NEWS CLUES: It’s Like Adderall For Your Eyeballs


alyciadogsweater.jpeg“I just want to say I’m so glad this is over,” said former CBS anchor Alycia Lane, as she left a New York City courthouse this morning. “And I want to thank all of those who supported me and believed in me. And I just look forward to moving on with my life now.” At the hearing (and as we reported would happen) Lane’s attorney David Smith and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Michael Greenman agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, or ACD. It’s essentially a six-month-long slow dismissal of her case. Our Feb. 8 report suggested the six-months was probation, but it is not. There is no court supervision, or reporting to court, during the six-month period, and so long as Lane doesn’t get in any more legal trouble in New York, at least until September, her case will be formally declared dead. Lane’s settlement includes one day of community service. […] Lane, of course, was charged with hitting a police officer in New York City on Dec. 16, 2007. Asked what was next for her, Lane said, “I don’t know yet.” Her civil lawyer, Paul Rosen, however, said she “has so many offers coming in now.” On the legal front, though, this is it for these charges, which were changed at today’s hearing because the court found the officer’s scratches didn’t rise to the level of a felony charge. [via PHILLYGOSSIP]


KILLADELPHIA: Cops Ventilate Skull Of Suspected Drug Dealer With Gun Drawn

skeleton-running.gif An unidentified man with a gun was fatally shot by a Philadelphia police officer a short while ago, authorities said. The shooting was reported about 1:15 p.m. at North 16th and Swain Streets, where the man reportedly pointed a gun at police, said Officer Jill Russell of the Public Affairs Unit. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but was not immediately identified by police. Immediately after the shooting, numerous police cars rushed to the scene and a large crime-scene perimeter was established in surrounding blocks. Authorities said two plain-clothes officers, with badges hanging from their necks, were in the area of 17th and Ingersoll Street investigating an unrelated matter when they noticed a person acting suspiciously. A person in the area told police the man had been selling drugs. The officers attempted to approach the man, who got in a van and drove off with police following. Authorities said he parked several blocks away on Swain, got out of his vehicle and approached the officers with a gun pointed at them. One of the officers fired at the man, striking him in the head, police said. [via INQUIRER]


LIFE OF BRIAN: Ex-City Paper Editor To Manage Johnny Doc’s Campaign

brianhickey.jpgPHILADELPHIA, PA (Feb. 22, 2008) — Dougherty for Senate 2008, the campaign of labor and civic leader John Dougherty for Pennsylvania’s 1st District Senate seat, has announced several key staff hires. Former Philadelphia City Paper Managing Editor Brian Hickey [pictured left with Danny Devito, during his cameo on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia] has been hired as Campaign Manager. Prior to joining City Paper four and a half years ago, Hickey was an award-winning staff writer for Philadelphia Weekly. Hickey extensively covered politics and many other issues at both papers, including several stories and columns about Dougherty. [via HEARD IN THE HALL]

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