July 25, 2016
With new flags on the Parkway, new lights on the boathouses, and new efforts to shelter the homeless, the Democrats who have run Philadelphia for more than half a century have cleaned up the city for the Democratic National Convention. If only they could clean up themselves. Given its historic resonance, continuing revival, and convenient location in a politically important state, Philadelphia is a fine place for a convention. The city's chief flaw as a backdrop for the Democrats is, well, the Democrats.
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | PA. SUPREME COURT Eakin puts himself above the rules Once again, Pennsylvania stands disgraced on the national stage, and it is again through the actions of a state Supreme Court justice, the "Honorable" J. Michael Eakin. Rather than resign after it was revealed that he had exchanged coarse, crude, and profane emails designed to denigrate women, minorities, and homosexuals, Eakin tried to hang on to his position. There should be no doubt that he ultimately left the court because he concluded that continuing the fight was futile and that he saw that his pension was at risk if he were to fight on and lose.
January 22, 2016 |
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark. But within minutes of the meeting's end, a key voice that had been silent in recent days about Clark's various issues was speaking out loudly and angrily. "He's an absolute disgrace," said U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the city's Democratic Party.
December 10, 2015
WHEN YOU nearly succeed in making retired-in-disgrace Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery look like a boy scout, it's time to step down. With the fumes surrounding Michael Eakin's email porn scandal growing increasingly loathsome, this justice's insistence that he will not resign despite calls from the governor, among others, is a sure sign that he is unqualified and ill-equipped to serve on the highest court in the state. Speaking for his client, Eakin's attorney told the Inquirer that the judge is not going to resign.
October 17, 2015 |
Ayad Akhtar's smart, brutal drama Disgraced will be the most-produced play in the country this season. Philadelphia Theatre Company gets the first local crack at it, with a visually satisfying but stiff production. But then again, this is a play all about how nothing is quite what it seems. Amir (Pej Vahdat), a handsome, successful mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer, is a secular Muslim version of Don Draper. Running from what he considers a shameful past, he has taken a new name, new nationality, and a blond, white, painter wife, Emily (Monette Magrath)
October 16, 2015
IT HAS BEEN decades since the United States was as ethnically and racially polarized as it is now. Between Donald Trump 's threats to round up 11 million Mexicans, the "Black Lives Matter" movement ignited by a seemingly unending series of tragic encounters between law-enforcement personnel and young African-Americans, and the still-festering post-9/11 paranoia and Islamophobia, a drama about racial, religious and ethnic identity and the "us-and-them"...
August 28, 2015 |
Josh Duggar in rehab Embattled reality star Josh Duggar has availed himself of the services of a rehab facility, his parents announced. No word on what precise malady or addiction he seeks to address. "[Josh] has . . . brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say. "Josh [has] checked himself in to a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. " This comes days after the onetime spokesman for conservative Christian family values admitted he used the Ashley Madison website to arrange adulterous liaisons.
July 31, 2015 |
The lawyer for Thomas Coffee - accused of luring a man into a fatal robbery using a Craigslist ad - will try to challenge the integrity of the prosecution case Thursday by questioning the now-disgraced Philadelphia homicide detective who led the criminal probe. Ron Dove, fired two years ago as a homicide detective and facing obstruction-of-justice charges of covering up a killing allegedly committed by his girlfriend, will appear before Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson for a hearing without the jury to determine if he will testify.
July 31, 2015 |
YOU PROBABLY could use a lot of adjectives to describe the 29-count indictment that U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was hit with yesterday, but "shocking" isn't one of 'em. For one thing, it was widely known that federal investigators had spent much of the last eight years probing Fattah's finances, lending an air of inevitability to the whole thing. The charges he's facing - racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, falsification of records - are the kind that can earn a guy an extended stay at a federal penitentiary to be named later.
July 1, 2015 |
SGT. DONNA Bachmayer didn't mince words yesterday when asked what her reaction was after learning that Brandon Ruff - whom she and other cops had a confrontation with outside the 35th Police District - was a police sergeant. "I said, 'Holy s---. You're one of us?" Bachmayer testified before a federal jury. "How could you do this?" she testified she told Ruff. "How could you do this to us? You are a piece of s---. You are a disgrace to this badge and this uniform I put on every day. " Bachmayer is one of six cops in the 35th District, at Broad and Champlost streets in Ogontz, who was sued by Ruff, who at the time of the Aug. 3, 2014, incident was a sergeant in Powelton's 16th Police District.