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ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sure to be remembered as one of television's great accomplishments, HBO's True Detective is on one hand an exciting police procedural and on the other a layered, complex dissertation on the meaning of the American dream in the 21st century. The drama's first, eight-episode season will be released June 10 by HBO Home Entertainment. Created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto ( Galveston ), True Detective is about two Louisiana State Police homicide detectives who embark on a dogged, 17-year search for a serial killer who has a penchant for posing his victims as part of dramatic, painterly scenes.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sen. Pat Toomey visited a Montgomery County VFW on Tuesday to rail against leadership lapses that led to the growing Veterans Affairs scandal and to propose his own legislation for rectifying the wrong with service members. Toomey, citing what his spokeswoman said were media reports, said "at least one" Pennsylvania-based VA was among the 26 being investigated by the federal government for delayed appointments. But neither he nor his staff was able to say which VA had been implicated or to detail the claims against it. "I'm not certain which one it is," the Republican senator said at the Willow Grove VFW post, speaking to a room of mostly media and a few veterans.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Republicans said Monday that the Legislature should suspend investigative hearings about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, a day before a panel is set to hear new testimony on the matter. Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) said legislators should "without a doubt" suspend the hearings, as they relate to discovering why the lanes were closed in September, and instead focus on reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "Let's see what happens with the U.S. Attorney," he said, referring to a separate federal investigation into the lane closures.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
For Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, it now comes down to this: Can he bring charges in the aborted sting investigation that captured five Philadelphia Democrats on tape accepting money or gifts? For weeks now, Williams has been critical of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's decision to shut down the sting, despite having recordings of elected officials taking money - in some instances apparently in return for votes. With Williams now in possession of the investigation's evidence and case file, legal and political analysts say the district attorney has several options going forward, including a full-blown prosecution or a bid for plea deals.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. Authorities continued their investigation Saturday into a Friday-afternoon fire that destroyed five vacation houses along the 7800 block of Pleasure Avenue in this Shore resort. Police said investigators would return to the scene Monday. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday. At its height, the seven-alarm fire brought out 14 local departments and three emergency medical service squads, said Lt. Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm that produced the report that said Gov. Christie was clear of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge controversy recently donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Christie leads. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher made the donation to the RGA on March 18, according to IRS filings made public Tuesday. The donation came nine days before the firm released its report on Christie's administration. Christie has been chairman of the RGA since November, traveling out of New Jersey to drum up donations for fellow Republican governors.
NEWS
April 18, 2014
ON BEHALF OF Casmir Care Services Inc. and its CEO, Chetachi Ecton, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the Sankey family and all who are affected by Christina Sankey's tragic death. Despite the unsubstantiated allegations and skewed facts in recent Philly.com articles, it would be inappropriate for Casmir Care to comment further on the specific allegations due to medical privacy issues and until all interested parties have finished their independent and thorough investigation.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A veteran Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was named Tuesday to a new post in the District Attorney's Office to investigate claims from convicted people who say they are innocent. The Conviction Review Unit will be headed by Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson, District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference with the legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Williams and the Innocence Project's Marissa Bluestine described the new unit as a place where good-faith claims of people serving long prison terms can be investigated and possibly resolved without going through years of expensive post-conviction appeals.
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