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February 22, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Four City Council members and a coalition of immigrant-aid groups on Thursday urged Philadelphia to end its agreement with federal agents to hold without bail undocumented immigrants for deportation, even those not convicted of a crime. In a City Hall news conference, advocates said a Nutter administration draft order to modify the pact is not enough. "Because someone is charged doesn't mean they are guilty," said Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez. "Let the process play itself out before you get a federal agency involved.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera and Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writers
PAULSBOROThe North Jersey wrestling team under fire for a photo depicting members surrounding a hanged black practice dummy will compete in a state event beginning this weekend without half its starting lineup. Seven Phillipsburg High School wrestlers have been removed by school officials from the District 1 competition, which on Saturday starts the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament. An eighth wrestler, who was not seeded for the tournament, also has been disciplined.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Identity crisis   Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a news conference for the film Nymphomaniac Volume I and then wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere. He walked out of a news conference with co-stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater , who were promoting Lars von Trier 's film, the first installment of a two-part drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50. A reporter's question about whether the actors were worried over the sex scenes elicited this response from LaBeouf: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day before a key Senate vote on President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head a key Justice Department post, civil rights leaders moved to defuse opposition based on his link to appeals filed on behalf of Philadelphia cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Adegbile is "one of the preeminent civil rights attorneys of his generation," Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told reporters Wednesday in a news conference. Henderson said opponents of Adegbile's nomination as chief of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were using the always-volatile case of Abu-Jamal to "shout down" and "hijack" the nomination.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski dropped out of the Democratic primary for governor Monday, endorsing state Treasurer Rob McCord on his way to the exit. In his short-lived campaign, Pawlowski said, he had trouble raising the vast amounts of cash needed to fuel gubernatorial ambitions. "I simply was finding it difficult to run a city and spend the eight to 10 hours a day fund-raising that is needed to run an effective campaign," he said. "Every time I sat down to make fund-raising calls, another issue with the city would come up. " Pawlowski's latest campaign finance reports were not available Monday, but he told reporters at a news conference with McCord that he had raised about $346,000 - well below totals posted by candidates in the top tier.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia grand jury unearthed plenty of blame in the 2012 Kensington blaze that killed two firefighters, but the jurors couldn't come up with a crime that fit "the tale of misdeeds we found. " In a 110-page report released Monday, the grand jury said the owners of the dilapidated Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building had allowed it to become "a firetrap. " Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein never "did anything to bring the building up to code," while an army of scrappers, squatters, and drug addicts had free rein inside the property, the grand jury said.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The lawyer for a former official of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who oversaw the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge said Friday that "evidence exists" that suggests Gov. Christie knew of the closures while they were happening. Lawyer Alan Zegas, in a letter first reported by the New York Times, did not indicate what the evidence was or whether his client, David Wildstein, had it. Zegas did not respond to requests for comment Friday. Christie's office in a statement Friday reiterated that the governor has said he learned of the closures after they happened.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Taesha White, 23, stood at the lectern at Tuesday's news conference, Exhibit A to help officials persuade employers to hire teenagers for summer jobs through the WorkReady Philadelphia program. A graduate of West Catholic High School, White finished college, landed a good-paying and satisfying job at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and mentored a young WorkReady teenage employee at the hospital last summer. "It was awesome to be in a position to give back to a person who was in my position seven years ago," White said.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172 - Staff writer Solomon Leach contributed to this report
FOR THE CHAIRMAN of the School Reform Commission, being criticized is part of the job. A big part. Although he doesn't have the job yet, Councilman Bill Green learned that lesson quickly yesterday. During the morning, Gov. Corbett announced that he would be appointing Green to the post. By afternoon, Green was taking barbs from none other than Mayor Nutter, who held a news conference to air his concerns. "During the past few years, the councilman has actually voted against some measures to provide funding for educating our children," said Nutter, who appoints two of the five SRC members.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
TRENTON - Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned yesterday what thousands of his traffic-jammed constituents found out last fall - that it's not so easy to put the George Washington Bridge in your rearview mirror. With his political future and an anticipated 2016 White House bid on the line, the once-charmed Christie spent most of the day trying to dig out from his worst scandal with all the stagecraft and stamina of a concert by his Garden State idol, Bruce Springsteen.
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