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November 20, 2015
WHEN STATE Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams held a news conference Monday to call for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin and others involved in the Porngate scandal, he was joined by representatives from the NAACP, the National Organization of Women, black clergy, an LGBT group and a Muslim group. But . . . there was also a mysterious guy in a gold bowtie who stepped up to the podium at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and introduced himself as a "community activist" representing a North Philadelphia alliance.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
VEGAS-STYLE fireworks could go off during a City Council committee meeting today when officials from the gaming company seeking to build the city's second casino square off with critics who've accused the developer of discriminating against African-American customers. Among the dozens of people who've signed up to speak against the Cordish Cos. are six former employees and customers who allege to have witnessed or been victims of racial discrimination at the company's Fourth Street Live!
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
A coalition of African American leaders gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday to urge City Council members to consider allegations of racial discrimination made against the developer chosen to construct a casino in South Philadelphia. Members of the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, National Action Network (NAN), contend that the Cordish Cos. discriminated against black patrons at nightclubs it owns in Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky. They allege that the venues had dress codes targeting African Americans and hired people to start fights with black people in order to get them ejected.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
LONGTIME political allies of District Attorney Seth Williams attacked him yesterday, calling on him to immediately fire three prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal and excoriating him for failing to hold them accountable - beyond sensitivity training. "We are really outraged," Councilwoman Cindy Bass said at a joint news conference at City Hall with her female colleagues on Council and leaders of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women. "We want to see action.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | Claudia Vargas and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Call it Ramsey 2.0: The Philadelphia Police Department will have new but familiar leadership come January. First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, whom Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Wednesday as his choice to lead the department of more than 6,600 officers, said he planned to keep doing what retiring Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has done - "and then some. " Ross called Ramsey a mentor and a friend. "We've had a great commissioner, so I don't feel the need to act like we are going to start from ground zero, because we're not," Ross said Wednesday during a news conference.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams is likely to have a crummy morning. Same goes for three city prosecutors - Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo and Pat Blessington - who are at the center of the Porngate email scandal. For the first time since the scandal broke earlier this year, the women of City Council plan to hold a news conference this morning to "denounce the demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails sent on state-owned computers by prosecutors currently employed" by Williams, according to a news release put out by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women.
NEWS
November 3, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police did an abrupt U-turn Sunday, announcing that they were mistaken about a widely reported incident they had labeled earlier in the day as a kidnapping. In fact, the supposed kidnappers were family members trying to aid a woman at a gas station who was emotionally distressed, officials said after they had time to review the Saturday night incident more fully. "The female was upset due to recent personal matters and she had fled from another vehicle while driving with a family member," the department said in correcting its mistake.
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October 30, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
Whenever Sandra Bullock or George Clooney participate in a news conference, it's like watching an amusing comedy sketch. When they take the stage together, it's more like watching Stiller and Meara or Nichols and May. The two megastars have known each other for so long they have an easygoing camaraderie, finish each others punch lines and are such seasoned pros at this, they basically don't give a damn. They mock dumb reporter questions, the entire news conference process, each other, themselves and sometimes their movies.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday said he does not know what's true or untrue regarding allegations that Department of Licenses and Inspections employees are failing to properly inspect all demolition projects, and therefore has ordered an investigation. "If true, it is completely unacceptable. But quite honestly, we are not exactly sure whether the reports - all of them, some of them, a few of them - are in fact true or not," Nutter said at a City Hall news conference. The Inquirer on Sunday reported that an analysis found that the department failed to follow new inspection guidelines in more than 80 percent of private demolitions performed since Jan. 1. Of 82 demolitions examined by the paper, 83 percent had not been inspected at all or were not properly inspected using new guidelines put in place following the June 2013 Market Street building collapse that killed six people, while just 17 percent were correctly inspected, the paper reported.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
T. MILTON STREET Sr. said he will soon add a new chapter to the sordid Pennsylvania political embarrassment that is Porngate - all thanks to a Harrisburg source he's calling "Deep Throat. " (Yeah. Let that sink in for a minute.) Street, who ran unsuccessfully in the spring for the Democratic mayoral nomination, said yesterday that he plans to host a news conference on Nov. 5 outside the District Attorney's Office to unveil more pornographic emails that prosecutor Frank Fina allegedly sent and received while he worked for the state Attorney General's Office several years ago. The emails are different from the controversial batch of exchanges the state Supreme Court made public in late August.
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