December 4, 2013 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team, coming off an unexpected Sweet 16 appearance as a 12 seed, started the 2008-09 season ranked 23rd. The next time the Wildcats weren't in the Top 25 was the last week of February in 2011. They haven't been back since, even though they beat three Top 5 opponents last season. In fact, the best they did was get one vote in the final regular-season poll last March. Now they're back, at No. 14, after beating No. 2 Kansas and No. 23 Iowa on Friday and Saturday to win the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
October 18, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER - A public works crew pulling up the sidewalk in the heart of West Chester last week heard an unexpected crack. What the workers uncovered is a mystery that has since perplexed the borough. Beneath the bricks on Church Street, they found a glass manhole cover. And beneath that opaque window, they looked down on a hidden room. Another layer down, beneath a film of dirt and dust, they saw a metal chair, a few bottles, and an archway long ago closed by concrete.
October 10, 2013 |
A 4-YEAR-OLD preschooler brought cocaine and $173 in cash to his East Falls school yesterday. The boy had packed his pockets with the money and eight baggies of what appeared to be crack cocaine, police said. Just before 10:15 a.m., he showed the money to a classmate, who alerted a teacher at Thomas Mifflin School, on Conrad Street near Midvale Avenue, said Fernando Gallard, a school district spokesman. The boy turned over the drugs to a classroom attendant, and school officials called police, who then found the money on the boy, police said.
September 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Fifteen years ago, the sidewalks around Eastern State Penitentiary were uneven, with weeds growing between the cracks. The sliver of land between the concrete and the former prison's stone walls was in even worse shape. The soil "had pieces of rebar sticking out of the ground, lots of trash, and a lot of leaves. . . . It was just a mess," said Heidi Siegel, president of the Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park. What's more, parts of the land had been used as an informal dog run. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, thanks to hours of work by volunteers and money from the city, the Friends of Eastern State, and others, a patch of land along Corinthian Avenue from Brown Street to Fairmount Avenue will be dedicated as the city's latest community project: Corinthian Gardens, a collection of individual plots, grassy areas, picnic benches, and a stone path.
August 28, 2013 |
WHEN BUS DRIVER Trulio Arias stopped at the National Constitution Center in Center City yesterday morning to drop off 36 Chinese tourists, he figured he'd have a quiet hour to himself before he retrieved them and headed to New York City, their next stop. Instead, Arias became the surprise star of a news conference held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce a national blitz of bus inspections. As TV cameras recorded and the Chinese tourists waited nearby, city police inspected Arias' bus and ordered it out of service until a mechanic could arrive to replace a well-worn rear tire.
August 25, 2013 |
'Innocent until proven guilty. Four words to live by. " So criminal defense barrister Martha Costello declares with conviction to a fresh-faced intern in a particularly cringeworthy scene in the first episode of Silk . There are other missteps, tired cliches, and moments of silliness to follow. Happily, Masterpiece Mystery's latest British import improves considerably over the course of its three weekly feature-length episodes. Created by former attorney Peter Moffat ( North Square , Criminal Justice )
July 22, 2013 |
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
June 28, 2013 |
OVER THE next few years, Philadelphia should be able to collect about 30 percent of the half-billion dollars owed to the city by delinquent property taxpayers, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The city can bring in about $155 million of its $515.4 million in uncollected taxes and penalties if "well-funded tax collectors use all of their statutory powers, including foreclosure," the study said. The study looked at 36 U.S. cities and found that Philly has the fifth-highest rate of tax delinquency, with 9 percent of same-year taxes going unpaid in 2011, the most recent year with comparable data.
June 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - Police conducted a series of early morning raids Thursday targeting an apartment complex linked to a video purportedly showing the mayor of Toronto smoking crack cocaine. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said 43 arrests have been made targeting a gang called the Dixon City Bloods or Dixon Goonies. Police seized 40 guns, $3 million worth of drugs, and $570,000 in cash. The raid included a building complex where reporters claim drug dealers showed them a cellphone video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.
June 7, 2013 |
THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT Administration had Griffin T. Campbell dead-to-rights. It was the middle of the summer in 2000, and a confidential informant bought 56 grams of crack cocaine from Griffin for $1,800 at the Happy Hollow Playground on Wayne Avenue in Germantown - all while DEA agents watched, according to court documents. Six months later, the same informant returned to Germantown - again under DEA surveillance - and allegedly purchased 54 grams of crack from Campbell, whose construction company was in charge of demolishing a four-story Center City property that collapsed Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 13 others.