July 17, 2015 |
A LOCAL GROUP of prominent black leaders found "no credible evidence" to support allegations of racism against a Baltimore-based developer that plans to build a casino in South Philly. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity reached its conclusion after a two-month investigation into claims that Cordish Companies engaged in discriminatory enforcement of dress codes and that managers paid white men to pick fights with black patrons as a ruse to boot minorities from Cordish-run entertainment venues in Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky. Not only did the black clergy's probe find no evidence of racist practices by Cordish, the clergy concluded that the company "has gone over and beyond the goals set for minority inclusion," according to a 17-page report released yesterday.
July 10, 2015 |
I GUESS I'm a little confused by the suggestion that the Phillies' hiring of Andy MacPhail as president-in-waiting represents some sort of climactic step toward a new baseball renaissance in our fine city. Sure, you would think last week's announcement will serve as a mere prelude to an offseason in which the executive suite is razed to its foundation and rebuilt from the ground up. But you also would have thought the Phillies would have made such a move sometime before the most pivotal two-month stretch of the baseball calendar, when the draft, the international signing period and the trade deadline combine to present an organization with a slew of decisions that will still be dictating its fate five to 10 years from now. You would have thought it would have taken something less extreme than one of the worst rosters ever assembled to finally get John Middleton out in front of a microphone.
June 23, 2015 |
With nearly 90 days until Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, a delegation led by Mayor Nutter and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is returning to Rome for final preparations. The delegation, which left early Sunday evening and is to arrive in Rome on Monday morning, last traveled to the Vatican in March 2014 to meet Pope Francis and invite him to Philadelphia. This time around it's all about logistics - and promotions for the international World Meeting of Families convention and the papal visit.
June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
June 15, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday angrily denied that he asked Philadelphia NAACP president Minister Rodney Muhammad to scrap a Thursday news conference at which the civil rights official planned to discuss allegations that a company that won state approval to build a South Philadelphia casino discriminates against black patrons in other cities. The Daily News reported yesterday that after Nutter made phone calls to Muhammad and to an official at the national NAACP office, Muhammad pulled the plug on the news conference that would have painted the Cordish Co. of Baltimore in a bad light.
June 14, 2015 |
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.
June 12, 2015 |
A NEWS conference at which African-American leaders had planned to release a report alleging racial discrimination by a company that won state approval to open a casino in South Philadelphia went bust yesterday after the mayor pulled the plug on it, sources told the Daily News . The news conference had been called by Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad to slam Baltimore-based Cordish Companies, but it didn't materialize on City Hall's...
June 10, 2015 |
A FORMER fraternity member who told State College cops about alleged hazing and sexual assault at his frat is suing Penn State University. James Vivenzio, 21, of Great Falls, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the university was negligent in enforcing its anti-hazing policies and in responding to his initial allegations about the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. Vivenzio had disclosed an alleged invitation-only Facebook page that included...
June 1, 2015 |
Chip Kelly doesn't like wasting time. Whatever else we know about the Eagles coach as the preparations for his third NFL season begin, we know that much. He practices fast. He plays fast. He talks fast. If he wants to acquire a player or get rid of one, that doesn't take long, either. Kelly doesn't care for those who waste their own time, which is precisely what he thinks the league's competition committee did when it made a halfway alteration to the conversion-after-touchdown rule.
May 28, 2015 |
To explain what Ruben Amaro Jr. did wrong, to understand his biggest mistake in telling CSNPhilly.com on Monday that Phillies fans who "bitch and complain" about the team's rebuilding efforts "don't understand the game" and "don't understand the process," let's begin with what Sam Hinkie did right three months ago. This was Feb. 20, the day after the NBA trade deadline, and Hinkie, the 76ers general manager, was holding a news conference, answering...