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April 14, 1997 | By Mary Mason
Jill Porter's suggestion (column, April 9) that Minister Louis Farrakhan needs Mayor Rendell, or any other white person, to give him credibility is evidence of the illogic of racism. Porter made it clear that she detests Minister Farrakhan because she believes he is anti-Semitic. She rages against the mayor because he defined his public duty as broader than his religious commitment. Whatever the judgment of Minister Farrakhan's controversial rhetoric concerning Jewish-Americans, he is not responsible for the bloody terrorism Yasser Arafat has waged against the Israelis, yet two presidents of our country have met with Arafat in pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
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January 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Closing arguments in the trial of a fired state prison guard charged with abusing inmates who were gay or were serving sentences for child molestation hinged on credibility and a disturbing question: Have the convicted child predators found another victim by making up heinous accusations to frame an honest guard or are they now the victims of a power-hungry predator? "If we can't trust our children around these monsters, we can't believe them and that oath [to testify truthfully]
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December 29, 1987 | By CALEB CARR, From the New York Times
By calling last week's round of Contra military activities "very encouraging," the Reagan Administration has completed the cycle of short- sighted foolishness that began two weeks ago with Managua's announcement of a new Nicaraguan arms buildup. Washington's latest statements confirm suspicions that the United States intends to sabotage the Central American peace initiative. On a deeper level, such statements offer sad proof that the United States' preoccupation with strengthening its credibility as a great power has now become so obsessive it obscures its truly vital security interests.
SPORTS
August 25, 2005 | Inquirer wire services
Curt Schilling said yesterday that Rafael Palmeiro has "no credibility" to talk about steroids, and the Baltimore slugger's achievements should be wiped from baseball's record books. The Red Sox pitcher made the comments in an interview with a Boston radio station. Police in Tampa, Fla., talked to relatives and acquaintances of former New York baseball star Dwight Gooden for a third day yesterday in their quest to find and arrest the ex-Met and Yankee, who police say fled after an officer pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving on Monday.
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December 6, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By Allison Steele Six narcotics officers in the Philadelphia Police Department have been transferred to other units following allegations from the District Attorney's office that their credibility is too compromised for them to participate in drug cases. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he transferred the officers Tuesday, but declined to comment on his reasons for doing so. Four were moved to Center City districts, one to the traffic unit, and the other to the South Detective division.
LIVING
April 14, 1999 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You're a composer. You're working at home one day, writing at the keyboard with headsets on. The phone keeps ringing, and, after considerable annoyance, you finally pick up. How does it feel to learn that you've suddenly joined the ranks of Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and Wynton Marsalis? Ask Melinda Wagner, who Monday became the 58th American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize. "As a matter of fact, I'm a little worried today," Wagner, 42, said yesterday from her home in Ridgewood, N.J., "because I need to get back to work.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties. She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto - and brought her family, too. Those details trickled out to police in multiple interviews a year after the alleged assault. Cosby's defense team seized on that in Norristown on Tuesday in their bid to chip away at her credibility, and the charge against him of aggravated indecent assault.
NEWS
October 18, 1986
In regard to the misinformation program concerning Libya, Secretary of State George P. Shultz said, "Gosh, if I were an ordinary citizen I would be glad my government was doing it. " Well I am an ordinary citizen, and I say: Gosh, I wonder if Nicholas Daniloff was really innocent of spy charges or if Gennadi Zacharov was really guilty as the administration claims. I also wonder if the Reagan administration is really involved in the arms shipment to the contras as Eugene Hasenfus claims despite the administration denials.
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July 1, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Questions that have surfaced about the credibility of a 32-year-old hotel housekeeper who has accused former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her are leading prosecutors to seek a reduction in his pricey bail, a person familiar with the case said yesterday. A separate law-enforcement official who is familiar with the case said the issue was not necessarily about the rape accusation itself, but about troubling questions - such as alleged ties to drug trafficking and money laundering - surrounding the alleged victim's background that could damage her credibility on the witness stand.
