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December 19, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN OFFICER Roslyn "Roz" Talley first toured the Widener Memorial School for children who are medically fragile and physically disabled - a school her own daughter would one day attend - she took pity on the kids she saw in the hallways and classrooms. "I'm not going to lie to you and tell you I didn't feel sorry for the children," Talley said. "It was sad to see so many kids in wheelchairs and walkers. " But it was a moment in the school's hallways that changed Talley's mind and helped her to see the students as kids and not just as special-needs children.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours after resigning from the Colwyn police force, a man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and wounded her 15-year-old daughter at their home in Glenolden on Monday night, officials said. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said his office could seek the death penalty against Stephen Rozniakowski. The 9 p.m. shooting occurred just hours after Rozniakowski was served with a protection-from-abuse order for Valerie Morrow. Whelan said Rozniakowski had been "obsessively" stalking Morrow since she ended a relationship with him and returned to her husband in the summer.
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Acknowledging the bruises and distractions caused by an investigation into media leaks by her office, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane vowed Friday to fight for her seat and her reputation. In one of her first interviews since being questioned in the probe, Kane signaled she might challenge the authority and validity of the special prosecutor appointed to investigate the alleged improper release of grand jury material. "I'm making sure that the process is legal," she said, "and cannot be abused by anyone for any reasons.
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man who in 2012 had been on probation for just 10 days before killing Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. After a four-day nonjury trial, Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart found that Rafael Jones, 25, was the gunman who with Chancier McFarland accosted, robbed, and shot the 19-year veteran officer, who was walking to a bus stop after his night shift as turnkey in North Philadelphia's 22d District.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
BEFORE A PACKED courtroom yesterday, a Common Pleas judge found Rafael Jones guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2012 shooting death of off-duty Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. Jones, 25, of North Philly, did not react when Judge Jeffrey Minehart announced the guilty verdicts. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison when he is sentenced March 6. Prosecutors withdrew their intention to seek the death penalty after Jones on Monday waived his right to a jury trial and decided to proceed with a bench trial.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
An agreement has quietly been ironed out to shift the city courts' 47 "warrant officers" to the Sheriff's Office, and not everyone is happy about it. The warrant unit, created in 1972 to enforce court orders and encourage voluntary surrenders, tracks down criminal defendants and manages people under electronic monitoring. Its officers are firearms-trained and carry 9mm pistols. They can enter private property in their hunt for people who skip out on court appearances. It can be dangerous work.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
When does this stock market rally end? Rick Pitcairn, chief investment officer of Pitcairn, based in Jenkintown, gets that question a lot these days from clients. "I get the sense of trepidation from both institutional and retail investors surrounding the market. They're asking: 'These valuations are extended, and this feels like 1999 - tell me, when's that type of sell-off going to happen?' "In terms of U.S. equities, it's been a stunning rally in magnitude and duration," he says.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert F. Whalen was chairman of the Tredyffrin Township planning commission in 2013 when he heard that an affiliate of the Blackstone Group , the big hedge-fund manager, had decided it wasn't worth paying the $10 million it owed for its half-empty shopping center at Chesterbrook, just south of Valley Forge National Park. That's when Whalen, a Malvern Prep and U.S. Naval Academy grad and a Marine officer who did two tours in Iraq before he turned developer in civilian life, made an executive decision: "I found the bank that was selling the mortgage, I got the mortgage under control, and resigned from the planning commission that day," he told me. He wanted to avoid conflicts of interest.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke knows the time to make a decision is nigh. Some have suggested that he could wait as long as February. He shakes his head vigorously when told that. "No, that would not be fair," he said. "That would be a little selfish. You have to tell people something. " Now, perhaps? He shakes his head again. "I have to say one way or another for a lot of reasons, and that point is coming soon," he said. "Real soon. " Some day in the near future, then, Clarke will end the speculation and announce whether he intends to run for mayor of Philadelphia.
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