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March 4, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homicide detectives were searching for the gunman who shot and wounded an off-duty Philadelphia police officer early Sunday near his home in the city's Overbrook Park section, police said. Robert Penn, 46, had just finished his shift when he parked his car in a rear driveway on the 7300 block of Brentwood Road about 12:10 a.m. After getting out of the car, he was approached by an unknown man, police said. The man said something to the officer and then shot him once in the right shoulder, with the bullet exiting through the officer's back, police said.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A Common Pleas Court judge overturned 17 more convictions Friday tied to former Philadelphia narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker, the latest consequence in a widening corruption scandal involving the department's antidrug squad. So far, Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has reversed about 85 cases in which Walker played a role. Friday's batch marked the first dismissals since the disgraced former officer pleaded guilty to federal robbery and firearms charges this week. Nine other cases were flagged for potential reversal at an April hearing.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LOOK FOR Joe Banner's next job to be in the NFL office. The former Eagles president was fired earlier this month as the Cleveland Browns' chief executive officer after only 18 months on the job. His turbulent year-and-a-half with the team included a four-win season, a falling-out with Mike Lombardi, the general manager he had handpicked, the firing of his first head-coaching hire - Rob Chudzinski - after only 1 year, and another Keystone Kops-like...
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reed Smith L.L.P.'s Philadelphia office is set to move its 320 lawyers and support staff from One Liberty Place to new quarters at Three Logan Square. When the move is complete March 3, firm leaders say the firm will occupy about 20 percent less space in a reconfigured office with greater energy efficiency and more opportunities for collaboration. "Aside from the burden of unpacking, we are excited about having brand-new surroundings," said Leonard Bernstein, managing partner of the Philadelphia office.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County has hired the former president of the Philadelphia League of Women Voters to head its Voter Services Office. The hiring of Kelly L. Green was approved less than a week after former journalist Michael Morsch left the post after seven months. Commissioner Leslie S. Richards, who chairs the Election Board, said Green interviewed last summer and was one of the top candidates before the county hired Morsch. Green, 41, of Philadelphia, has spent 20 years as a community organizer and consults for organizations on fund-raising, board development, and strategy.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office says it is taking over the investigation into a physical altercation between Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the Revel Casino Hotel that police records say left Palmer unconscious. Rice and Palmer were both arrested early Saturday and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after police were called to the Boardwalk casino shortly before 3 a.m. The website TMZ Sports posted security video Wednesday that showed Rice coming out of an elevator holding up a woman who appeared to be unconscious.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Congressional careers may end, but campaign money endures. Tuesday was officially the last day in office for U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (D., N.J.), but he will have wide latitude in how he uses nearly $700,000 in campaign funds he holds in two political accounts. "He has a lot of options," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that monitors campaign laws. Andrews' campaign money sits in two pots, with different rules for his post-House career.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Port Richmond man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing and wounding a recently retired Philadelphia police officer after a night of drinking at a neighborhood bar. Joseph Fitzgerald, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons count in a deal with prosecutors in which he was immediately released from prison to start six years of reporting probation. Fitzgerald was arrested in the Aug. 19, 2013, stabbing of George Orth, 56, who had retired five months earlier after 24 years with the Police Department.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A suspect taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital grabbed for a police officer's gun after his handcuffs were removed for a medical procedure Monday night, police said. Dwayne Walker, 38, of the Tioga section of the city, was in custody in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 15-year-old boy when he was taken to the hospital, police said. Walker had sustained "a severe laceration" to his hand, police said, but it was unclear when or how. Two officers stationed in his room around 12:30 a.m. Monday removed his handcuffs so hospital staff could conduct testing, police said Once his handcuffs were removed, Walker stood, yelled that he wasn't going back to jail, and tried to grab the gun of one of the officers, police said.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2014
Cancer Treatment Centers of America , Philadelphia, hired Nancy G. Hesse as senior vice president of patient-care services. She had been chief nursing officer at Abington Health Lansdale Hospital. AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans , a national Medicare Advantage managed-care organization, has hired Karen J. Nichols as chief medical officer. She held the same post at the Living Independently for Elders program at the University of Pennsylvania. Revitas , a Philadelphia-based software company that works with works with life sciences, technology and manufacturing, companies, hired Ram ChandraSekar as senior vice president of products and technology.
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