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July 19, 2013 | By Tom Lobianco, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels fended off calls for his ouster Wednesday and denied trying to quash academic freedom while serving as Indiana's governor, a day after an Associated Press report cited e-mails in which he opposed use of a book by historian and antiwar activist Howard Zinn. Conservative free-speech advocates rose to his defense, saying it was appropriate for Daniels to express concern about what was taught in public institutions. E-mails published Tuesday by the AP show that Daniels tried to ensure Zinn's book was not used in Indiana's K-12 and college classrooms and that he wanted to "disqualify the propaganda" he said was being taught to teachers in training at Indiana's colleges.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Do you remember when you wanted mail? I don't. If you do, you must be younger than I am, or have a better memory, which is basically the same thing. Bottom line, I'm not sure when this happened, but there came a time when mail started to suck. Correction. I know exactly when this happened. When I grew up and started paying my own bills. We can all agree that bills are no fun, but that's not even the problem I have with my mail. Because at least bills are important.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A Corbett cabinet member's undoing was an e-mail exchange with his wife about last month's falcon-banding event at the Capitol complex. Gov. Corbett on Thursday announced in a tersely worded news release that he had asked for Richard Allan's resignation as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He did not identify a reason. The Inquirer reported that Allan, who is white, was fired for having used what could be perceived as racially charged language in an e-mail to describe a black employee in another department.
NEWS
June 15, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett fired a member of his cabinet Thursday over an e-mail containing racially charged language referring to a state employee, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. Corbett announced Thursday morning that he had asked Richard J. Allan, 60, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to resign effective immediately. In the statement, the governor did not give a reason. Spokesman Kevin Harley also declined to discuss the firing, saying only that it was a "personnel decision.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Officers with a finger on the trigger of the Air Force's most powerful nuclear missiles are complaining of a wide array of morale-sapping pressures, according to internal e-mails obtained by the Associated Press. The complaints shed fresh light on dissatisfactions roiling this critical arm of the Air Force, an undercurrent that has captured the attention of the service's leaders. Key themes among the complaints include working under "poor leadership" and being stuck in "dead-end careers" in nuclear weapons, one e-mail said.
SPORTS
June 4, 2013
The U.S. Military Academy men's rugby team has been temporarily disbanded after cadets forwarded e-mails that were derogatory to women, academy spokesman Lt. Col. Webster Wright said Monday. The 60 cadets on the club-level team violated the academy's conduct codes through an e-mail chain that included content that was immature, unprofessional, disrespectful and unacceptable, he said. "It was locker-room trash," said Wright, who would not detail the contents of the e-mails. The cadets were required to complete a supervised rehabilitation program.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Philip Rucker and Aaron Blake, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The FBI has intercepted a letter addressed to President Obama that may contain the poisonous substance ricin. A spokesman in the FBI's Washington Field Office said that a "suspicious letter" sent to Obama was intercepted at a White House mail facility on Thursday morning. The FBI is investigating the letter and does not yet know whether the letter tested positive or negative for ricin. The Secret Service confirms that the letter appears similar to a ricin-laced letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Karen Langley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG - A Western Pennsylvania legislator who has tangled with natural gas drillers apologized Thursday for using false names or anonymity when he posted online comments criticizing the industry. State Rep. Jesse White (D., Washington) issued a statement after a Pittsburgh television station reported that industry backers had linked him to an online comment posted in a constituent's name. KDKA reported Wednesday that an industry-funded group had traced anti-drilling posts that appeared under the constituent's name to White's state e-mail address.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Colleen Long, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday. The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city's mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, police said. Chief New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said that preliminary testing indicted the presence of ricin in both letters but that more testing would be done.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 37-year-old janitor who has been charged with threatening to kill a federal judge in a case that involves letters containing the deadly poison ricin is a registered sex offender who lived in a rundown apartment building near downtown Spokane. Matthew Ryan Buquet remained jailed Thursday after appearing in federal court a day earlier and pleading not guilty to a charge of mailing a threatening communication. "He sticks to himself," said Scott Ward, who lives across the hall from Buquet's apartment.
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