May 30, 2015 |
Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders united Thursday behind former City Councilman James F. Kenney for mayor - with one noteworthy exception. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams did not attend a unity breakfast meeting organized by U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the Democratic Party's city chairman. Williams, who finished a distant second to Kenney in last week's Democratic mayoral primary, leads the Third Ward in West Philadelphia. He was absent as other ward leaders ate scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage while listening to short speeches in the Sheet Metal Workers union hall on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia.
January 27, 2015 |
Pennsylvania is a forgiving place. Maybe too forgiving: I: Legend: For a while in the 1990s, TL Ventures looked like it would be Philadelphia's breakout venture-capital giant. Amid the dot.com boom, TL's first bets paid off, returning nearly 40 percent profits to early-bird clients like Pennsylvania's school pensions. That helped TL, run by former Fidelity Bank lender Robert Keith , raise more than $1 billion for more ambitious investments. The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System (SERS)
August 15, 2014 |
One of two men charged in the July 25 carjacking and crash that killed a North Philadelphia mother and three of her children broke his silence in court Wednesday and pleaded for forgiveness. "I want to ask for forgiveness from the family," Jonathan Rosa blurted out at the end of his brief appearance before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Rosa, 19, had just waived his right to a preliminary hearing and Deni then asked the routine, almost rhetorical question: "Is there anything else?"
February 27, 2014 |
FOR MORE than a decade, Lamont Hatton watched his brother's killer, William Little - who spent 10 years in prison for the 1989 murder - walking around their South Philadelphia neighborhood, unarmed, unafraid and free. Hatton watched Little cut hair at the Jazz U Up barbershop at 16th and Tasker, and mentor young people there in the evenings, respected after his stint in prison for murder as a community hero for speaking out against guns and violence. And Hatton wondered: "Why is this man alive when my brother is dead?"
February 12, 2014 |
WHEN Hector Echevarria closes his eyes at night, all he sees is William Hopkins' face. After all, they were inseparable since childhood, playing pickup basketball and handball in the streets of Northeast Philadelphia. "Ever since then, he was by my side," said Echevarria, 18. "We were always together. " They stayed close throughout high school - Echevarria drove Hopkins to Northeast High every day. In return, Hopkins would cook for his buddy, whipping up plates of breaded chicken and Spanish rice in the Echevarria family kitchen on Mascher Street near Tabor Road in Olney.
January 10, 2014
THERE'S A tax break for struggling homeowners that Congress shouldn't have let expire just before the new year. If not extended, some people selling their homes could get big tax bills. As the housing crisis in the middle of the last decade drove people into foreclosure, many borrowers were not aware that forgiven debt, including on mortgages, is considered income. In 2007, Congress passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act to help people who were down on their luck financially because of the loss of their homes.
December 5, 2013
"PLEASE forgive us thugs/cowards, because we're stupid. "We wake up in the worst situation you can imagine. There is no love or discipline where we come from. Our mommas are ignorant when it comes to education, love, respect or discipline. I'm in the streets from morning till night. "I'm angry . I'm ashamed to say that, but it's true. I live in a dirty neighborhood (of course, I contribute to the filth on the streets). I am not loved, don't know how to give love. I am hungry and scared.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hanging out with author Terry McMillan is like chillin' with your worldly, slightly acerbic, super-chatty aunt. In the 1990s, she ushered in the era of black women's chick lit with her New York Times best-selling novel-turned-movie, Waiting to Exhale . The latest of the 61-year-old McMillan's eight tomes, Who Asked You? , was released Tuesday, launching her first book tour in three years. It will bring her Thursday night to the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she will join Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones . "Now, she can write," McMillan says of Ward.
August 2, 2013 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER DeMeco Ryans said he woke up from a nap and saw several teammates gathered around a TV yesterday afternoon after practice. Ryans was curious. What was up? Eagles wideout Riley Cooper was up, on video. Wearing a plaid sleeveless shirt, a la "Larry the Cable guy," vowing to jump a fence and "fight every [N-word] here" at Lincoln Financial Field during a June 8 Kenny Chesney concert. Say what? "It was surprising to see exactly what the news was, when I was able to see it for myself," Ryans said.
August 2, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY understands that the expressions of forgiveness crafted for the cameras by Eagles players following Riley Cooper's apology weren't the final word. "This isn't a situation that you brush underneath the rug. It's going to take some time," the Eagles' coach said yesterday. "The guys that know Riley, and are a little bit closer to him, it may be a little bit easier for them, but there are also some guys who just met him and just got here, and they're still trying to wrap their arms around it. This isn't a situation that's going to go away tomorrow.