October 3, 2015 |
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Thursday she had evidence that a sitting Supreme Court justice - quickly identified by her staff as J. Michael Eakin - had sent and received "racial, misogynistic pornography" on state computers. Kane said she had given the state Supreme Court, the Judicial Conduct Board, and the state Ethics Commission more than 1,500 Eakin emails to review. Her spokesman said he could not say how many contained offensive material. One email, Kane said, contained "a joke about a woman who was beaten by her husband, and the punch line is that she should just shut up. " She said another noted that 30 percent of female murder victims were killed by husbands or boyfriends.
September 24, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia brothers, both with lengthy criminal records, allegedly engaged in a deadly argument Monday evening. Police responded to reports of a person with a gun at 6:35 p.m. Monday, on the 5100 block of Kershaw St. in Parkside. On arrival, police found Jacquell Roundtree, 31, on his front porch with gunshot wounds to his back and side. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he died shortly after 9 p.m. Police said Wednesday they were seeking a suspect, Dominic Roundtree, 29. Both brothers were in the news within months of each other in 2005.
September 19, 2015 |
How do you keep an independent record store open for 30 years? "It helps if you don't want too much for yourself," Philadelphia Record Exchange owner Jacy Webster answers drily, and then laughs. "It's not a real profitable business. " Webster cofounded the Record Exchange in 1985 with Greg Harris, who is now CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. It hasn't made him rich, but the store managed the rare feat of surviving as a bricks-and-mortar gathering place that sells honest to goodness physical product.
September 11, 2015 |
The image in the minds of relatives of the last moments of Antorie Coates and his girlfriend, Alida Maria Cruz, could not have been more ghastly: shot to death in a van, doused with gasoline and set on fire. On Wednesday, relatives gave a message to the man who admitted killing them: "We forgive you. " Courtroom observers said the atmosphere at the guilty plea and sentencing of 38-year-old William Deputy of Upper Darby was so intense that he wept openly as Coates' sister, Akeya Coates, and mother, Eva Whaley, made victim-impact statements.
August 24, 2015 |
Between payments made to trade partners and large contracts absorbed in return, the Phillies have committed more than $50 million in trades during their rebuilding. Here is a breakdown from each trade. 1st year Player Contract details of contract Cash paid in trade Jimmy Rollins 4 years, $44 million 2012 $1 million Marlon Byrd 2 years, $16 million 2014 $4 million Jonathan Papelbon 4 years, $50 million 2012 $4.5 million Cole Hamels 6 years, $144 million 2013 $9.5 million Also acquired Matt Harrison in trade $32.6 million Ben Revere 1 year, $4.1 million 2015 $1.5 million Chase Utley 2 years, $27 million 2014 $3.5 million* TOTAL 19 years, $285.1 million $56.6 million *–could increase depending on bonuses and exercising of 2016 option.
June 27, 2015 |
In its second ruling in three years upholding President Obama's health-care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned back challengers' claims that the law barred health insurance subsidies to millions in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The 6-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., upheld a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act and allows the administration's five-year-old initiative to get health coverage to more Americans. The decision lifted a cloud that threatened to end coverage for millions of Americans, disrupt state insurance markets, and pressure politicians whose constituents receive the subsidies to find a way to save them.
June 26, 2015 |
Within minutes of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Wolf announced plans to drop the state-based insurance exchange that Pennsylvania had pursued to prevent more than 300,000 residents from losing subsidies. "I took steps to protect Pennsylvania's consumers by putting in place a contingency in the event the Supreme Court ruled people are not eligible for subsidies, but I am pleased to say that we will no longer need to rely on this plan," Wolf said in a statement. Pennsylvania and Delaware were the only states to win conditional approval last week to set up exchanges to protect their citizens from a potential ruling against subsidies in the 34 states that rely on the federal health insurance marketplace.
June 23, 2015 |
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.
June 22, 2015 |
After countless hours of courtroom argument, dozens of briefs, and seemingly endless legal maneuvering, the fate of President Obama's Affordable Care Act comes down to the meaning of six simple words. On June 28, 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court first narrowly upheld the law, it seemed the bitter struggle over Obama's huge expansion of federally funded health care had come to an end. But the calm was short-lived. Within a few months, conservative legal theorists seized on a little-noticed sentence in the law that seemed to limit federal assistance for consumers to buy health insurance purchased on state-established exchanges, or marketplaces.
June 17, 2015 |
The Obama administration on Monday gave Pennsylvania and Delaware a head start in the scramble to save residents from losing health insurance coverage, the possible result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected this month. The action - conditional approval to establish state-based insurance marketplaces - moves forward both states' efforts to preserve health insurance subsidies for their citizens. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller described it as a "contingency plan" with the potential to help more than 300,000 residents who had bought subsidized insurance.