Karen Heller, the longtime Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, is leaving that job to become a features writer at the Washington Post.
Heller made the announcement Sunday in her final column.
Wondering where Philly will get the money to pay for a visit from Pope Francis and to host the Democratic National Convention? David Cohen, vice president of Comcast, isn’t worried at all.
“We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Cohen told KYW Newsradio, “and I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”
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No, the Taney Dragons did not win the Little League World Series. You could hardly tell, though, by the homecoming they’re receiving this week.
The team was welcomed back to town Sunday with a rally at LOVE Park. Mayor Nutter announced the city will sponsor a parade on Wednesday — details to be determined. And the team will appear today on Today, part of what’s being billed as a national media tour.
Something doesn’t add up.
The Inquirer on Friday did something pretty unusual: It printed a takedown of the reporting behind the Daily News’ Pulitzer-winning “Tainted Justice” series of reports about police corruption in 2009. The underlying question in the report: Why had Thomas Tolstoy — accused of sexually assaulting women on the job, as well as sundry other bits of corruption — been able to stay free and even keep his police job in the years since?
The Inky’s answer? Ethically questionable behavior on the part of the Daily News reporters, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, may have compromised the case. Specifically, the two are alleged to have offered financial assistance to “Naomi,” a key witness who said Tolstoy jammed his fingers into her vagina during a 2008 drug raid. Naomi’s real identity has never been revealed publicly.
Commissioner Charles Ramsey, at least, is making the case that the reporters’ behavior was so egregious that Tolstoy — a bad cop by the commissioner’s estimation — won’t get the punishment he might deserve. “It’s not a question of whether misconduct occurred. I think we have an investigation that does demonstrate that,” Ramsey told KYW Newsradio, “but this could very well be exploited by defense counsel when it comes to creating some doubt in the mind of an arbitrator.”
Here are three reasons — drawn only from the public reporting on this issue — that the “bad reporting kept a bad cop on the streets” story doesn’t quite make sense.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery is fighting an attempt by the Philadelphia Inquirer to get a closer look at his finances in his defamation suit against the paper.
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Gov. Corbett has been un-invited from marching in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade.
Why? Because he’s not seen as a friend of labor.
You remember Arthur Goldman, the Chester County attorney accused of bootlegging after he was caught privately procuring and selling fine wines to his friends instead buying and shipping through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board? Well, the story has taken a strange turn: The state wants to destroy all 2,426 bottles of fine wine they seized from Goldman’s Malvern home in January.