January 15, 2016 |
A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE has ruled that documents and other evidence from pretrial proceedings in a lawsuit involving sexual abuse of minors by a Catholic priest will remain public before trial. The two-paragraph ruling by Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein was a setback for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which had asked for an order barring public disclosure of the materials. The church has insisted on confidentiality as a condition for engaging in pretrial discovery with lawyers in suits seeking damages for being sexually molested by priests.
December 10, 2015 |
Weiland's drug abuse Scott Weiland 's ex-wife, in an open letter in Rolling Stone, bemoans the late musician's chronic substance abuse. The cause of the rocker's death has yet to be determined, but cocaine was discovered in the tour bus where he died last week at age 48. "Dec. 3, 2015, is not the day [he] died," writes Mary Forsberg Weiland , who has two kids with Weiland: Noah , 15, and Lucy , 13. "The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. " Kimye baby update In a shocking report, TMZ says Kim Kardashian did not have the birth of baby boy Saint filmed for use in her reality show.
December 6, 2015 |
She sues Sheen by the seashore Charlie Sheen recently announced he's HIV-positive. He swears he told all his intimates. But, um, well . . . he's getting sued in an L.A. court by Scottine Ross , a former adult entertainer (?!) who says she's his ex-fiancée. She says she didn't know about Sheen's diagnosis till she found his anti-HIV meds. She tells of forced abortion, intimidation, drug abuse. Normal thing. Ross filed suit the day after Chas was to sign an agreement to pay her $1 million to settle all claims . . . but, gee whiz, he never showed!
August 21, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled a civil lawsuit brought by an accuser whose testimony helped convict two Catholic priests and a former parish-school teacher on sexual abuse charges, and aided in the unprecedented prosecution of a church administrator for covering up the priests' crimes. In filings Tuesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Jacqueline F. Allen said the plaintiff - a 26-year-old man identified only as "Billy Doe" - had "settled any and all claims" against the archdiocese and two former church officials.
July 3, 2015 |
A North Philadelphia woman who admitted helping her boyfriend identify and kill a 29-year-old bodega clerk he believed was a witness against him in another murder was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge. The prison term for Eliana Vazquez, 22, was below the six to 20 years recommended under state sentencing guidelines. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner said Vazquez's early decision to testify against her boyfriend and two others deserved "a strong amount of credit for a just resolution of this case.
June 3, 2015
CHARLIE WILSON first came to prominence in the late 1970s as the frontman for the Gap Band, formed by Wilson and his brothers, Robert and Lonnie, in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Okla. The siblings came by their musicality as the sons of a Pentecostal minister who insisted that his children learn to play various instruments. The band originally bore the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band, which was subsequently shortened to the G.A.P. Street Band. A printing error on an advertisement for a gig identified the unit as "The Gap Band," and the brothers claimed the name.
May 28, 2015 |
SIXTY years after his death, Charlie Parker's status as a jazz alto saxophonist supreme remains one of American music's most enigmatic legacies. Plagued by drug abuse, racism, the compulsive need for female guidance and the burden of musical genius, the man known as "Yardbird" - or simply "Bird" - lived a brief life filled with passion, tragedy and unforgettable characters: the core ingredients of opera. "Yardbird," Opera Philadelphia's first world premiere since its first season 40 years ago, is told in flashbacks after Parker's death at only 34, in 1955.
May 12, 2015 |
The War on Terror hasn't lasted that long - not compared with the Hundred Years' War (1337- 1453) or even the Thirty Years' War (1618-48). But most Americans are war-weary nonetheless, and there is no sign of relief. How can there be when any violent act by a lone wolf can be claimed by a terrorist organization as its latest attack on America? U.S. officials were trying to determine whether ISIS, which claimed responsibility for a shootout last week at a free-speech event in Texas, was actually involved.
March 8, 2015 |
He ate two cookies - light vanilla coating with cream filling - drank a Dr Pepper, and counted to himself as the Rev. Andrew McCormick unfastened the 33 buttons on his cassock one by one. A 27-year-old man recounted that vivid memory from the witness stand this week, describing the moments before McCormick allegedly sexually assaulted him about 18 years ago. And as jurors began deliberating the suspended priest's fate Friday, their decision could...
January 3, 2015 |
Everybody knows it's really hard for smokers to quit. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think a quick brain scan could someday make quitting easier - or at least more effective. In a recent study, they found that certain changes in the brain, visible using technology that measures brain activity, predicted better than anything else now available which smokers would quickly relapse - that's most of them - and which might be able to quit without much more than a pep talk.