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October 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gay-rights advocates in Pennsylvania and throughout the country say they are encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to take on five pending same-sex marriage appeals. The denial effectively legalized same-sex marriage in five states - Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin - and cleared the way for legalization in six others. Some advocates in the Philadelphia area viewed the court's action as a sign that nationwide legalization is just a matter of time.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
The lawyer representing the building contractor charged with causing the 22nd and Market streets building collapse that killed six people last year is facing his own legal battle. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked a judge to hold William Hobson in contempt of court for talking to reporters about the case after the judge issued a gag order barring such communication. "On Oct. 2, 2014, the webpage for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News posted a story by reporters Sam Wood and Brian X. McCrone which attributes quotations and case details to Mr. William Hobson, attorney for Griffin T. Campbell," read the motion filed Oct. 2 by Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron.
SPORTS
October 5, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The time is now for Jaylen Bond, and Bond couldn't be any happier. After sitting out last season after transferring from Texas, the 6-7, 225-junior from Plymouth Whitemarsh is finally ready to play for the Temple. "I can't wait and I'm really looking forward to it," Bond said on Friday, following the Owls' first official practice at McGonigle Hall. "I feel like I've become an all-around better player. I learned a lot while watching and now I just want to play. " Bond will get that opportunity at last when the Owls open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 at home against American.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered Commonwealth Court to reconsider a decision that denied the authority of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations over SEPTA. SEPTA had argued that it was a state agency and therefore not subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or the provisions of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The court battle grew out of seven discrimination complaints filed against SEPTA by customers and employees between 2007 and 2009. Previously, SEPTA complied with rulings by the commission, its executive director, Rue Landau, said Wednesday.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE THREE BUCKS County residents arrested last month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled yesterday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24; Philip Williams, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing under an agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A veteran Philadelphia deputy court administrator who won national acclaim for her work to change the city's court records offices was fired earlier this year for allegedly stealing $78,000, a court official confirmed Thursday. Deborah E. Dailey, 53, a 34-year court employee, was fired in May after the alleged theft was discovered, said Philadelphia Court Administrator Joseph H. Evers, confirming a report published Thursday in the Legal Intelligencer. Dailey could not be reached for comment Thursday.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A multiyear legal battle over development of a 210-acre parcel in Newtown Square, Delaware County, concluded this week as the state Supreme Court ruled that the ambitious project can move forward. BPG Development received approval from Newtown Township in 2008 for Ellis Preserve Town Square - 465,000 square feet of retail space, offices, housing, a hotel, and a community park at Routes 3 and 252. But Claude de Botton, another local property owner and developer, filed suit against BPG Development and the township, claiming plans were not specific enough and were out of step with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia Municipal Court judges were suspended Wednesday by the state Supreme Court, hours after a fellow judge admitted in a guilty plea that he reached out to them in an attempt to fix cases. The judges, Dawn Segal and Joseph O'Neill, will be suspended from hearing cases while their conduct is examined by the state's Judicial Conduct Board, said state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. Castille said the high court ordered the suspensions, with pay, after former Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey man arrested after trying to get into the White House will have his first court appearance on Monday, officials said. Kevin Carr, 19, of Shamong Township in Burlington County, was arrested Saturday afternoon, said Brian Leary, spokesman for the Secret Service. Carr first approached the northwest pedestrian entrance of the White House on foot and was turned away. He then drove his car to a restricted entrance at 15th and E Streets, where he was arrested after refusing to leave, authorities said.
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