May 10, 2013 |
To help pay for the construction of the long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95, turnpike officials plan to borrow $200 million from wealthy foreign investors. The investors, expected to be primarily from China, could get green cards for themselves and their families to live in the United States in exchange for their money. The complex deal is being brokered by officers of a prominent and politically connected Philadelphia investment management company.
May 1, 2011 |
Lamont Lewis said he could take care of his cousin's problem. For $2,500, Lewis, a North Philadelphia drug dealer, said he would kill an informant who, his cousin said, was cooperating with police in a narcotics investigation against him. "Once you find out it's a rat, there ain't no more to talk about," Lewis said. When his cousin said he wanted the informant "iced," Lewis replied: "I'm the iceman. " Those conversations, secretly recorded in the summer of 2007, were part of an FBI investigation that targeted Lewis, a prime suspect in the 2004 firebombing of a North Philadelphia home in which six people, including four children, were killed.
May 12, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Friday that an unusual plan to finance construction of the I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike connection "raises alarms" and may prompt an investigation by his office. DePasquale said he was especially interested in why an entity was created to broker the deal, in which wealthy foreign investors would lend the turnpike $200 million in exchange for possible permanent residence in the United States. DePasquale said his office was legally bound to wait until a transaction is completed before launching an audit, so "it may be several months or longer" before he formally investigates the turnpike plan.
September 28, 2004 |
QVC show host Lisa Robertson has a tenacious fan club - evident by the growing number of court cases she generates. Yesterday, the third in a string of overly determined admirers learned that obsessing over the former Miss Tennessee costs more than the products she pitches on the home-shopping network. The price for Peter Ferreira: 132 days in Chester County Prison on a stalking charge. Yesterday, Ferreira, 41, of Plainfield, Conn., received credit for time served and was paroled as part of a plea agreement accepted by Chester County Court Judge Paula Francisco Ott. Ferreira must also spend three years on probation and receive a mental-health evaluation.
May 17, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY, meet Sam Hinkie. Sam, Chip. The Eagles' new coach and the Sixers' new president of basketball operations share neither a sport nor a background - but they are united in a way they probably don't even realize. They are united in their ability to make people uneasy. Kelly insists that he is a football man to the core, but his philosophies about how to play the game - and, even, how to practice the game - have left some people with a permanent eye-roll. Hinkie, by all accounts, is a video fanatic who spends a large percentage of his time scouting the game in a traditional way - but his embrace of advanced basketball statistics leads some to marginalize him as a nerd.
May 20, 1989 |
A Philadelphia company yesterday accused Dun & Bradstreet Inc. of using a "nationwide pattern of fraud" to dupe customers into buying more credit information than they needed. Frank Sussman Co., a wholesale clothing distributor in Old City, charged that Dun & Bradstreet, a New York financial-information services company, "taught" its salesmen how to mislead customers and that it fired those who refused to participate in the alleged scheme. The allegations were contained in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
January 14, 2013 |
The federal government has rejected a new rule that would have required high-efficiency furnaces in northern states, a victory for critics who warned the costly standard could backfire and drive urban homeowners to less efficient heating methods. The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) on Monday asked the U.S. Appeals Court in the District of Columbia to vacate the rule and to restart the process of devising new furnace efficiency standards. The settlement between the energy department and the APGA scuttles a rule that would have required any new furnaces or boilers installed after May 2013 in 30 northern states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, to have an efficiency rating of 90 percent or more.
May 11, 2013 |
The Jonathan Josey saga continues. A Philadelphia official said Friday that the city will pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the woman who accused the former city police lieutenant of slapping her to the ground during the 2012 Puerto Rican Day parade. The settlement, confirmed by city spokesman Mark McDonald, comes despite a municipal judge's ruling in February that Josey was not guilty of assaulting the woman, Aida Guzman, in what became an infamous incident caught on video.
October 19, 1991 |
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.