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January 22, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
HANDS OFF the intern! That's the gist of one of the provisions of a new anti-fraternization policy put into place this month in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The two-page policy, implemented by Chief Integrity Officer Kathleen Martin, outlines an array of possible relationships that are now forbidden - save a few caveats. According to a copy of the policy obtained by the Daily News, intimate or sexual relationships are forbidden between a superior and a subordinate, an assistant district attorney and an intern, and job applicants and anyone who has a hand in making hires.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
As the man accused in the ambush shooting of a Philadelphia police officer awaits a key court date next week, the victim - Officer Jesse Hartnett - is still in the hospital, recovering from devastating injuries sustained in the attack. Hartnett's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable, Philadelphia police said Tuesday. He has also undergone surgeries to repair the damage done by three bullet wounds to his left arm. Officials have declined to give details on the officer's condition or his injuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Howard Gensler
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Several hundred people gathered Thursday night at a West Philadelphia school to address concerns raised by the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who allegedly claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. National attention has been on the link to international terrorism, but for many residents of the neighborhood near Cobbs Creek, fear is nothing new. During the evening assembly at Bryant School, 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, some repeated familiar refrains: Seniors are too afraid to leave their houses, and gun violence is commonplace.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
A Philadelphia police officer broke an ankle during a fight with a 23-year-old man armed with a gun Friday night in Kensington. Shortly before 7 p.m., two 25th District officers on patrol saw a car park next to a fire hydrant near A and Ontario Streets, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. As the officers tried to question the driver, he tried to run away and a struggle ensued, Small said. "During the fight, he pulls a gun from his waistband," Small said of the suspect. As the officers attempted to disarm him, they fell and one officer broke an ankle, Small said.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that federal agents are investigating last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. His comments marked the first time investigators have publicly characterized the Thursday shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as a potential act of terror. Federal and local authorities said Comey's statement did not signal a shift in their investigation, which has focused on the possibility of a terror link from the start.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2016
Securities trades recently reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission by officers, directors, and principal shareholders of corporations based or having sizable employment in the Philadelphia area. Titles are as reported to the SEC. Chesapeake Utilities Corp. John R. Schimkaitis , board chairman, sold 500 shares at $57.85 on Dec. 28, and now directly holds 146,146 shares. Coherus Biosciences Inc. Alan C. Herman, Ph.D. , officer, sold 4,250 shares at $21.40 to $22.36 on Jan. 4, and now directly holds 523,779 shares.
NEWS
January 12, 2016
A Philadelphia police officer covering the patrol detail for wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett scuffled Saturday night with a man who tried to take his service revolver at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said Sunday. Police officials said the Saturday event was not related to the ambush Thursday night of Hartnett, who was shot multiple times in the arm by an assailant saying he acted "in the name of Islam. " The gun used in that shooting had been stolen earlier from another police officer's home, police said.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | FROM WIRE REPORTS
HANAHAN, S.C. - Police are looking into a fire at the home of a former police officer accused in the shooting death of a black man last April. Local media outlets report the fire at the vacant home of Michael Slager was reported around 9:20 p.m. Friday in Hanahan. Slager is the former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott following a daytime traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light. Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson confirmed that a glass cocktail bottle was found at the scene.
NEWS
January 10, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
All SEPTA Police Department officers will soon be equipped with body cameras that will offer a new layer of protection to police and customers, the agency's chief said Friday. "I like to say, cameras are going to make good cops great cops, and make the rest of them follow the rules," Chief Thomas Nestel III said during a news conference. Most of the department's 289 officers already have body cameras, the chief said, and the remainder will be equipped with them in coming days. The department spent about $300,000 on the cameras and an additional $100,000 on training, the agency said.
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