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January 17, 2000 | By Arlene Notoro Morgan
If you watched the recent Channel 10 TV doomsday report about the fate of newspapers, you'd think that The Inquirer was at death's door. But publisher Bob Hall just shrugs off those predictions. In fact, he's bullish on The Inquirer remaining a dominant server of news and information in this region and sees only growth ahead. If there's a theme behind his crystal ball, it's the "credibility, relevancy and speed" that the newspaper will provide through the level of reporting it offers and the multimedia partnerships he plans to develop.
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July 14, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A threat made against several city police districts on social media was investigated and deemed not credible, said Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. "We've investigated but there is no indication it's anything legitimate," he said. According to Stanford, a woman flagged down an officer and told him she saw a Facebook post saying someone was planning to do harm to police officers and district buildings. A report was taken and sent to the department's Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security units, as all such threats are, Standford said, and investigators determined it was not credible.
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May 27, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties. She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto - and brought her family, too. Those details trickled out to police in multiple interviews a year after the alleged assault. Cosby's defense team seized on that in Norristown on Tuesday in their bid to chip away at her credibility, and the charge against him of aggravated indecent assault.
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February 3, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
Brandon Bostian, the engineer on the ill-fated Amtraktrain that crashed May 12, gave investigators sharply differing accounts of what he recalls of the moments before the crash, raising questions about his credibility, two prominent plaintiffs said Monday. Tom Kline and Robert Mongelluzzi said at a press conference that inconsistencies in Bostian's story underscore the need for Bostian to be deposed under oath. Mongeluzzi's firm represents 17 passengers who have filed claims, while Kline & Specter represents 12 victims, including two death claims.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A report that two more Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices were no strangers to the state's sprawling electronic profanity exchange shows why the high court has been widely urged to order an independent investigation of the scandal - and why it hasn't done so. Given Attorney General Kathleen Kane's propensity to disclose the emails selectively to maximize distraction from her own travails, only an independent investigation can determine the true...
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September 20, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday he was confident Philadelphia will be safe and secure during Pope Francis' visit next week, two days of open-air appearances in the heart of the nation's founding city. "We know of no specific, credible threat directed at the pope's visit here," Johnson said. The Philadelphia visit is the largest event security operation ever undertaken by the U.S. Secret Service. Speaking with other top officials at a secret communications center established expressly for the global event, Johnson predicted all will be well.
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September 2, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When David Oh was scolded for falsely claiming to be a Green Beret during his 2011 Philadelphia City Council campaign, he called it a semantic slipup, saying he violated military "rules and traditions" he was "not aware of. " Nearly four years to the day later, as the councilman runs for reelection, Oh has again pleaded ignorance, this time to the city's campaign finance laws. After the city's ethics board last week rapped Oh for orchestrating an illegal campaign contribution, Oh said he misunderstood the law and thought the move was aboveboard.
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March 31, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1997, Michael Procopio - then a 22-year-old shipping clerk - invited a deaf woman who had been a childhood friend to his parents' house in South Philadelphia, led her to the basement, and raped her. This week, federal prosecutors hope to persuade a jury to set that past aside and consider Procopio and 17 others, most with criminal histories of their own, as victims in what Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has described as "one of the worst...
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May 15, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
A federal investigation of a rogue Philadelphia narcotics squad fell apart because witnesses were reluctant or not credible, evidence was scant, and an accused officer who the FBI believed was about to cooperate with them changed his mind, according to investigative documents in the case. In February 2009, investigators began a probe of four officers accused of misconduct in a series of stories by the Philadelphia Daily News. The newspaper reported that an informant in a drug case said the officers had falsified warrants and fabricated evidence.
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February 3, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A day after the release of a letter claiming evidence contradicts Gov. Christie's timeline of when he knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, the Governor's Office shot back, attacking the credibility and character of the former Port Authority official behind the claims. The e-mail the Governor's Office sent to supporters Saturday afternoon suggested David Wildstein, who oversaw the September lane closures, was making the claims in an attempt to gain immunity from prosecution.
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