Bishop Ousted Amid Cover-up

Philadelphia Daily News

October 4, 2008

An Episcopal bishop has been defrocked after a church panel found him guilty of covering up his brother's sexual assaults of a teenage girl in the 1970s.

Charles E. Bennison Jr., 64, was ousted from the clergy because of his "very significant failures to fulfill his responsibilities" and "a fundamental lack of professional awareness," the special Court for the Trial of a Bishop said in documents released yesterday.

The abuse occurred in the diocese of Los Angeles, Calif. Bennison was appointed head of the Pennsylvania diocese, which has 53,000 members in the Philadelphia area, in 1998.

3 more shooting victims

A teenager, a woman and a man were hospitalized after unrelated shootings overnight yesterday.

A 25-year-old woman was shot in the neck at D Street and Allegheny Avenue in Kensington about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, police said. She remained in stable condition at Temple University Hospital yesterday.

Five minutes later, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head at 34th and Wallace streets in Mantua. He was in critical condition yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

And at 12:52 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot several times in the back on Clearfield Street near 30th in North Philadelphia, police said. He remained in critical condition yesterday at Temple University Hospital.

Police knew of no suspects or motives in the shootings.

CCP starts green redesign

Community College of Philadelphia's Northeast Regional Center yesterday began its green makeover, a $31 million expansion and redesign of its satellite campus.

The 58,000-square-foot addition, expected to be completed in 2010, will include a geothermal heating and cooling system, a storm-water collection system for use in flushing toilets, and an architectural design that will maximize daylight in the building to save on electric lighting.

DN owner still refinancing

Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC, owner of the Daily News, Inquirer and, opted to forgo a scheduled interest payment this week as it continued to work on a refinancing plan with lenders.

The company submitted a new plan to its senior and junior lenders about two months ago that calls for a $20 million infusion of cash from the owners and the completed sale of its iconic headquarters on North Broad Street.

The new plan would reduce the company's senior debt by 15 to 20 percent. In a statement, the company said it has "strong, positive cash flows" because of cost-structure improvements and "tremendous support . . . from our employees and unions."

The company said it expects to pay the missed interest payment with cash it has on hand. *


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