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NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WANTED TO WRITE something snarky about Moira Johnston because what she's doing kind of begs for snarkiness. But after hanging with her in Rittenhouse Square - where her bare breasts caught the morning sun, elicited picture-taking and drew a blasting honk from a Roadway Express truck - Johnston won me over to her cause. Which is this: Women should be allowed to go topless anywhere that men are allowed to. Maybe it was the flowered pasties that covered Johnston's nipples.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Stephen Ohlemacher and Alan Fram, Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
April 3, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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