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January 13, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are feeling good about themselves after winning two straight games and three of their last four. But that hasn't changed how the team is viewed by veterans around the NBA. "No one wants to go there," said an Eastern Conference player who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "Not right now. " Established players cringe at the thought of being traded to the 7-29 squad. Marquee free agents won't even consider the franchise. That's not surprising to the Sixers, especially coach Brett Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WERE two things Stephen Johnson always was: a cop and an athlete. He served well in a number of administrative positions in his 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, but his heart was always out in the streets, mingling with the people and fellow cops. Or riding a motorcycle. "In my opinion his first love was the Highway Patrol," said former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. "When he became captain of the Highway Patrol, he had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ted Paluch never considered himself much of a soldier. But the 92-year-old veteran's lips began to quiver when asked what he learned from World War II. "It made me a little more tolerant," he said. Paluch fell silent, adjusted his glasses, and pulled a tissue from the pocket of his blazer. "That's about it," he whispered. Sitting in a Philadelphia office on Sunday morning, Paluch recalled his experience surviving the Malmedy massacre of 1944, when German troops lined up and killed 84 U.S. soldiers captured during the Battle of the Bulge.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the retiree who served in the Battle of the Bulge to put his life back together. The guilty plea came at "the eleventh hour," just as jury selection was about to begin for McIlwaine's criminal fraud trial, said Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cooper Nixon.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas J. Morrison Jr., 90, of Ambler, a decorated World War II veteran and recipient of the French Legion of Honor, died Thursday, Nov. 27, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Born in Jenkintown, he graduated from Ambler High School in 1943 and was drafted into the Army. He served from October 1943 until January 1946. Mr. Morrison served in the 101st Airborne Division. On June 7, 1944, he saw action as an artilleryman in the glider forces sent across the English Channel to replace others killed in action.
SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are, at times, hard to watch. A 110-103 loss to Dallas Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center was their franchise-record 16th straight setback to open the season. The Sixers' futility has generated new debates about "tanking" - the practice of making a team worse in the short term in order to be good in the long term. Some believe the tactic is unethical. Others folks swear that without a lot of luck, it's ineffective. But those were the old debates. The new one is: Are the Sixers taking it too far?
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
RUNNING marathons and gluttonous eating competitions aren't a typical mix of activities. Unless, of course, your name is Breandan Lyman, aka Skin and Bones - the La Salle University graduate who consumed 4 pounds of bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes in 8 minutes to qualify for last February's WIP Wing Bowl 22. Lyman didn't finish in the Top 6 in that Wing Bowl, but, at Wing Bowl 21 in 2013, the 6-3, 175-pound runner finished fourth after consuming 209...
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council took up two measures Thursday aimed at employing veterans: one that gives tax breaks to vets and the other to companies that hire them. Under a newly proposed bill, veterans who become police officers, firefighters, or paramedics would be eligible for a tax break amounting to about $1,100 for a person earning $46,000 annually. The bill, sent to a subcommittee for review, is the first introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson since he took office in August. Neilson said Thursday that it would help fill any potential void left from officers retiring through the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A Philadelphia jury on Friday convicted former police officer Kevin Corcoran of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of an Iraqi War veteran last year. The Common Pleas Court jury of five women and seven men found Corcoran not guilty of two other charges - false imprisonment and official oppression. Corcoran, 34, a 10-year police veteran at the time of his dismissal in March, could receive up to 1-to-2 years in jail when sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge Robert Coleman.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A prosecutor on Wednesday described former police officer Kevin Corcoran as a "rogue cop" who terrorized and falsely imprisoned a man after an altercation last year in Center City, while a defense lawyer depicted the encounter as a judgment call made during a routine patrol. The conflicting accounts emerged during opening arguments and testimony in Corcoran's trial on charges of false imprisonment, obstruction, and official oppression. In an incident that led to the veteran officer's dismissal and arrest, police say Corcoran handcuffed a man and drove him to a North Philadelphia alley after the man's friend chided him for making an illegal turn in his police SUV. Corcoran released the man only after learning he was a veteran of the Iraq war. Corcoran, 34, denies the charges.
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