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December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
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November 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge. Plane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, about a week after she was found "barely alive" in her living room, wrapped in a quilt on a bed covered with trash bags, prosecutors said in an interview Monday.
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November 23, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A day after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane acknowledged she was under investigation for allegedly leaking grand jury material, she switched subjects before a national audience. Her bombshell in that Tuesday-night CNN interview: Pornographic e-mails circulated among Pennsylvania officials had included "a string of videos and pictures sometimes depicting children. " The aftermath was familiar. Within hours, her aides were hedging and trimming, parsing her words, denying she had said the e-mails involved child porn, which is a crime often prosecuted.
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November 21, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Given local authorities' secrecy about the violent deaths of New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, the reported involvement of state investigators is reassuring. Beyond helping determine what happened to the couple - who died Sept. 28 after being found amid a deliberately set fire in their Skillman home - the Attorney General's Office should make information about the crime and the investigation available in accordance with the public's legitimate interest and state law. The Inquirer reported Wednesday that a team of investigators from the Attorney General's Office has been participating in the investigation, which is being led by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
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November 21, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 1984 federal law that spawned the generic pharmaceutical industry was designed to use the basic idea of economic competition to lower the cost of prescription medicine for millions of Americans. The law has largely served its intended purpose. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in January that the national rate of retail prescription drug spending slowed in 2012, growing only 0.4 percent because of "numerous drugs losing patent protection, leading to increased sales of lower-cost generics.
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November 21, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
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November 20, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Angelo Fichera, and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has sent a team of investigators to probe the violent deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Two sources close to the investigation also confirmed that the Sheridans both had multiple stab wounds when their bodies were pulled from a Sept. 28 fire in their home in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township, Somerset County. Two weeks ago, the state deployed investigators and lawyers from the Attorney General's Office and detectives from the New Jersey State Police to assist with what one of the sources Tuesday described as "a very complex case.
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November 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State University's president will review the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal that concluded former top administrators conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations to preserve the university's reputation, the school announced Saturday. The university said president Eric J. Barron's decision was made "in response to recent calls for an examination. " Barron told trustees Friday he would conduct the review, the university said. E-mails released last week showed regular correspondence between the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the Sandusky investigation commissioned and paid for by the university.
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November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day after police announced that a 3-year-old boy had been beaten to death in his family's mobile home, the school district of his 6-year-old brother announced it was conducting an internal investigation into the older boy's two-week absence from class. Cathy Taschner, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, said, "At this time, there is no indication that there were any signs of abuse. " Police said they were interviewing school administrators. The district employs a home-school visitor who checks on students who are repeatedly absent, Taschner said in a statement Friday.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sexually inappropriate pictures circulated by students at Neshaminy High School prompted a police investigation Friday, authorities said. School officials and law enforcement were still determining whether any students were depicted in the pictures and how widely the pictures were shared. "It's a large number of students," district spokesman Chris Stanley said Friday night. "It's not just one or two. " He estimated that as many as 20 students among the school's 2,540 could have received the pictures, but said it was possible the investigation could reveal the number was more or less.
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