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July 28, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
We are learning about Ben Simmons in increments and loving what we are learning. Out in Utah and Las Vegas earlier this month, we got an initial look at the first overall pick taken by the 76ers in this year's NBA draft, and it validated the comparisons to Magic Johnson. The 6-foot-10 Australian handles the basketball with a dexterity that is uncanny for a man of his size, and he loves giving it to others. This week, thanks to videos on YouTube and Snapchat that were circulated by an 18-year-old man from Camden, we learned that Simmons' affection for giving extends beyond his teammates on the basketball court.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Samuel Edward Smith was 16 and wanted a car. On May 8, 1996, he got one by murdering his Coatesville neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal minister. Smith confessed to hitting David Kenny, 64, with a wrench more than 20 times, which broke his skull, and also cutting his neck with a butcher knife. After two weeks on life support, Kenny died. To avoid the death penalty, the teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in October 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
It was 3 a.m. on a November Sunday, and the car had just turned left onto Adams Street in Newark, N.J. Al-Sharif Scriven was in the front passenger seat, a .40 caliber handgun under his jacket, with hollow-nose bullets and a large-capacity magazine stowed elsewhere in the car. It was nothing about Scriven or the others in the car, but rather that the car's high beams were on that caught the eye of David Cohen, an Essex County sheriff's officer, who...
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Joining a chorus of critics, Philadelphia Bar Chancellor Gaetan Alfano said Friday that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg erred when she publicly disparaged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ginsburg also issued a statement Friday, calling her remarks "ill-advised" and saying that she regretted making them. A growing number of legal experts said it was inappropriate for a sitting Supreme Court justice, or any judge, to weigh in on a political campaign. "Partisan statements can undermine the public's confidence that a judge will decide cases on the merits as opposed to political considerations," Alfano said on behalf of the 12,000-lawyer Philadelphia Bar Association.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney wants Washington to take another look at renovation plans for the old Family Court building after they were rejected by federal officials. Kenney has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking to meet with her after a subsidiary agency's decision not to qualify the project for tax breaks under a historic preservation program. The request comes as the developer Peebles Corp. approaches its deadline to have permits and funding in place to convert the city-owned building at 1801 Vine St. into a hotel about two years after it was awarded the job. "The mayor has reached out to the Secretary of the Interior," Kenney spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir said in an email Wednesday.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Commonwealth Court on Thursday upheld Sunoco Logistics Partners' power to take private property for its Mariner East Pipeline, adding momentum to Sunoco's plan to deliver more energy from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook. The court, in a 5-2 ruling, affirmed a Cumberland County judge's decision last year that Sunoco's pipeline subsidiary is a public utility as determined by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which Sunoco says gives it the authority to take rights of way from property owners who decline to negotiate agreements along the pipeline's 351-mile route.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES - The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California's Supreme Court might soon decide to hear - four years after litigation began - the 21st century's most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law. Every year, measurable injuries are inflicted on tens of thousands of already at-risk children by this state's teacher tenure system, which is so politically entrenched that only the courts can protect the discrete and insular minority it victimizes.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Two residents of the South Philadelphia neighborhood where developer Bart Blatstein plans an apartment tower, shopping complex, and parking garage are challenging the city zoning board's approval of the project. Louise Hanible and Gwendolyn Toler have filed notices of appeal with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas opposing the plan for the northeast corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, according to documents reviewed this week. The residents' challenge is the latest obstacle for Blatstein's proposal, which has come under withering criticism from neighbors.
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