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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.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
THIS IS A 21st-century retelling of the parable of the lion who lies down with the lamb. In our story, the lion is state Rep. Mark Cohen, the longest-serving member of the state Legislature. The lamb is Jared Solomon, his challenger in tomorrow's Democratic primary. Cohen has been in office since 1974, almost as long as I've been at the Daily News , but he has a much better expense account. He represents the lower Northeast - Castor Gardens, Lawndale, Oxford Circle, Lawncrest, Burholme, Summerdale and Wissinoming.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MEASURE of justice finally may have come to the alleged victims of a tainted narcotics squad. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced yesterday that Officer Jeffrey Cujdik has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, the Inquirer reported last night. Attempts by the Daily News to reach Ramsey last night were unsuccessful. Ramsey told the Inquirer that Cujdik, a member of the Narcotics Field Unit who was seen on video dismantling the surveillance-camera system during a raid on a bodega, along with other officers, will be fired.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MOST ROBBERIES follow a common model: Get the goods and get out. But a trio of punks took their heist to the next level early Monday, when they posed as workers for three hours at a Hess gas station in Eastwick - they even gave discounts on candy, cigarettes and lottery tickets to the customers they "served," pocketing the cash from the sales. "I've been doing this for 23 years; this is the first time I recall an incident like this," Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said.
SPORTS
May 1, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
YOU MAY already know that Gary Smith, widely considered the best sports writer on the planet, announced he is retiring after a 32-year career with Sports Illustrated. But did you know he worked at the Daily News from 1973 to 1980? "I started out on the [copy] desk for 2 years writing sports shorts," said Smith, who was born in Wilmington, Del., and graduated from La Salle University. "My first story [for the Daily News ]? It might have been a Frankford High football game in '75 or '76. " That led to a rather unique beat.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
ALTHOUGH NO criminal charges have been filed against a group of Philadelphia narcotics officers tied to multiple allegations of theft and serious misconduct, five face internal charges that could result in discipline or termination. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the officers were notified yesterday that the Internal Affairs Bureau sustained numerous allegations against them: JEFFREY CUJDIK: Three counts of conduct unbecoming of an officer. "First, for attempting to deceive regarding material facts during an investigation," Ramsey said.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN & BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
TWO CRIMINAL investigators, part of an FBI-led task force, came to Juan Collado's bodega in 2009 to hear his story. Collado struggled to explain in English how a narcotics squad had barreled into his Tioga store, cut wires to his video-surveillance system and - once the cameras went dark - stole almost $10,000 and cartons of Marlboro Lights. He asked them for a Spanish interpreter and they promised to return with one. They never did. Now it's too late. Last week, news broke that federal prosecutors had decided not to file criminal charges against the officers.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
THE DISTRICT Attorney's Office has decided to review the cases of two women who say that narcotics officer Thomas Tolstoy fondled and groped them during drug raids. "It makes sense for us to do this now given the criticism we've received for something we never looked at before," First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann said last night. After investigating for five years, the U.S. Attorney's Office declined several months ago to file charges against a squad in the Narcotics Field Unit tied to multiple allegations of theft and misconduct.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TROY VINCENT yesterday reiterated remarks the NFL executive vice president of football operations originally made last month, saying that during his 15-year career as a defensive back, eight of which were spent with the Eagles, Vincent played with half a dozen openly gay teammates. After yesterday's roundtable discussion in New York between NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors, Vincent told the Daily News some of those players were Eagles. He did not elaborate.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | BY BARBARA LAKER & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
THE OWNERS of 22 bodegas and corner stores across Philadelphia believed that the narcotics officers who had sliced the wires to their surveillance cameras before allegedly looting their stores would be charged with theft and vandalism. Three women thought they, too, would find justice after one of the officers, Thomas Tolstoy, allegedly sexually assaulted them during raids. So yesterday, when these victims learned that federal and local prosecutors had decided not to file criminal charges against the cops, they were shocked and outraged.
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