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Peculiar Timing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's Death, Sixers Fall to Clippers in Heartbreaker, and Jerry Sandusky Speaks

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The Omelette Saturday February 11, 2012

District Attorney Ferman Says Timing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's Death "Peculiar"

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said yesterday that she asked the county coroner to examine the body of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua last week because the timing of the 88-year-old former Cardinal's death struck her as "peculiar."

Ferman acknowledged that she ordered county Coroner Walter I. Hofman to perform the examination, because the cardinal died one day after a Philadelphia judge said Bevilacqua could be called to testify at the child sex-abuse and endangerment trial of three current and former priests.

At a news conference in Norristown Ferman told reporters, "I had the same reaction that many people had and that many people communicated with me. It struck many of us as odd, as peculiar, that the cardinal passed away so suddenly after the court ruling. . . . I just thought that someone should make sure that nothing happened that was inappropriate."

Cardinal Bevilacqua has been accused in the past of ignoring alleged child sexual abuse incidents by hundreds of priests.

Despite, the D.A.'s suspicion, Bevilacqua had been suffering from cancer and was 88 years-old.

Sixers Lose to Clippers in Heartbreaker 78-77

The 76ers capped off their final game in what coach Doug Collins dubbed as "Death Row." Last night they took on the L.A. Clippers, who sit atop the Pacific Division.

Unfortunately, the upstart Sixers squad came up just short, in a dramatic 78-77 loss to the Clippers.

Clippers star Chris Paul hit a jumper over Andre Iguodala with just 3.2 seconds left to the give the Clippers the victory. Paul led the way with 24 points, while Blake Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sixers are still first in the Atlantic Division and currently tied for third in the Eastern Conference with an 18-9 record. They will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7:30.

Jerry Sandusky Speaks

Jerry Sandusky spoke yesterday after many neighbors expressed concern that he was sitting outside the back of his house, which is just yards away from a neighboring elementary school. In fact, Sandusky has been seen staring at children from outside the rear of his home while kids were playing outside at the school.  Sandusky said that his neighbors "turned on me."

"All of a sudden these people turn on me when they've been in my home with their kids, they've attended birthday parties here for my grandchildren, they've been on that deck and in that yard," he said. "It's been difficult to be honest."

Neighbors are seeking his confinment inside his home during his house arrest. A judge is expected to rule on the details of his house arrest on Monday.

Photo of Anthony Bevilacqua from rittenhoused.com

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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