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September 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greenlee Partners suspended one of its top lobbyists Monday after his weekend arrest on sexual assault charges. Police said Andrew J. Marsico, 40, is charged with indecent, simple, and aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and related offenses in stemming from an August incident in Center City involving a 27-year-old woman. He was arrested Saturday and released after posting $100,000 bail. In a statement Monday, Greenlee, which is based in Harrisburg, said Marsico, a senior associate, had been placed on administrative leave.
SPORTS
September 23, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deena Kastor wrapped herself in an American flag and trotted back onto the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon course for a victory stroll. The 41-year-old set out Sunday morning aiming for a world record. And as Kastor approached the finish line at Eakins Oval, the race announcer shouted that the 2004 Olympic medalist did just that. Kastor navigated the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, and 36 seconds, besting the previous women's masters division mark by 20 seconds. The masters division is for runners aged 40 and older.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MORE THAN a week later, the story of two gay men savagely beaten in Center City continues to spread. Yesterday, as police sources said detectives were nearing the end of their investigation, word reached Harrisburg, where state legislators are calling their colleagues to action. "The gay guy in me and the Philly guy in me are pissed," said state Rep. Brian Sims, "but I'm a legislator, and my job is to change policy. "If we can do anything to draw enough attention to this to give the hate-crime bill some buoyancy, we need to do it. " Sims, a Democrat whose district includes the site of the attack, is organizing a rally Thursday in LOVE Park, at which officials and members of the city's LGBT community will push for change in Pennsylvania's hate-crime law. He's joined in his efforts by state Sen. Larry Farnese - a Democrat whose district serves parts of North Philly, Center City and South Philly - who will hold a news conference inside the Capitol on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Long before walkable and transit-oriented climbed to the top of home buyers' list of important neighborhood attributes, Chestnut Hill had both. This leafy part of Northwest Philadelphia had a lot of other things, as well, including a variety of housing styles and sizes, parks, and a well-stocked business district along Germantown Avenue. The Hill, as it is known, typically had the highest home prices in the city.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
With the 2015 primary still eight months away, Ken Trujillo launched his bid for mayor at a sprinter's pace Wednesday with positions big and small on education, policing, and business development. A former city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, Trujillo in short order declared he would: Press to end state control of city schools. Establish universal prekindergarten education. Cut the illiteracy rate in half. End racial profiling and stop-and-frisk tactics by police.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former top official of a Philadelphia nonprofit whose mission was to help the homeless has been accused of using a corporate credit card to embezzle $198,628 from the organization from 2005 to 2010. According to a federal indictment issued Tuesday, Erica N. Brown, 38, of Glenolden, Delaware County, was the chief operating officer of SELF Inc., which provides services to the homeless and behaviorally challenged people. Brown allegedly used a corporate American Express card to pay expenses for herself, including trips to the Caribbean, Cape May, and elsewhere; meals at the Four Seasons; purchases at Wawa; a gym membership; a personal trainer; and clothing, including five pair of Ugg boots.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police released surveillance video Tuesday showing the attackers in the apparent hate-crime beating and robbery of a gay couple in Center City last week. The video shows a group of about a dozen white men and women in their early 20s who are "clean cut" and well-dressed, police said. About 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street, two men, ages 27 and 28, were approached by the group, police said. The group made disparaging remarks about their sexuality, police said.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dina Wind, 76, of Gladwyne, a sculptor and longtime patron of the arts in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Wind juggled roles as artist and art patron, board member and consumer of cultural offerings, advocate of education and lifelong student, matriarch, and business person, and citizen of Israel and the United States. She led a busy, productive life. As a sculptor, she worked primarily in scrap metal, welding items like car bumpers and old farm tools into what she saw as three-dimensional drawings in the air. Though Mrs. Wind was best known for her sculpture, she also did painting, paper creations, and installations that were shown in 14 shows at two venues - the Viridian Gallery in New York, and the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia.
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