Salvatore J. Avena said and did during a four-year investigation of Mafia boss John Stanfa, one of Avena's former clients. "They are trying to take debatable, ambiguous excerpts from 1,400 tape-recorded conversations and turn them into a patchwork quilt of guilt," Jacobs said at one point during five hours of closing arguments in U.S. District Court.
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February 12, 2007 | By Melanie Burney and Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It was touted as a bombshell: a secretly recorded conversation between two key players in the growing Camden schools cheating scandal. But the recording by former Camden school principal Joseph D. Carruth fell short of its all-star billing and raised as many questions as it was supposed to answer. With such uncertainty, it may be left to investigators to determine what significance - if any - the recording will play in a wide-ranging criminal probe by the state Attorney General's Office into the Camden school system, including the cheating allegations.
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January 21, 1993 | By Steve Boman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After a full courtroom listened to tape recordings of him begging, cajoling and threatening girls to get them to talk dirty and lend him used underwear, Colin Haag Sr., a 48-year-old Levittown plumber, was sentenced yesterday to five to 10 years in state prison for making obscene and threatening phone calls to 42 girls from Lower Bucks County over a 2 1/2-year period. Last September, Haag pleaded guilty to more than 200 charges of wiretapping, harassment, terroristic threats and corruption of minors.
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September 15, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm an educated, attractive 24-year-old woman who hasn't dated much. I'm eager to break out of my shell and start putting myself out there, but I'm afraid my shyness may make me unapproachable. How do I strike up a pleasant conversation with a cute guy at the gym or a friendly customer at work? It looks easy in the movies, but this is real life. I don't want my awkwardness to hold me back. Have you written anything about this? Can you give me some tips on how I can bring myself to be sociable?
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August 28, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I work in an environment where I'm usually the youngest in the room by at least a decade. This is my first real job, and it happens to be in an organization where people stay for years and years. Professionally, I don't mind, but socially I feel like I'm constantly finding myself roped into conversations about dieting and weight. I'm in my late 20s, still flying off the coattails of my youthful metabolism and the good luck of healthy habits and no medical history adding complications.
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DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money. The problem is, they drink every day - sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking has caused arguments and police visits. When I express my concern about their drinking, they tell me to stay out of it, mind my own business, that they're retired and have earned the right to do whatever they want.
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DEAR ABBY: How should I respond to someone who keeps her smartphone on and "fact-checks" anything that is mentioned in a group conversation? She's my brother's girlfriend, "Marla," and she's not a teenager. She's in her late 40s. I consider it rude. She invariably interjects a comment to confirm or dispute whatever has been said by saying, "Well, according to ... " I admit I don't care for Marla for various reasons. However, she is perfect for my brother. To put it bluntly, I don't trust either of them.
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June 27, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
In an unprecedented move, the CEOs of nine of Pennsylvania's 13 cyber charter schools have invited state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to join them in a conversation on improving virtual education. Their letter, which was sent Thursday, came a week after three national pro-charter organizations released a report calling for improved oversight of cyber charters and cracking down on poorly performing ones nationwide. "Although none of the data in that report is new, and many of the recommendations are inappropriate or illegal in Pennsylvania, the basic premise that we could do more to assure the quality and accountability of cyber education is valid," said Reese Flurie, CEO of Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Charter Academy.
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May 15, 2016
Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again! 7 p.m. Saturday at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Tickets: $39-$99. Information: 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org
NEWS
May 9, 2016
John H. Estey wore a body wire to tape conversations with political figures, according to people familiar with his undercover role. A14.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord secretly cooperated with federal prosecutors in a corruption investigation while in office and wore a body wire to record conversations with others, the Inquirer has learned. He surreptitiously recorded, among others, a major donor to Pennsylvania politicians whose company made millions helping to invest the public's money, four people familiar with the matter said. McCord, who pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in February 2015 but whose sentence has been delayed for months, wore the wire before he entered his plea.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: Is there a benefit to premarital counseling if the couple have no major problems - or, at least, aren't yet aware of them? I think I've seen a few times in your column that some people have recommended it in all instances, but I'm not sure how I would initiate that process, or suggest it to a fiance(e), when I don't have an issue in mind that I feel we need to discuss with a counselor. Any advice on when such counseling is worth doing, and how we get the ball rolling if it is?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
The Veronica Beard collection taps into a basic tenet in women's fashion - women want to look thin. Or at least thinner. And put together. And let's not forget comfortable. When sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard, 36, and Veronica Miele Beard, 43, started their New York label in 2010, they wanted their go-to-work, go-to-meetings, and go-to-happy-hour pieces to achieve all these goals. The brand's signature item is a fitted blazer that comes with a zip-in, snap-in, or button-in dickey.
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