January 21, 2015 |
Martin Luther King's Birthday served as a debutantes' ball of sorts for the candidates who want to be Philadelphia's next mayor, as they sped about the city hitting events to highlight their campaigns and, in some cases, individual strong suits. Most important, they spent time in the public eye, turning the day of remembrance for the nation's premier civil rights leader into a coming-out party for a campaign that has heretofore been invisible. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams opened his day at Bright Hope Baptist Church, long a beacon for the African American community and a not-so-subtle reminder of Williams' family heritage.
December 13, 2014 |
In what amounted to the first real salvo of the 2015 mayor's race Thursday, former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham chose to target not any of her announced opponents, but City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. She did so for Clarke's refusal to hold Council hearings on a now-dead bill to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works to the Connecticut energy firm UIL for $1.86 billion. Outside Clarke's City Hall office, Abraham said he was "not a leader," and challenged him to resurrect the expired deal by inviting UIL to come back to Philadelphia for a hearing on the proposal.
December 12, 2014 |
SINCE THE end of her long tenure as Philadelphia District Attorney five years ago, Lynne Abraham - now a 2015 mayoral contender - only made the news for one really high-profile case. It was supposed to be a doozy. At the height of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal in November 2011, the ex-top prosecutor and judge announced she'd been hired by the Sandusky-founded children's charity, the Second Mile. Her job was to get to the bottom of whether officials at the philanthropy knew about or even aided the crimes of the former Penn State coach.
November 21, 2014 |
The contours of the 2015 Philadelphia mayor's race finally emerged in sharp relief Wednesday with the entrance of two formidable Democratic candidates - former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. What had been a rather sleepy affair received a jump-start as the pair joined Terry Gillen, a former head of the Redevelopment Authority, and Ken Trujillo, a former city solicitor, in the race for the Democratic nomination. Abraham, in particular, made a loud entrance, promoting herself as a tough, outspoken leader who would be willing to "break some china" as mayor to get things done.
November 14, 2014 |
The Philadelphia mayor's race will likely kick up a notch Wednesday. That's when State Sen. Anthony H. Williams and former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham say they will announce, separately, that they are running. Assuming that they announce as promised, Williams and Abraham will become the third and fourth candidates in the field for the May 19 Democratic primary. Terry Gillen, a former aide to Mayor Nutter, and Ken Trujillo, a former city solicitor, launched campaigns this fall.
September 19, 2014 |
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor. Just not yet. Abraham, a Democrat, said Wednesday, "I'll be entering the race" to succeed Mayor Nutter. Her disclosure, coming within hours after former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo announced his mayoral run, could rock a field of candidates in the 2015 contest who lack her name recognition.
July 18, 2014 |
Max Meshon, 96, of Penn Wynne, a Philadelphia lawyer whose skill with Yiddish helped crack a famous Philadelphia crime case, died Wednesday, July 9, of respiratory failure at his home. Mr. Meshon founded Meshon & Brener, a small, but respected, law firm at 1 E. Penn Center, across from City Hall. He was well-known throughout the legal community for his collegial attitude and friendly, witty personality. He was willing to fight for defendants from all walks of life, no matter their ability to pay. But he earned public notice as a witness, not a lawyer.
July 4, 2014 |
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
May 31, 2014 |
Abraham Noordergraaf, 84, of Haverford, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, died Saturday, May 24, of esophageal cancer at the Quadrangle. Dr. Noordergraaf served as a mentor, teacher, and scholar for many years in the department of bioengineering, part of Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science. His family said he also was knowledgeable in veterinary medicine, anesthesia, and Dutch culture. "He had honorary appointments because of his collegiality and work with people in those departments," said his daughter Annemiek Young.