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August 27, 1990 | BY W. RUSSELL G. BYERS
The sign advertising the noon sermon at a center city church the other day was blunt: Jesus didn't say balance the budget. He said feed the hungry. The problem in Philadelphia is we can't feed the hungry because the budget's been unbalanced for years. And the budget's not the only thing out of whack. Most of Philadelphia's priorities are messed up. The city spends $25,000 to keep a man in prison for a year but about $5,000 to give a kid nine months of schooling. We have a half-billion dollars for convention center subsidies and more millions to subsidize hotels.
NEWS
November 18, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ex-girlfriend of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo took jurors yesterday on a detailed guided tour of his high-flying and coddled lifestyle, his rages and romantic messages, and his resolve to make others pay for his pleasures. Though she insisted that she still loved Fumo, Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox spent 51/2 hours on the stand corroborating previous testimony about his turning government aides into personal servants. And, at last, Egrie-Wilcox was revealed to be the source of what has become the iconic allegation in the case: the federal charge that Fumo boasted of spending "OPM," or "other people's money.
NEWS
February 25, 1992 | BY W. RUSSELL G. BYERS
Cynics in the press can't admit it, but the deceptively simple Just Say No campaign did help turn the tide against drugs. Particularly among teenagers, it's finally cool to say no. Thanks to the board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), a similar Just Say No campaign is helping to cool local politicians' addiction to spending O-P-M. Local elected officials are finally realizing that spending OPM (sounds like opium but stands for Other People's Money)
NEWS
July 24, 2009
I was disappointed by the Fumo sentencing. He plotted and manipulated "OPM" to live off the fat of the land. He used his position to live a life of comfort, lies and manipulations at everyone else's expense. This is a sham and disgrace. He was in a position to do good, but chose to do otherwise. I thought we were prosecuting Fumo for his crimes - so much for "justice. " Veronica Wojnar, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 29, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Most people are careful when they withdraw money from ATMs because it's their money. But politicians draw on OPM — other people's money — with casual abandon because the rules on candidate expenditures from campaign funds are so vague. It's difficult to tell the difference between a campaign expense, which is legal, and a personal expense, which is not. Cavalier use of his OPM machine is at the root of 2008 presidential contender John Edwards's trial. Witnesses, including an aide who agreed to pretend Edwards' love child was his, detailed how the candidate leaned on political donors to help hide his mistress.
NEWS
July 7, 2000 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The legal news hasn't been good lately for David A. Scholl, a veteran U.S. bankruptcy judge in Philadelphia. A little more than a month ago he learned that judges of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, apparently dissatisfied by what some perceive as his "arbitrary" pro-debtor rulings, wouldn't reappoint him to a second 14-year term on the bench. This week, the 55-year-old soon-to-be ex-jurist saw a colleague in Delaware scuttle his proposed class-action lawsuit to get Viagra insurance coverage for himself and other needy federal employees suffering from erectile dysfunction.
NEWS
October 29, 1988 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a recruitment package aimed at college graduates, the brochures have the slick look of those produced by major corporations. Titled in letters of gold on covers colored navy blue, burgundy and gray, they tout an open door to opportunities ranging "from agronomy to zoology," excellent benefits, the lure of travel and access to the "latest technologies. " "Career America," says the raised lettering on the cover. "The U.S. Government. Find out why it's becoming the first choice.
NEWS
November 19, 2008 | By Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is an ethical man - with a split personality. In social settings, he would be shy and inept. He was known as the Wizard of Oz because he preferred to operate behind the scenes, using friends as filters. But in political situations, he was a Type-A extrovert eager to charge into any meeting or issue. That was what a former girlfriend, Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox, had to say during cross-examination yesterday as the defense in Fumo's corruption trial opted not to attack her credibility after her day of pointed testimony Monday as a prosecution witness.
NEWS
December 22, 2009
IN YESTERDAY'S sports section, Paul Hagan wrote that Vince Fumo and sports fans like to spend OPM (other people's money). Well, Mr. Hagan forgot about one group of people that spends other people's money like no one else - liberals. Today Joseph Carlin advocates paying for health care through the government confiscating profits of the oil and pharmaceutical industries. Hey, why not? It's not Joe's money. As long as you are at it, is there anything else you would like them to pay for, Joe?
NEWS
February 11, 2007 | By Tom Ferrick Jr
I got to page 100 in the Vince Fumo indictment before I was stopped short. It was the tiki torches that did it. The indictment was rolling along, cataloging details of the $75,000 that Vince and his minion, Ruth Arnao, allegedly spent on personal shopping sprees, all of it charged to Citizen's Alliance, the Fumo tax-exempt charity. It was a long list that included a book called The Encyclopedia of Country Living, $3,900 worth of mosquito magnets, $125 for accessories for a turkey fryer, $500 for a meat saw and grinder - and $171.
