July 24, 2013 |
I DON'T BEGRUDGE people who profit from personal experiences. There's often something we can learn from other people's dramas and traumas. Yet there was something upsetting about the swift actions by one juror in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was found innocent of all charges stemming from the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. For now, we know this person only by her court designation, B37. She was the first juror to grant an interview, sitting down with CNN's Anderson Cooper in a session that aired the Monday and Tuesday after the verdict.
July 20, 2013 |
It was supposed to be a "sweet beat" - a robbery that would earn Ceasar Holloway enough for an Aston Martin luxury car. It turned into a double murder at a flashy new Northern Liberties complex that on Thursday earned Holloway 20 to 40 years behind bars. Before he was sentenced by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart, Holloway, 37, turned and apologized to Sandy Thal, the mother of victim Rian Thal. "It was not my intention for anything like this to happen to your daughter," he said.
July 19, 2013 |
State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County raised the most money in the second quarter among the four Democrats fighting to represent Pennsylvania's 13th District in the U.S. House. Leach pulled in $357,590 between March 1 and June 30, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports. After expenses, his campaign fund had $277,263 on hand. Marjorie Margolies, seeking to reclaim the seat she held for a term in the early 1990s, raised some political insiders' eyebrows by finishing last in the quarterly money sprint, with $185,345.
July 16, 2013
CAMDEN - Thieves broke into PNC bank machines in the 100 block of North Broadway Saturday night and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Authorities responding to a report of smoke coming from the building around 11 p.m. discovered that the ATMs had been tampered with. Police said witnesses reported seeing two black males loading the machines' contents into a black Honda Accord and speeding away. "This was not an act of smash and grab, rather a sophisticated burglary that seemed well-planned utilizing unconventional tools to gain entry into the building and the ATM machines," said Camden County Chief Scott Thomson.
June 19, 2013 |
In with a bang, out with a whimper. So it was Monday in Ardmore, where crews were dismantling dozens of tents, grandstands, leaderboards, and concession areas, swiftly returning Merion Golf Club to a quiet, tony neighborhood. After three years of preparation and months of local anxiety, the U.S. Open is finally over, leaving some residents at a loss. "It's sort of sad. It's like a wedding - you spend all this time preparing, and it was wonderful and went well," said Marjorie Phillips, whose backyard borders the course.
June 14, 2013 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A refugee from Syria recently opened a bakery here, drawing long lines of customers eager to taste meat and cheese pastries with the special flavors of Damascus - a rare bright spot in the long shadow that the Syrian civil war is casting over the Gaza Strip. The conflict in Syria, about 190 miles away, is increasingly hurting Hamas-ruled Gaza financially, according to several officials in the Islamic militant group and in Islamic charities. They say Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a former major financial backer of Hamas, has reduced monthly cash transfers because Hamas refuses to side with the Syrian regime.
June 14, 2013 |
STATE SEN. Mike Stack sounds close to announcing a run for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary election. The four-term senator from Northeast Philly and his family could also be close to a multimillion-dollar jackpot if developer Steve Wynn wins a license to build a casino on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown. Stack, his four siblings and their mother, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Felice Rowley Stack , own about one-fifth of the 60 acres in an real estate option agreement signed by Wynn.
June 10, 2013
Larry Tye is the author of "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero," now out in paperback (Random House) The comics had never beheld a golden goose like him. By the end of World War II, Superman was the marquee attraction in four separate comic books and shared top billing with Batman in a fifth. Each magazine brought in just 10 cents, but a 1940s dime is today's dollar, and 3.2 million dimes were rung up every month. True Man of Tomorrow addicts could get a daily dose in the funny pages.
June 9, 2013
After reading about the cash hoards being amassed by Apple Inc. and some other U.S. corporations, I spent some time perusing the balance sheets of the Philly 50. I'd naturally assumed that Comcast Corp., the region's most valuable company, would have the biggest amount of cash and cash equivalents as of March 31. And naturally, I was wrong. DuPont Co. was sitting on $6.58 billion in cash at the end of the first quarter, up $2.27 billion from the end of 2012. Comcast reported cash of $1.84 billion as of March 31, down $9.11 billion from the end of the year.
June 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia police are searching for two men they described as "dangerous" and "disciplined" who are responsible for six armed robberies of convienence stores and businesses throughout the city since late April. The men committed the crimes together for four robberies, one acted alone in a fifth May 24 robbery and the sixth robbery, a May 24 holdup of the Forman Mills store in the 4800 block of Market Street, involved four men, according to Philadelphia police Capt. Benjamin Naish at a Friday press conference.