September 19, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA courts want potential jurors who try to escape their civic duty to know they'll end up on the other side of the courtroom. Yesterday, Juror Scofflaw Court - which was revived this spring after more than a decade since its last use - saw a group of 52 jurors who neglected to appear for court twice. "We have so many people that don't show up," said jury commissioner Daniel Rendine. "It's becoming a major problem. " More than a third of all Philadelphia residents summoned for duty don't respond.
September 25, 2013 |
THE CAMERAS aimed at the northbound Cecil B. Moore SEPTA platform captured two things perfectly last week: an intense struggle between a transit cop and a fare evader, and the insidious Philly Shrug that could have gotten a veteran cop seriously hurt, or killed. In the video , Officer Samuel Washington is responding to a cashier's call about the lawbreaker. As he attempts to arrest him, the guy, who cops say has a record as long as an e-book, resists, and the two grapple until they end up on a bench, with the cop underneath it. It wasn't hard to see how easily this could have gone from bad to worse when I watched the footage at SEPTA police headquarters yesterday.
April 14, 2013 |
When I received the summons for jury duty, I didn't know what to expect. Turns out, jury duty is a lot like high school. While our instructor was taking attendance, I felt like I was back in homeroom. Everyone was sleepy, grumpy, and seated in a collective slump. There were posters on the wall picturing a perfectly diverse group of smiling people, only instead of "Knowledge Is Power," it had fine print about doing your civic duty. I don't know how much motivation you need to do something that's compulsory.
June 24, 2011 |
Child bride Courtney Stodden , 16, is "a good Christian girl," her mum tells RadarOnline even as lascivious, albeit clothed, photos of the aspiring teen singer hit the Net. Courtney's parents, Alex and Krista Stodden , are doing the media rounds to promote their daughter's marriage to 51-year-old Lost actor Doug Hutchison , who had been managing the buxom bride's fledgling career. "We all needed a good man in our lives," Krista tells Fox News' FOX411.com. "You don't look at the age. You look at the love they started to have towards each other.
May 17, 2011
Philadelphia City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who has served 16 years as an at-large councilman, has apparently lost his race for another term. Also, in the first council district, Democrat Mark F. Squilla appears to have won; Squilla captured 42 percent of the vote based on 90 percent of the votes counted. The South Philadelphia seat is now held by Frank DiCicco. In the 5th district, Darrell Clarke appears to have won the Democratic primary. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Clarke has 73 percent of the vote.
February 20, 2011 |
Jerry Corrento is a Catholic of contradictions. The 63-year-old great-grandfather serves as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Timothy's in Mayfair, but he would be an odd choice to collect the offering. He'll gladly help his parish fix the roof but is rescinding an $1,800 pledge to the Philadelphia Archdiocese's $200 million "Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope" campaign until Cardinal Justin Rigali resigns and the church pays for crimes against children. Corrento also serves on the parish evangelization committee, but he never asks why folks stray.
January 7, 2011
LETTER-WRITER Pat Dever's indignation at people who save their parking spots after a big snow is just to cover up his laziness. If it snows a lot, and I have to get up extra early to dig my car out to get to work on time, you're darn right that's my spot until the rest of the street becomes available for parking. You say you're doing your civic duty by removing recycling buckets or lawn chairs. I say you just don't want to break your back like the rest of us. I bet you park your car in those spots.
October 24, 2010 |
Bryan Lentz finally came clean about playing dirty. Goody for him, but pity the voters deciding whether honesty about duplicity should earn the Delaware County Democrat a promotion from the state legislature to Congress. And let us ache, too, for folks in New Jersey's Third Congressional District, still wondering whether Democratic Rep. John Adler propped up a tea party spoiler to siphon votes from his GOP rival, behemoth former Eagle Jon Runyan. Part of me thinks I'd respect Adler for manning up to using his brains against Runyan's brawn.
June 11, 2010 |
Those applying to be U.S. citizens in 2010 may not all look like the Founding Fathers, but as it was in their time, America is still a place to pursue dreams. That was the message Zane D. Memeger, the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, gave to 93 citizens-to-be at a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse Thursday. "The Constitution is an evolving document. Each year, laws change to encompass more people. . . . We need to embrace our differences," Memeger said.
January 9, 2010 |
As the Eagles return to the scene of last week's disaster, Donovan McNabb may wonder - can a first-round NFL playoff game against the Cowboys in his 11th season really be crucial to his entire Eagles legacy? Of course. "If it finishes badly, forget about everything else," said former Eagles player and Fox analyst Brian Baldinger, talking about any season. "With franchise quarterbacks, that's all we want to remember. " With McNabb, the legacy obviously can never be judged simply by formula.