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April 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane issued a pointed challenge this week to one of the loudest critics of her decision to quash a sting investigation targeting corruption among Philadelphia lawmakers: You think the case is so solid? You prosecute it. In a letter sent Wednesday to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Kane said "any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so. " She added: "I invite you to contact our office to set up a time to accept the evidence.
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April 10, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia never deemed a sting operation that targeted public corruption as too weak to prosecute, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and law enforcement sources familiar with the brief federal review of the investigation. The sources and Williams say the prosecutors never came to a judgment about the investigation one way or another before the state attorney general asked them to halt their review. Their statements echo a declaration by the Philadelphia office of the FBI, which said it made no judgment about whether the case was suitable for prosecution.
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April 10, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The sting investigation that caught at least five elected officials on tape accepting cash and gifts was far from dead and should not have been shut down. So said Claude Thomas, the sting's lead investigator, who spoke to The Inquirer on Tuesday about the long-running inquiry that was dropped after state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane took office early last year. Thomas, who worked for the Attorney General's Office for more than 25 years, said the sting was "ripe for continuation upon [Kane's]
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April 4, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A DAY AFTER a burglary and apparent arson last week at a house owned by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, authorities arrested Edwin Diana, 23, for the crime. Police say the investigation is closed and that Diana is the only suspect. But a week later, many in the neighborhood, near Norris Square in Kensington, are wondering if there's more to the story. Diana, a family friend who has known Sanchez for years, was living at a house two blocks away that, according to city records, was owned by Margaret Zapiec.
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April 3, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
PAULSBORO A federal agency has agreed to investigate the presence of a little-examined but toxic contaminant in Paulsboro and nearby towns, just as the state appears poised to take on the issue. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry indicated it would investigate the presence of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), a type of perfluorinated compound (PFC), in the South Jersey area, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network announced Tuesday. The group filed a petition in August asking for the examination.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  HARRISBURG - Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives have joined in calling for legislation banning lawmakers from accepting money from lobbyists and others with a stake in state business. On Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic chairs of the House State Government Committee said they would introduce legislation to prohibit public officials and employees from accepting cash gifts from individuals, including lobbyists and the principals they represent.
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March 27, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TOM WOLF, the front-runner in the May 20 Democratic primary for governor, yesterday criticized everyone involved in a controversial corruption probe run by the state Attorney General's Office. On Sunday, Wolf's four primary competitors declined to second-guess Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision - reported a week earlier by the Inquirer - to shut down an investigation that secretly recorded four state representatives from Philadelphia and a local Traffic Court judge allegedly taking money or gifts from a lobbyist.
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March 26, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Dismayed at reports that their colleagues in the House took cash from an undercover informant, Republican and Democratic state senators are proposing legislation to ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts. Reforms that closely mirror each other are being drafted by two Republicans - Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County and Lisa Baker of Luzerne County - and a Democrat, Daylin Leach of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. The GOP proposal would prohibit lawmakers from accepting monetary gifts, including cash, money orders, checks, and gift cards, from lobbyists or anyone else with a stake in the legislative process.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
In October 2010, after promising to show state investigators the corrupt core of Pennsylvania politics, Tyron B. Ali set out to deliver some results. As his first step, he approached his friend David Krain, a city worker and Democratic political activist. According to interviews with Krain and official case summaries made by investigators from the covert tapes Ali made, Krain promised to introduce him to the connected. Not long after that, Ali gave Krain a cash-stuffed envelope, according to the tape summmaries.
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March 25, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
FOUR OF THE FIVE Democrats running for governor declined yesterday to question state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's controversial decision to shut down a corruption investigation that reportedly captured four Philadelphia legislators and a judge accepting cash or gifts from a lobbyist. "It's very hard to second-guess the statements that have been made about the prosecution, whether it could have gone forward or not," U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz said about the case. The Inquirer first reported earlier this month that Kane ended the probe that started in late 2010, near the end of Gov. Corbett's time as the attorney general.
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