December 2, 2014 |
WHEN JEN Bellot read her little boys a story in last weekend's Daily News about dozens of endangered cats at Pier 70 along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, 8-year-old Sage and 5-year-old Lior knew just where they wanted some of their Christmas donation money to go. "They had some money to donate, and they wanted to give half to church and half to the cats," Bellot, 36, said yesterday after she and the boys piled into the family minivan...
November 21, 2014 |
IN A DECISION that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called "disappointing," an arbitrator on Wednesday moved to reinstate fired Philadelphia narcotics cop Jeffrey Cujdik. Ramsey booted Cujdik from the force in May, following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant - and then lied about both to investigators. The allegations were first unearthed in the 2009 Daily News series "Tainted Justice.
November 18, 2014 |
KHALIL ROANE was at it again for Ss. Neumann-Goretti last week. After 70 carries and 379 yards in his last two games, the 5-8, 185-pound running back put the Saints on his back again in a 12-6 victory against Prep Charter in the Class AA city title game. Jack Taylor, a senior linebacker for the Saints, actually ended the game with an interception with 47 seconds remaining. Roane, already the city's leader in attempts (now 283), supplied the offense. He logged 31 more totes for 171 yards and both N-G touchdowns.
November 18, 2014 |
THE HONCHOS at CBS3 might want to get their checkbook out. It seems that back on Sept. 29, station anchorman Chris May looked into the teleprompter and reported that a school police supervisor at a city charter school was fired over allegations that he sexually abused a boy. "Howard Rubin is the suspect," May intoned, as Rubin's picture flashed on the screen. "He is accused in the sexual abuse of an underage male student. " Now, here's why CBS3's story may cost the station big bucks in a lawsuit filed Friday: Rubin not only was not fired, but he also has not been accused of, nor arrested for, sexually abusing anyone.
November 17, 2014
SANDRA LONG WEAVER spent roughly 30 years climbing to the top of the newspaper industry, only to be abruptly fired in 2011. Overnight, Weaver went from being one of the highest ranking people at Philadelphia Media Network, the former parent company of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, to not knowing if she would ever work again. That's enough to rattle anyone, especially someone as highly thought of as Weaver who'd been a golden girl for her entire journalistic career.
November 15, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL and the Nutter administration have been feuding over what to do with PGW, the nation's largest city-owned natural gas utility, for more than a year. Mayor Nutter has a proposed deal to sell it to a Connecticut company, UIL Holdings, for almost $2 billion. He plans to use the money to help fund the city's horrendous pension liability. City Council approval is required, but it wouldn't even introduce a bill to consider the Nutter plan. Now, Council's Committee of the Whole is holding hearings it hopes will resolve the issue.
November 10, 2014 |
MIKE EROH wasn't about to let being laid up at home stop him from doing his job. Mike was the senior home-delivery manager for the Daily News and Inquirer in South Jersey and he had a phone. While recovering from hernia surgery, Mike would get on that phone and call the warehouse in Turnersville, N.J., every day to find out what was going on, what the problems were and how to fix them. Unfortunately, Mike never made it back to work. He died Thursday of a massive heart attack.
October 31, 2014 |
WESTON, Mass. - The lunch conversation bends toward sports and the table looks toward the former sportswriter. Kevin Mulligan often finds himself saying, "You might know more about that than I do. " Mulligan worked for more than two decades as a sportswriter at the Philadelphia Daily News. His beats included the Eagles and Big Five basketball. It just doesn't have much to do with his new life inside the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, where Mulligan is one of 66 men studying for the Catholic priesthood.
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.