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January 12, 2014
Governor's pattern of pettiness The "Bridgegate" scandal shows what a callous, nasty tone Gov. Christie set among his staff ("Christie's traffic jam," Jan. 9). But it is only one example of the governor's pettiness and vindictiveness. Christie showed these tendencies last summer by vetoing the extremely popular gestation-crate ban, which would have prohibited the meat industry's practice of confining pigs in cages so small they cannot turn around. Christie vetoed it to appeal to wealthy patrons in Iowa, home to the first presidential primary and the largest pork industry.
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December 7, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
During his 30 years with the New York mob, Anthony Aponick grew adept at juggling business both legitimate and illegitimate - or, as he described it, "walking and chewing gum at the same time. " But he spent much of Thursday discussing a more ambiguous form of income as he testified for a second day in the racketeering retrial of reputed Philadelphia mob consigliere George Borgesi: money he earned as a professional informant. Between 2002 and 2013, the FBI paid the 42-year-old former Bonanno crime family associate $152,000 for coughing up information on Borgesi, with whom he shared a cell in a federal detention center in West Virginia.
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November 17, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA When more than 30,000 runners and the spectators cheering them on arrive at the Philadelphia Marathon's starting line Sunday morning, they'll be greeted by security checkpoints that stretch for blocks. Backpacks and coolers will be forbidden. Uniformed and plainclothes police officers will move through the crowd. For the first time, the FBI will be on hand, partnering with local police for an added layer of security. City officials say they're always looking to improve safety at the marathon.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal authorities have been investigating U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's finances for as long as seven years, the Philadelphia congressman's attorney said Thursday. The latest manifestation of the probe was a subpoena delivered in recent days to city offices for records related to payments of Fattah's property taxes. The subpoena was first reported Wednesday night by Fox29, which said the document directed the city to deliver records to Special Agent Richard J. Haag of the Philadelphia FBI office.
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October 7, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The discovery of an FBI listening device in the office of Mayor John F. Street 10 years ago this week had dramatic but unexpected consequences. The disclosure came just a month before a political rematch between Street and Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz, who had come within 9,500 votes of beating Street in 1999. Short term, the bug paradoxically was a political plus for Street. Without any evidence, Democratic Party leaders portrayed the federal investigation as an effort by the Bush administration to topple a Democratic mayor.
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September 22, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
SANTIAGO PEDROSO had one hell of a run. He fled Philadelphia, then fled the country after police accused him of walking up to Dolores Alvarez inside Germantown Hathaway Inn on June 21, 1992, and firing four bullets into the 41-year-old woman's head, snuffing out her life, while other restaurant patrons watched in pure horror. "We've tracked him all over the world," a frustrated homicide investigator told the Daily News in 1996. "We had him in Spain, in Mexico City. " Pedroso, 71, ended up lasting a full 21 years on the lam. His run finally ended Sept.
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September 20, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A REGISTERED sex offender was federally charged last month for sexually abusing a little girl, and the FBI yesterday asked for the public's help in finding possible additional victims. Authorities said Joseph Anthony Caracciolo, who also goes by the names Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo and Tony Gallardo, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Aug. 30 for traveling in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania between May and August of last year to sexually abuse a girl who was younger than 13 at the time.
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September 12, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JIM McINTOSH had a good day. Jim, a onetime Villanova basketball star, was an FBI agent who lectured sports teams, local and national, pro and amateur, on the dangers of illegal drugs. On this day in the summer of '86, he had a chance to reach athletes younger than he was used to, speaking at a basketball camp at St. Joseph's University for kids 9 to 17. After his talk, a 10-year-old boy came up and asked, "If somebody comes up to you asking for help who's on drugs, will he be put in jail or given help?"
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September 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MIKE WALD was the consummate smooth operator. How else could this undercover FBI investigator convince a bunch of shrewd Philadelphia politicians that he represented an Arab sheik willing to make payoffs to get government favors? With a video camera peeking through a hole in the wall from an adjoining room at the Barclay Hotel, politicians, including three city councilmen, two congressmen and a lawyer, were caught accepting bundles of cash. The scandal was called Abscam, and it unfolded in the late 1970s and early '80s as a carefully plotted FBI undercover sting that made lurid headlines for years.
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