October 30, 2015 |
THE FIRST DEFENSE witness Chaka Fattah Jr. called to the stand yesterday in his federal trial on bank and wire fraud was former Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell was on the stand for fewer than 10 minutes. He said his campaign hired Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., as a photography consultant starting in January 2002. "You were a hard worker who took excellent photographs," Rendell said. Fattah asked if Rendell was satisfied with his work, and Rendell replied: "Absolutely.
September 2, 2015
LOU BALCHER had a feeling about it. A premonition, you might say. After he parked his 2004 Mazda 6 on 12th Street between Walnut and Locust, on Monday, Aug. 3, he attempted to pay at a kiosk, which didn't accept his credit card. He tried another credit card. No luck. He tried cash. Strike three. The Langhorne resident was running late for an 11 a.m. appointment, "but I saw this Parking Authority person a block away and asked her if she covered 12th Street. " He told her about the nonfunctioning kiosk and she told him she did cover 12th Street but was not the only parking-enforcement officer who did. "I can't guarantee you won't get a ticket," he says she told him. You know what's coming.
August 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I'm afraid to tell them. I'm pretty sure this is who I am, and I don't want them to dismiss my identity. I also don't want them to think of me differently - I want to be the same person in their eyes as I was before I came out. They aren't homophobic to my knowledge, but I feel "stuck. " I have fairly bad social anxiety, so it's difficult for me to say anything.
August 20, 2015 |
THERE IS A METHOD to what some readers consider my madness. Some people hate that I hate debt. Others disagree when I encourage families not to borrow for college. And, man, do I get a lot of email when I recommend that college students, especially freshmen, not have credit cards. I value this feedback, so I created the Color of Money "Talk Back" feature, in which folks provide counterarguments to something I've written. "I disagree with the idea that credit cards aren't important for college students," wrote Sallie of Freeport, Maine.
August 10, 2015 |
SEPTA WILL hold an online lottery Wednesday for special passes for the Norristown High Speed Line and trolley routes 101 and 102 during the papal visit, the transit agency announced yesterday. The special passes cost $10 apiece and will be valid from Sept. 26-28. Riders will be required to have a special pass that weekend because of the expected volume of passengers. SEPTA said it has 20,000 passes available for the high-speed line and 5,600 apiece for the two trolley routes. Like the Regional Rail pass lottery held earlier this week, customers will be able to register through SEPTA's website on Wednesday from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All valid submissions will have the same chances of winning, regardless of what time they are submitted, the agency said.
July 24, 2015 |
"LEROY THE handyman" was held for trial yesterday on murder and related charges in the brutal strangulation, stabbing and beating death of 85-year-old Regina Brunner-Holmes in her East Mount Airy home. Authorities contend the defendant, Leroy Wilson, 37, committed the murder alone. They believe Brunner-Holmes, a grandmother, allowed him into her home, on Roumfort Road near Crest Park Road, because she knew him. Wilson had previously done odd jobs at her home and at other homes in the neighborhood.
July 21, 2015
P AUL GREENWALD, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, is a retired dentist and entrepreneur who recently began marketing a board game about marijuana, PasstheGrass, which he developed in 1976. It's interactive and designed to be used by people who enjoy relaxing at home with marijuana. It's available online at Amazon for $24.95 or can be downloaded via Android app on a tablet for $1.99. The game is recommended by its manufacturer for users 21 and over. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
July 6, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in Monday's slaying of an elderly woman from East Mount Airy, officials announced Saturday. In a news conference at police headquarters, Capt. James Clark, commanding officer of the homicide unit, identified the suspect as Leroy Wilson, 37, who was arrested early Saturday morning in Norristown. Clark said Wilson lived at the homes of girlfriends in Norristown and North Philadelphia. Regina Brunner Holmes, 85, was found Monday in her East Mount Airy home, beaten, stabbed, and with her throat slashed.
June 24, 2015 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge yesterday threw the book at a man who bilked a World War II veteran of $95,000 and who impersonated District Attorney Seth Williams as part of the nasty scam. Judge Rayford Means sentenced Shelton Thomas, 49, to the maximum sentence allowed - 16 1/2 to 33 years in state prison. On hearing his sentence, Thomas dropped his head to the defense table and said, "Damn!" He and Williams, 48, do not look alike. Thomas was accused of scamming Raymond Campbell, a World War II veteran who served in Europe and the South Pacific, out of his life savings from June 2011 to February 2014.
May 17, 2015 |
Most of us believe in second chances. If we didn't, no one would ever show up at a Phillies game. The second chance I'm talking about, however, is for someone who has lost his or her house as the result of foreclosure. It's been about nine years since the start of the U.S. foreclosure crisis, which peaked at 7.7 million houses in foreclosure in 2012. With the passage of the years, once-distressed homeowners with restored credit are reentering the housing market, even though damaged credit profiles and lender rules will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy. According to the National Association of Realtors, California, Florida, and Arizona, where the foreclosure crisis started, are expected to have the largest share of return buyers within the next decade.