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February 15, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAWNCREST The 911 call came in at 3:11 p.m. Thursday, and the caller simply reported that someone was screaming. Amid the sleet and snow, officers from the Second District made their way to the 6300 block of Martins Mill Road in Lawncrest. They were directed to a twin midway down the tree-lined residential block. Inside, they found three bodies: two men on the living room floor, a third in an upstairs bedroom. All had been shot in the head. Two had been bound at the wrists and ankles.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EVEN YESTERDAY'S heavy snow couldn't put a stop to violence in Philadelphia. Three men were found dead yesterday afternoon in a house in the Northeast - victims of what police called execution-style killings. About 3:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person screaming on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue in Lawndale. Upon arriving, they found the three men shot dead inside a home on the block, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two of the men were found bound, lying on the first floor, and the third was found in a bedroom on the second floor.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. formally announced Thursday that the two cable giants would merge in an all-stock transaction valued at $45.2 billion. Comcast will control the combined entity in a deal that values Time Warner shares at $158.82 a share. Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said on Thursday morning in a conference call with analysts that a merger with Comcast and Time Warner Cable will create a "near national platform" for its cable-TV and broadband businesses with exposure in 43 of the nations top 50 TV markets.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia charter school executive Masai Skief pleaded for forgiveness from teachers and students Monday as he was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from the school his father founded. More than 50 supporters packed the courtroom and said in unison that they were ready to give him another chance, but U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond proved less willing to excuse the 32-year-old for his crimes. Skief admitted last month that even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, he continued to steal from Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, its related nonprofit, and a scholarship fund for low-income students.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., an old-line Center City law firm long active in politics and civic life, has named Ajay Raju, a corporate lawyer with Reed Smith L.L.P., to serve as its new chief executive and cochairman. Firm leaders said they expected Raju would help develop new business while bolstering Dilworth's civic involvement. Raju, who for a time served as managing partner of Reed Smith's 170-lawyer Philadelphia office, has built a substantial practice representing corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions and other transactional work, and maintains close contacts with business interests in India, where he was born.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top Amtrak officials collect salaries of $200,000 or more, according to records made public in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Inquirer. Amtrak, the taxpayer-subsidized national railroad, routinely refuses to divulge officials' salaries when it announces their hiring. Amtrak received about $1.3 billion in public money last year, including about $400 million for operating costs. These are the salaries of some officials hired in recent months, Amtrak disclosed in response to the newspaper's freedom-of-information requests: Gerald Sokol Jr., chief financial officer, $300,000.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Hanson, the chief financial officer of the Delaware River Port Authority, was named Wednesday as interim chief executive of the DRPA to replace John Matheussen, who has been appointed a state Superior Court judge by Gov. Christie. Hanson also appears to have the inside track to get the job permanently, although DRPA board members said they would conduct a nationwide search. Hanson, 53, a certified public accountant from Cherry Hill, is a former DRPA board member and a former chairman of the Camden County Republican Party.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Henry Reid Blynn, 86, of Newtown Square, an advertising executive, died Saturday, Jan. 4, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his second home in Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Blynn, known as Harry, was part of publisher Henry R. Luce's inaugural sales team at Sports Illustrated. He came aboard a year before publication of the first issue in 1954, commuting to New York from Philadelphia. In the early 1970s, he joined the Aitken Kynett Advertising Agency in Philadelphia, where he rose to vice president.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Districty Attorney's Office said it is considering appealing the judge's ruling but will wait to study the it before deciding. Prosecutors noted that in 1998 Edward Bracey, convicted of killing Officer Danny Boyle, presented three witnesses who testified he was not mentally retarded. --- A Philadelphia judge, citing a constitutional restriction against executing people defined as mentally retarded, has vacated the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a city police officer in 1991.
NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service for William G. Walkup, 87, of Valley Forge, an executive at the Philadelphia Electric Co. who died Monday, Dec. 23, is set for Saturday, Jan. 11. The life celebration will be at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ at Valley Forge, 45 Walker Rd., Wayne. A reception will follow at the church. Burial is private. Mr. Walkup died at Paoli Hospital of heart and kidney failure. From 1950 until retiring in 1989, he was employed by the company, now Peco. Superintendent of the Schuylkill Division from 1970 to 1980, he worked his way up to the customer service and accounts department, which he managed from 1980 to 1984.
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