October 2, 2015 |
ON THE LIST of things you can be certain of in life, death and taxes have company: Porngate. There will be more Porngate. As you've no doubt heard by now, thousands of emails tied to the state pornographic-email scandal - which itself is tied to a separate grand-jury scandal that's getting awfully close to ending the career of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane - could be released to the public any day now. It's difficult for people who...
October 1, 2015 |
PIECES OF Donnie Hart's life were spread across a small table in a prison visiting room: pictures of his beloved late brother, of a fiancee who's long gone, of all the fans who used to look up to him in the wrestling ring. Hart, 27, was still able to keep his signature Mohawk in the Camden County Jail, and his hulking frame hadn't shrunk, but all the bravado and bluster he showed as Reckless Donnie Hart was gone. He was nervous, upset and, most of all, insistent that he was innocent - not the man who police say robbed a Haddonfield Rite Aid at gunpoint and carjacked a retired priest June 16. Hart was arrested July 28 at a convenience store in Cherry Hill, charged with robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and he's been sitting in jail since then in lieu of $315,000 cash bail.
September 30, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer who was charged with making a false report and related offenses in a bizarre case that involved his wife has died, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday. "Robert Penn is deceased," Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy told Municipal Judge William Austin Meehan Jr. on Tuesday, when Penn, 48, was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing. Murphy said afterward that she did not know the cause of Penn's death. A report from the Medical Examiner's Office indicated that Penn was pronounced dead at Nazareth Hospital, in Northeast Philadelphia, at 5:40 p.m. Sept.
September 11, 2015 |
MORE CHANGES are afoot at CBS3. For one, station executives have decided not to renew their contract with award-winning TV news reporter and former beauty pageant winner Syma Chowdhry . Chowdhry, who just had a baby, was very gracious about the split. "I am sad to leave such a great group of people, but I'm extremely excited about what's to come," she said. "With my contract coming to an end, it was the perfect time to take a look at my life and make some changes myself.
September 11, 2015
POLITICAL columnist John Baer of the Daily News has won the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence. The award, established in 1998, recognizes people whose work reflects positively on the news media in Pennsylvania. Baer, 68, who joined the People Paper in 1987, helped found the Pennsylvania Press Club, regularly teaches at colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area and mentors aspiring journalists, among other contributions.
September 10, 2015 |
ANGELINA JOLIE spoke to the British Parliament yesterday about ISIS, London's Daily Mail reported. Jolie said ISIS is using rape as the "centerpoint of their terror" and told of meeting girls as young as 7 who had been brutally assaulted in war zones. Jolie, speaking before a Lords committee, said the jihadis use rape as a "policy" and as a "very effective weapon. " Jolie and former British Foreign Secretary William Hague last year hosted an "End Sexual Violence in Conflict" summit in London which brought together policy-makers from more than 100 countries to press for the rights of all victims of sexual violence, because Jolie said it's really a problem everywhere.
September 2, 2015 |
J OHN CULVER battled cancer for 10 years, but if you called to find out how he was doing, he'd want to know how you were doing. If you asked him if he needed anything, he'd ask if you needed anything. To say John Culver was selfless, generous and compassionate would be understatements. Those words are descriptive, but inadequate. There was no summing up the kind of persona that John Culver presented to the world without getting into superlatives. John Culver, who held managerial jobs in circulation for the Daily News and Inquirer for 30 years, a former bank executive and a devoted and supportive Catholic, died Aug. 25 after a 10-year battle with cancer.
August 28, 2015
ON AUG. 30, 1982, when the Sixers traded Darryl Dawkins to New Jersey, Daily News columnist Mark Whicker remembered Darryl in a column. With news of Dawkins' death yesterday, here is an excerpt: The 76ers say they did it because they couldn't count on Darryl Dawkins; didn't know, on any given night, whether he'd make all the plays or fail to remember them. Understood. They say they did it because it gave them another No. 1 draft choice, of which you can never have enough.
August 26, 2015 |
THE PARENT COMPANY of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com named a new publisher yesterday - Terrance C.Z. "Terry" Egger, an industry veteran who previously led the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Egger, 57, takes over Oct. 1 at Philadelphia Media Network, the region's largest news company, which has fought to keep its journalism strong while battling steep slides in circulation and advertising revenue....
August 26, 2015 |
THE PRELIMINARY hearing for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane was nearly overshadowed yesterday by a single sentence about pornography. This is Pennsylvania, after all. Montgomery County Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar ordered Kane to be held for trial on charges of perjury, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice, fallout from a bizarre scandal that has threatened to topple the attorney general's career. Kane is accused of orchestrating the leak information about a dormant 2009 grand jury investigation into J. Whyatt Mondesire, the then-head of the Philadelphia NAACP, to the Daily News . A story about the case appeared in the paper last June, a few months after the Inquirer wrote about Kane's decision to not prosecute a handful of local lawmakers who were caught accepting bribes from a lobbyist as part of an undercover sting.