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NEWS
December 24, 2015
TURKEY Talks with Israel aim to renew ties Five years after they angrily broke off diplomatic ties, Israel and Turkey are negotiating a return to normalized relations as the region around them explodes in violence. The Obama administration is eager for the rapprochement, which it sees as a buffer against each nation's growing isolation. Both are critical regional allies for Washington, which relies on Turkey as a key part of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
SPORTS
December 18, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
ULTIMATELY, IT'S up to the Eagles whether Sam Bradford plays here next season, the outcome Chip Kelly indicated he expects. They can franchise their quarterback for 2016, at $20 million or so, if it comes to that. They'd surely prefer that it not come to that, since a longer-term contract could be amortized against the salary cap. If they don't want to pay $20 million, they can let him become a free agent and start over, in Kelly's fourth year. Talks toward a longer deal for Bradford didn't go anywhere in the preseason, and Wednesday, in Bradford's first media availability since Kelly spoke on Monday about wanting him here going forward, Bradford didn't profess any burning desire to stay.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - After contending that his client was targeted in an anticorruption sting because she is African American, a defense lawyer dropped that allegation Wednesday and negotiated a plea deal for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in which she agreed to immediately resign from the legislature. A. Charles Peruto Jr. said that after reviewing evidence assembled by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, he concluded that his charge of racial bias "has no viability. " He also said he had reviewed the likely testimony of five key witnesses, including the sting's undercover operative and two top aides to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, and realized that "none of them were going to be able to back up my claim of racial targeting.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
From a "joke" about a battered woman to newly revealed verbal leering at public employees, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's emails to fellow judges and attorneys are repugnant enough. His increasingly brazen attempts to rig the investigation of these transgressions only compound them. Having proven himself unfit to judge the state's citizens, much less supervise other judges as a member of the nation's oldest appellate court, Eakin should resign. That Eakin received many offensive emails and sent a few has been known for months.
NEWS
December 8, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE UNFUNDED confederation of dysfunctional bureaucracies known as Pennsylvania continued to plumb new depths yesterday, with the governor calling for the resignation of a horndog Supreme Court justice who's feuding with an indicted attorney general who's in the crosshairs of a Senate that can't pass a budget. This is not how the Founding Fathers envisioned the three branches of government working. Gov. Wolf said in a statement yesterday that state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin should step down as a result of his involvement in the Porngate email scandal - and a recent attempt to clear his name by stacking a judicial ethics panel, as reported Saturday by the Inquirer . "Justice Eakin is complicit in sharing emails that contain racist, sexist and other derogatory materials, and his actions deserve the utmost scrutiny," Wolf said.
NEWS
December 8, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Wolf on Sunday renewed his call for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin to resign, but the justice's lawyer said Eakin has no intention of stepping down. Wolf said Sunday that Eakin showed "a remarkable lack of judgment" by voting to fill a vacancy on the judicial disciplinary tribunal that is to weigh misconduct allegations against him in the pornographic email scandal. Elaborating on his criticism of Eakin's conduct, the governor issued a statement Sunday that reiterated his call for the justice to resign.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, a Camden Democrat who was elected Camden County sheriff last month, resigned Wednesday from the state Assembly. "It has been my honor and privilege to hold this high office, and I regret that I will not have the opportunity to continue to serve the constituents of the Fifth District," Wilson wrote Wednesday to Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson). "Nonetheless, I look forward to serving the constituents of the County of Camden as sheriff. " Wilson did not specify the reason for his resignation in the letter, and did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.) called Monday for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin in connection with offensive emails he received and, in some cases, distributed. Williams also said those involved in reviewing Eakin's emails last year - including the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board's chief counsel, Robert Graci, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court special counsel, Robert Byer - should also step down. Both concluded that the messages did not warrant action against the Supreme Court justice.
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