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March 5, 2015 | Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
En route to Temple University for another mayoral pitch, Lynne M. Abraham gazed up from the passenger-side window to admire the grand brownstones on Green Street in the Spring Garden section. "I like wonderful architecture," she said. "We started to do preservation back when I was in the Redevelopment Authority. " It was a not-too-subtle reminder that Abraham, while best known for her 20 years as Philadelphia's district attorney, has other executive and government experience.
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February 28, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With people across America still protesting the deaths of two black men killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., and counterdemonstrations being held to support police for their hard work, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams telephoned a grieving mother Tuesday. Williams explained to the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown how he would carry out his investigation of how her 26-year-old son was shot and killed during a police stop on Frankford Avenue in Mayfair.
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February 28, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County grand jury investigating allegations that Bristol Township police officers covered up another officer's drunken-driving accident found no evidence of it, according to a report unveiled Thursday by the District Attorney's Office. Instead, the report criticized the original source of the allegations, Township Manager William McCauley, describing him as a manipulative and unethical bully who levied baseless allegations against officers he didn't like to harm their careers.
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February 25, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them:THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them: Murderers! Pigs! Racists! At one point, a black protester got within a breath's reach of a black officer's face and screamed: Sell-out! If I were a Philadelphia police officer, I'd be furious. And not at the protesters who marched to the 15th District headquarters on Frankford Avenue, demanding answers in the December police-related shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown.
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February 20, 2015 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
THERE'S A JOKE that those who comprise Lynne Abraham's base are . . . dead. It's not true, but her supporters are likely to be reading Modern Maturity , while Jim Kenney's younger ones are reading Rolling Stone . Anthony Hardy Williams' base is black, while Kenney and Abraham will fight for whites. Nobody likes it, but voters tend to vote for someone who looks like them. Lynne Abraham - as district attorney and judge - dates back to an earlier era, and, to some, her age, 74, is an instant disqualifier.
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February 14, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For a Delaware County inmate an intended Christmas present came in a most unusual wrapping -- a girlfriend's bra. Samantha Herko, 33, of Ridley Park, is accused of allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the George Hill Correctional Facility on Christmas Day, the District Attorney's office announced Thursday. On Dec. 25, Herko arrived at the prison to visit John Mathews, an inmate who was being held on a drug-related probation violation. During a search, a clear plastic package containing eight pills fell from her bra, officials said.
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February 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BUDDY CIANFRANI had it in for Wally Phillips. Phillips, a highly regarded crusading prosecutor on the local, state and federal levels whose forte was going after public figures, had his eye on Cianfrani as a special prosecutor in 1974. Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani, then a state senator with lots of political pull, scoffed at Phillips' efforts to nail him. He famously boasted, "If he can't get me, what kind of an investigator is he?" Walter M. "Wally" Phillips Jr., who died Saturday at age 76, had been named a special prosecutor by Gov. Milton Shapp to investigate police corruption in Philadelphia and any political figures who got in the way. Phillips called Cianfrani the "Big Cannelloni.
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February 7, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republicans, in search of a brand-name candidate for the Philadelphia mayor's race, reached out to a recently retired heavy hitter: Ronald D. Castille. The 70-year-old, who stepped down as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just 37 days ago, was heavily recruited for the race by top city and state GOP leaders. He turned them down. Rob Gleason, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, said he commissioned a poll that showed Castille could have gotten right back into the game.
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February 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trouble for Brandon Ruff started Aug. 3, when he walked into the 35th Police District station on North Broad Street with a bag that contained three handguns and said his name was Ryan Jones. Ruff, a 28-year-old sergeant in the 16th District, told police that the weapons belonged to a relative. He thought he could anonymously surrender the guns without question. On Monday, Ruff, an eight-year veteran, was arrested and charged with giving a false identity to law enforcement officials.
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February 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving police a phony name and birth date when he tried to turn in guns anonymously last summer. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, 28, surrendered to police Internal Affairs yesterday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of false identification to law enforcement authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office. One handgun he turned in was reported stolen in South Philadelphia in 2010, and authorities traced the other two back to separate owners, according to the D.A. Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Ruff, an eight-year veteran, with intent to dismiss.
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