October 9, 2014 |
CHAKA FATTAH has been walking the halls of Congress for nearly 20 years, but he never forgot his friends back home. Tax records reviewed by the Daily News show that between 2001 and 2012, nonprofits founded or supported by the Philadelphia congressman have paid out at least $5.8 million to his associates, including political operatives, ex-staffers and their relatives. Three people who had ties to the organizations were later convicted of federal crimes. For the past seven years, criminal investigators have been poking and prodding at Fattah and the cottage industry of mostly taxpayer-funded nonprofits run by his political allies.
October 2, 2014 |
Sexy 'Sex and the City' star in our city Sex star Sarah Jessica Parker spent part of the day Tuesday in the newsroom of our sister paper, the Daily News. Parker, 49, was in town to shadow Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman in preparation for her starring role as an investigative reporter in Busted , a one-season TV drama based on the Daily News duo's memoir of the same name, which itself was based on their newspaper series "Tainted Justice.
September 25, 2014 |
THE DISTRICT Attorney's Office issued arrest warrants yesterday for three graduates of Archbishop Wood High School in the alleged savage beating of two gay men in Center City earlier this month. Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24, all face two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy, District Attorney Seth Williams said. "I would like to thank the police for their thorough investigation and the public for the outpouring of information and tips in this case," Williams said.
September 24, 2014 |
THE OUTCOME of the investigation into an attack on two gay men in Center City is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office. Yesterday, detectives from Central Division submitted their final report on the case to the office, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "It's in their hands now," he said. "They will review what we've given them and decide what charges, if any, are appropriate. " Ramsey called the file "extensive," adding that it contained all the statements taken from the victims, witnesses and several "persons of interest" in the incident, which took place Sept.
September 19, 2014 |
HIS EXCELLENCY Brandon C. Jones is not on a humanitarian fact-finding mission inside a city jail right now as the Commissioner for Burns. Jones appears to have dropped the surname McGeer from his lengthy title and picked up more accusations and disgruntled associates since the Daily News profiled his bizarre life last year. He's an inmate at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility after being arrested Saturday, his 32nd birthday, at the 18th Police District. Jones was initially arrested in July on a warrant out of Atlantic County, N.J., and a bench warrant was later issued after he failed to appear at an extradition hearing last month.
September 16, 2014 |
WHEN GENE Roberts became executive editor of the Inquirer in 1972, he intended to turn the paper into a journalistic powerhouse. First, he had to check out the staff to gauge its strengths and weaknesses, find out who would help him transform the paper from the lame publication it had become to a first-class regional paper. One name caught his eye. Tony Auth was the political cartoonist, and the astute Roberts recognized quickly that Tony would be an important contributor to his plans.
September 10, 2014 |
NOT ONLY did Roman Catholic junior Phil DiWilliams pass for the most yards ever by a Catholic League quarterback last weekend, he also won the season's first Daily News Player of the Week award for his efforts. However, more important, he also earned a bit of redemption. You see, last year, DiWilliams' season ended unceremoniously after a five-interception performance in Week 3 against St. John's (Washington, D.C.). The previous week, he also played poorly against Downingtown East, Roman's opponent on Saturday.
September 4, 2014 |
U.S. REP. CHAKA FATTAH refused to say yesterday if he played a role in receiving and repaying an illegal $1 million 2007 campaign loan, which was disclosed last week when his longtime political consultant pleaded guilty to federal charges. "The one thing is, I'm not a lawyer, I'm not going to engage in it," Fattah said, responding to a question on WURD-900AM . "I'm not going to respond to an allegation that hasn't been made. " Those were the first public comments Fattah has made in the case since he was listed last week as "Elected Official A" in the federal guilty plea memorandum of his consultant, Greg Naylor.
September 4, 2014 |
Daily News editor Michael Days has won a national award for leadership in media diversity, it was announced Wednesday. Days and the New Haven Register share the 13th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, "for their commitment to diversity in news content and in newsroom recruiting and staff development," said a statement from the Associated Press Media Editors, which administers the award with the American Society of...
August 29, 2014
YOUR RECENT editorial ("You Know the Drill") paints an alarmingly incomplete picture regarding natural-gas development in Pennsylvania, and, specifically, the significant steps Gov. Corbett has taken to make sure it is done right. The Daily News seems fixated on the mechanics of how Pennsylvania collects taxes and fees from the gas industry, rather than whether it is paying its fair share. Since 2008, more than $2.1 billion in personal-, corporate- and sales-tax revenue has been collected from the gas industry.