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November 26, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - On the eve of a key decision by a Senate panel on whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should remain in office, a House Republican legislator is proposing a separate investigation into whether she should be impeached. State Rep. Garth Everett (R., Lycoming) circulated a memo Tuesday to colleagues, saying he would introduce a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Kane's "actions in office merit impeachment. " In an interview Tuesday, Everett, a member of the committee, said he believed that Kane, a Democrat who is facing criminal charges and has had her law license suspended, should be removed.
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November 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's latest attempt to quell concerns about his fitness for the bench has had the opposite effect. His proposal to resolve the controversy over his offensive emails is so wrongheaded as to raise further doubts about his judgment. Eakin said in a statement last week that the Judicial Conduct Board should abort its second investigation of his emails and refer the matter to the Court of Judicial Discipline. The justice was trying to respond to misgivings about the conduct board's premature exoneration of him last year as well as its glaring conflicts of interest - namely, a chief counsel who worked for Eakin and a member who received similar emails.
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November 23, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After inmates at the Camden County Jail complained that corrections officers had stomped on or torn apart personal photos during routine cell searches in November 2014, the internal affairs unit launched an investigation. One of the officers involved in the shakedown then pointed to an even larger problem: Other officers, he said, were smuggling cellphones into the jail for personal use. What investigators discovered next was shocking. A group of white officers, for months, had exchanged racial, homophobic, and anti-Semitic slurs in group text messages.
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November 22, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County officials are investigating how inappropriate photos of high school students were placed on a file-sharing website. Police this week were called to investigate a Dropbox account with photos and video clips of minors who attend Plymouth Whitemarsh High School or live in surrounding communities. "The preliminary investigation revealed a Dropbox account that included pictures of a number of current and graduated students," Colonial School District Superintendent MaryEllen Gorodetzer said in a statement.
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November 12, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MAYBE STATE Attorney General Kathleen Kane was right about that old-boys' network in Pennsylvania politics. Apparently, it even reaches into the state Supreme Court. Wednesday, the chief counsel for the state's Judicial Conduct Board stepped aside from an investigation into a Supreme Court justice's raunchy emails after the  Daily News  reported that he was a friend of the justice's and had played a lead role in his re-election campaign. Board lawyer Robert Graci, who is responsible for reviewing and processing complaints of judicial misconduct, confirmed to the newspaper on Monday that he had worked on Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin's 2011 retention-campaign committee.
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November 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire Saturday night in a vacant West Deptford home, the second time in about a week that the Mansion Avenue house was set ablaze. Investigators found a substantial amount of blood at the scene of the fire, indicating that the suspect in the fire may have been injured, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said in a release on Sunday. A fire had also been set at the house on Oct. 30. Both fires were brought under control quickly, according to the statement.
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November 9, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'My persona has been hijacked," Boston Globe editor Walter "Robby" Robinson declared last year, writing about what it felt like to witness a certain Hollywood star assume his identity, his mannerisms, his walk, his talk. "If Michael Keaton robbed a bank, the police would quickly have me in handcuffs," he added. Keaton, on the phone last week and reminded of Robinson's remarks, laughed. "Robby was so easy to play, in a way," said the actor, part of an ace ensemble - Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber - who wear the ID cards of real-life Globe reporters and editors in Tom McCarthy's thrilling journalism drama, Spotlight . Robinson, whom Keaton plays with the perfect calibration of accent and comportment, was the editor of the paper's Spotlight unit, a small troop of reporters allowed to dig deep and go long on big stories.
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November 2, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Somerset County officials prematurely closed the investigation into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System's CEO and his wife, according to two independent experts who examined bloodstains, charred debris, and burns inside the couple's Montgomery Township, N.J., home. The two investigators, former Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks and retired Philadelphia fire marshal Thomas Schneiders - with more than seven decades of combined experience - studied the home of John and Joyce Sheridan for four hours last month at The Inquirer's request.
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October 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph F. McGillen, 89, of Philadelphia, a retired investigator for the city Medical Examiner's Office, died Thursday, Oct. 22, of congestive heart failure at Nazareth Hospital. Mr. McGillen worked on the famous "Boy in the Box" murder case a year after joining the Medical Examiner's Office in 1956. He ran down tips phoned in by the public and analyzed clues found near where a student discovered the battered remains of the 4- to 6-year-old in a cardboard crate designed for a bassinet in February 1957.
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October 30, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Is the silence emanating from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the sound of another backroom deal? It's been about a month since Justice J. Michael Eakin's dirty emails began seeping into public view like so much untreated waste, but the high court and judicial disciplinary officials have yet to muster anything like a convincing response. They must avoid repeating the mistakes of a year ago, when they left Eakin unscathed amid a rush to expel Seamus McCaffery - another justice implicated in Harrisburg's great pornography exchange - without a thorough investigation of either.
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