January 15, 2016 |
THE BUCKS COUNTY district attorney has recommended that Neshaminy High School basketball coach Jerry Devine be charged with harassment - a summary offense - for knocking a referee to the floor during a game last week. The offense carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a fine of $300. Efforts to reach Devine were unsuccessful. "There was aggressive physical contact," District Attorney David Heckler said at a news conference yesterday. A widely circulated video from the incident appeared to show Devine head-butting the referee after a charging call against a Neshaminy player in the final seconds of his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School.
January 15, 2016
The year is 2016. The scene: a street in West Philadelphia. A local physician is in his car, stopped at a traffic light, when a man with a gun rushes out and begins firing at the car. Miraculously, the doctor is not killed, but he does suffer serious bullet wounds to his left arm and leg. The assailant runs down the street, then tackled by an alert town watch member, who manages to subdue him and call the police. Later, at a news conference, police officials identify the physician at a staff member at a local nonprofit clinic that performs abortions.
January 10, 2016 |
All SEPTA Police Department officers will soon be equipped with body cameras that will offer a new layer of protection to police and customers, the agency's chief said Friday. "I like to say, cameras are going to make good cops great cops, and make the rest of them follow the rules," Chief Thomas Nestel III said during a news conference. Most of the department's 289 officers already have body cameras, the chief said, and the remainder will be equipped with them in coming days. The department spent about $300,000 on the cameras and an additional $100,000 on training, the agency said.
January 1, 2016 |
Mayor Nutter took the lectern for a final news conference Thursday, and in a tone that was kind of sad, kind of tired, got the business out of the way first. Dressed down a little bit, without a tie, he encouraged people - for the eighth year in a row - to come out for the Mummers Parade and reminded them to stay safe. Then, in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, where portraits of the city's former leaders hang, questions shifted to his legacy and how the job changed him. "I've become just much more personally emotional during the course of the last eight years," he said at the end of the news conference.
December 31, 2015 |
IN A CERTAIN SENSE, nobody is to blame. Six thousand years is long enough to conclude that days like Wednesday are the inevitabilities of our nature. That doesn't make it any less stupefying, or any more paradoxical. But the fact of the matter is that ours is a species with a remarkable penchant for sowing the seeds of its own destruction. In destroying the 2015 season before it even started, Jeffrey Lurie was simply acting human. By the time all of the dots were connected Wednesday, a stunning narrative came into focus.
December 4, 2015 |
MAYBE IF WE washed public officials' mouths out with soap the way we used to with kids who spouted dirty words, they'd stop spewing the two dirtiest words in public service: "No comment. " That's if they say anything at all, I mean. Public officials conveniently forgetting the "public" part of their jobs is nothing new: My cubiclemate William Bender has gone after Philadelphia's selectively silent officials on several occasions. Most recently he even conducted a Twitter poll to pick the right nickname for a certain prickly city spokesman.
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.
November 17, 2015 |
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!
November 13, 2015 |
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.