July 1, 2015 |
In the haze surrounding former Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff's firing, there are three events on which all parties can agree. Ruff, while off duty, walked into 35th District headquarters in Ogontz on Aug. 3 and dropped a bag of guns on the counter. He was detained moments later. And within six months, he had lost his job. Everything else that happened between those moments remains up for debate - as was made clear Monday in a civil trial before a federal jury. Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, whose last posting was in Powelton's 16th District, is suing the department and six officers involved in a scuffle that day. He says they assaulted and falsely arrested him when he attempted to anonymously turn in three guns that he had confiscated under a no-questions-asked gun buyback program.
April 13, 2015 |
"I suppose you're the enemy," John C. Bogle, founder of Malvern-based Vanguard Group and that rare creature, an investment celebrity, told the crowd of bargain-hunting stock-pickers in an ornate ballroom in New York's Plaza Hotel. Bogle was onstage for a "Great Debate" vs. his host, Jim Grant, Federal Reserve-bashing, gold-loving publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer , a contrarian investors' bible. The two squared off over Bogle's once-radical, now-mainstream proposition that even professional securities pickers can't beat market indexes like Standard & Poor's list of the 500 major U.S. stocks.
January 22, 2015 |
The Craigslist post looked promising: "Immediate help needed $16hr. + OT," read the headline, followed by "Help needed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia over the course of the next six weeks. " The posting went up Tuesday evening. By Wednesday morning, the number listed on the post - leading to the Convention Center's labor supply office - was ringing nonstop with dozens of people seeking work, said the center's chief executive, John McNichol. By midafternoon, the post been pulled from the website, flagged as a possible fraud.
January 16, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Claude Giroux galloped through the neutral zone and dragged the puck through two outstretched defenders, finally breaking free just above the top of the circles. He unleashed a snap shot, not unlike one that has found the twine 133 other times in his career, but it was quickly gobbled up and swallowed by Braden Holtby. Giroux could do little more than shake his head and exhale, as he slid up the boards and back to the bench in disbelief. "I was coming in pretty fast," Giroux said, sighing.
December 10, 2014 |
On the day in September that Mayor Nutter announced recommended changes to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke presented a plan to create a Department of Planning and Development that would have oversight of L&I among other departments and boards. Three months later, the competing visions for L&I are moving at drastically different paces. Yet both are causing anxiety to developers and others in the building industry. They especially want to put the brakes on Clarke's plan.
December 5, 2014 |
It is the beach town that roared. Or at least filed suit. And on Thursday, Gov. Christie's grand plan to build one continuous dune along the entire coast of New Jersey will be challenged in U.S. District Court by the City of Margate, whose voters have stubbornly opposed the dune in two referendums. Last month, Margate's lawyers, including former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, made good on their threats and sued the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to try to stop the awarding of a contract for construction on its beaches, which they said was imminent.
August 26, 2014 |
B RYAN CRANSTON thinks Brian Cranston spells his name wrong. Bryan with a "Y" played Walter White in the critically adored "Breaking Bad," the AMC drama about a high-school chemistry teacher who turns to cooking meth after he's diagnosed with cancer. Tonight, Bryan will vie for his fourth Emmy award as a lead actor, the final time he'll be able to win as White since the show wrapped up last year. He's not actually a chemistry teacher, he just played one on TV. Brian with an "I" is actually a high-school chemistry teacher, molding young minds at Lenape High School, in Medford, N.J. Andrew Ortner , a "Breaking Bad" producer, caught wind of the Medford Cranston and sent him a signed picture of the cast along with a script with a personal note from the more famous Cranston that read, "Brian, Let's make a deal, I'll stay out of the chemistry class and you stay out of the drug making business, Deal?
July 25, 2014 |
Standing in the roiling thick of Wednesday's pro-Israel rally in Center City, Nancy Manno held a sign she thought said it all. Hand-drawn, it depicted a missile about to strike the Liberty Bell. "Most Americans don't put themselves in the shoes of most Israelis," said the Linwood, N.J., resident. "There's not one American who would tolerate the [Hamas] missiles that Israel has had to endure. " Another poster said it writ small: "More hummus, less Hamas. " Two weeks into the latest surge of Palestinian missile fire on Israel, and Israel's bombardment and military invasion of the Gaza Strip, more than 650 Palestinians and almost three dozen Israelis are dead.
April 24, 2014 |
Year after year, the Penn Relays and the Drake Relays are conducted on the same late April weekend, one in a huge Eastern metropolis, the other in a relatively quiet Midwestern burg, two cities about 1,000 miles apart. Track aficionados annually check out the results from both Penn and Drake to compare times and to check which meet has the most star athletes. Many like to think that the two meets compete for teams, athletes, and attention. However, if you listen to the directors of the two meets, they only want to see track and field thrive.
April 18, 2014 |
CLIFF LEE likes to work quickly, so he made sure the conversation he had with Ryne Sandberg in the bottom of the eighth inning was a brief one. "How do you feel?" "I feel good. " And so Lee went back out for his ninth and final inning, despite having thrown 114 pitches in the eight innings that preceded it. Lee would allow back-to-back hits to begin the ninth, but he battled back and kept the two baserunners stranded. Sixteen days removed from one of the worst starts of his big-league career - a game that ended with him getting an improbable win on Opening Day - Lee saw those pesky baseball gods make things right with him. Last night in South Philly, Lee struck out 13 and walked one. He threw a career-high 128 pitches.