Saturday, October 25, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:45 AM

There is a common refrain in Pennsylvania politics: You can't make this stuff up.  John Baer applies it to the porn email scandal spreading in Harrisburg.

A South Jersey couple claims in a recent legal filing that undercover investigators found that the W Hotel chain embraces prostitution, allowing hookers to ply their trade with complete impunity.

And the Daily News Editorial Board takes a look at calls to break up the beleaguered Department of Licenses & Inspections.

POSTED: Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:53 AM
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett. (Staff, Getty images)

The state Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection and a top attorney on his staff resign, the first heads to roll in an unfolding email porn scandal from when Gov. Corbett was the state Attorney General.  Also, sources tell the Daily News that state Gaming Control Board Chairman Bill Ryan Jr., once Corbett's first deputy in the Attorney General's Office, turns up in the archived porn emails.

He was standing right there. And then he seemed to vanish, leaving the crushed bodies and broken bones behind in the dust. Richard Basciano, the wealthy developer who owned the Center City building that collapsed 16 months ago, was actually on the scene when a brick wall gave way, killing six people and injuring 13, including a man who died three weeks later.

The attack on a gay couple in Center City last month spurred the House Democratic Policy Committee to change topics before a hearing at the Kimmel Center yesterday afternoon. "This was originally scheduled to be about nondiscrimination in sports," said state Rep. Brian Sims. "But when the hate crime happened, we switched it over so we could make it about hate crimes in general."

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:44 PM
State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo

The emailed porn scandal that followed Gov. Corbett from his time as the state's Attorney General has claimed its first victim -- Chris Abruzzo, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection just resigned.

In a news release that makes no mention of the scandal, Corbett says "Abruzzo made his decision based on the best interest of the important mission" of DEP.

"I thank Chris for his dedicated service to the people of Pennsylvania," Corbett said in the release.

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:36 AM

Embattled Secret Service taps Philly guy Joe Clancy, former Comcast security boss. Will Bunch explains. 

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Patricia Madej covers Mayor Nutter's bill signing as the city decriminalizes marijuana. 

Porn spurs political pugilism: Guv touts state site with many high-risque jobs after Corbett & Wolf get testy in race's second debate. Chris Brennan reports. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:42 PM
The seemingly innocuous state jobs web site, JobGateway.pa.gov, links to others that include racy occupational vacancies.

This is probably the last thing a governor dealing with a porn scandal needs right now.

Gov. Corbett, during his second debate with Democrat Tom Wolf today, repeatedly mentioned the state’s job hunting web site and said there are 250,000 jobs available.

That site – JobGateway.pa.gov – pulls from other job boards, including Craigslist.com.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:22 AM

Used & abused: His customers' cars were repossessed - through not fault of their own - and they're not happy. Ronnie Polaneczky interviews car buyers whose rides were repossessed, but they paid on time. 

They may as well work with indigent farmers. John Baer talks about the focus of the governor's race. 

Wannabe wiseguy guilty of hiring hit: Mob associate Ron Galati sat calmly yesterday in court while a jury convicted him of hiring hit men to kill his daughter's lover. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:15 AM

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. 

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:18 PM
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ron Castille speaks at the Philly Convention Center on Jan. 3, 2008. (Elizabeth Robertson / Inquirer Staff)

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."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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