May 17, 2013 |
Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), investigators are now looking at whether someone set out to smear him while he was running for reelection last year and then ascending to his new post as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to four people briefed on the inquiry. As part of a wider public-corruption investigation into the senator, the FBI has been examining whether Menendez patronized prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
May 12, 2013 |
1. Reliever Justin Friend was promoted from double-A Reading to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, but you have to wonder if he is awake yet to realize it. Friend and his Fightin Phils teammates took a seven-hour bus ride from Portland, Maine, and arrived in Reading around 6 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, Friend was told about the promotion and that he had to report to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown for a 10:35 a.m. game. When the IronPigs finished their game with Louisville, Friend and his new teammates got on a bus for a seven-hour ride to Durham, N.C. 2. Double-A Reading had lost nine of its last 10 entering the weekend, and that might not have been the most depressing aspect of the Fightin Phils' plight.
May 2, 2013
Bolivia expels U.S. aid agency LA PAZ, Bolivia - President Evo Morales acted on a longtime threat Wednesday and expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development for allegedly seeking to undermine Bolivia's leftist government, and he harangued Washington's top diplomat for calling the Western Hemisphere his country's "backyard. " Bolivia's ABI state news agency said USAID was "accused of alleged political interference in peasant unions and other social organizations. " In the past, Morales has accused the agency of funding groups that opposed his policies, including a lowlands indigenous federation that organized protests against a Morales-backed highway through a rain-forest preserve.
April 24, 2013 |
The Penn Relays again will receive worldwide attention with the 14th annual "USA vs. the World" competition, renewing the passionate rivalry between the United States and Jamaica and, this year, involving athletes who won gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics. However, the Drake Relays, always held on the same weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, are striving to get noticed in the same circles thanks to an assist from Hy-Vee, a local supermarket chain that is helping Drake put up almost $500,000 in prize money for events featuring Olympic medalists from last year.
April 12, 2013 |
SUIT UP, friends. The growing anti-#PhillyShrug™ army is heading out. The campaign kicked off last month with a custom T-shirt made by my pals at Airtime Airbrush in the Gallery at Market East. (Have you gotten your T-shirt yet? Twenty five bucks and you're official.) Pockets of non-shruggers all over the city have stepped up to join: Community groups who fought off projects they didn't think were right for their neighborhoods. College students who've identified the same pervasive apathy and are determined to change it. Prisoners who have written me about their plans to dump the Philly Shrug that they partly blame for their troubles.
March 29, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Phillies went into spring training hoping they would have a potent combination at the top of the rotation. After Wednesday, they know they at least are leaving Florida with their No. 1 starter still packing a nasty left uppercut that can take apart any team in baseball, with the possible exception of the Dominican Republic all-star team that won the World Baseball Classic. "That lineup was ridiculous," Cole Hamels said after making his final Grapefruit League start Wednesday against another loaded batting order.
March 24, 2013 |
A top Dominican law-enforcement official said Friday that a local lawyer has reported being paid by someone claiming to work for the conservative website the Daily Caller to find prostitutes who would lie and say they had sex for money with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez. The local lawyer told Dominican investigators that a foreign man, who identified himself as "Carlos," had offered him $5,000 to find and pay women in the Caribbean nation willing to make the claims about Menendez, according to Jose Antonio Polanco, district attorney for the La Romana region, where the investigation is being conducted.
March 21, 2013
In a nod to the great Jackie Robinson's start with the Negro Leagues, Kansas City was announced Wednesday as the host site for the only advance public screenings of 42, which chronicles his epic story. Harrison Ford, who stars as former Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, and fellow cast member Andre Holland planned to attend the April 11 event, which will benefit Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, museum president Bob Kendrick said. Although the story of Robinson in Brooklyn is well known, Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, batting .387 while hitting five home runs and stealing 13 bases in 47 games.
March 20, 2013
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double in the first inning that held up, and the Dominican Republic capped a dominant, unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night in San Francisco. Erick Aybar added an RBI double to back winner Samuel Deduno, and the Dominican righthander threw his arms in the air as he watched a run-saving defensive gem by centerfielder Alejandro De Aza in a tough fifth. Cheers of "Dominicana!
March 20, 2013 |
Three Dominican women were paid to lie about having sex for money with Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and a close friend, Dominican police said Monday, citing statements from the women and other evidence. At a news conference in the Dominican Republic, police said they had determined the women were paid hundreds of dollars by a local lawyer to make the false claims in videotaped interviews. The women said their recorded statements, taped in a Dominican shopping mall in La Romana province, were read from a script provided by a lawyer.