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October 26, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As at most large law firms, lawyers come and go at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Yet from 2005 until recently, big budget cuts and the loss of several veteran prosecutors had exacerbated normal attrition. Fewer prosecutors meant fewer indictments. Mostly, that meant certain economic crimes were not pursued, U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said. "You had to start to raise the thresholds on cases, raise the minimum dollar amounts" of fraud or theft before a case is brought, he said.
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September 18, 1987 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
Callers for violinist Robert Portney are greeted by a crisp Boston telephone voice answering "psychiatry. " The response may be more than apt, Portney concedes with a laugh, for who else in his right mind would try to manage simultaneous careers in music and in medicine? Portney is doing just that. At Massachusetts General Hospital, he is Dr. Robert Portney, 34, chief of the emergency room and consultant in psychiatry, a Harvard University faculty member, director of an addiction unit and part of the clinic for musical medicine at Harvard.
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January 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said. All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.
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July 8, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne "Anna" Hollingsworth Pike, 90, an obstetrician-gynecologist who practiced in Germantown and taught at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, died Monday, June 27, at Lakeside at Willow Valley, a retirement community in Willow Street, Pa. "All the doctors would send their wives to her," said Martha Biemuller, a colleague at the hospital and a friend for 55 years. "And she was a good teacher - all of the students wanted to scrub with her in the operating room, and she got awards from them, which is hard to get from students.
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May 14, 1991 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirty-five lawyers are running for 11 vacancies and five newly created positions on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Each elected judge will serve a term of 10 years, at an annual salary of $80,000. Three candidates are sitting judges, appointed by Gov. Casey and approved by the state Senate. They are seeking their own terms, to begin Jan. 2. They are Arnold L. New, 42, Paul P. Panepinto, 41, and Allan L. Tereshko, 46. Another three - former federal prosecutor Gary S. Glazer, 41, defense attorney James Murray Lynn, 43, and estates lawyer Anne E. Lazarus, 38 - recently were appointed by Casey to fill unexpired vacancies on the court.
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May 4, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Ronald Halenda, 78, of Chadds Ford, former chairman of the division of pediatrics at Riddle Memorial Hospital, died of complications from a stroke on Friday, April 29, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Dickson City near Scranton, he graduated from Dickson City High School in 1949, was an Eagle Scout, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton in 1953. Dr. Halenda graduated in 1957 from the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Halenda began his private practice at the Media Clinic in 1962 and, after Riddle Memorial opened, he became chairman of its division of pediatrics in 1964.
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June 17, 1990 | By Kay Raftery, Special to The Inquirer
John C. Alden, 47, who served from 1979 to 1982 as a state representative from the 167th Legislative District in Delaware County, died of cancer on June 6 at his home in San Diego. Mr. Alden was born in Darby and lived in Wayne and Radnor for more than 30 years. He attended St. Katharine of Siena Elementary School and High School in Wayne, graduated from Villanova University in 1965 and received his law degree from Villanova in 1969. He opened a law office on North Wayne Avenue in Wayne in 1970 and later moved to Louella Court, also in Wayne.
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December 30, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Edwin Funk, 91, of Willow Grove, a lawyer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 24, at home. Funk, who practiced law for more than 60 years, graduated from Temple Law School in 1951 and started a private practice specializing in wills, trusts, and estate administration in the late 1950s. He practiced on South Broad Street and in Montgomery County. He retired in 2012. Mr. Funk was born on a farm in Elk Creek, Va., and raised in Altoona, Pa. He was valedictorian of the Class of 1940 at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 16, 1987
Pennsylvania voters will elect two judges to 10-year terms on Commonwealth Court this November. The Inquirer urges the election of Republican Robert L. Byer and Democrat Doris A. Smith. Mr. Byer, 35, a lawyer in private practice in Pittsburgh, was the only one of the four candidates to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association's highest rating of "exceptionally well qualified. " He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, did graduate study in English literature at Oxford University and then received a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
NEWS
January 2, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
Former Camden County First Assistant Prosecutor Dennis G. Wixted, driven by a desire to maintain pension benefits and serve the public, will return to the public sector Saturday, when he is sworn in as prosecutor for Pine Hill. Wixted, a lawyer in the Camden law firm of Sufrin & Zucker since September, promised to bring with him a respect for people and a nonpartisan, no-nonsense way of handling the court system. He will replace Nicholas Panarella Jr., who served one year as the borough's prosecutor and will continue in private practice in Gloucester Township.
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