August 10, 2015 |
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
August 9, 2015 |
Twelve members of Congress have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate why an electric device used in gynecologic surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The tissue-dissecting device, called a power morcellator, enables hysterectomies to be done through small rather than large abdominal incisions, but it can also spread and worsen an undetected uterine cancer. After that horrible scenario befell anesthesiologist Amy Reed at a Boston hospital in late 2013, she and her husband, heart surgeon Hooman Noorchashm, launched a campaign to ban electric morcellators.
August 7, 2015 |
THE ACTIVISTS demanding a new investigation into the controversial police shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown got a surprising ally yesterday: a police-advocacy group. The Guardian Civic League, which advocates for black officers, joined several other groups - including Philly's NAACP chapter, the Philadelphia Black Clergy, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild and the National Action Network - on the Mayfair street where Tate-Brown, 26, died Dec. 15. The community leaders called on District Attorney Seth Williams to reopen his probe and on Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to fire and arrest officer Nicholas Carrelli, who shot Tate-Brown during a routine car stop, and Heng Dang, Carrelli's partner.
August 4, 2015 |
Frederick L. Cusick, 65, of Lancaster, a longtime reporter and writer for The Inquirer, died Saturday of complications from colon cancer at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center in Mount Joy, Pa. He had been battling the illness for a year. Mr. Cusick's distinguished Inquirer career began in 1979 and stretched until 2005, when he and 70 other veterans took a buyout and left the newsroom as part of an austerity move. During those 26 years, Mr. Cusick, a skilled reporter and facile writer, covered all kinds of stories - crime, city and suburban news, and government developments from Harrisburg.
July 26, 2015 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating possible price gouging by five airlines in the days immediately after the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that left thousands of regional commuters scrambling for travel alternatives. The department sent letters Friday to Delta, American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue, asking for price information for destinations between Washington and Boston during the time Amtrak service was suspended. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured when Train 188 derailed.
July 24, 2015 |
A NARCOTICS OFFICER accused by a former colleague of falsifying an arrest report has been pulled from the street, police said yesterday. Officer Angel Ortiz recently was reassigned to administrative duty and is currently the subject of an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police spokeswoman told the Daily News . Investigators from Internal Affairs "wouldn't get into specifics" about Ortiz's case, the spokeswoman said....
July 21, 2015 |
Is it acceptable for an elected municipal official to vote in favor of giving his wife a paid position in their township? What if the same official, also the town's deputy fire chief, votes to hire firefighters who report to him? The New Jersey agency that reviews ethics violations investigated those questions and quietly fined Mansfield Township Committeeman Sean Gable $100 last year - three years after receiving a complaint. He was among seven municipal officials across the state fined for conflict-of-interest infractions during the last year.
July 17, 2015
WHATEVER THE situation, it seems we can always count on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to make the wrong decision. The latest involves an investigation, led by the Montgomery County district attorney, into allegations that Kane leaked secret grand jury information about an investigation to newspaper reporters, then lied about it. If indicted, she could face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction of justice....
July 16, 2015 |
As the weeks dragged on, Officer Robert Penn was growing more and more frustrated. The Philadelphia Police Department, he thought, was dragging its feet in the investigation into whoever had shot him through a shoulder in his driveway on March 2, 2014. For weeks, the department had maintained that leads in the case were few. But investigators say Penn, without any proof, had formulated a theory: His wife was behind it. Jennifer Penn, also a police officer, has never been connected to the case.
July 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for the Senate on Monday, four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall. In a statement, Pawlowski said he was pausing the campaign "to fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since. " He said he would reevaluate when he had a clearer picture of the investigation. The news came after agents raided the office Thursday, seized documents, and interviewed Pawlowski and city Managing Director Francis Dougherty, according to a source close to the investigation.