November 6, 2014 |
CHRISTOPHER Saravello, a former Philly cop, was federally indicted yesterday for allegedly running an extortion scheme when he was still on the force. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Saravello, 37, worked with three middlemen to allegedly shake down local drug dealers and drug buyers to the tune of $9,800 worth of drug money, Oxycontin and other narcotics. City payroll records show that Saravello joined the police force in 2007. The extortion scheme ran between November 2011 and June 2012, when he was assigned to Chinatown's 6th District.
October 30, 2014
A THOUSAND bucks to you and us (but especially us) approaches the level of real money. To Hollywood biggies' bank accounts, however, that kind of dough isn't even a rounding error . . . it's like spilled change, the kind that we here at Temporary Tattle are not too proud to bend over to pick up when we see it glittering among the discarded gum. And fight you to be the one to pocket it. According to the scandal scroungers at TMZ, who went digging through...
October 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia schools will get a $15 million cash infusion Monday, but the money earmarked to buy books, fund teachers' salaries, and help struggling students may yet disappear. The School Reform Commission on Oct. 6 unilaterally canceled the teachers' contract and ordered 11,200 employees to begin paying for their health-care benefits on Dec. 15, a move officials said would save $54 million annually. But the health-care changes - and the savings - are not a done deal. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is fighting the SRC's actions in court, and a Common Pleas Court judge has issued a temporary injunction that halted the changes.
October 14, 2014 |
THE NOTION of swapping a used cellphone for instant cash at a kiosk attracts a lot of people, but sometimes for the wrong reasons. Cellphone-buyback machines were a subject of controversy last year when City Council tried for an outright ban. Critics said the machines incentivized cellphone thieves looking for a quick buck. The legislation stalled in committee and was never approved. But Council passed a bill Thursday that reached a compromise. Instead of barring these types of machines - which recycle handheld electronic devices and fork over cash in exchange - the city now will allow installation of kiosks, but the placement of each must be approved by Council.
October 6, 2014 |
After years of cutting costs, streamlining operations, and sharing services with nearby Collingswood, the Oaklyn school district is looking at running out of money within two years. A report offering possible solutions is expected by the end of the year - and possibly within the month - from the state's executive superintendent for Camden County, Ann Volk. Oaklyn residents say adamantly that they don't want their school - a town centerpiece - to close. "Having another vacant building in this community is not the answer," said Jen Somers, waiting recently for her twins to be dismissed.
September 12, 2014 |
Revel AC Inc. said in a bankruptcy court filing Wednesday that it had reached a deal to sell its $2.4 billion Atlantic City property to South Florida developer Glenn Straub for $90 million in cash. The deal was reached Friday, according to the filing. That was less than a week after Revel closed, putting nearly 3,000 people out of work. The offer is less than 4 percent of the casino's original price tag. "It's not going to be just a casino," Straub said. "There's four people that would make excellent casino operators, but that building is much, much more than just a casino.
August 15, 2014
THERE ARE lots of ways to be Ferguson, Missouri. It doesn't necessarily require tear gas, smoke bombs lobbed at protesters or a heavily militarized police department. It doesn't even have to involve the shooting of a young unarmed black man, for no apparent reason - yes, another one. It just requires a police department that has little accountability, or a criminal-justice system that often brings no justice to minorities. A few weeks ago, for example, six officers of the Philadelphia Police Department were indicted on burglary, kidnapping and extortion charges.
August 6, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Monday signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month. The pledge, through a spokesman, came hours after Corbett met with legislators in an unsuccessful bid to get them to return and vote on a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund city schools. "This is about putting children of Philadelphia first," spokesman Jay Pagni said. "The governor is prepared, if need be, to advance funding once the final request is made of him. " It was not clear, however, that the move would avert the doomsday scenario city officials have predicted: layoff notices to more than 1,000 district employees next week and a delayed start for 131,000 students next month.
July 22, 2014 |
A LOT OF PEOPLE say they believe their children will be successful. Rory McIlroy's father put his money where his mouth is, and it reportedly paid off big. According to Andrew Cotter, a reporter who works for the BBC, McIlroy's father, Gerry, and three friends made a legal wager 10 years ago that Rory would win the British Open by the time he turned 26. Gerry and his mates, reported Cotter, collectively wagered 400 pounds. At 500-1 odds! When Rory won the Open yesterday at age 25, he dedicated the victory to his mother, Rosie, who watched him win a major in person for the first time.
July 19, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans are routing Democrats when it comes to raising money in the four most competitive House races in the Philadelphia region. The Republicans in those contests have more than three times as much cash on hand as the Democrats: $5.36 million to $1.64 million as of June 30, according to campaign filings released this week. In three of the four races, the Republican candidates raised at least twice as much in the latest reporting period as their Democratic rivals.