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November 12, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to local politics, one knee-jerk reaction often begets another. Commissioners in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, learned that the hard way after they barred the tax collector and a state representative from holding office hours in the library. The move came after a workshop meeting in October without a board vote, and it was unclear at Monday night's workshop meeting whether there had been a consensus to take any action. As the debate grew heated, two commissioners said simultaneously: "There was no agreement" and "We all agreed.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
The "sting" case that Pennsylvania's attorney general contended was "not prosecutable" has led to a promised guilty plea. Former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes, 71, a Philadelphia Democrat, has agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of conflict of interest, her defense lawyer disclosed Monday. The plea represents a big win for District Attorney Seth Williams, who resurrected the sting investigation this summer after Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane shut down the probe - and then dared him to pursue it. Kane secretly ended the investigation in 2013, bringing no charges and not informing the state Ethics Commission that the sting had allegedly caught Tynes and four state legislators on tape accepting cash or, in Tynes' case, a $2,000 bracelet.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
A COUPLE pieces of this big puzzle that general manager Sam Hinkie has to assemble over the next few years seem likely to come together Thursday night in Dallas. Rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams is set to take the court against the Mavericks, just over 6 months since he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shooting shoulder. And for the first time as pros, MCW will be paired with Nerlens Noel, who is coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him for two games. The former AAU teammates from the Boston area haven't been on the same court in an organized game for about 4 years, but the day is approaching when they can suit up together.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the restaurant bearing his name opens Friday, former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino will be doing what he does best - holding court - as front-door host of the posh Italian spot in Boca Raton, Fla. His lawyers, meanwhile, have turned to a court of a different sort, hoping to keep their client out of prison long enough to see the eatery past its first few weeks. The 52-year-old dapper don, who recently appeared in federal court in a sharp gray suit and purple tie, is due to report Nov. 24 to a South Florida prison to serve out a four-month sentence for a probation violation.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For some, a question mark has hung over the split verdict a jury delivered four months ago in the federal ticket-fixing case against five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges. But in an opinion released Friday, the judge who presided over the case left no question as to what he believed prosecutors had proved in court. "The evidence at trial demonstrated very clearly that defendants were influenced by 'extrajudicial communications' when reaching their decisions on select tickets," U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel wrote.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - They say that when an athlete reaches the professional level, the game proceeds at breakneck speed. Not until the player starts to see the game at a slower pace can he fully use his athletic abilities the way he and his team anticipated. K.J. McDaniels is a long way from landing in that comfort zone, having played all of 81 minutes in the NBA. But the Clemson product has a level of ease that is hard to miss. Perhaps it's his stoic look, whether he's coming off his man to block a shot, draining a three or getting bulldozed by a bigger, accomplished NBA veteran.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
IN CRISIS there is opportunity - this well-worn but still prescient political trope is on the minds of at least nine judges considering the three open seats on the state Supreme Court next year. The high court has seen more jabs and pummeling than jurisprudence lately, as Chief Justice Ron Castille maneuvered to oust Justice Seamus McCaffery . McCaffery retired Monday after Justice J. Michael Eakin accused him of making threats. Castille has to step down Dec. 31, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. And time is up next year for Justice Correale Stevens , appointed last year to finish the term of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin , who was convicted of using her staff to do political work.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THANH VOONG, the man who on Aug. 27 survived being bound, stabbed eight times and thrown into the Schuylkill with two men who died, appeared in court yesterday looking relatively healthy. Voong, whose age has been given as 23 and 19, testified at a preliminary hearing as the victim of an Aug. 9 beating and attempted abduction on League Street near Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. He pointed to Henry M. Le, 34, of Bailey's Run Lane, Springfield, Delaware County; and Nam Phan, 20, of South Malin Road, Broomall, as the men who used their car to block his BMW shortly after 10:40 p.m. Phan tried to break the windshield of his car with the same hammer he used to beat his head and face, while Le punched and kicked him and announced that they were going to abduct him, Voong said.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can the Philadelphia School Reform Commission cancel union contracts? The question now rests in the hands of Commonwealth Court. As a result of an agreement reached in the last week, a Common Pleas Court judge has permanently enjoined the Philadelphia School District from unilaterally canceling its teachers' contract. The district immediately appealed the decision. Both sides called the order a victory Tuesday: District officials said it was a fast track to Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, the venue it prefers, widely viewed as more favorable to the SRC's viewpoint.
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