August 20, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH ain't going to be taking a deal. Not if yesterday's theatrics were any indication. The 11-term Philadelphia congressman defiantly and repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, speaking out of turn in a packed courtroom, then lashing out at prosecutors when a media scrum pinned him against the glass door of the federal courthouse on Market Street. Fattah, 58, made his initial appearance in court yesterday to plead not guilty to a slew of charges - including bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and four types of fraud - contained in last month's 29-count grand jury indictment.
August 11, 2015 |
IN A PERIOD of about 24 hours in Philadelphia this weekend, 10 people were shot - three of whom, including a 16-year-old boy, died from their wounds - and three others were stabbed, only one of whom survived, police said. According to police,the following incidents occurred: * 2:46 a.m. Saturday on Redner Street near 30th, in Brewerytown: A 31-year-old man was shot in his abdomen and leg and taken by a civilian vehicle to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in stable condition.
July 31, 2015 |
FORMER JANE DOES from Andrea Constand's civil suit against Bill Cosby filed a motion in federal court yesterday supporting the release of the full transcripts of depositions in the case. Beth Ferrier, a former model from Denver who first told her story to the Daily News in 2005, and Rebecca Neal of Las Vegas filed the motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. "The Jane Doe Witnesses merely seek to clarify that they have no objection to [Constand's] attempt to unseal [Cosby's]
July 26, 2015 |
The deadly June 5, 2013, Salvation Army thrift store collapse gave rise to commissions, reports, lawsuits, a criminal grand jury probe, tens of thousands of pages of documents, and an ongoing debate about why only two people have been criminally charged in the deaths of six and injuries to 13. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge decided what the Sept. 29 murder trial of demolition contractor Griffin Campbell will not be: a public airing of the failures of city government and officials. "The mayor's, the chief of staff's public statements - what effect do they have . . . that's relevant to the state of mind of your client?"
July 25, 2015 |
Be honest: Everybody likes to get muddy, slimy, oozy, or gooey - it's just that kids are way better at it because they have that great excuse of being, well, kids. As we get older and larger, we need to find reasons for getting messy - gardening, fixing the car, running. Here's a new one: Science! The Franklin Institute's popular Mess Fest returns for a fourth year, bigger and better, with different themes for each day - "Nasty Nature," "Art and Design," Splish Splash," and "Gross Anatomy" - and demonstrations including the watermelon blast, mud volcano, trash-can rocket, bubble explosion, and paint bucket dump.
July 25, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust plans to develop loft-style offices and residential units on the land it bought this month along the 2100 block of Market Street in Center City, president and chief executive Jerry Sweeney told analysts Thursday in a conference call. The offices would be similar to those at the 1900 Market St. building that Brandywine is now renovating, Sweeney said. That structure, known as the Stock Exchange Building, is being upgraded with open floor plans and collaborative work and meeting areas.
July 23, 2015 |
The story of the Center City condo market's turnaround stands 43 stories tall at 2101 Market St. That's the address of the Murano, the bluish glass-and-steel high-rise that in June 2009, as the real estate bust choked the life out of sales, was the first locally to resort to an auction. Next month, the last of the Murano's 302 original units will go to settlement - a milestone that local real estate observers consider not only a measure of market strength but a 180-degree turnaround in the perception of the viability of that Market Street West.
July 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia property owner Richard Basciano has now sold off his entire real estate portfolio in Center City, opening a frontier for development along what had long been a blighted stretch of sex shops, empty buildings, and vacant land. Basciano's STB Investments Corp. has sold nearly an acre along the western portion of Market Street - including the site of Center City's last porn theater - since June to Brandywine Realty Trust, Parkway Corp., and PMC Property Group or their affiliates, according to city records and company officials.
July 11, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust, Philadelphia's biggest office landlord, has bought almost the entire Center City block that was the site of 2013's deadly building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store. The publicly traded investment trust bought the 37,000 square feet of land along the southern side of Market Street's 2100 block on Tuesday, president and CEO Jerry Sweeney said. He would not disclose the price. The purchase of the site - including two buildings, a parking lot, a parking structure, and a vacant lot - is seen as a vital piece in linking Philadelphia's core office district to University City.