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June 11, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former Montgomery County prosecutor now serving as the highest-ranking lawyer in the state Attorney General's Office, plans to testify next week during a key Senate hearing on a bill that has pitted child sexual-abuse victims against the Catholic Church. In an interview Thursday, Castor confirmed his appearance Monday before the Judiciary Committee to discuss the constitutionality of a measure to let victims sue attackers and the institutions that employed them decades after the abuse occurred.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | By Jennifer Adams
Q: I'm moving out of my home office so we can rent out that room. I work from home - and there's a perfect out-of-the-way corner in the living room where I can see out the window. The problem is, my other roommates are already complaining about the ugly cables and junk under my desk. What ideas do you have for me? - C.E. A: As you probably know, a very common issue with home office spaces is all the clutter that accumulates. It's amazing how much paper ends up on my desk at home and at my office, as well as the amount of cords and supplies that tag along with even a laptop computer - and you certainly don't want that in your living room.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
SOMEONE MUST have been really angry at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, a man was captured on surveillance video walking in front of the office, at 3 South Penn Square across from City Hall, and throwing an object at the window, causing it to shatter, police said Thursday. It wasn't clear what the object was. Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man. He was described as black, with a beard, carrying a backpack, and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front, and dark-colored pants and shoes.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal judge this week dismissed a defamation lawsuit against former Mayor Michael Nutter and two top city law enforcement officials filed by narcotics officers who were acquitted in a high-profile corruption case. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond on Monday ruled in favor of Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, and former Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, writing in a 16-page memorandum that the officers' complaint "reads more like a news release than a pleading. " Six of the plaintiffs - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, John Speiser, and Linwood Norman - were accused of a conspiracy to rob and extort money from drug dealers.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday night after his vehicle struck at least one parked car in the city's Fox Chase section, police said. Ryan Laskowski, 27, who is assigned to the Second District in Mayfair, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case, police said. A neighborhood resident who witnessed the arrest said that shortly before 10 p.m., Laskowski struck three parked cars on Solly Avenue and then turned onto Halstead Street.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Frank Fina, the former top state prosecutor who won convictions of nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Harrisburg, but was later caught up in a scandal over pornographic emails, has resigned from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Fina said he would pursue a second career as a criminal defense lawyer and investigator, working for corporate clients and others. He submitted a letter of resignation May 9 and officially left June 1. District Attorney Seth Williams "wishes Mr. Fina the best after his many decades of service" as a prosecutor, a spokesman for Williams said Tuesday.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to allow a veteran narcotics officer who admitted perjuring himself in testimony to enter a pretrial diversion program for first offenders after he promised never to try to rejoin the force. Prosecutors on Tuesday confirmed that the unusual agreement with former Officer Christopher Hulmes was motivated in part because recent acquittals of some officers accused of misconduct had enabled them to regain their jobs and get back pay. "As recent events in federal District Court have shown, trials of police officers carry uncertain results," said Cameron Kline, spokesman for District Attorney Seth Williams.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Wayne-based management-consulting firm Navigate is opening a 2,200-square-foot satellite office in Center City's 1650 Arch St. office building on Thursday, the company said in a statement. Navigate plans to have about 30 employees based in the Center City office by the end of the year, including transfers from its headquarters and new hires, the company said. The move is aimed at better supporting its central Philadelphia customer base and aiding recruiting of Center City-based talent, managing partner Robert Kathol said in the release.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, kicking coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, announced the creation of a political action committee Wednesday, a move that some see as intended to score the governor's office. Although he has publicly expressed interest in running for governor in 2017, he declined to say on the record Wednesday whether the new PAC paves the way for such a run. Its formal mission is to promote small businesses across New Jersey, and he will serve as its honorary chairman. "Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey," Brown said at a news conference at the office of his brother Rick's Evesham Mortgage Co. in the township's Marlton district.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Robert L. "Joe" Holmes, 82, of Mount Airy, a retired Philadelphia police officer and security supervisor at Hahnemann University Hospital, died Saturday, May 28, of complications from lung cancer at Chestnut Hill Hospital. The youngest of four boys and a girl, Mr. Holmes became the patriarch of his family after the death of his brothers. He was a mentor to younger men in his family, neighborhood, and on the job. Affectionately called "Unc," he advised them on matters of personal responsibility, and helped them find jobs and stay out of trouble.
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