Assault & Pepper: Why is pepper spray illegal for self-defense? Well, despite confusion, it's not! Dana DiFilippo sorts out some of the confusion on the legalities of using pepper spray, which seems to be among Philly cops, too.
D.A. drops ex-hero's charges. Former police officer Richard DeCoatsworth is off the hook - almost. Mensah M. Dean reports.
Will donors give new life to charter? Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School founder hopes so, but the future is still iffy, writes Solomon Leach.
Ron Castille, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says any judges snared in the pornographic email scandal unfolding at the state Attorney General's Office will "have to pay the piper."
Castille, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane -- in a letter Thursday followed by a telephone call -- for the names of any judges who sent or received the hardcore pornography. Castille also wants copies of the emails.
"I want to make sure that, if they are involved, they have to pay the piper," Castille said. "It's just sad for us as a branch of government if anyone is involved in this type of activity."
John Baer takes a look at the politics behind the porn scandal, part of a running feud between state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the former top deputies to her predecessor, Gov. Corbett.
Stu Bykofsky comes up with a few unconventional candidates for mayor of Philadelphia.
And the Daily News Editorial Board considers the new city cigarette tax a nicotine patch, with much more needed to fund public education in Philadelphia.
HARRISBURG - Some of Gov. Corbett's top deputies seemed to have been quite taken, while he was the state attorney general, with graphic images of unusual objects inserted into women's vaginas. Explicit emails put on display for reporters yesterday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane - in perhaps the strangest political peep show in history - included videos of women masturbating by inserting a bowling pin and a lit cigar.
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday shifted oversight for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to the deputy mayor for public safety on the recommendation of a task force created to examine L&I in the aftermath of last year's Market Street building collapse.
A BILL introduced in City Council yesterday would require landlords to give tenants advance notice of any anticipated rent increases.
Statement pieces: Notice mor graffiti lately? We have. Graffiti sends a message - and Philly needs to listen. Sandra Shea delves into the culture of graffiti artists which has exploded in recent years across the city.
Beating & tweeting to cost her a job? Three surrender in alleged assault on gay couple in Center City. This story by Dana DiFilippo and Vinny Vella.
Latest polls still cry 'Wolf!' TV spending's had little effect, writes Chris Brennan.
For accepting less than $1,000 in cash, in one instance, newly resigned Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters is looking at time behind bars for asking fellow judges to help out his buddies in legal matters.
“He’s a friend of mine, so if you can take a hard look at it,” Waters allegedly says on a taped phone call with the feds listening in.
The criminal complaint alleges Waters used several of his connections with other municipal court judges to alter the outcomes of cases where - in at least one case - he knew the defendant. Whether the hook-ups came in the form of granting continuances, reducing fines or generally giving one party favorable treatment over another, prosecutors contend Waters orchestrated a scheme to gain a secret advantage over the litigation process via ex parte communications such as phone calls and text messages. The benefactors of the alleged puppeteering were usually contributors to Waters’ reelection campaign.
Well-liked, cheerful, energetic...and dead. Why? Suspect surrenders in shooting of 15-year-old. Morgan Zalot covers the childish spat that escalated in Logan, where an innocent girl wound up dead.
Solomon Leach chronicles as some are a little less fuming in Philly as cigarette tax passes state Senate.
Judge quits before his day in court. A municipal court judge is expected to plead guilty to wire, mail fraud later today.
School district quits on program to mentor minority boys...and it was working. Unprogrammed: Stephanie Farr explains how a mentorship for young men is axed.
Cigarette tax passes House, awaits vote in Senate. Solomon Leach reports.
D.A. takes over case of Center City gay-bashing, in this report by Vinny Vella.