December 13, 2014 |
Just in time for an expected surge in immigration-services fraud, Philadelphia City Council passed landmark legislation Thursday to crack down on charlatans who pose as lawyers, and others who prey on vulnerable newcomers. Advocates for immigrants say President Obama's recent executive action on immigration brought such phony experts out of the woodwork. Typically, they charge for documents that are available free, make false promises about speeding the process, and commit other rip-offs.
October 29, 2014 |
THE DEATHS of two Philadelphia firefighters in April 2012 prompted City Council's Licenses and Inspections Committee to move forward on a bill yesterday that makes critical changes in how the city deals with its large, vacant buildings left to rot. The measure amends the fire code to identify, track and inspect these behemoth buildings, some of which already have citations for code violations or have been abandoned by their owners. The bill essentially creates a database of the "worst of the worst" commercial and industrial buildings slated to be sealed for demolition.
July 28, 2014 |
The Taney Dragons, based in Center City, will have another chance to win the state's Little League crown after falling to Collier of Allegheny County, 7-2, Saturday at Palmer Park in Skippack. The two teams will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday in Skippack, with the winner moving on to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn., one step from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. District 19 and Section 8 champion Taney fell victim to the pitching of Jake Meneskie and Christian Trottier on Saturday.
July 25, 2014 |
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.
July 25, 2014 |
ONE McDONALD'S employee took a company slogan, "You deserve a break today," to a whole new level by dealing crack cocaine in the restaurant's parking lot while he was working, Radnor Township police said yesterday. Allen Trammell, 29, a cook at the McDonald's on Lancaster Avenue near Gallagher in the Wayne section of Radnor Township, allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in the fast-food joint's parking lot four times since June, Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block said.
June 18, 2014 |
Federal prosecutors have been cracking down for the last three years on the ambulance fraud that has flourished in Philadelphia-area neighborhoods that are rich with seniors on Medicare. Despite the gains in court against fly-by-night ambulance operators, Medicare regulators were still convinced earlier this year that "significant potential for fraud, waste, and abuse" remained in Philadelphia. That is why Medicare officials in February temporarily blocked any new Philadelphia-area ambulance companies from becoming eligible for Medicare payments.
March 29, 2014 |
The trash looked as if it had been dropped off in a hurry. Someone apparently drove down the isolated sandy road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington County, found an open spot, then tossed the construction debris from the back of a pickup truck. On Thursday, the longer, more tedious process of cleaning up the refuse and other nearby garbage sites was undertaken by volunteers, including state officials, as part of efforts to draw attention to a new state crackdown on illegal dumping.
February 14, 2014 |
AIMING TO crack down on losers who point lasers at aircraft, the FBI announced yesterday they'll give rewards of up to $10,000 for tips leading to the arrest of illegal laser pointers. Such incidents have skyrocketed 1,100 percent since 2005, when the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers. In 2013, 3,960 laser strikes were reported, averaging almost 11 incidents a day, according to the FBI. The FBI's regional reward program will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices, including Philadelphia's.
February 1, 2014 |
Anna Thompson is a mess. Acne hotspots are breaking through the thick makeup she slathers on first thing every morning. She's a lifelong bulimic who purges on fast-food burgers. Her husband is a passive-aggressive bully, and her sister constantly criticizes her as a failure. Portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig ( Nip/Tuck , Glee , Vikings ) with an implosive intensity that both alarms and delights, Anna is the unlikely heroine of Somewhere Slow , a terrific low-budget indie romantic dramedy from Wilmington-born writer-director Jeremy O'Keefe.
December 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Drexel University president John A. Fry made the million-dollar-plus club. Fry is one of 42 private college presidents nationwide who were paid more than $1 million in total compensation in 2011, the latest year for which data are available, according to the annual salary survey published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. With a salary of $1.02 million, he placed 41st in compensation among the nation's private colleges. Total compensation includes base pay, bonus pay, deferred compensation, benefits, and other miscellaneous pay. It's the first year Fry's full salary at Drexel has been made public in the report, which draws data from public tax forms.