June 18, 1989 |
The carpet is scruffy and too cornflower blue for a courtroom. The lawyers' desks look like bargain tables from a secondhand store, and jury members have to squeeze through the cramped quarters to sit on 12 mismatched chairs lined up near the judge's bench. Stuffed in the renovated attic of the New Orleans Criminal District Court House, this makeshift courtroom, and its twin across a 3-foot-wide hall, is the city's latest assault on drugs. These two tiny courts were established by New Orleans court officials in September with federal grant money earmarked to help speed up drug trials and get drug dealers off the streets.
July 19, 1987 |
The Jenkintown school board now has the money to resolve the overcrowding on the high school's outdoor basketball court. All the board members have left to do is develop a plan that will solve the problem. After more than two months of listening to residents complain about not being able to play basketball because nonresidents are monopolizing the courts, the Borough Council agreed at a special meeting Thursday to appropriate $3,800 to cover the cost of hiring a monitor to make sure residents got their fair share of playing time.
July 17, 2010
If state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille were a fan of social networking, he might use Twitter, Facebook, or a similar online service to throw out this question to cyberspace: Should the Pennsylvania courts be opened up to citizens in ways more in step with the 21st century? The answer should be obvious, as the chief justice no doubt would learn by a likely flood of positive online responses. Castille has at least begun exploring that question in a more traditional way, by directing that a Supreme Court committee come up with policy recommendations.
June 7, 2010 |
The FBI has begun a criminal investigation into the botched deal to develop a Family Court building in Center City, according to sources familiar with the matter. The probe, still in its early stages, is examining $12 million in fees spent thus far on the project, without bids and without a final development deal, the sources said. The payments were authorized by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, who has said that he approved the spending in a gamble to keep the $200 million project alive.
August 3, 1989 |
The Baker League is a Philadelphia basketball tradition rich with stories about the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Chet Walker, and Luke Jackson. Everyone, it seems, has a special Baker League memory, a moment that is etched in their minds that they can recount in minute detail with loving recall. Fred Douglas is no exception. "There was a game when Earl Monroe and Bill Bradley went at it at Bright Hope Baptist," said Douglas, who is in his first year as the new Baker League commissioner.
July 9, 1987 |
The dispute between the Jenkintown school board and Borough Council over who polices school district property has been halted while representatives of both panels discuss the issue. Since March, residents have complained to the groups about non-residents monopolizing the school district basketball and tennis courts at the corner of West Avenue and Walnut Street. To date, an agreement has not been reached on which panel has the financial and managerial responsibility of enforcement.
November 24, 1988 |
The Conestoga Swim Club, which lost nearly half its property to the Blue Route, has won a series of variances that its vice president says will make the club viable again. The Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board, after more than two hours of testimony last Thursday, granted by a 5-0 vote the club's application to intrude into a flood plain and construct two tennis courts. Ithan Creek flows near the site. The zoning board usually is adamantly opposed to construction in the flood plain, but because the courts would intrude only 1,200 square feet into the area, the members and the township engineer agreed to permit the courts to be built there.
July 16, 1987 |
The Jenkintown Borough Council has scheduled a special meeting tonight to discuss hiring a monitor to enforce a ban on nonresidents' use of the high school basketball courts. A proposal to hire the monitor was discussed by the Jenkintown school board at a meeting Tuesday night. The proposal calls for the borough and the school board to split the cost of the monitor's salary. The board tabled the proposal because board President Robert C.Totaro was absent, and the board members decided they should hear his comments before voting on the proposal.
March 23, 1989 |
For nearly 23 years, Walt Slingerland has operated a service station across the street from Northeast Philadelphia Airport. He didn't worry about burglaries or other serious crime. Within the last six months, however, that has changed. His Academy Exxon, Grant Avenue and Academy Road, has been burglarized three times. Now Slingerland, 55, is hopping mad - not only because he was burglarized but because a 16-year-old boy has been charged with two of the break-ins. Police said the suspect had burglarized the station twice in a month.
September 29, 1995 |
A Common Pleas Court judge yesterday issued a protection order directing Geoff Gallas, the executive administrator of the Philadelphia courts, to refrain from abusing, harassing or threatening his wife. Judge Thomas D. Watkins issued the order in response to a petition filed last week by Gallas' wife, Denise. The judge, who heard testimony during a closed-door proceeding Wednesday, did not make any explicit finding that abuse had occurred. Watkins did not evict Gallas from the couple's Mount Airy home or take away his custody rights to the couple's three children, as Denise Gallas had requested.