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April 21, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the end, the inspectors charged with finding truth amid the accusations at Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office confirmed more than they disproved. Claims were wrongfully manipulated. Veterans' inquiries were ignored. Some benefits were paid twice while others stalled because of neglect. But their report, released Wednesday after a 10-month probe, was perhaps as stunning for what it lacked: the names of those at fault, and any indication whether or how they might be held accountable.
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April 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man carrying two guns in Frankford late Thursday, police said. Two 15th District officers were traveling in a squad car on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, surveying the area after a report of a shooting several blocks away on Akron Street. A statement released by the Police Department said that the officers saw "what appeared to be a dispute involving a crowd" gathered on Pratt Street, and that one got out of the car to walk toward the group.
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April 20, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
AN IRATE MAN barged into developer Ori Feibush's City Council campaign headquarters yesterday and claimed he had a gun, a law-enforcement source told the Daily News . The man, whose name was not released, has apparently long harbored a dislike of Feibush, who is running for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's seat in the 2nd Councilmanic District, the source said. Police were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for him last night. The source said the alarming outburst was triggered by letters that Feibush's campaign mailed this week to area residents, urging them to switch their party affiliation so that they could vote in the May 19 Democratic primary election.
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April 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE TERRORIST attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, may have claimed another victim. Grayce Nottage-Nicholas died April 10 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which her family blamed on her exposure to the smoke and gases emitted when the terrorist-controlled planes struck the World Trade Center. Polls were open for New York's primary elections and Grayce was in the North Tower building to vote when the first plane hit. She survived being trampled by the mad rush from the building, but had to be hospitalized later due to breathing complications.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
RECRUITS FAILING to pass reading, fitness and polygraph tests are among reasons the Police Department has 213 fewer officers than budgeted, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a City Council budget hearing yesterday. Meanwhile, the job of recruiting African-American officers has become more difficult, he said, in part because of recent national news of violent clashes between cops and black men. "I don't have any data to support that, but I think it's common sense," Ramsey said.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Rozniakowski was so enraged when he found out that his former girlfriend, Valerie Morrow, had bought a new car with her husband that on Dec. 12, 2014, he phoned her 60 times and sent her 20 e-mails while she was at work. The harassment continued for two more days, as the former Colwyn Borough police officer threatened to release personal information and photos, and "embarrass her at work" if she didn't respond. Even as Morrow applied for a protection-from-abuse order on Dec. 15, he continued to call.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his 24 years as a Philadelphia narcotics investigator, Jeffrey Walker testified at countless court hearings, providing the evidence that sent dozens of drug dealers to prison. He took the witness stand again Tuesday - this time to implicate himself and six of his former colleagues as rogue cops who terrorized the streets with gang-like efficiency. As long as the Narcotics Field Unit kept the headline-grabbing drug busts coming, he told a federal jury, its supervisors never asked too many questions.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Investigators on Friday served search warrants at two of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's offices, according to sources with knowledge of the search. The purpose of the searches was unclear, but they appeared to be the first sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was moving forward with her investigation into Kane, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One source said the investigators were seeking e-mails from the offices.
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