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.
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.