October 3, 2014 |
FOURTEEN bucks. What is that, a few Pumpkin Spice lattes? A decent lunch somewhere? Whatever it is, it isn't much for a lot of us. But for the hundreds who line up on a worn patch of grass across the street from Family Court every Monday afternoon, it's enough to keep them stuck in cycles of homelessness, addiction and poverty. For years, Adam Bruckner, who runs the nonprofit Philly Restart, was able to hand individuals, most of them homeless, a check to PennDOT for $13.50 to get an identification card that helps them rebuild their lives.
September 19, 2014 |
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.
September 13, 2014 |
Four news organizations, including The Inquirer, filed a motion in federal court Thursday seeking the name of the firm contracted to provide the drugs Pennsylvania would use in an execution by lethal injection scheduled for this month. The state has said the compounding pharmacy it contracted to supply the drugs would likely refuse to do so if its name were made public, according to the court papers filed in Harrisburg. In the motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Inquirer, Guardian US, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Philadelphia City Paper said recent botched executions in other states "have greatly increased the public's interest in lethal injection executions.
August 3, 2014 |
Winslow police fatally shot a township man Friday morning after responding to a call at a home on New Freedom Road, authorities said. Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Police Chief Robert Stimelski identified the man as Daniel St. Pierre, 42. St. Pierre was taken by helicopter to Cooper University Hospital, authorities said, and was pronounced dead about 9:30 a.m. The shooting took place as three Winslow officers responded...
July 10, 2014 |
Real convict of Atlanta It'll be some time before we'll see The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks on her husband's arm. Apollo Nida , 35, was sentenced Tuesday to 96 months (eight years) in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud and ID theft, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Nida ripped off more than 50 people to the tune of $2 mil. Nida could have been given anywhere from 92 to 115 months. U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell said he handed down a fairly stiff sentence because white-collar crimes of this type see a high rate of recidivism.
June 23, 2014 |
A worker killed Friday in the collapse of a building being demolished in Cherry Hill was identified Saturday as a 38-year-old Camden man. Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said the victim, Jose Ortega, was killed instantly in the collapse of the building on Route 38 about 12:30 p.m. Officials said Ortega evidently was inside the structure, a former Blockbuster video store at the edge of the Walmart Plaza at Cuthbert Boulevard that was...
June 4, 2014 |
The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed lawsuits Monday against seven school districts, including three in Camden County, alleging that they have illegally required government-issued photo identifications when registering children for school. The lawsuits contend that the districts' policies discriminate against immigrant families and violate state and federal requirements. The Camden County districts are Audubon, Gloucester Township, and Somerdale Park.
May 14, 2014
After two years and $7 million in wasted taxpayer-funded advertising costs and legal fees, Pennsylvania's embarrassing and discriminatory voter-ID law has finally been buried by a wise court ruling. But like a gambler caught up in a losing streak, Gov. Corbett can't bring himself to just walk away. Instead, he sends mixed signals. He said Thursday that he won't appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling in January, which is good. But, apparently to appease his radical-right buddies, he also said he wants to retool the law. Fortunately, Harrisburg Republicans have an election to worry about and are in no mood to revive this modern cousin of the poll taxes once used to discourage certain people from voting.
May 10, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett dropped his battle Thursday to keep intact the two-year-old law requiring Pennsylvanians to show a state-approved photo ID before voting. In a statement, Corbett said he would not ask the state Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional. But the governor defended its intent and said his administration would work with the legislature to make the necessary changes for the law to pass judicial muster. "A photo identification requirement is a sensible and reasonable measure for the commonwealth to reassure the public that everyone who votes is registered and eligible to cast a ballot," he said.
May 6, 2014
THE WORDING was polite but the message was clear. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wrote Gov. Corbett last week urging him to give up trying to implement the state's Voter ID Law. This dog of a law, first passed in 2012, has never fully taken effect, mostly due to court challenges to its strict requirements that voters show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. In January, Commonwealth Judge Bernard McGinley ruled the law unconstitutional, saying that it could deny the right to vote to several hundred thousand Pennsylvania who did not have access to the approved IDs. The state asked McGinley to reconsider his decision.