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November 29, 1996 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Powerful state Sen. Vince Fumo will fly to Cleveland next week for heart surgery, sources have told the Daily News. The sources, who asked not to be identified, said the surgery was an elective procedure to correct a leaky valve, and is not considered to be high-risk. The Philadelphia Democrat chose to go to Cleveland, the sources said, because a surgeon there is a nationally known expert in the kind of surgery Fumo needs. The Cleveland Clinic is a highly regarded cardiac care hospital.
NEWS
May 2, 2008 | CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
ANYONE happen to catch Vince Fumo dumping his Tetley in the Schuylkill the other day? You know, his own personal Philly Tea Party? The outgoing state senator thinks the commonwealth is oppressive, racist and sexist, and it wouldn't surprise me if he started his own personal crusade to secede, starting when Fumo implied, with all the subtlety of Jeremiah Wright, that his Harrisburg colleagues would pass a slavery bill if given the chance....
NEWS
March 13, 2008
VINCE FUMO is retiring from the Pennsylvania state Senate at the end of the year. We need Marc Antony for this one. It would take Shakespeare's version of the Roman general to help us decide whether to "bury" Fumo in deserved criticism for his deal-making and arrogance - or to praise the legendary power broker for bringing what he claims to be $8 billion to the city of Philadelphia in the course of his 30 years in Harrisburg. Now at its end, Fumo's career is a cautionary tale of the corrosive properties of arrogance and hubris, which turned his unmatched political clout into the cloud of federal corruption charges that now hangs over him. It was the "cloud" of the 139-count indictment - and not his recent heart attack - that Fumo blamed yesterday for his exit from the race for renomination.
NEWS
November 10, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
WHEN VINCE FUMO entered a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday for resentencing, he looked every bit the aging con he is. His hair, more white than gray, was disheveled, and he had grown a beard. A facial tic seemed more pronounced than it was two years ago. He wore prison green jumpers with blue sneakers. He had gained 10 pounds since being incarcerated 26 months ago. For much of yesterday's proceedings, Fumo sat at the defense table, his head hung, at times looking almost devoid of hope.
NEWS
February 15, 2006 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's no need to fear, Vince Fumo is here! (Apologies to Underdog.) Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., credit the Pennsylvania state senator with foiling a purse-snatching last Saturday on fashionable Las Olas Boulevard. Chasing down a woman who had grabbed an elderly customer's purse in a pharmacy parking lot, Fumo planted himself in the path of the thief's getaway car and yanked open a door, according to the police report. Other witnesses also swarmed the gray BMW sedan before the purse was tossed on the pavement, and the car sped away.
NEWS
April 18, 1996 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
Two Democrats named Vince are among the city's hardest-working full-time practicing politicians, building political organizations and learning to live on the hot seat. This primary season, the West Philly Vince is on the firing line, backing a candidate amid a firestorm of controversy. Judgment Day is Tuesday, the primary election. The other Vince is Vince Fumo, state senator from South Philadelphia. His powerful organization boasts several judge seats, three City Council seats, his own state Senate seat and a few state representatives seats.
NEWS
July 9, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Federal prosecutors alleged in a 281-page brief submitted yesterday to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that a federal judge made "numerous errors" when he handed down "unduly lenient" sentences for former state Sen. Vince Fumo and onetime aide Ruth Arnao. The feds want the appellate court to send the prison sentences and restitution orders back to district court for resentencing. Fumo, 67, and Arnao, 53, were convicted in March 2009 of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice and related offenses, and sentenced to prison terms of 55 months, and a year and a day, respectively.
NEWS
April 9, 2009
It's good to see state Attorney General Tom Corbett finally take some action to shut down the nonprofit at the center of the fraud case against former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. But Corbett is a little late to the party. Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan indicted Fumo more than two years ago. Also indicted in February 2007 was Ruth Arnao, the former executive director of the nonprofit, Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. Meehan's indictment detailed how Fumo and Arnao used funds and employees from Citizens Alliance to their benefit.
NEWS
February 11, 2007 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The speaker introducing the guest of honor went on and on about how brilliant the guest was, how he could have been anything - a surgeon, maybe - but became a politician so he could help more people. People like his listeners there in the Queen Village kitchen. "You got the wrong guy," State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo said, scuffing the floor with his toe. He looked like an awkward, lonely kid on the playground. "I should quit while I'm ahead," he said. "I'm basically a shy guy. " Yet the man who blushed at District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham's praise during his 2004 reelection campaign gives bobblehead dolls of himself to women he dates.
NEWS
March 24, 2008 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo not seeking reelection, his allies have been lining up behind the candidacy of Center City lawyer Larry Farnese in the Democratic primary. And for the campaigns of Farnese's opponents - union leader John J. Dougherty and activist Anne Dicker - that is enough to suggest Fumo is seeking to still exert influence through a surrogate. Fumo has not publicly indicated any preference in the race for the high-profile First District, but it is no secret that the animosities between him and Dougherty run deep and that Dicker has been a staunch critic.
