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December 12, 1992
The conviction of senior CIA operative Clair George for lying to Congress by denying the agency's role in resupplying the Nicaraguan contras in 1986 has added fuel to a building backlash. GOP leader Bob Dole denounces the whole Iran-contra probe as a political witch hunt, a notion ex-State Department honcho Elliott Abrams expounds on at book length. And with former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger facing trial, the outgoing Bush administration is being lobbied for pardons. None of that, however, ought to obscure the point of the exercise.
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November 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Denying he ever sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared yesterday that he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and that the allegations are surfacing now as part of a "witch hunt. " The former pizza-company executive was responding to a Politico report that said that the trade group had given financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
NEWS
June 18, 1986 | By JUAN GONZALEZ, Daily News Staff Writer
A confidential report prepared at Mayor Goode's request by Temple University Law School Dean Carl E. Singley has blasted as a "witch hunt" an attempt to remove Philadelphia Port Corp. President W. Oliver Leggett Jr. Singley's 14-page study reviewed an earlier management report done by a committee of the corporation's board of directors following allegations of possible misconduct by Leggett. The committee report included a 3-2 recommendation to fire Leggett, a former deputy mayor under Goode.
NEWS
March 11, 1990 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sandinista-controlled, lame-duck National Constituent Assembly approved a blanket amnesty yesterday, blocking prosecution of government officials, soldiers and contra rebels for crimes during the last decade. The measure was approved, 63-3, after an all-day debate in which assembly President Carlos Nunez Tellez and members of the 61-member Sandinista bloc expressed fears that the government of President-elect Violeta Chamorro would attempt a "witch hunt" when it takes office April 25. Sandinista officials acknowledged that some corrupt officials in their regime would undoubtedly benefit from the new law, but they contended that was not the intent of the legislation.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
IT WAS A BAD week for ethics reform. It began with two excruciating committee meetings in City Council where the pros and cons of a pay-to-play bill got aired. Now, debate over legislation is a good and necessary thing. But for the most part, the arguments against a bill that would require greater transparency in city government and limits on no-bid contracts were at best specious and more than a little dumbfounding. The bill got voted out of committee, revised with some amendments that were made at the request of the Street administration.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history. The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement - the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration - his last option - because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.
NEWS
June 17, 2008
If the attorneys for slots-parlor-owner and felon Louis DeNaples want to go on a fishing expedition, they should rent a boat and head to the Jersey Shore. Instead, DeNaples' attorneys are trolling for alleged leaks to the news media stemming from a grand jury investigation involving DeNaples. Earlier this year, a grand jury indicted DeNaples on perjury charges for allegedly lying to state gambling regulators about his relationships with organized-crime figures and people linked to the corruption probe of City Hall under then-Mayor John F. Street.
NEWS
January 21, 1997 | By Debbie Woodell
Count Sheldon Kennedy among the most courageous. Stepping into new territory in the macho world of major-league sports, the right wing for the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins has shed light on one of sports' darkest secrets - sexual abuse by coaches. Kennedy helped Canadian officials put his junior-hockey coach, Graham James, a child predator, in prison. Kennedy's sincerity and openness with the media, revealing he was assaulted hundreds of times beginning in 1984, when he was 14, brought much-needed attention to a grim issue.
NEWS
May 11, 1993 | by Randy Shilts, Special to the Daily News
Today, the Daily News begins the first of three excerpts from "Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military" by Randy Shilts (St. Martin's, $27.95). Shilts conducted more than 1,000 interviews and made hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests in writing his book. Today's excerpt, "A Witch Hunt," focuses on the Naval Investigative Service. The Naval Investigative Service was not an agency merely preoccupied with homosexuality - its pursuit of homosexuals in the Navy and Marine Corps was an obsession.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The clocks will roll back about 500 years tonight when The Lady's Not for Burning opens at Hedgerow Theatre. The audience is taken away to an English manor, where people still speak in blank verse and a visit to the gallows is the ultimate punishment. The Lady's Not for Burning is a Christopher Fry play written in 1948 about a witch hunt in the Elizabethan era. The show marks the return after 20 years of Hedgerow alumna Elowyn Castle, who will direct. Starring in the lead role of Jennet is Hedgerow's resident company member Cory Salar.
