May 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - At the center of a political storm, an Internal Revenue Service supervisor whose agents targeted conservative groups swore Wednesday she did nothing wrong, broke no laws and never lied to Congress. Then she refused to answer lawmakers' further questions, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. In one of the most electric moments since the IRS controversy erupted nearly two weeks ago, Lois Lerner unwaveringly - but briefly - defended herself before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
May 9, 2013
In the Region Sunoco Logistics buys refinery Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. , the energy pipelines and terminal operator, has acquired the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook for $60 million and plans to develop it into a "world class" hub for shipping natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The site has deepwater berths, rail access, pipeline connections, and five caverns for storing materials like propane and butane. The sale was essentially an in-house transaction.
May 7, 2013 |
AMID OPPOSITION from Roxborough residents and preservation groups, the city last week announced a delay in its plans to build a Treetop Adventure Course at the neighborhood's prized Wissahickon Valley Park. In a statement Thursday, the Department of Parks and Recreation said it would defer further public discussion and action around the proposed course, pending a re-evaluation. "The volume of misinformation currently in circulation, along with the Department's responsibility to safeguard valued community partners from misguided criticism, necessitates the additional review and analysis of this opportunity," the statement read.
April 18, 2013 |
A Montgomery County Court jury deliberated for more than six hours Tuesday on murder charges against Luckenson Desrivieres, who stabbed two friends at a Norristown boardinghouse in June 2012. As of 9:30 p.m., the jurors had not decided and deliberations were suspended for the night. Desrivieres, 25, argued that he stabbed Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23, and Shamara Hill, 26, in self-defense after they attacked him for "snitching" on members of a Haitian Bloods gang in Newark, N.J. Attorneys offered closing statements Tuesday, the prosecution depicting Desrivieres as a cold-blooded street thug and the defense portraying a reformed man whose life was in danger.
April 18, 2013 |
A Bucks County couple and their two children died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Monday when the husband committed suicide by leaving his car running in the garage and the others were overcome by the fumes. According to Pennsylvania state police, troopers responded around 11:20 p.m. to find the four family members - identified as Gary Reitnauer, 59; his wife, Michele, 58; and daughters Kimberly, 16, and Jamie, 10 - inside a residence on Kumry Road in Milford Township. None could be revived, police said.
April 18, 2013 |
FORMER City Controller Jonathan Saidel on Tuesday dropped his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, citing the interest in the race from Marjorie Margolies, who once held the seat. Saidel, in a statement, made clear that Democrats are starting to line up behind Margolies, including former President Bill Clinton, a fundraising powerhouse. Margolies' son is married to Clinton's daughter. "Over the past few days, I have had conversations with Marjorie Margolies and national Democratic leaders," Saidel said.
April 12, 2013 |
Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti was killed after she questioned the competence of the exterminator sent to rid her rowhouse of mice. That's what Jason Smith - who allegedly strangled Ketunuti - told detectives in a teary five-page Jan. 24 confession. Smith's statement was read Wednesday at a preliminary hearing where Smith was held for trial on murder, arson, and related charges by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. "She said that I shouldn't be an exterminator, that I didn't know what I was doing," said Smith, 37, of Levittown, in a statement read by homicide detective Edward Tolliver.
April 6, 2013 |
The firing of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice and resignation of his assistant coach Jimmy Martelli do not appear to have quieted the scandal, as a concerned chorus of voices continued to rise. While their approaches differ, most of the critics agree: More investigation is needed. More than 50 faculty members have signed a letter calling for athletic director Tim Pernetti to be fired, while 28 faculty signed a separate letter calling for president Robert L. Barchi to step down.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.
April 2, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized, and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement. Two men, ages 20 and 22, have been taken into custody and a third is being sought in connection with the incident, which saw the two foreigners held for around six hours starting shortly after midnight Saturday, police said. The statement said the men forced other passengers to get out of the van and then sexually assaulted the female tourist inside the vehicle, which was one of a fleet of vans that serve bus routes and seat about a dozen people.