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March 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Police said Saturday that they were investigating a Friday afternoon shooting in North Philadelphia in which a 24-year-old driver in a car shot and wounded a man who allegedly threatened him during an attempted robbery. Police said that about 5:30 p.m., the driver and another person pulled up to a store at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue. After parking his car, the driver was approached by a man who asked if he wanted to buy drugs, police said. The driver said he ignored the man, who then walked away.
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March 7, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer By Caitlin McCabe and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITER STAFF WRITERS
A new Somerset County prosecutor being sworn in Monday will have to decide whether to reopen the investigation into the 2014 deaths of former Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife. Independent experts interviewed by the Inquirer said there are reasons to reopen the case and reconsider whether John Sheridan fatally stabbed his wife, Joyce, and then committed suicide. But, they acknowledged, the case presents complex investigative challenges that may prevent authorities from ever knowing with certainty what happened to the couple.
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March 6, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday shot down U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attempts to make FBI leaks revealed in his son's fraud case last year an issue in his own corruption trial. District Judge Harvey Bartle III denied the congressman's request to hold a contempt of court hearing for Richard J. Haag, the lead FBI investigator in both cases, who has admitted that he tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to raids on Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.'s Ritz-Carlton condo and Logan Square office. In his opinion, Bartle noted that he had seen no evidence that Haag or anyone else had released any grand jury material tied to the elder Fattah's racketeering conspiracy case.
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February 25, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Dylan Purcell, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
The FBI and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office are investigating the confrontation in which Electricians union leader John J. Dougherty punched a nonunion contractor at a South Philadelphia worksite. Prosecutors took on the case Tuesday, accepting a referral by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Williams said his "long-standing professional relationship" with Dougherty barred him from handling the matter. So, the Attorney General's Office will now decide whether to file criminal charges in the Jan. 21 brawl, in which the contractor said Dougherty swung first, hitting him in the face twice and breaking his nose.
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February 23, 2016
The strange, secretive investigation of the deaths of New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, ended after six months last year with no indictments. Now a remarkable array of leaders have questioned its conclusions in a powerful indictment of the investigation itself. In an open letter released last week, a bipartisan group of former governors, criminal justice officials, cabinet members, and others urged authorities to reopen the investigation and rescind the finding that John Sheridan killed his wife and himself.
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February 19, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, STAFF WRITERS
Three former New Jersey governors are among those calling for a new investigation into the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, and to change John Sheridan's manner of death from suicide to undetermined. Former Gov. Christie Whitman said Wednesday that she believes that the Sheridans may have been murdered and that the state should reopen the investigation. Whitman and nearly 200 others, including more than 40 members of Sheridan's former law firm, Riker, Danzig, Scherer Hyland & Perretti, signed an open letter released Wednesday as being from "Friends of John and Joyce Sheridan.
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February 12, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
A coalition of officials, parents, and activists asked Mayor Kenney on Wednesday to direct an investigation into an eleventh-hour School Reform Commission vote to hand Wister Elementary School over to a charter organization. Councilwoman Helen Gym, chiefs of the unions representing Philadelphia School District principals and teachers, the head of the local NAACP chapter, and others asked Kenney to order the city's chief integrity officer to conduct "a full ethics review" of the school system and SRC. A spokesman for Kenney said the city's integrity officer lacks investigatory powers, but separately will conduct an ethics review of the district and the SRC. "Though not in response to today's request, [Chief Integrity Officer]
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February 7, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Temple University police on Friday were investigating an incident in which someone scrawled a swastika and a racial epithet in the snow atop a car parked just off campus. A photograph of the car, parked in the 2100 block of North Carlisle Street, was tweeted Friday morning by Temple student Kelly Dawson, president of the campus Black Student Union. "Temple University condemns the use of these symbols and language in the strongest terms," university spokesman Brandon Lausch said in an email.
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February 3, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Reading's former city council president was ordered Monday to serve two years in prison, becoming the first public official sentenced as part of a bribery investigation that has also implicated mayors in two Pennsylvania cities. Francisco Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August, admitting that he accepted a $1,800 bribe meant to buy his support to repeal the city's anticorruption ordinance, which put caps on political contributions and barred government contractors from donating to campaigns.
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January 26, 2016 | By JULIA TERRUSO, Staff Writer
FORMER PHILADELPHIA Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will return to his roots to advise the Chicago Police Department and help guide civil rights reforms in the embattled department. It's the third position Ramsey has taken on since retiring from the Philadelphia Police Department in December. Ramsey is also a consultant with the Wilmington police department and, as of Jan. 25, took on a two-year appointment at Drexel as a guest lecturer and adviser to the school's criminal justice department.
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