September 29, 2012 |
The country's leading car-rental companies have agreed to back legislation barring rentals of recalled vehicles before they have been repaired - a controversial practice that led to the deaths of two California sisters in 2004 in an Enterprise rental and to their bereaved mother's long campaign for change. A spokeswoman for Enterprise Holdings, the largest car-rental company and owner of the Enterprise, National, and Alamo brands, said the company had already changed its practice but had initially resisted a legislative mandate.
March 16, 2012 |
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man was arrested on murder charges yesterday for allegedly starving his 82-year-old father to death, the District Attorney's Office said. Medics responded to a home on Kirkwood Road near Eden Street on Dec. 26 to treat Thomas Hauck's mother - who was malnourished - and found Leonard Hauck, 82, dead in the basement, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s Office. Thomas Hauck, 57, told officials that his father had died days earlier and that he was unsure what to do with his corpse.
November 9, 2005 |
The narrow gap that put Diane E. Gibbons in the district attorney's seat four years ago widened slightly yesterday, earning the incumbent Bucks County prosecutor a sound victory over the same Democratic opponent she beat in 2001. Several county races came down to the wire in Republican-dominated Bucks County, where Democrats put up tough fights for judge and sheriff. An upset in Bensalem earned a Democrat a seat on the all-Republican council. Unofficial results showed Gibbons with a strong win over Terry Houck in a county where Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 30,000.
November 4, 2005 |
Both candidates for Bucks County district attorney say they aren't politicians. But just as in their bare-knuckled fight four years ago, the recent mudslinging would suggest otherwise. Once coworkers and friends, Diane E. Gibbons and Terry Houck became adversaries when their former boss, Alan M. Rubenstein, left the district attorney's position to become a judge in 2000. Gibbons, a Warminster Republican, was appointed to finish Rubenstein's term. She fired Houck, a Chalfont Democrat, after he announced his candidacy for the job in February 2001.
November 3, 2005
In 2001, the race for Bucks County district attorney was a close call, decided by about 3,700 votes. It's a close call this year, too. The same two candidates are involved. Both are well-qualified and well-respected prosecutors. The incumbent is Republican Diane E. Gibbons, 47, of Warminster. She's been a Bucks County prosecutor since 1984, and was named district attorney in 2000. Before that, she was chief deputy.. Democratic challenger Terry Houck, 49, of Chalfont, was a Philadelphia police officer for eight years, earning his law degree from Temple while on the force.
November 2, 2005 |
Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons suggested yesterday that her reelection may be decided by radio ads being aired by Democrat Terry Houck - and paid for by state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo - that she cannot afford to answer. Gibbons said the Houck campaign is being funded chiefly with $140,000 in contributions made last month by Fumo, a Philadelphia Democrat, most of which has gone for radio ads. "It's a smear campaign being bought and paid for out of Philadelphia," Gibbons said at a news conference at the county's Republican Party headquarters in Doylestown.
May 18, 2005 |
Bucks County voters are gearing up for round two of a bare-knuckles bout that started four years ago when incumbent Republican Diane E. Gibbons squeaked by Democratic challenger Terry P. Houck. With 99 percent of the districts reporting last night, unofficial results showed Houck beating Lawrence M. Otter by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio. "If it's possible, I'm probably more passionate than I was in 2001 because I think the issues are more pronounced," Houck said during a victory party in Doylestown last night.
May 9, 2005
One of the questions Bucks County Democrats have to answer on May 17: Who's the best candidate to go up against Republican District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons in November? Though the county's Democrats have two experienced professionals to choose from, it's an easy call: longtime prosecutor TERRY HOUCK of Chalfont. Houck, 49, has been involved in law enforcement since 1977, when the rookie police officer was assigned to the 16th District in West Philadelphia. During his nine years on the force, he went to school part-time, eventually earning his law degree from Temple University.
November 8, 2001 |
Having ducked a looming upset, Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons emerged from Tuesday's elections angry and unrepentant. Angry with Democratic challenger Terry Houck, a former employee who assailed - unfairly, she says - her office's competence. Unrepentant about her management style, which became the centerpiece of Houck's campaign. "This District Attorney's Office," she told cheering supporters late Tuesday night, "is better than it's ever been. " Yet, owing largely to Houck's bare-knuckle tactics, plenty of voters seemed to think otherwise.
November 7, 2001 |
Republican incumbent Diane E. Gibbons and Democrat Terry Houck, longtime colleagues who turned fiercely on each other in their quest to be Bucks County district attorney, were running neck-and-neck last night in early returns. With 226 of 301 precincts counted, Gibbons was ahead slightly in a race where voters faced starkly contrasting messages: the incumbent's stay-the-course mantra of proven success, and Houck's portrayal of her as a bumbling manager who soured and drove away her best and brightest assistants.