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June 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA'S unemployment rate showed a promising decline recently, and although things could be on an upturn, the long-term health of a big, old city like ours is by no means a sure thing - especially with intractable problems of schools and crime. One worrisome factor behind the city's crime rate is a troubled Police Department. And new evidence of those troubles should raise red flags not just for the city's leadership but for all of us. According to a recent Daily News report, civil-rights lawsuit settlements reached a new high in 2013 of nearly $20 million to settle 207 claims.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CURRENT AND former journalists will gather tomorrow at a memorial service for former Daily News columnist and senior editor Chuck Stone. Stone died April 6 at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He was 89. Stone, an outspoken writer who was so trusted that more than 70 suspects surrendered to him first rather than the police, spent nearly two decades at the Daily News before leaving in 1991 to teach at the University of North Carolina. He was instrumental in the founding of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and later served as founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BLACK MADAM, the transgender urban Goth singer facing murder and assault charges for injecting silicone into women's buttocks at "pumping parties," has broken her silence. In letters sent to the Daily News, Black Madam, legally known as Padge Victoria Windslowe, said she is remorseful for the death she is charged with causing and wants to plead guilty. But she was emphatic that she did not commit murder because she does not believe she acted with malice in the Feb. 7, 2011, death of British citizen Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20. "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would like to promote [the]
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AFTER PERSUADING Frank Rizzo to take a lie-detector test, editing the Daily News for 20 years and giving voice to the city's ethical conscience for an additional 10, Zack Stalberg will soon go from watchdog to cowboy. Stalberg announced yesterday that he is stepping down as president of the Committee of Seventy, the 110-year-old good-government nonprofit, and moving to Lamy, N.M., with his wife, Deb Lock Stalberg, and their horse, Mr. B. "We haven't broken the news to him yet," Stalberg, 67, said of Mr. B. "Exactly what I'll be doing, I'm not sure, but I love horses and Western life and hope part of it will be outdoors.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
FORMER Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com on gaining more advertising - one of a flurry of personnel moves announced yesterday in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner and interim publisher, announced Tierney's return in an email to staffers, saying that Tierney will work directly with him in an effort to woo advertisers.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A NUISANCE BAR on a Nicetown corner where a fight outside sparked gunfire that left a woman dead in November 2012 became the scene of another fatal shooting over the weekend. Gunfire erupted in the bar formerly known as Buffy's Lounge - more recently renamed Mr. Chicken and Bernice's Lounge - at Dennie and Clarissa streets about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. Responding officers found a man in the bar shot once in the back, a police spokeswoman said. He died at Temple University Hospital just before 1 a.m. Police said yesterday that they had not yet identified the victim, and that no suspects or motive in the shooting had been determined.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
YESTERDAY morning, the Philadelphia region woke up to a Sunday Inquirer op-ed piece co-written by Lewis Katz, the new majority co-owner of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com, promising "a new level of ambition and journalism excellence. " But by the time the piece headlined "New era in journalism" landed on hundreds of thousands of front porches, Katz was already gone - killed in a private-jet crash Saturday night in Massachusetts that also claimed six other lives.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR THE TIME being, problem officers in the Police Department reportedly will go unpunished. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Inquirer yesterday that he is temporarily suspending all disciplinary action against officers. Ramsey's decision comes after a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled this week that changes Ramsey made to the department's disciplinary code were unfair. The ruling was reported by the Daily News yesterday. Attempts to reach Ramsey, who was attending a law-enforcement conference in San Francisco, were unsuccessful last night.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
MORE THAN once yesterday, Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest seemed more than a little surprised to still own the two newspapers and website they bought two years ago. An acrimonious ownership feud ended when Katz and Lenfest bid $88 million yesterday to buy out three other investors in the company that owns the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com. "I would have bet anything I was cashing a big check today," Katz joked to employees after the auction. He then turned serious, adding, "I apologize to each and every one of you for being part of creating some of the chaos.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S doomed baseball team has at least three games left. The program, one of four being eliminated by the university effective July 1 due to athletic budget cuts (men's gymnastics will continue at the club level thanks to a fund-matching pledge by Board of Trustees member Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Daily News ), has been playing since 1927. Despite losing a bunch of key players who opted to transfer following the December announcement, the Owls have advanced to their conference tournament for the first time since 2008, when they were still in the Atlantic 10. Picked to finish last in the preseason poll under third-year coach Ryan Wheeler, they are the sixth seed in the inaugural American Athletic tourney, which begins Wednesday at Clearwater's Bright House Field, spring-training home of the Phillies.
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