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August 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
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July 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.
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July 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
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July 17, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE the parent of a student of Linda Laverne Roberson and your child was having some problems in school, you might expect a knock on your door. Linda was a teacher who cared. She never hesitated to go to the homes of students who might have needed an extra boost academically to chat with their parents. Even after she retired, she wasn't through helping former students via her Facebook page. At least 600 contacted her that way with a blizzard of questions. Some might have been in college and needed academic help, maybe the editing of a school paper.
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July 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a Glee -focused twerp out there who likes to hack into Facebook pages of Glee stars and cause havoc. Friday morning, Lea Michele seemingly announced she was with child . . . but later, her rep said no, she's unpreg, she got hacked. Thursday it was Chris Colfer 's turn, with his Facebook page telling the world he was fired from Glee for personal reasons. Lies. Overeating on the Fourth A SideShow belch goes out to Joey "Jaws" Chestnut , winner of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.
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May 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city election official who was previously fined by Philadelphia's Board of Ethics for using her office computer to engage in political activity is in hot water again with the same board - and has had her computer confiscated. Tracey Gordon, who has been a deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to an e-mail sent Thursday to the three commissioners by Chief Deputy Commissioner Don Garecht, Gordon was suspended without pay for 90 days pending an investigation by the Ethics Board.
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May 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The message Walter and Marie Trout have been waiting for since September finally arrived Sunday. We have a liver that looks to be a good match for Walter . By early Monday afternoon, Walter Trout - the international blues guitar star with South Jersey roots - was in an operating room at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "The surgical nurse . . . let me know they're playing Walter's music" during the procedure, Marie wrote on her Facebook page, adding several hours later that the lead surgeon had told her: "Walter made it through the surgery with an A+. " She also wrote, "We are filled with thankfulness for this opportunity.
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May 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities say two Gloucester County brothers posted a video on Facebook on Saturday morning showing them setting fire to an unoccupied mobile home. Sure enough, a few hours later, after the trailer had been destroyed, the men were arrested - discovered, prosecutors say, after investigators looked online and found the video. Anthony F. Pettolina, 22, of Gloucester City, and Gerald J. Pettolina, 30, of Westville, were being held Saturday on charges including arson and criminal mischief.
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May 13, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE THINGS Gregory Hayes lived for, his wife and two young children, are displayed on his Facebook page beneath a picture of the motorcycle he was riding to work Friday night. Police in Upper Darby said Hayes, of Lansdowne, had just left his home about 11:15 p.m. Friday, heading to work as a police officer with the Philadelphia School District, when Salome Seay, an Upper Darby man with a heavy foot and a head full of margaritas, made a hard left on Marshall Road, right into the path of Hayes' Suzuki.
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May 2, 2014 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, Daily News Staff Writer armstrj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2223
TURNING THE BIG 4-0 can be a difficult hurdle. Amanda Schoonover, a South Philly-based actress, was no exception. But instead of hiding from her age the way so many in her profession do, she decided to celebrate the fact that she was entering her fourth decade by posing for some boudoir-style photos. Nothing overly risque or graphic. She wanted to pose in lingerie and strike some 1950s-era style pinup poses. Tasteful images taken by a professional photographer. "I wanted to do something that would make me feel good about myself," Schoonover told me yesterday.
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