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NEWS
February 16, 2013
Richard Collins, 98, a blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era, died Thursday, Feb. 14, of pneumonia in Ventura, Calif., his son, Michael, said. Mr. Collins was one of 19 writers and directors called by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 in a probe of supposed Communist subversion in Hollywood. He wasn't asked to testify, but 10 who refused to answer questions about their beliefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.
NEWS
October 22, 2012
By Kirk Bohls Now that Lance Armstrong has been completely disgraced and his entire cycling career has been trashed because of overwhelming evidence that he cheated, he should take some advice from his former sponsor, Nike, and "Just Do It": He should apologize. To the world. To the international cycling community that revered him. To the millions of Livestrong survivors he inspired and maybe still does. To his family who stood by him. To himself. Armstrong owes everyone that much.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history. The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement - the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration - his last option - because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Denying he ever sexually harassed anyone, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared yesterday that he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and that the allegations are surfacing now as part of a "witch hunt. " The former pizza-company executive was responding to a Politico report that said that the trade group had given financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
NEWS
June 17, 2011
SO REP. Weiner sent half-naked pics of himself over his phone. If there were investigations into the private lives of pols, Washington would clear out in a heartbeat, starting with the folks who pontificate the most about "morals. " Republicans have learned nothing from their witch hunt of President Clinton. After all, the speaker of the House at that time, Newt Gingrich, was having some extramarital "fun" while blasting Clinton for doing the same - and now he's running for president with the support of the same ones [who called]
NEWS
October 29, 2010 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Councilman Bill Green wants to get rid of the phantom "blogger tax. " In August, the city was hammered with negative news reports alleging that it was charging bloggers who make small ad sales on their sites. Although there was no actual city effort to make bloggers pay up, technically anyone generating income is supposed to pay for a business-privilege license - a onetime fee of $300 or $50 annually - as well as any relevant taxes. Green plans to introduce legislation next week to change that.
NEWS
August 4, 2009 | By Pat Toomey
When John Roberts and Samuel Alito were nominated to the Supreme Court, Republicans argued that they should be confirmed based on their impeccable qualifications and mainstream jurisprudence. Now, Democrats are in power, and the same standard should apply. After listening to much of Sonia Sotomayor's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and carefully examining her 17-year record as a federal appellate judge, I have come to two conclusions. First, her record is somewhat left of center, and I would likely disagree with many of her rulings if she were a Supreme Court Justice.
NEWS
August 3, 2009
MAYBE I'm missing something, but the name "PhillyLive" doesn't exactly knock me over when it comes to reflecting the character of the proposed South Philadelphia entertainment/shopping landscape. The location needs a name that represents the city's image, a title that conjures up eclectic shops and where the idea of entertainment would emanate like colors from a prism - an appellation that means everything colorful under the sun. Wait a minute . . . Holy Lou Scheinfeld, Batman . . . There's already a term for this type of place!
NEWS
December 21, 2008 | By Patrick Radden Keefe
If you thought the wiretapping controversy ended last summer, when Congress blessed the Bush administration's warrantless-wiretapping program by passing a new surveillance law that greatly enhanced the powers of the National Security Agency, think again. The legacy of the illegal operation represents a serious problem for the Obama administration. After a hearing this month on the most controversial aspect of the new law - immunity to the telecom giants that secretly permitted the NSA to siphon off their customers' communications - a federal judge in San Francisco must decide whether Congress can bestow absolution on private companies that appear to have violated the law. The issue underlying the immunity debate is not whether the telecoms should pay damages; it is whether lawsuits against the companies can be used to answer a question that Congress and the media have not: Just how bad was the NSA program?
NEWS
August 18, 2008 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the early 1950s, the hunt for communists disrupted careers not only in Hollywood and New York City. In Philadelphia, it forced two dozen teachers out of the public school system. Isadore Reivich had taught social studies at West Philadelphia High School for seven years when he was suspended in 1953 and fired in 1954 after an inquiry about "communist activities. " His daughter, Susana Silva, said last week that it took 15 years for Reivich to be reinstated. On Wednesday, Mr. Reivich, 88, died of renal failure at Pennsylvania Hospital.
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