Sunday, September 21, 2014
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The Inconvenient Truth

A kid, a priest, a bicyclist. I only have sympathy for the kid.

The Inconvenient Truth

Let's call it Backpedal Thursday!

Yesterday, a 9-year-old West Philly student claimed to have been the victim of an attempted kidnapping. When cops came to interview her, she recanted her story. A source told the Daily News that the child lied to avoid getting in trouble for being late to school. 

Meantime, in a Center City courtroom across town, defrocked Catholic priest  Edward Avery, who pled guilty last year to the sexual assault of an altar boy, recanted his plea. Word is, he had pled guilty to avoid a longer prison sentence.

And on Thursday-night airwaves, Fraud de France winner Lance Armstrong recanted his prior claims to never have doped for professional sports. His reason for lying in the first place? His need to win at everything. Oh, and his need to be an ass.

I feel for the 9-year-old. What child hasn't told a lie, to avoid an adult's disappointment? Although thi stall tale, I've gotta day,is a whopper.

As for Avery,t he alleged reason for bending the truth last year was that he wanted to avoid a long prison sentence. But maybe he's bending it now to help out former buddies Rev. Charles Engelhardt and ex-teacher Bernard Shero, who are charged with messing with the same altar boy Avery had a crack at.  Avery's' testimony was to have been pivotal in the prosecution's case. Now, who knows what'll happen? The man's a snake.

Speaking of despicable, can we please stop talking about Lance Armstrong? The King of Dope isn't worth another second of attention, except from those he betrayed, belittled and defamed for speaking the truth. He doesn't owe them an apology. He owes them justice, which will be best found in a courtroom.

Unless he recants his recantation (which isn't actually a proper word, but should be). I'm sure Oprah will be all ears.

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
About this blog

When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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