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April 29, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Most people are careful when they withdraw money from ATMs because it's their money. But politicians draw on OPM — other people's money — with casual abandon because the rules on candidate expenditures from campaign funds are so vague. It's difficult to tell the difference between a campaign expense, which is legal, and a personal expense, which is not. Cavalier use of his OPM machine is at the root of 2008 presidential contender John Edwards's trial. Witnesses, including an aide who agreed to pretend Edwards' love child was his, detailed how the candidate leaned on political donors to help hide his mistress.
NEWS
December 22, 2009
IN YESTERDAY'S sports section, Paul Hagan wrote that Vince Fumo and sports fans like to spend OPM (other people's money). Well, Mr. Hagan forgot about one group of people that spends other people's money like no one else - liberals. Today Joseph Carlin advocates paying for health care through the government confiscating profits of the oil and pharmaceutical industries. Hey, why not? It's not Joe's money. As long as you are at it, is there anything else you would like them to pay for, Joe?
NEWS
July 24, 2009
I was disappointed by the Fumo sentencing. He plotted and manipulated "OPM" to live off the fat of the land. He used his position to live a life of comfort, lies and manipulations at everyone else's expense. This is a sham and disgrace. He was in a position to do good, but chose to do otherwise. I thought we were prosecuting Fumo for his crimes - so much for "justice. " Veronica Wojnar, Philadelphia
NEWS
November 19, 2008 | By Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is an ethical man - with a split personality. In social settings, he would be shy and inept. He was known as the Wizard of Oz because he preferred to operate behind the scenes, using friends as filters. But in political situations, he was a Type-A extrovert eager to charge into any meeting or issue. That was what a former girlfriend, Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox, had to say during cross-examination yesterday as the defense in Fumo's corruption trial opted not to attack her credibility after her day of pointed testimony Monday as a prosecution witness.
NEWS
November 18, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An ex-girlfriend of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo took jurors yesterday on a detailed guided tour of his high-flying and coddled lifestyle, his rages and romantic messages, and his resolve to make others pay for his pleasures. Though she insisted that she still loved Fumo, Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox spent 5 1/2 hours on the stand corroborating previous testimony about his turning government aides into personal servants. And, at last, Egrie-Wilcox was revealed to be the source of what has become the iconic allegation in the case: the federal charge that Fumo boasted of spending "OPM," or "other people's money.
NEWS
November 18, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ex-girlfriend of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo took jurors yesterday on a detailed guided tour of his high-flying and coddled lifestyle, his rages and romantic messages, and his resolve to make others pay for his pleasures. Though she insisted that she still loved Fumo, Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox spent 51/2 hours on the stand corroborating previous testimony about his turning government aides into personal servants. And, at last, Egrie-Wilcox was revealed to be the source of what has become the iconic allegation in the case: the federal charge that Fumo boasted of spending "OPM," or "other people's money.
NEWS
August 4, 2008 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Dear friends, it's time for another installment of the continuing soap opera Other People's Money . Please remember at all times that those Other People would be You . As it turns out, when people who believe in OPM get in trouble they turn to the same source to fund their legal bills: You . Indeed, they can be more generous with your money paying criminal-defense lawyers than making charitable donations. Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods - a pet project of recurring OPM matinee idol Vince Fumo - spent $1.5 million on lawyers while its executive director, Ruth Arnao, was being investigated by the FBI and IRS for misuse of funds, according to its 2005 and 2006 tax returns recently made public.
NEWS
February 11, 2007 | By Tom Ferrick Jr
I got to page 100 in the Vince Fumo indictment before I was stopped short. It was the tiki torches that did it. The indictment was rolling along, cataloging details of the $75,000 that Vince and his minion, Ruth Arnao, allegedly spent on personal shopping sprees, all of it charged to Citizen's Alliance, the Fumo tax-exempt charity. It was a long list that included a book called The Encyclopedia of Country Living, $3,900 worth of mosquito magnets, $125 for accessories for a turkey fryer, $500 for a meat saw and grinder - and $171.
NEWS
February 8, 2007 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
South Philly was churning yesterday, the natives at turns delighted and dejected. The loud and conspicuous opera that is currently the life of the newly indicted State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo elicited sympathy and enmity, loyalty and spite. He's one of us, fumed Fumo boosters, and deserves our support. He's one of them, spat his detractors, a fat cat who got caught. During lunch at the Melrose Diner, prime rib and eggplant were the specials, but at least one customer at the counter was chewing on Fumo, savoring the taste of a man who might be cooked.
NEWS
July 7, 2000 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The legal news hasn't been good lately for David A. Scholl, a veteran U.S. bankruptcy judge in Philadelphia. A little more than a month ago he learned that judges of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, apparently dissatisfied by what some perceive as his "arbitrary" pro-debtor rulings, wouldn't reappoint him to a second 14-year term on the bench. This week, the 55-year-old soon-to-be ex-jurist saw a colleague in Delaware scuttle his proposed class-action lawsuit to get Viagra insurance coverage for himself and other needy federal employees suffering from erectile dysfunction.
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