March 1, 2014 |
TRENTON - A now-fired aide to Gov. Christie and a former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey didn't limit their talk of "traffic problems" to Fort Lee: They used the same line while mocking a rabbi, according to newly unredacted documents in the probe into the George Washington Bridge controversy. The material, made public Thursday, was provided to lawmakers by the former Port Authority official, David Wildstein. It does not contain any evidence directly connecting Christie to the September lane closures at the bridge.
December 20, 2013
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y . - A West Point cadet was arrested on campus yesterday and charged with distributing child pornography via email. Papers filed in federal court allege the cadet, Ricky Patrick Hester, sent videos up to 15 minutes long showing young boys engaged in explicit sexual activity. Hester, 23, of Granger, Ind., faces federal charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. If convicted of the distribution charge, he would face five to 20 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said child pornography "victimizes the most vulnerable members of our society.
December 11, 2013 |
The defense in the $6.7 million fraud trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown rested Monday without calling Brown or her two codefendants to testify. But before Brown's attorneys ended their side of the case, they put on the stand a former Agora Cyber Charter School parent who is being sued for defamation by Brown. Gladys Stefany testified that she had not written a racist e-mail about Brown, even though she said in a 2010 deposition for the defamation case that she had. Stefany, who is diabetic, told federal jurors that she had been in the deposition for several hours and had not eaten.
October 19, 2013 |
CAMDEN More than 600 people who preregistered for a combined job fair and political rally hosted by Camden mayoral candidate Amir Khan received e-mails telling them they would get priority hiring if they volunteered for his campaign. The e-mail, provided to The Inquirer, told job applicants who filled out a preapplication form online that they would be "first in line for receiving a position" based on agreement to volunteer for the event Monday, and "for election work" on Wednesday and Nov. 5. The event was a ribbon-cutting for Acts Industries L.L.C., a maker of modular housing units, which says it will employ as many as 1,000 people in assembly-line work at $15 an hour, with the first 300 to 400 hired in the next three to four months, owners say. Khan, who knows Acts owner Irv Richter and helped arrange bringing the business to Camden, hosted the event, which drew thousands.
July 19, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels fended off calls for his ouster Wednesday and denied trying to quash academic freedom while serving as Indiana's governor, a day after an Associated Press report cited e-mails in which he opposed use of a book by historian and antiwar activist Howard Zinn. Conservative free-speech advocates rose to his defense, saying it was appropriate for Daniels to express concern about what was taught in public institutions. E-mails published Tuesday by the AP show that Daniels tried to ensure Zinn's book was not used in Indiana's K-12 and college classrooms and that he wanted to "disqualify the propaganda" he said was being taught to teachers in training at Indiana's colleges.
June 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A Corbett cabinet member's undoing was an e-mail exchange with his wife about last month's falcon-banding event at the Capitol complex. Gov. Corbett on Thursday announced in a tersely worded news release that he had asked for Richard Allan's resignation as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He did not identify a reason. The Inquirer reported that Allan, who is white, was fired for having used what could be perceived as racially charged language in an e-mail to describe a black employee in another department.
June 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett fired a member of his cabinet Thursday over an e-mail containing racially charged language referring to a state employee, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. Corbett announced Thursday morning that he had asked Richard J. Allan, 60, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to resign effective immediately. In the statement, the governor did not give a reason. Spokesman Kevin Harley also declined to discuss the firing, saying only that it was a "personnel decision.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Officers with a finger on the trigger of the Air Force's most powerful nuclear missiles are complaining of a wide array of morale-sapping pressures, according to internal e-mails obtained by the Associated Press. The complaints shed fresh light on dissatisfactions roiling this critical arm of the Air Force, an undercurrent that has captured the attention of the service's leaders. Key themes among the complaints include working under "poor leadership" and being stuck in "dead-end careers" in nuclear weapons, one e-mail said.
June 4, 2013
The U.S. Military Academy men's rugby team has been temporarily disbanded after cadets forwarded e-mails that were derogatory to women, academy spokesman Lt. Col. Webster Wright said Monday. The 60 cadets on the club-level team violated the academy's conduct codes through an e-mail chain that included content that was immature, unprofessional, disrespectful and unacceptable, he said. "It was locker-room trash," said Wright, who would not detail the contents of the e-mails. The cadets were required to complete a supervised rehabilitation program.
June 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A Western Pennsylvania legislator who has tangled with natural gas drillers apologized Thursday for using false names or anonymity when he posted online comments criticizing the industry. State Rep. Jesse White (D., Washington) issued a statement after a Pittsburgh television station reported that industry backers had linked him to an online comment posted in a constituent's name. KDKA reported Wednesday that an industry-funded group had traced anti-drilling posts that appeared under the constituent's name to White's state e-mail address.