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December 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Christmas, Cliff Hunter got an invaluable gift - a reminder that there are generous, good-hearted people in the world. He just wishes he knew the name of one of them in particular, so he could offer thanks. The inspiring story began on SEPTA's Route 17 bus shortly after 9 a.m. Dec. 18. Hunter, 79, a single retired social-services worker, had boarded at 20th and Wharton Streets, near his South Philadelphia home, bound for Center City to do several errands. He had placed a Christmas package - a sweater - ready to be mailed to a sister in Florida in the parcel bin at the front of the bus. Then he made his way to a seat farther back.
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December 21, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - An independent review of e-mails among state judicial staff has found that none sent "improper" material other than the pornographic messages sent by former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery. In a report released Friday, the special counsel enlisted by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille to examine about 4,000 e-mails sent to and from judicial employees and the state Attorney General's Office between 2008 and 2012 found "no improprieties" beyond the e-mails tied to McCaffery.
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November 21, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane went on national television and said children were depicted in some of the images her office discovered when reviewing pornographic e-mails exchanged among state employees. Asked by a CNN reporter to describe the sexually explicit messages unearthed in the scandal, Kane said: "They are deplorable: hard-core, sometimes graphic, sometimes violent e-mails that had a string of videos and pictures depicting sometimes children, old women - some of them involved violent sexual acts against women.
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November 20, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane made a new accusation Tuesday in the pornographic e-mail scandal, saying the sexually explicit messages exchanged by state officials and employees sometimes contained images involving children. In an interview with CNN, Kane said she was being prevented from investigating the e-mail scandal because of court orders, which she declined to describe. When asked to describe the pornographic images, Kane said, "When I saw them they literally took my breath away.
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November 18, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Hatboro man with a history of mental-health treatment admitted Monday to sending a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin to a man dating his ex-girlfriend. And Nicholas Todd Helman's journey through the Bucks County court system is hardly over. He is facing new charges that allege he plotted from jail to kill the Warminster detective investigating the ricin case and kidnap the deputy district attorney prosecuting it, telling a former cellmate to rip out the attorney's tongue.
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November 13, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Wednesday she had fired, suspended, or disciplined about two dozen employees for sending or receiving e-mails containing pornographic content over the last few years. In a statement, Kane said an internal review had identified 31 workers whose e-mails contained sexually explicit content, although she didn't say when the messages were sent. The disclosure comes after her office had said it identified 30 other workers in the office who participated in pornographic e-mail exchanges between 2008 and 2012.
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November 13, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Louis Freeh regularly conferred with the NCAA and kept its top officials informed as his firm investigated Pennsylvania State University's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to e-mails unearthed by critics of Freeh and the league. What those messages meant became the subject of a heated debate Wednesday between the college athletics' governing body and the state officials suing over the crippling sanctions imposed on Penn State after Freeh's 2012 report. "It's troubling.
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November 11, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
This nation's first Supreme Court was an appointed court. President George Washington selected John Jay of New York as its first chief justice and, as his associates, John Blair of Virginia, William Cushing of Massachusetts, James Wilson of Pennsylvania, James Iredell of North Carolina, and John Rutledge of South Carolina. That first panel, established by Congress in 1789, set the standard not only for its successors, but for each state supreme court as it was created. There have been many honorable courts along the way, and many distinguished justices.
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November 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Commonwealth Court judge granted a request Friday that she privately review 477 e-mails from the NCAA related to the Pennsylvania State University child-molestation scandal that the organization had argued were protected internal communications. Judge Anne E. Covey ordered the NCAA to deliver the e-mails by noon next Friday for her to review as part of a lawsuit brought by State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre) over who would benefit from the $60 million fine the university agreed to pay to the NCAA.
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November 8, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph A. Dewechter, a mail carrier in Gloucester City from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, "was an old-time carrier that everybody loved," said Joseph Townsend, a mailman there these days. "Joe never wore shorts," as is the style for many carriers. "He wore the long pants through the summer, winter. " And, Townsend said, Mr. Dewechter used an old leather bag, "the kind that went out with the horses. " Townsend laughed and added: "The last of the Mohicans. " On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Mr. Dewechter, 89, of Gloucester City, died of cardiac arrest at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
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