September 11, 2015 |
How appropriate that the theme from the third Rocky movie, "Eye of the Tiger," was played as the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays was released Tuesday. It was perfect for the sparring for attention at the scene by Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. Both politicians hope to corral the evangelical Christian vote, which has been a mainstay for Republican political success since the 1980s. And no one at the moment better symbolizes the antigay positions of fundamentalist Christians than Kim Davis, the clerk who spent five days in jail for ignoring a judge's court order.
September 11, 2015 |
When Philadelphia prison officials witnessed a few years ago a spike in street drugs and cellphones seized from inmates in city jails, they started to investigate their own. And, when that was not enough, they asked the FBI for help. A sting operation in which agents used prison informants to bait the suspects resulted in federal charges announced Wednesday against six current or former correctional officers accused of delivering OxyContin and cellphones, both which are forbidden to inmates, in exchange for cash.
September 6, 2015 |
Update: Rutgers has dismissed five players, including Andre Boggs, from its football team following their arrests earlier this week. Coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissals about 10 minutes before the Scarlet Knights' season opener against Norfolk State. Kicked off the team were defensive backs Nadir Barnwell, Boggs, Ruhann Peele, Delon Stephenson and fullback Razohnn Gross. Barnwell, Boggs and Stephenson were slated to be starters. -Associated Press Original Story: Andre Boggs was a point of pride for residents in the Coatesville Area School District in 2013, and you can still see his football highlights on YouTube.
September 3, 2015 |
* HAND OF GOD. Friday, Amazon. ANDRE Royo is ready for new nicknames. Because Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, the drug addict and confidential informant he played for five seasons of HBO's "The Wire," may have been a bit too memorable. "Keeping it honest, after 'The Wire' was over [in 2008], I was by the phone," said Royo last month, after a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., for "Hand of God," a new drama whose first season becomes available to Amazon Prime subscribers on Friday.
August 28, 2015 |
WHEN STEFAN Johnson was just a kid, he served as an altar boy at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul during a dark period in Philadelphia's history, when murdered cop after murdered cop was laid to rest there between 2007 and 2009. Meanwhile, Stefan's own father, whom he has never met outside of prison walls, was serving a life sentence for abetting in a double murder for hire. A few years later, when Stefan was a college student at Villanova University, he spent many quiet moments alone inside the hallowed walls of the basilica every Sunday night before locking it up. At just 18, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had entrusted Stefan with the security of its mother church - and he never let the church down.
August 19, 2015
WHAT WILL Pope Francis see as he tours Philadelphia's largest and newest jail, Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility? As a civil-rights lawyer who has advocated on behalf of hundreds of CFCF inmates, I believe the pope's CFCF visit will provide a stark contrast to the balance of his time spent in Philadelphia. He will see a massively overcrowded, understaffed facility and learn that a significant majority of the inmates suffering the intolerable conditions there are pretrial detainees - convicted of no crime, but jailed only because they are not able to afford bail.
August 18, 2015 |
Even on a steamy summer Sunday, Vitaly Korchevsky typically would be buttoned up in suit and tie, preaching from the pulpit at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven. But Sunday, another pastor took his place and read a letter to the congregation from the now-jailed Korchevsky. "Brothers and sisters," the stand-in pastor read softly, as babies gurgled and some worshipers' tears started to flow. Some bowed their heads in prayer. Others shot stern looks at children to hush their playing in the pews at the packed church on Edwards Avenue, a quiet residential street in this Delaware County suburb.
July 21, 2015 |
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
July 15, 2015 |
As New York City prepares to do away with cash bail for thousands of low-level offenders charged with nonviolent crimes, Jim Kenney is weighing a bail proposal for Philadelphia, part of a broader plan to address the city's overcrowded prisons in the event that he wins the mayor's office this fall. Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, declined to provide details on what he is considering. But she said Kenney, who in May won the Democratic nomination for mayor, is looking to reduce the city's prison population while ending what she called "the epidemic of nonviolent offenders being kept in prison because of their inability to make nominal bails.
July 9, 2015 |
DONOVAN McNABB is facing DUI charges in Arizona for the second time in 18 months. Yesterday, after word got out about his latest arrest, the former Eagles quarterback attempted to address the situation on his weekly radio show. His explanation came up as short as one of his worm-burners. "There was a story that was released, and I want everybody to be cognizant of it, because I am very aware of it, handling the matter at this particular point," he said. "But at this point, I have no further information, and as we continue on with the situation, then we'll let it handle as it will handle itself.