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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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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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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Richard Strauss' final opera, Capriccio, dares to be about nothing but itself - no social critique, no religious apotheosis - but allegorical characters thrashing over why the lyric theater is important. And in doing so, it goes to the heart of why we're all in the theater, or at least some of us, at the annual Curtis Opera Theater/Opera Philadelphia collaboration that's copresented by the Kimmel Center. The 21/2-hour intermissionless opera had an undercurrent of audience chatter Wednesday at the Perelman Theater - suggesting some listeners didn't know what they were getting into.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Realen Properties of Berwyn is teaming up with a New Orleans developer that specializes in renovating historic structures to convert the Liberty Title & Trust building at 101 N. Broad St. into a hotel. Realen president Dennis Maloomian presented plans with HRI Properties Wednesday to the Philadelphia Art Commission for a 179 room hotel under Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Aloft flag at the 21-story 1920s building. Plans include a contemporary-style addition of about three stories that will wrap around the building's northern and eastern sides and provide direct access to the adjacent Pennsylvania Convention Center.
NEWS
January 20, 2016
WHEN I CONSIDER the link between race, religion and terror in America, my thoughts go well beyond the actions of Edward Archer, who told investigators he was acting "in the name of Islam" when he was caught on video shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. For me, issues of race, terror and religion are more often connected to the religion I happen to practice - Christianity. From Baptist preachers who doubled as Klan leaders in the darkest days of Jim Crow, to Bible-thumping Aryan Nation leaders who carried on the legacy of religiously inspired bigotry, self-proclaimed Christians have committed numerous acts of terror in this country.
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January 8, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've been friends with someone since grade school. I'd like to talk to her more except, about half the time I text her, I don't get a reply. She said she was too busy for phone calls. We meet occasionally at her convenience. I'd like to ask about clarifying our relationship. I see posts on Facebook about conversations or outings with other people that she never has time for with me. We live about five minutes apart.
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