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October 1, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania who was found dead late Sunday in an off-campus rooming house. Amanda Hu, a sophomore biochemistry major from near Charlotte, N.C., was found unresponsive shortly before 11:30 p.m. in her second-floor bedroom in the 4000 block of Sansom Street, police said Monday. Though there were signs that her death was a suicide, the case was being investigated by homicide detectives. There was blood spatter on a wall next to Hu, who had been bleeding from the nose and mouth, police said.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee charged Sunday that Chester County Republican Cuyler Walker, who last week pulled out of the race for the state legislature, was facing a law enforcement investigation. The Democrats issued a statement that cited a recent court filing by Walker's lawyer, Michael S. Gill. The filing stated there had been a newspaper report of "investigative rumors. " A footnote in the filing said that if he was forced to testify in the election dispute, "Walker will assert his privileges under the Fifth Amendment" to remain silent.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Authorities arrested 35 people Friday in what prosecutors called a takedown of a drug-trafficking organization that they believe has contributed to an alarming spike in homicides this year in Chester. From stash houses scattered throughout the streets, dealers hid their products in playgrounds, mailboxes, and trash cans, investigators said, and sold them across Chester, including near the campuses of Widener University and the Frederick Douglass Christian School. Officials said the organization had long held the city's east side in a "choke hold.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that the department has concluded its investigation into a Center City assault that left a gay couple seriously injured - and that the District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case. "We feel that there is sufficient evidence to have charges placed against some of the individuals there," Ramsey said in an interview. As prosecutors review differing accounts of the Sept. 11 incident, the case has spurred calls for changes to the state's hate-crime statute, which does not cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell said special-victims investigators found no evidence of physical or sexual assault, and the girl doesn't recall any assault. Instead, they suspect she had "some medical issue" that made her collapse unconscious in the park as she walked in the area, Russell said. A man walking on the sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard near Brous Avenue about 7:45 p.m. spotted the girl, who was wearing a school uniform, lying unconscious in brush about three feet inside a guardrail, police said.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is investigating the embezzlement of $210,000 from the region's publicly funded marketing agency and, in the process, reviewing how the agency dealt with the matter when it was uncovered two years ago. The money had been used to pay for personal purchases by Visit Philadelphia's chief financial officer, Joyce Levitt, who was permitted to resign rather than face criminal charges when she made restitution....
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO insists that he's gone legit, but the number of people who actually believe him is dwindling. Sort of like the mob. The former South Philly mob boss - or current boss-in-exile, some law-enforcement officials would say - is facing a new round of legal troubles. Merlino, 52, will have to travel from his home in South Florida to Philadelphia in the coming weeks to face allegations that he violated the terms of his probation by associating with two felons and a member of La Cosa Nostra in mid-June.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a private boarding school that prides itself on being progressive and close-knit, it was a jarring admission. In a letter mailed to alumni and posted on its website, the Solebury School for the first time acknowledged and apologized for sexual abuse of former students at the hands of faculty from the 1950s to the 1970s. Administrators said that the claims surfaced only in the last two years, and that they hoped their announcement would help the victims while holding the small Bucks County school to its own standards.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University has concluded its investigation of an altercation on campus last week in which a student said he was punched and called anti-Semitic names after a verbal exchange with students manning a table for a pro-Palestinian group. The university will soon turn over its findings to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Temple spokesman Ray Betzner said. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether the incident constituted a hate crime and what, if any, charges may be filed, he said.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former FBI director Louis Freeh, now chairman of the Center City law firm Pepper Hamilton, was seriously injured Monday in the town of Barnard Vermont when the SUV he was driving swerved off the road and collided with a tree. Vermont State police responded to the scene at 12:16 p.m. and Freeh was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for treatment. There were no other injuries, police said. Stephanie Brackin-Dasaro, a police spokeswoman, said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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