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May 19, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Towne, 33, was eating lunch in a tent at base camp on Mount Everest when the ground beneath him began to sway. He and others scrambled out of the tent, said Towne, a new graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. That's when "we saw this wall of snow descending to the north. " The avalanche that followed would bury large areas of base camp, killing 19 climbers - just a fraction of the devastation in Nepal, where that magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 and a second one on May 12 left more than 8,000 dead and 20,000 injured and destroyed 489,000 homes.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sara Byala, mother of a third grader at Wayne Elementary School, is looking forward to the class' Walk Through Wayne field trip this month. She and her husband even took the day off to chaperone the children as they tour shops in the small town and maybe make their own pizzas at a local restaurant. And she will have a chance to do it again in a few years with a younger daughter: That's provided Byala is willing to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal-background check - thanks to a new state law passed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
When Gov. Christie takes his case to the state Supreme Court this week in a dispute over pension funding, his administration will make a highly unusual argument: that a law the governor signed in 2011 is unconstitutional. Legal experts say it's a rare approach, perhaps unprecedented in New Jersey. Lawmakers are closely watching how the Supreme Court will rule; its decision could have significant ramifications for the state budget, for the fiscal year that ends June 30 and for the next.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Writing that Pennsylvania's General Assembly "fell woefully short of the mark," a federal judge on Tuesday struck down a state law that allowed violent-crime victims to sue offenders over speech that causes "mental anguish. " The six-month-old "Revictimization Relief Act" was aimed at quieting the celebrity of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. But the law violated offenders' First Amendment rights and was so broadly worded that it could limit the speech of people professing their innocence, wrote Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner of Pennsylvania's Middle District.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN IT COMES to brainstorming sessions on building stronger bonds between law-enforcement officials and the communities they serve, one vital group seems to be missing: Young people. "Any police official will tell you these discussions are dominated by older folks," Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said yesterday at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Center City after one such discussion. "Without them, we can't get to the core of the issues at hand, and it's clear why: They have the most contact with police.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
After all the courtroom jostling and legal swordplay, it may in the end come down to this - the word of three witnesses against one. Any day now, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto is expected to issue his second and likely final ruling on the $1 million penalty he imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor. This decision has had the city's legal community buzzing. The emerging consensus is that the penalty, unprecedented in its magnitude, isn't justified based on the alleged offense and sets a terrible precedent.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerold G. Klevit, 77, an administrative law judge who handled workers compensation cases for 30 years for the state of Pennsylvania, died Friday, April 17, of kidney failure at Abington Hospital. He lived at Rydal Park in Jenkintown. Born in Washington, Mr. Klevit moved when he was 8 to West Oak Lane. He graduated from Central High School, then Lehigh University in 1959, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1962. After serving as a law clerk for a federal judge in Wilmington, Mr. Klevit joined the Philadelphia firm Lipschultz & Chalfin in 1963.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I slept with my future brother-in-law a couple of times, when his brother, whom I'm married to now, and I were on a break. All these years later, it eats at me, especially during family gatherings when we are all together with his family. When he's drunk and no one's watching, my brother-in-law will try to make a play for me. He brushes past me or looks at me real hard. Once he pinned me against the wall in the basement. I threatened to tell and all he did was laugh. I mostly try to stay out of his way as much as I can, but my husband idolizes his brother.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Republican-dominated state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would invalidate Philadelphia's new mandatory paid sick-leave law. The bill, which passed by 37-12, would effectively preempt local governments from requiring companies to provide workers with paid sick days. The measure's supporters say it is necessary to have uniform rules across the state for businesses. The bill's sponsor, Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair), called Philadelphia's sick-leave law "a mistake.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County has violated a New Jersey law that prohibits strip searches in minor-offense cases unless there is a reasonable suspicion that weapons, drugs, or other contraband are being concealed, a federal judge decided last month in a case filed seven years ago, before the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue. Now, more than 10,000 detainees who were strip-searched at Burlington's jails over the years - despite minor offenses such as failure to pay traffic fines or child support - are expected to be certified as a class and may qualify for damages that could total millions.
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