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September 9, 2004
AS THE third anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches Saturday, we expect you are remembering that terrible time, when we came together as a people and mourned our losses. Back then, we could not have imagined that an American leader one day would cynically exploit for political gain the fear and grief that engulfed our nation. Vice President Dick Cheney proved us wrong on Tuesday when he said a vote for John Kerry would risk another terrorist attack. The man is a disgrace.
NEWS
May 1, 1986
Killing innocent people and young children is morally wrong, no matter who the perpetrator is. Violence begets violence, and the "mad-dog" approach solves nothing. As a veteran of the First World War, I remember very well that when we went to France with the Allied Expeditionary Force in 1918 we were proud to be Americans. I do not believe that the Reagan administration is entitled to bring disgrace to our country. R. H. Horner Margate, N.J.
NEWS
November 9, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
President Reagan yesterday called the U.S. budget process a "disgrace" and said he would seek major reforms from the Congress next year. "The way the budgets are put together is a disgrace - simply unworthy of the legislature of the greatest democracy in the world," the President said in his weekly radio address, delivered from Camp David in Maryland. Reagan said that under the present system, the budget had become a dumping ground for special interests, adversely affecting the country's fiscal health and even touching foreign policy goals.
NEWS
July 5, 2002
THE OTHER day, I took my seven-year-old to swim at the Sheppard pool in West Philly. As a former certified lifeguard, I was appalled at what I saw. The changing rooms reminded me of a subway with graffiti-scrawled instructions on walls instead of signs. But the most overwhelming disappoinment were the so-called lifeguards. I sat and watched two female guards socializing with their backs turned away from the pool for minutes on end. One lifeguard still had her pocketbook slung around her shoulder while another was in the pool swimming among the kids, having a jolly ol' time.
SPORTS
February 23, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It might be overstating to say John LeClair was thrilled to hear the news from Nagano yesterday. LeClair was pleased for his Philadelphia Flyers teammate, Petr Svoboda, who scored the gold medal-winning goal for the Czech Republic, but he would much rather have done that himself, for Team USA. Instead, LeClair was back in South Jersey, where his wife, Tina, was five days overdue with their second child. He remained unhappy with the way the Olympic tournament went for the sixth-place Americans, and with the image the team developed, largely because of reports of property damage in the Athletes' Village after their elimination by the Czechs.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
ICAN'T begin to count the editorials and stories that I've read in the Daily News about our military fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan. You've also had many good stories about various events surrounding Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. All are important topics. I'm also truly grateful for all of the support that your paper gives to both our current soldiers and our many veterans, heroes to all of us! But I wish you'd pay more attention to an even more difficult subject: the atrocity that more than 200,000 of our veterans are now homeless.
NEWS
September 26, 2006
MICHAEL SMERCONISH writes of the phrase "Habeas Corpus Matters" - "How appalling. " What's appalling is that a graduate of Penn law school believes that the very foundation of our country's legal system, which has its roots in the Magna Carta, is something to be tossed away in the name of political expedience. If Mr. Smerconish truly believes that those charged with a crime should have no right to challenge that claim in a court of law, then he is no better than the terrorists he pretends to oppose.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
SGT. DONNA Bachmayer didn't mince words yesterday when asked what her reaction was after learning that Brandon Ruff - whom she and other cops had a confrontation with outside the 35th Police District - was a police sergeant. "I said, 'Holy s---. You're one of us?" Bachmayer testified before a federal jury. "How could you do this?" she testified she told Ruff. "How could you do this to us? You are a piece of s---. You are a disgrace to this badge and this uniform I put on every day. " Bachmayer is one of six cops in the 35th District, at Broad and Champlost streets in Ogontz, who was sued by Ruff, who at the time of the Aug. 3, 2014, incident was a sergeant in Powelton's 16th Police District.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A scathing inspector general's report and congressional testimony have revealed a Veterans Affairs bureaucracy more interested in protecting itself than serving those who served their country. This region has felt the brunt of the failures. Of all the nation's regional VA offices, "Philadelphia is the worst," department official Danny Pummill told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee last week. The magnitude of the agency's culture of indifference is difficult to overstate. The office handles benefits for 825,000 veterans in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
GAIL SKINNER said it was about 6 a.m. yesterday when she first heard the screams. "I was ironing, and I heard my neighbor hollering 'Help, help!' " the South Philadelphia woman recalled. When Skinner, 67, and her daughter went outside to investigate, they were greeted by clouds of thick black smoke. "So much smoke and flames, and it was coming out the window," she said, referring to a home up the street now completely black, its charred contents strewn about the sidewalk.
NEWS
July 12, 2014
The Pennsylvania legislature has gone on an unearned summer vacation without addressing the Philadelphia schools' funding crisis or any of the other major issues before it this budget season. Editorial, A18.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
HE DIDN'T . Oh, yes he did. Billionaire Bigot Donald Sterling, in a conversation with a friend that reeks of a pre-planned leak, not only denies being a racist, but offers his Jewish religion as a sort of defense. If he expects the Jewish community to rally to him, he's nuts. Half of his high school classmates were black, 40 percent were Hispanic, he said on the latest recording. "I was the president of the high school there," he said. "I mean, and I'm a Jew!" Not my kind of Jew. Even if we ignore his racist remarks, we can't get past his racist deeds . He paid millions to settle lawsuits that alleged he discriminated against minority renters.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
"AN HONEST mistake" is how disgraced ex-cop Jonathan Lazarde yesterday described the extortion scheme he undertook last year that ended his career and resulted in his pleading guilty in January. "It was the worst decision I ever made," Lazarde, 28, added during his sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court. "I'm still stuck on 'an honest mis-take,' " Judge Robert P. Coleman said after Lazarde spoke. The judge told Lazarde misconduct like his leads to distrust of police and makes it harder for prosecutors to win convictions.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD DeCoatsworth was once called a hero cop after surviving a shotgun blast to the face. Now the disgraced ex-cop is more like a drama king - one who really annoyed Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich yesterday. Rather than plead guilty to promoting prostitution and related counts - as was expected - the jailed DeCoatsworth instead accused a city prosecutor of spewing lies about him, attempted to justify ignoring Ehrlich's order to submit to a presentencing mental-health exam and apparently decided to withdraw his guilty plea after all. DeCoatsworth, 28, in a blue business suit, his bullet-scarred lower face covered by a thick growth of beard, stood and claimed that Assistant District Attorney Ashley Lynam had told "lie after lie after lie" about him. He said he refused to take the mental-health exam because his lawyer had been barred from being with him. But Ehrlich said that that was not true, and that arrangements had been made for DeCoatsworth's lawyer to attend the testing session earlier this week.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Seven years ago, Richard DeCoatsworth was called a hero after the Philadelphia rookie cop survived a shotgun blast to the face and chased his attacker for blocks. On Tuesday, after 10 months in prison on high bail following a chaotic May 18 armed standoff with Philadelphia police, DeCoatsworth reluctantly pleaded guilty to simple assault, a drug count, and promoting prostitution. His plea came after years of drug use and emotional turmoil. "His brains were scrambled.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writermorrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
Bill Conlin, a  Daily News  sports columnist whose writing sparkled with incision and erudition, but whose career ended in the disgrace of child-molestation accusations, died yesterday in Largo, Fla. He was 79. Conlin resigned from the  Daily News  on Dec. 20, 2011, shortly before the publication of stories in the  Inquirer  about accusations that he molested seven children in the 1960s and '70s. The revelations hit colleagues and acquaintances with a shock wave that has yet to subside.
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