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March 14, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Jonathan Tamari, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who has been contending with a long-running federal investigation, told Congress this week that federal prosecutors in Philadelphia had subpoenaed "certain documents" from his congressional offices. Following House rules that require such disclosure, the Philadelphia Democrat notified Speaker John A. Boehner of the subpoena in a letter dated Monday, saying that he believed some of the information prosecutors demanded was protected by congressional privilege and that he would fight to stop its release.
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March 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The School District of Philadelphia is investigating a 16-year-old Julia R. Masterman School student who, officials say, posted a threatening message about a teacher on Instagram. The boy, who was not identified, was already suspended when the school district's Office of School Safety received a report of the message and launched an investigation. His suspension came last week after being charged with drug possession, said Deirdre Darragh, a school district spokeswoman. The boy allegedly posted a photo of the teacher to his Instagram account with the caption: "$1,000 bounty, there's money on her head.
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March 10, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE VIDEO begins with the Route 66 bus rocking ever so slightly as its engine hums to life, heralding the start of a depressing two-person ballet. A young mother is hunched forward in her seat, facing the aisle. Her expression never changes: Her eyes are shut, seemingly trapped inside of an invisible fog, while her mouth hangs wide open. Her body droops forward, like a dying sunflower. A little girl's voice cuts through the din. "Mama," she says. "Mama!" She reaches across the aisle in her pink jacket and tries to use her tiny hand to prop up her mother's head.
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March 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
DEFENSE ATTORNEY A. Charles Peruto Jr. yesterday accused District Attorney Seth Williams of investigating state Rep. J.P. Miranda and charging him with a crime because they "were both dating the same girl at the same time. " A spokeswoman for Williams called that claim "ludicrous. " Peruto spoke after a preliminary hearing, in which Municipal Court Judge David Shuter held for trial three felonies filed on Jan. 27 against Miranda and his sister, Michelle Wilson. They are accused of using a "ghost employee" to funnel state payroll money to Wilson after Miranda was told he could not hire her to serve on his staff.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AN INVESTIGATION into reports that a man has been accosting students near a North Philadelphia elementary school is underway, police confirmed yesterday. The alleged incidents happened near Mary Bethune Elementary School, at Old York Road and Germantown Avenue, on Friday and Monday. Police said they are also investigating whether the same man, who is believed to frequent the area around the school, may have also accosted kids in other incidents. In the more recent incident, about 8 a.m. Monday, police said the man approached a young boy about two blocks from the school and grabbed him. Other children intervened, throwing rocks at the man, causing him to let go of the boy and flee, according to investigators.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
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February 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON A former political adviser to Gov. Christie again refused Tuesday to comply with a subpoena from lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closures - indicating that the matter may wind up in court. The decision from Bill Stepien follows votes by the legislative panel last week to take steps to compel responses from him and a former Christie aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, who also has not complied with a subpoena. Kelly and Stepien were to turn over documents this month but invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | BY JOE SCHULLE
PHILADELPHIA Firefighters and Paramedics Local Union 22 will soon be confronting the two-year anniversary of an event we wish had never occurred - the tragic deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney in the infamous April 9, 2012, Kensington warehouse fire. That warehouse had long been neglected by its out-of-state owners and had been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore and death trap that ultimately claimed the lives of two of our brothers. The city's response - then and now - was tepid.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
PROMINENT DEFENSE lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. - whose 26-year-old girlfriend was found dead in his Rittenhouse Square bathtub in May - contends that the District Attorney's Office didn't write a report following a grand jury investigation into her death because it would embarrass someone the D.A. knows. "It's the oldest trick," Peruto said in an interview yesterday with the Daily News . "If the grand jury didn't take you where you thought it would take you, you either bury the report or don't write one. " Peruto also lashed out at D.A. Seth Williams in a Facebook post, calling him an obscenity.
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