DAILY GRINDER: [Philly Priest Abuse] Prosecution Says Lynn Lied to Police
The prosecution in the Philadelphia priest abuse case presented evidence yesterday which they claimed showed Msgr. William Lynn lied to police during the investigation of another priest. The alleged untruth happened during a 2001 police interview in which Lynn told a police officer about allegations of another priest’s history of sexually abusing members of his own family. When the officer asked about any other complaints, Lynn answered, “Not that I am aware of.” Yeah, but, “the prosecution alleges there were numerous allegations of abuse against Cudemo in the church archives at that time, and Lynn knew it.”
U.S. District Judge Thomas O’Neill, presiding over the duck boat trial, asked both parties to put the proceeding on hold yesterday and try to come to a settlement.
Rick Santorum went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. He said his letter of support for Mitt Romney went out late Monday so “it would be, sort of, the first thing people would see in the morning.”
Here’s a blog about how City Council shouldn’t grant itself veto power over where bike lanes can and can’t go in Philadelphia. Seems like something they’d do: Give themselves less power.
Former Phillie Jayson Werth broke his wrist in a game against his former team on Sunday, and Phillies fans cheered for his misfortune. He later wrote in an email to the Washington Post: “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”
Members of the School Reform Commission testified before City Council yesterday to persuade them to approve Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative, which would re-assess city property and give schools $94 million. This would still leave the district short, and some have said the re-assessment adds up to a tax increase, which Nutter said he would stay away from this year.
Philly State Reps. Mike O’Brien and Rosita Youngblood have suggested diverting the wage tax relief (state taxes on Pennsylvania casino profits) to Philadelphia schools for five years. It’d divert $88 million, they said.
Thirty-two suspects were nailed for their roles in an alleged meth-trafficking ring operating in Philly and Montgomery County.
About 150 people were in Harrisburg yesterday for a gun rights rally.