January 13, 2015 |
JOE O'DOWD, a crack Daily News police reporter, was relaxing at his rental house in Brigantine, N.J., in the summer of 1987 when there came a heavy knock on the door. It was a Brigantine cop with a message from Joe's office telling him to get back to Philly to cover a development in the notorious Gary Heidnik murder case. Apparently, the office didn't have a number for Joe's summer place, so it had to track him through the local cops. Of course, Joe hightailed it back to Philly to check out the case of the man who kidnapped, tortured and raped six women he held prisoner in his North Philadelphia "House of Horrors," killing two. Joseph Donald O'Dowd, considered one of the best of a legendary contingent of reporters who covered the cops for the Daily News, the Inquirer and the Bulletin in the days before cellphones and the Internet, died Wednesday of cancer.
November 18, 2014 |
THE HONCHOS at CBS3 might want to get their checkbook out. It seems that back on Sept. 29, station anchorman Chris May looked into the teleprompter and reported that a school police supervisor at a city charter school was fired over allegations that he sexually abused a boy. "Howard Rubin is the suspect," May intoned, as Rubin's picture flashed on the screen. "He is accused in the sexual abuse of an underage male student. " Now, here's why CBS3's story may cost the station big bucks in a lawsuit filed Friday: Rubin not only was not fired, but he also has not been accused of, nor arrested for, sexually abusing anyone.
July 18, 2014 |
The president of the Philadelphia lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police assailed the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday, saying there were credible allegations that two of the newspaper's reporters paid for utility bills, food, diapers, and other gifts to a woman whose story was told in their Pulitzer Prize-winning series on police misconduct. In an interview later in the day, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey raised similar criticisms of the reporters, saying that if the allegations were true, the reporters crossed an ethical line.
June 27, 2014 |
B USTED , the memoir from the Daily News ' own Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman , based on their Pulitzer Prize-winning series, "Tainted Justice," has been optioned for a television series from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with Sarah Jessica Parker starring. The show will be co-produced by Anonymous Content, the company behind the much-buzzed-about "True Detective. " "We're bonkers out of our minds with glee," Ruderman said. This is Parker's first return to TV since a stint on, appropriately, "Glee," and her first major role since "Sex and the City.
May 16, 2014
WE ALL have our ideas for civic improvement (like putting a roof over the Penn's Landing portion of I-95 or abolishing the Philadelphia Parking Authority). Well, here's another: force 1812 Productions to make "This Is the Week That Is" a year-round proposition. We can't guarantee this would make Philly better, but it certainly would make it much funnier. Unfortunately, as it stands, this year's edition of the ripped-from-the-headlines laugh-fest ends its six-week run June 1, so you have but two weeks to see this comedy cavalcade that delivers on numerous levels.
March 19, 2014 |
ON THE second day, Attorney General Kathleen Kane fought back. Pennsylvania's Democratic top prosecutor was on the defensive yesterday after a front-page story in Sunday's Inquirer - with a PEARL-HARBOR-BOMBED-size headline - suggested that her office had botched a probe in which five Philly pols were caught taking cash or gifts from a lobbyist. Kane said at a feisty Harrisburg news conference that the case she was handed when she took office last year was unwinnable. "We believe that certain legislators were taking money, and that's a crime," said Kane, who pointed out that federal prosecutors and the Philadelphia district attorney also have been unable to find a way to press charges and that a GOP district attorney in Dauphin County has concurred.
July 9, 2013
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