May 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. After a hearing, the Senate State Government Committee declined to take a position on Pedro Cortes - an unusual step - and instead moved his nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. The committee chairman, Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), said after the hearing that the panel was split on Cortes, but that he wanted to give all senators the chance "to make the decisions based on their own conscience.
April 16, 2015 |
I STEPPED through a hole in the wooden fence surrounding the Mantua home and beheld the filthy wonder of the once-majestic property. The yard was shin-deep in trash. The second floor's bay window was gone, opening a huge hole to the elements. An extension cord ran from the house to an alley light, dangerously affixed there by God-knows-who. As I picked my way past another missing window, the spring breeze caught the stench of feces (Animal? Human? Does it matter?), jolting me to my senses.
March 27, 2015 |
HIP-HOP power couple Jay Z and Beyonce have not bought a condo in the 500 Walnut high-rise, despite several online reports and news bits suggesting that they have. Michael Angelina , from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (530 Walnut St.), said yesterday, "I can't discuss it," but his website, michaelangelina.com, is splashed with the headline, "Jay Z and Beyonce Purchase Most Expensive Philadelphia Real Estate Ever," and "Sources say it's true!" According to Angelina's website, the all-glass, floor-to-ceiling, ultra-high-end penthouse condo is closing at a whopping $20 million, with Jay Z and Beyonce the rumored buyers.
January 22, 2015 |
An unlicensed doctor convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell should have been tried separately because of Gosnell's notoriety, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of Superior Court granted a new trial to Eileen O'Neill, 58, of Phoenixville. The charges against Gosnell - the 73-year-old was found guilty of murdering three infants born alive in illegal late-term abortions - made it impossible for a jury to fairly consider the case against her, the court ruled.
June 28, 2014 |
More than three years after Kermit Gosnell, his wife, and eight workers at his West Philadelphia clinic were charged with performing illegal late-term abortions, the case is over. On Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced the last two workers, one to prison and the other to probation. Lynda Williams, 45, a ninth-grade dropout and phlebotomist whom Gosnell taught to administer anesthesia and assist in abortions, was sentenced to five to 10 years on her guilty plea to two counts of third-degree murder.
June 6, 2014 |
The 22-year-old son of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who is serving life in prison for killing fetuses, was shot early Wednesday while allegedly burglarizing a residence in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Barron Alexander was shot three times by an occupant inside a house in the 3700 block of Brandywine Street shortly before 7 a.m., police said. He was listed in critical but stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was charged with robbery, burglary, and related offenses.
June 6, 2014 |
ANOTHER GOSNELL is accused of terrorizing West Philadelphia. Baron Alexander, a/k/a Baron Gosnell, the son of disgraced abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, faces charges of burglary, robbery, receiving stolen property and related offenses after allegedly breaking into a house not far from his own on Brandywine Street near 37th early yesterday, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Alexander, 22, was recovering last night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after one of the college students he allegedly victimized opened fire on him with a gun he was licensed to carry, Walker said.
May 18, 2014 |
A FORMER front-desk night worker in Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 2 1/2 years in prison for her role in the illegal "pill-mill" case. Lynda Williams, 45, had collected money and accepted tips in return for handing out illegal prescriptions for addictive painkillers. She pleaded guilty in July 2012 to distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy. Williams, most recently of Wilmington, Del., faces another sentencing Wednesday in Common Pleas Court on the more macabre aspects of the operations in Gosnell's former abortion clinic, the Women's Medical Society.
April 3, 2014 |
P HELIM McAleer , the filmmaker behind "FrackNation," the conservative response to the Academy Award-nominated "Gasland," wants to make a TV movie about Kermit Gosnell , the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder last year. McAleer and his producing partners have taken to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo ( igg.me/at/gosnellmovie ) to raise money for the movie. "Hollywood is not interested in funding this kind of film," McAleer said.
March 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Sherry West was out of work and on disability after contracting hepatitis C when Kermit Gosnell offered her a job as a medical assistant at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic. It was "very hard time in my life," West recalled. On Thursday, life got harder after West was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for her role in the 2009 overdose death of an abortion patient. West, 54, sat sobbing, head down on the defense table, after Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner imposed the sentence.