January 26, 2015 |
They have been coy so far, but come next Monday the men and woman who want to be Philadelphia's next mayor need to show their hands. That is the deadline to file finance reports for campaign funds raised in 2014. The figures revealed in those reports will go a long way toward determining the true pecking order among candidates. They should also offer a hint as to how much more life will be injected into a campaign that has morphed in the last week from a rather sleepy affair into a potential barn burner.
January 25, 2015 |
As a dealer of paintings and prints, Nathan Isen specialized in selling Warhols, Dalís, and the works of other modern artists to Main Line connoisseurs and investors nationwide. But when a less-than-savory customer showed up at his storefront with $20,000 in cash - bound in rubber bands, stuffed in a brown paper bag, and reeking of marijuana - Isen didn't turn her away. In fact, federal prosecutors said Friday, the 61-year-old art dealer, whose I. Brewster & Co. gallery is a Museum Row mainstay, proved only too accommodating.
January 20, 2015 |
Eight months ago, the Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline was on top of the world. When the team came home from a stellar showing in the annual Winter Guard International World Championships in Ohio, police cruisers and fire trucks met the bus carrying 40-plus students and escorted them on the final three miles of their trip to a raucous welcome at the school. This winter, the short-term goal is a little more down to earth: Just to get to Dayton. While Upper Darby's champion "Marching Royals" drill up to 20 hours a week to nail down their colorful, percussion-driven performance, called "Celebration of Life," parents and boosters are stepping up the beat of fund-raising - scrambling to raise the $40,000 the drumline needs for a full season and to compete again in the top division at the worlds.
January 8, 2015 |
THE MATCHUP between City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and real-estate developer Ori Feibush, already the most contentious Council race in the May 19 Democratic primary, may also be the most expensive. Feibush's investment of more than $250,000 in his own campaign yesterday triggered a doubling of the contribution limits in the 2nd District race. The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced that the limits - normally $2,900 for individuals and $11,500 for political-action committees and unincorporated business organizations - were increasing to $5,800 and $23,000.
January 1, 2015 |
OAKLAND, Calif. – The 76ers were focused on improving their perimeter defense. They also should have concentrated on limiting their turnovers. That - not three-point defense - was their glaring Achillies' heel Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers committed 28 giveaways in a 126-86 loss at Oracle Arena. The Warriors (25-5) scored 43 points off the visitors' turnovers. Eleven of the Sixers' turnovers were committed in the first quarter. The Warriors did make 12 of 28 three-pointers and blocked 11 Sixers' shots.
December 20, 2014 |
Dozens of jewelers, pawnshops, and other cash-for-gold locations in New Jersey municipalities violated state laws, potentially cheating customers, the state Attorney General's Office said. The most common violations included using unregulated scales, not posting precious-metal prices in prominent places, and not keeping proper receipts, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office. An October crackdown in the state's urban areas led the office's Division of Consumer Affairs to file municipal court summonses accusing 71 stores of 9,967 civil violations.
December 18, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.
November 30, 2014 |
It's working. It's crazy, but it's working. The weekly nonfiction podcast called Serial , that is. In its debut season, it has become, we're told, the podcast with the biggest audience ever. So its makers launched a fund drive, asking listeners for cash - and they coughed up, and now there's going to be a Season Two. Starting last week, executive producer Sarah Koenig, whose voice has become among the most recognizable in media, began episodes this way: "Before we get to today's episode, I have a question for you. Do you want a Season Two of Serial ?
November 26, 2014 |
ACCORDING TO evidence in court yesterday, 67-year-old Dollie Evans, a Holmesburg woman affectionately known as "Grandma" on her block, was fatally shot in the back of her head because she sold crack cocaine from her home and kept wads of cash. Another woman, Ruby Thomas, 57, who lived in Evans' house, was also shot to death and strangled with an electrical cord, authorities said. Defendant James Mears, 25, was held for trial in the women's Aug. 23 slayings after a preliminary hearing yesterday before Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan.
November 21, 2014 |
With pornographic e-mails circulating among prosecutors and judges, lawmakers accused of taking cash in a sting that wasn't even pursued by the state's top law enforcement officer, and featherweight ethics rules that are rarely enforced, Pennsylvania richly deserves its place, by one measure, among the nation's five most corrupt states. In that context, the gift ban Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has imposed on his transition team, which he promises to carry over into his administration, hits the right note.