January 15, 2012 |
Robert Nils Herdelin , old-time LaSalle Explorers basketball star turned real estate investor and sometime Upper Darby barkeep, is happy about the bargain-basement prices fetched by Philadelphia's oversupply of fancy real estate these days. "This has just incredible views," he told me in the lobby of the 21-story south tower at Waterfront Square, across Columbus Boulevard from the miniature Yards brewery and a couple of shuttered nightclubs. The tower is just south of the SugarHouse gambling hall, whose asphalt lots were jammed with noontime gamblers as I walked over from SEPTA's Spring Garden Street El stop.
November 7, 2003
WE HATE to be the ones to break this news, but the sad truth is that as of 4 p.m. today, Fairmount Park does not belong to the people of Philadelphia. Even though you pay for it through your tax dollars, and you might get to enjoy a few picnics on the grass - and even though last year a new day had dawned for the parks when the process of choosing new park commissioners went public - the Philadelphia Board of Judges of Common Pleas Court, which appoints the Fairmount Park Commission, would rather you mind your own business.
May 12, 2001 |
District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham was endorsed yesterday by the Philadelphia Tribune, a move the African American newspaper's editorial called "an emotionally difficult choice. " Abraham said the endorsement marked a "turning point" for her reelection campaign, while Alex Talmadge Jr., her challenger in Tuesday's Democratic primary, said few Philadelphians would be swayed by the newspaper. The Tribune endorsement came in the final days of a campaign that has been almost entirely about race - specifically, whether Abraham has been unfairly aggressive in prosecuting African Americans and insensitive to black concerns.
May 11, 2001 |
An aide to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has challenged District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham's recollections of her controversial role in sinking the appointment of a black woman to the federal bench in Philadelphia. The way that Abraham intervened in the nomination of Frederica Massiah-Jackson - speaking out against the judge only after winning reelection in 1997 - led to charges of racism that continue to dog her almost four years later. David Urban, Specter's chief of staff, said he was "surprised to learn" of recent statements by the district attorney "that Sen. Specter was responsible for the late timing of her input.
May 4, 2001
To be Philadelphia's district attorney, you need to be, at a minimum, a resident of the city for two years, and, according to state rules, "learned in the law. " But to be an effective district attorney, we all know you need much more than those easy requirements. You need deep experience in the legal system, a keen understanding of crime, and an even keener appreciation of your community. And with those requirements as the benchmark, it's clear that in the race between Lynne Abraham and Alexander Talmadge, Abraham is the clear choice for district attorney.
March 27, 2001 |
In the Democratic Party primary contest for district attorney of Philadelphia, the question of race has been raised by Alexander Z. Talmadge Jr., an African American and the challenger to 10-year incumbent Lynne Abraham. Talmadge has an uphill battle to unseat Abraham, who has the backing not only of the city's Democratic Party but also of Mayor Street. So why run against an incumbent? Because, as Talmadge surely knows, Abraham is unpopular with much of the African American community.
January 31, 2001 |
District Attorney Lynne Abraham will announce her re-election bid today, in the face of strong opposition from some African-American leaders who have their own candidate in mind. The "draft committee" hoping to pull City Commissioner Alexander Talmadge Jr., 41, into the race yesterday praised Talmadge and railed against Abraham, who turns 60 today. Talmadge, however, continues to say he is not a candidate. The Democrat, now in his third term, would have to resign his $80,000-a-year City Commission seat if he took on Abraham.
January 4, 2001 |
For too long, the Philadelphia district attorney's office has been ruled by the "Queen of Capital Punishment. " DA Lynne Abraham has routinely sought the death penalty since her first election in 1991. Most defendants in capital trials are poor and rely on court-appointed defense lawyers. So while sending those convicted of murder to death, there is virtually no working system for representing the poorest. Private attorneys charge an estimated $50,000 in a murder trial. Philadelphia pays court-appointed lawyers $1,700 for preparation and $400 for each day in court.
December 13, 2000 |
Philadelphia Democratic leaders laid down their version of the law to a group of judges yesterday, telling them not to expect party support at the polls if they fail to vote tomorrow for Frederica Massiah-Jackson as president judge of Common Pleas Court. The city's 69 Democratic ward leaders, after a breakfast meeting with Mayor Street at a hotel on Monday, decided to back Massiah-Jackson over several other judges seeking the top spot on the 86-member court. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Robert A. Brady and several other party officials met for lunch at party headquarters with most of the 18 judges of Common Pleas Court who are coming up for retention election next November.
October 18, 2000 |
A contest involving at least four candidates for the presidency of the city's Common Pleas Court is developing, and Frederica Massiah-Jackson is at the center of it. Massiah-Jackson, 49, is the controversial jurist whom President Clinton nominated to be the first female African-American federal judge here. She withdrew her nomination in March 1998 after critics, led by District Attorney Lynne Abraham, campaigned against her appointment for allegedly being too lenient toward criminals.