Penn’s Gutmann Criticized for “Die-In” Pose

When protesters invaded Penn President Amy Gutmann’s holiday party Monday night, she made a snap decision: She joined them in a “die-in” — a protest that’s become popular in the wake of two grand juries’ decisions not to indict police officers for killing black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Now she’s being criticized by Eric Rohrback, president of Penn’s police officers’ union.
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Philly Jeweler Sentenced for Fencing Diamonds

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A Philly jeweler has been sentenced to federal prison after being convicted of fencing diamonds stolen by a “coast-to-coast” heist ring.

Eric Janovsky, 44, who worked for Three Gold Brothers on Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia, was sentenced to 7 months 15 days in prison, and 7 months, 15 days in home confinement. The hearing took place Wednesday in the federal court at Portland, Oregon, where some of the diamonds were stolen.
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Bill Cosby Sued for Defamation

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

One of the women who says Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her has filed a defamation suit against the comedian, saying his denials of abuse have branded her a liar.

Tamara Green, who first went public with her allegations in 2005, sued Cosby in the federal court at Springfield, Massachusetts. Reuters reports:
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UPDATE: Rollins Trade Called “A Matter of Time”



UPDATE: 5 a.m. Thursday The trade still isn’t official, but that is expected to change today. MLB.com reporters said completion of the trade is just a “matter of time.”

The deal has not been finalized because a third team is involved in the trade, and money needs to be exchanged among them, which requires approval from the Commissioner’s Office.

“I know that there’s a lot of Jimmy Rollins stuff out there,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in the team’s hotel suite at the Winter Meetings. “There’s nothing to announce, and as I’ve said before, we’re keeping our options open and our minds open on any way that we can improve our club long term.”

The Daily News elaborated:

If money is involved – Rollins is in the final year of a 4-year, $44 million deal – the commissioner has to approve the deal.

Another possible holdup: One of the final pieces in the deal might not have even been property of the Dodgers when the agreement was reached around 2 p.m. in San Diego, first reported by CSNPhilly.com. Later in the afternoon, the Dodgers agreed to a deal that will bring four players, including pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, to Los Angeles in exchange for All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and veteran pitcher Dan Haren.

But as of midnight, it still remained to be seen who will be coming to Philadelphia in exchange for Rollins.

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UPDATE: Police Search River for Shane Montgomery

[Update 4:45 p.m.] The Inquirer reports on video evidence that led to today’s search:

A newly surfaced surveillance video shows missing college student Shane Montgomery leaving the area of a Manayunk pub, walking toward a bridge over the Manayunk Canal – and vanishing, according to law enforcement sources.

Sources said the video shows Montgomery heading across Main Street shortly after 1:50 a.m., when he left Kildare’s Irish Pub, walking toward a footpath over the canal. That footpath opens onto an isolated parking lot on a thin wedge of land that sits between the canal and a steep, unguarded bluff over the Schuylkill River.

The video does not show Montgomery re-emerging from the area, the Inky reports. An FBI spokesman would not confirm or deny the video’s existence, the paper said.

[Original 12:08 p.m.]

6ABC reports that police have descended upon Manayunk today in an intensified search for Shane Montgomery:
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