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May 24, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Philadelphia citizen Vincent Fumo, still The Senator to his admirers as if the FBI never moved him from Harrisburg to Ashland, Ky., has a public-service warning: Today's thieves are more brazen than ever online and it's easier to lose lots of money, fast, from one email. Here's how it nearly happened to him: It's boating season, and eager new captains like Fumo have been making payments to Drexel Hill's John McDevitt, broker at Bluewater Yachts , with offices from the Chesapeake to the Keys.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo for an early end to his postprison supervision by a probation officer. It was the second time U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter had denied a request by Fumo to terminate his three-year term of supervised release, which is scheduled to conclude next year. In 2009, he was convicted on corruption charges and spent nearly four years in federal prison in Kentucky. He was released in August 2013 and confined to his 33-room Victorian mansion in the city's Spring Garden section until Feb. 2, 2014, when his supervised release began.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
They hung together through the toughest of times, a sweeping federal investigation, health problems, and a prison term of more than four years. But the end has come for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and his longtime fiancee, Carolyn Zinni, two years after she picked him up at a federal prison in Kentucky and drove him to the 33-room Victorian mansion they shared in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. "Regrettably, Carolyn and I have split," Fumo, 72, wrote Monday in an email.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
FORMER STATE SEN. Vince Fumo went on Facebook yesterday morning and weighed in on the mayor's race. Sort of. Fumo shared a NewsWorks story about the "four billionaires" supporting state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and wrote that he'd choose their candidate over one backed by labor leader John Dougherty (who is throwing his money behind ex-Fumo protege and former City Councilman Jim Kenney). "Either those guys or Johnnie doc! I take anyone other than dougherty!" Fumo wrote. The four billionaires cited by NewsWorks are the pro-school-choice Susquehanna International Group trio funding Williams ads, and Gerry Lenfest - owner of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com - who has contributed money to Williams.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CONVICTED FORMER state Sen. Vince Fumo is seeking an early end to his three-year term of supervised release under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Probation Office. In a motion filed yesterday, Fumo's lawyer, Dennis Cogan, asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to terminate Fumo's three-year supervised release after more than 13 months. "His punishments have been considerable and he has suffered much," Cogan wrote. "He is now almost 72 years of age. His health is not good and his financial losses have been considerable.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA When things were good between Vince Fumo and Andy Cosenza, they saw themselves as brothers. Fumo would sign off his e-mails from prison as "Big Bro. " Cosenza was "lil bro. " Then, from behind bars, the former state senator accused Cosenza of misappropriating money from Fumo's old campaign fund. Fumo claimed in a lawsuit that Cosenza in 2010 had steered some $20,000 to himself and one of his businesses. Now, Fumo may have more reason to be incensed. In a belated disclosure, Cosenza has made a startling admission: The Fumo political fund he chairs made $253,000 in payments to Cosenza and his companies in early 2011.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday afternoon, suffering from internal bleeding, apparently related to a biopsy he had a few days ago for prostate cancer, according to his biographer. Ralph Cipriano, a former Inquirer reporter who blogs at BigTrial.net and is writing a biography with Fumo, said the former senator called him while on his way to the hospital. Cipriano said that Fumo told him he was bleeding from several places, felt dizzy and might need a blood transfusion.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
A VINCE FUMO rumor flew over South Philly's Democratic 39A Ward this week like a UFO and, although completely denied by the authorities, some folks are not convinced. The former state senator, home a month now from federal prison and still cooling his heels on mansion arrest, will not be taking over as ward leader. Ward Leader Roseanne Pauciello said her phone has been ringing all week with committee members wondering if she is preparing to step down and hand power to Fumo.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
'Stone walls," a poet once wrote, "do not a prison make. " The same could be said of heated sidewalks and a wine cellar. Yet these are just some of the overwrought comforts of the "prison" in which former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo will while away the conclusion of his all too merciful corruption sentence. Fumo's mansion has an elevator, servants' quarters, a shooting range, and a total of 33 rooms - enough to spend each week of the remaining six months of his term in a different one. It lies in the city's serene Fairmount section, five miles and a world away from the North Philadelphia halfway house where many of Fumo's fellow felons prepare to reenter society in spartan dormitories.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
No dreary dorm for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo as he finishes up the last months of his corruption sentence. No bunk bed and locker at the utilitarian Kintock halfway house on Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia. Instead, federal prisons officials confirmed Wednesday that Fumo would be permitted to serve out the last six months of his sentence in his home. For Fumo, home is a 33-room Victorian mansion in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section - with a wine cellar, shooting range, indoor elevator, heated sidewalks, seven bathrooms, a guest suite, and servants' quarters.
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