April 29, 2016 |
The prosecution alleges that the killer of Cheryl Hanible in 1989 left behind "touch" DNA when he removed the lace from one of her sneakers and used it to strangle her. And that DNA, Philadelphia police DNA analyst Bryne Strother testified Wednesday, almost certainly came from 54-year-old Rudolph Churchill of Paulsboro. But could Churchill's DNA have somehow, accidentally, been picked up by Hanible's sneaker without his ever touching it? That was the hypothetical question posed by defense attorney Gina Capuano in questioning Strother during Churchill's Common Pleas Court trial on rape and murder charges in the stranglings of Hanible and Ruby Ellis.
April 28, 2016 |
Philadelphia voters on Tuesday approved making permanent the Mayor's Commission on African-American Males, currently a temporary panel charged with studying and addressing challenges facing that community. Jack Drummond, who heads the city's Office of Black Male Engagement and will also lead the commission, said the change is needed "due to persistent inequities, ineffective representation in Philadelphia's communities, unfavorable statistical progress in life outcomes, and an overall lack of public confidence for black men. " "The new commission will continue to focus on studying the negative conditions of black men in the City of Philadelphia and make yearly reports including recommendations to the mayor on how to affect positive change around proposed ordinances and other policies pertaining to the demographic," he said in a statement.
April 23, 2016 |
In the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia Democratic politics, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid for a 12th term has been a curiously congenial affair. Fattah has declared himself fully focused on Tuesday's primary, pushing off any concern about his federal trial on racketeering charges, which is scheduled to begin 20 days after that. What a difference last July's indictment (and the long-running federal probe that led to it) made: In his many runs as the incumbent, Fattah, 59, had never faced a primary challenger in the Second Congressional District.
April 21, 2016 |
A group of passengers and travel agents filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Monday, challenging a rule change on "fare combinability" that allows the nation's largest airlines to charge "hundreds and even thousands of dollars more for multi-city itineraries than if the same flights were purchased separately. " The suit, filed by the Joseph Alioto firm, said the actions to eliminate discounted fares and set fare restrictions for tickets purchased for multi-city air travel within the United States constitutes a conspiracy and violates antitrust law. Flying to more than one city on a single ticket fare recently became more expensive when the nation's three largest airlines blocked their least expensive fares from being combined on a multi-city trip.
April 14, 2016 |
A New Jersey judge said Tuesday that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz can appear on the New Jersey primary ballot, deciding against challengers who argued that the Canada-born Texas senator was not a "natural-born citizen. " The administrative law judge, Jeff Masin, said that arguments that a person born in another country could not be a natural-born citizen were "not facetious," and that the subject would "never be entirely free of doubt" without a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But "the more persuasive legal analysis is that such a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a 'natural-born citizen' within the contemplation of the Constitution," he said in a 27-page decision.
April 13, 2016
By Dorothy Johnson-Speight As we observe Victim Rights Awareness Week, I call on our community to ensure that all victim families receive appropriate access to support, counseling, healing, and restorative services, no matter where they are emotionally. Often, the victims with the most punitive perspectives receive the most encouragement, attention, and validation. Yet perspectives vary, as we at the nonprofit Mothers in Charge have discovered among the people we serve. How do we care for those victims who want second chances for those convicted of serious crimes?
April 8, 2016 |
SO A BUNCH of sports writers were sitting around last Sunday in Houston, some 24 hours before Villanova would beat North Carolina in the NCAA title game, when one of us said rather matter-of-factly that the Wildcats could be better next season. To which I said, "Define better. " As in, better than what? Because the only way they can improve on what they just did is to win more than the program-record 35 times they just won and then finish it off by hoisting another trophy.
April 7, 2016 |
The NBA draft could be set up for a needed revamping of the eligibility requirements if five-star basketball recruit Thon Maker follows through on his reported intent to declare for the 2016 draft and is allowed to enter. On Sunday, Bleacher Report columnist Adam Wells reported that Maker, a 7-1 center who plays at Orangeville District Secondary School in Ontario, Canada, will forgo college to go directly into the NBA if the league approves it. Under the current collective bargaining agreements, players applying for the draft must be 19 by the time of the draft and one year removed from their class graduating high school.