May 4, 2016
Municipal Court Judge Dawn Segal probably didn't suspect the FBI was listening when another judge asked her to fix a case or when she told him, according to recently filed legal documents, "I took care of it. " Why would she expect anyone in authority to monitor judges' conduct? In Pennsylvania, lax enforcement of judicial ethical standards has been the norm, and it has fostered a system pervaded by casual corruption, from rampant ticket-fixing by traffic judges to bigoted and pornographic emails traded by justices of the state's highest court.
February 9, 2016 |
And the sign said "The words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds of silence. " - Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sounds of Silence" It was a little over five years ago when I first heard the preacher on Market Street. After 17 years of working in the Philadelphia suburbs, I was starting a new job and returning to the familiar confines of Center City, where I had previously worked for 15 years, as well as attended high school and college.
April 16, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is expected to announce Wednesday whether Craig Berube will remain as his head coach. Berube has another year left on his contract, but a disappointing season has the coach on the hot seat. The Flyers went 33-31-18, finished sixth in the eight-team Metropolitan Division, and missed the playoffs. Several Flyers offered support for Berube as they cleaned out their lockers Monday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Berube, 49, said he is not concerned about rumors that he will be replaced.
May 29, 2013 |
AS MAY 21, 2011, was approaching, the money was rolling in to get the word out: Judgment Day was close upon us. A suburban Philadelphia group, eBible Fellowship, which had fallen for Christian evangelist Harold Camping's latest doomsday prediction, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to help fund a global advertising blitz. Billboards, T-shirts, caravans, SEPTA bus wraps, bumper stickers, radio broadcasts, foreign missions. All with the same message: May 21, 2011 would be the end. Camping's biblical math was solid, they said.
March 8, 2013 |
EXPECT some fireworks Thursday night when the School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote on a plan to close 27 district schools. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s proposal has already been met with protests and demands for a one-year moratorium on the closings. The meeting will likely draw a passionate audience that will include politicians and civic leaders. Thirty-two speakers have signed up to speak at the meeting, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
February 9, 2012 |
FOR THE first time in this country, a high-ranking clergyman - Msgr. William Lynn, the former vicar of clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - will be tried on criminal charges for putting children in danger because of his "alleged" mishandling of priests known or credibly accused of the sexual exploitation of children. No bishop or high-ranking church official in the United States has ever been held criminally responsible for facilitating or enabling the sexual exploitation of a child, but that is about to change with the March opening of Lynn's criminal trial.
October 24, 2011 |
Toward the end of a robust conversational set at Temple Performing Arts Center, Ledisi Young reminded her audience how, at the beginning of her career, she was told how she was "not good enough, not pretty enough, not size whatever enough. " She laughed, prodded the crowd to be careful whom they allow into their circle, and launched into a humble yet haughty take on her raw, silken soul hit "Alright. " Six albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a devoted following (mostly women, if Saturday's sold-out show was an example)
October 14, 2011 |
Forget the Halloween decorations. Something far scarier is coming next Friday - and it's not the opening of Being Elmo at theaters nationwide. It's the end of the world as we know it. That is, if California radio-preacher Harold Egbert Camping is finally right. You'll remember that he was wrong about May 21, even though some believers squandered their careers and life savings to spread the warnings of tsunamis and cataclymic earthquakes. No fair counting that Oprah Winfrey ended her show a few days later.
July 25, 2011
SOMEONE alert the academy! It's Our Money is making a summer blockbuster movie. It's called "PICA 2011: Judgment Day. " Here's our tagline: In a world of many fiscal dangers, one city budget fights to survive. The plot? Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, also known as PICA, will vote on whether to approve the city's five-year plan. PICA's job is to make sure the city has enough money to cover the spending it projects over the next five years.
July 19, 2011 |
Don't get Dolly Parton started about end-of-the-world prognosticators. On her new album, "Better Day," Parton sounds, in the first song, "In the Meantime," like she's been writing straight off the headlines generated by the prediction that Judgment Day would come on May 21. Yet: "I started writing it years ago," Parton said. "I wrote it when some other crazy looney-tune was saying the world was coming to an end. God knows when the end of time will come, not some fanatic. . . . Anyway, we're more apt to blow the world up than something else happening.