February 13, 2015
PRESIDENT Obama's interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently noted that "there is a lot of misinformation about fracking. " She's absolutely right, and a Daily News editorial ("Tracking fracking") is a classic display of this ignorance. First, according to any number of regulatory experts - including top Obama administration officials - hydraulic fracturing is well-regulated and safe. Indeed, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu has stated that shale development "is something you can do in a safe way. " Second, Pennsylvania has some of the nation's strongest environmental regulations.
February 12, 2015 |
SOME 13 YEARS AGO, the Daily News alerted state Sen. Anthony Williams that he hadn't actually graduated from college, despite assertions on his official state Senate website. Wednesday, the Daily News again helped jog the senator's memory about his educational background, informing Williams of an error on his mayoral campaign website. In fact, Williams didn't graduate from Franklin & Marshall College and then go into business and then into politics, as stated on his website, anthonyhwilliams.com . When asked about the wording of the bio, Williams' campaign spokesman, Albert Butler, said, "It's a simple oversight and it can be easily corrected.
February 11, 2015 |
AFTER NEARLY a year of legal wrangling, a civil-rights case against two police officers and the city's top cop has been settled for $85,000. A federal judge dismissed the case, filed in March 2014 by Rodney Handy Jr. against Officers Shane Darden and Timothy Taylor and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey over Handy's arrest in 2012, court records show. The dismissal came after the parties were able to settle their dispute out of court, according to an order filed yesterday. The city settles out of court most civil-rights claims made against police, according to a Daily News review last year of settled police lawsuits . The Daily News found that Philly paid out $14 million to settle civil-rights claims alone in 2013 — nearly four times as much as the $4.2 million just five years earlier.
February 6, 2015 |
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
January 30, 2015 |
I T SEEMS a darker story lurks beneath the salacious headlines about the sex scandal that's consuming the Philadelphia Fire Department. The woman paramedic at the center of the controversy - which threatens to tarnish the careers of at least a dozen firefighters, paramedics and top brass - is a mentally troubled young woman who was preyed upon by those who should have protected her, according to numerous sources who asked not to be named because of...
January 30, 2015 |
Q: My wife and I have been married for five years. We're in our mid-30s. I recently discovered that she has been viewing lesbian porn on our shared home computer. I was stunned. Our sex life is pretty good, but I feel there is plenty for me to be concerned about. Why wasn't my wife comfortable in sharing this with me? Is it possible that deep inside she may be dangerously close to trying a woman? Is it normal for women to fantasize about other women? How should I deal with this issue?
January 27, 2015 |
FORMER CITY Solicitor Ken Trujillo, who shook up the mayor's race last week when he surprisingly withdrew his candidacy, told the Daily News yesterday that he hasn't yet decided which candidate he will support. Trujillo said each of the announced Democratic candidates - former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, former Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams - reached out to wish him well when he announced that he had to withdraw to attend to family concerns.
January 19, 2015 |
WHEN AARON Rogers' little brother, Tremaine, was murdered as they played basketball outside their Overbrook house in 2013, his world was broken. "My brother is all that I had," he told the Daily News . "Ninety percent of me is gone now. " This week, someone took the rest of him. A gunman shot Aaron, 20, in the face about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Vincent's Pizza at 65th Street near Lansdowne Avenue, police said. He died 24 hours later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - the city's 16th homicide victim of the new year.
January 16, 2015
WILL BUNCH informs us ("Free to be - and not be - Charlie"), that he and his colleagues at the Daily News disapprove of the crude humor in Charlie Hebdo , and so will not print the cartoons that led to mass murder in Paris. A month ago, there was perhaps a place for Mr. Bunch's nuanced editorial judgments about what is, and what is not, proper. Now, however, the cartoons are at the heart of the biggest news story in the world and you are a newspaper. How can you not publish them?
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know. NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.