August 19, 2016 |
Among dozens of gifts Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly reported this week are four family vacations at the Key West, Fla., beach house of longtime Philadelphia lawyer Richard Hoy. During the same period, Hoy represented scores of defendants facing charges brought by Williams' office, ranging from DUIs to aggravated assault. In an interview, Hoy said he frequently lets friends, many in Philadelphia's political class, use his vacation home. "I never considered it a gift," he said.
July 8, 2016 |
Calling all gamers-Runnemede, N.J., is about to get a lot more exciting with the arrival of New Jersey Gamer Con 2016 on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the festivities will run until 6 p.m. both days at the convention hall at the LaQuinta Inn (109 9th Avenue, Runnemede, N.J.) and feature gaming tournaments with a collection of more recent and classic game offerings. The best of the best will have the chance to win over $500 in gift cards and assorted prizes through tournaments broadcast live on Twitch.
March 28, 2016 |
Digitally savvy millennials are the top buyers of gift cards. Gen X shoppers lean toward gift cards from traditional department and grocery stores. And boomers value one-stop shopping. That's what a joint study by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the global information firm NPD Group Inc. recently revealed. The findings give retailers and brand manufacturers useful intelligence on how to better connect with their existing customers and attract new ones, said Denise Dahlhoff, research director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at Wharton, who worked with the NPD Group on the study.
December 20, 2015 |
A former Upper Darby Township detective, a 17-year veteran, has been charged with stealing narcotics from the evidence room to support his drug habit, officials announced Friday. Charges against Brad Ross, 41, of Aldan, included theft, receiving stolen property, and tampering with evidence. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. A hearing was set for Wednesday. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference that because of Ross' actions, his office had to throw out three cases, adding that Ross' thefts dated to 2012.
May 27, 2015 |
Game time 'gain While we're casino hopping, "Double Dare" slime administrator Marc Summers will be returning to his roots Saturday to host a special game show at Parx (2999 Street Road, Bensalem). The Nickelodeon notable and Food Network star will headline the Parx Challenge Game Show inside the casino at 360, the live-music venue. It's open to the public and guests can purchase tickets for $10, which affords them a chance to be chosen randomly by Summers to be a game-show contestant.
March 26, 2015 |
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.
March 11, 2015 |
QUAHMIER WILSON blew out 10 candles on his birthday cake yesterday. He did so surrounded by family - both his blood relatives and dozens of the 6,300 men and women in the Philadelphia Police Department who have committed themselves to supporting him and his 1-year-old brother. "He was happy; he kept a straight face," Tremaine Ward, a cousin of Quahmier's father, Officer Robert Wilson III, said last night. "Everybody is trying to keep him distracted, to give him something to smile about," he added.
December 23, 2014 |
Jessica Frantes answered a knock at her door in a sparkly tulle skirt, a flower headband in her hair, and gazed up to see Santa Claus on the front steps. The 5-year-old's smile only widened when Santa - played by a Winslow Township police officer - led her to a sleigh filled with presents. It was a day of hugs and tears for family and friends of Jessica, who saw her mother killed just five months ago - and for the men and women who responded to the scene that day. Police say Jennifer Bongco, 42, was stabbed more than 50 times by her boyfriend, Kevin Ambrose, near her home on July 25. Ambrose then dropped Jessica off at home, authorities say, before dumping Bongco's body on the side of the road a few blocks away.
November 21, 2014 |
With pornographic e-mails circulating among prosecutors and judges, lawmakers accused of taking cash in a sting that wasn't even pursued by the state's top law enforcement officer, and featherweight ethics rules that are rarely enforced, Pennsylvania richly deserves its place, by one measure, among the nation's five most corrupt states. In that context, the gift ban Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has imposed on his transition team, which he promises to carry over into his administration, hits the right note.