December 10, 2014 |
An agreement has quietly been ironed out to shift the city courts' 47 "warrant officers" to the Sheriff's Office, and not everyone is happy about it. The warrant unit, created in 1972 to enforce court orders and encourage voluntary surrenders, tracks down criminal defendants and manages people under electronic monitoring. Its officers are firearms-trained and carry 9mm pistols. They can enter private property in their hunt for people who skip out on court appearances. It can be dangerous work.
December 9, 2014 |
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
December 9, 2014 |
When does this stock market rally end? Rick Pitcairn, chief investment officer of Pitcairn, based in Jenkintown, gets that question a lot these days from clients. "I get the sense of trepidation from both institutional and retail investors surrounding the market. They're asking: 'These valuations are extended, and this feels like 1999 - tell me, when's that type of sell-off going to happen?' "In terms of U.S. equities, it's been a stunning rally in magnitude and duration," he says.
December 2, 2014 |
Robert F. Whalen was chairman of the Tredyffrin Township planning commission in 2013 when he heard that an affiliate of the Blackstone Group , the big hedge-fund manager, had decided it wasn't worth paying the $10 million it owed for its half-empty shopping center at Chesterbrook, just south of Valley Forge National Park. That's when Whalen, a Malvern Prep and U.S. Naval Academy grad and a Marine officer who did two tours in Iraq before he turned developer in civilian life, made an executive decision: "I found the bank that was selling the mortgage, I got the mortgage under control, and resigned from the planning commission that day," he told me. He wanted to avoid conflicts of interest.
November 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke knows the time to make a decision is nigh. Some have suggested that he could wait as long as February. He shakes his head vigorously when told that. "No, that would not be fair," he said. "That would be a little selfish. You have to tell people something. " Now, perhaps? He shakes his head again. "I have to say one way or another for a lot of reasons, and that point is coming soon," he said. "Real soon. " Some day in the near future, then, Clarke will end the speculation and announce whether he intends to run for mayor of Philadelphia.
November 24, 2014
IN 2012, Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey became a national symbol of police brutality after a cellphone video went viral of him hitting a woman in the aftermath of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. He was charged with simple assault and fired - only to be exonerated the following year. Josey, at the time a decorated, 19-year-veteran of the police force, also got his job back - complete with back pay. Fast-forward to 2014 and Josey is not only a vindicated man but a wiser one. The incident, which made national headlines, helped him reorder his priorities about what's really important, a message he shares in his new play, "What If Heaven Was Black.
November 22, 2014 |
A Philadelphia narcotics officer who was fired for falsifying an arrest warrant and having a business relationship with an informant will return to the force on an arbitrator's recommendation, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Thursday. Jeffrey Cujdik will get his job back but will not return to the narcotics unit and will not collect back pay, Ramsey said. Cujdik contested his May 2014 firing and, backed by the police union, sought a return to the force. At a hearing Wednesday on Cujdik's bid to be reinstated, an arbitrator heard arguments from the city and union representatives, and then recommended that Cujdik return to the force, but not to his old unit and not with back pay, Ramsey said.
November 21, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane went on national television and said children were depicted in some of the images her office discovered when reviewing pornographic e-mails exchanged among state employees. Asked by a CNN reporter to describe the sexually explicit messages unearthed in the scandal, Kane said: "They are deplorable: hard-core, sometimes graphic, sometimes violent e-mails that had a string of videos and pictures depicting sometimes children, old women - some of them involved violent sexual acts against women.
November 21, 2014 |
A top financial officer at a Paoli brokerage firm stole $750,000 from the company, spending the money on high-end clothing from Bergdorf Goodman, a vacation in Mexico, and stays at luxury hotels, including New York's Waldorf Astoria. Tracey McShane, 40, of Chester County, was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns in the theft from Pacer Financial Inc. McShane, who could not be reached for comment, was Pacer's director of financial operations, responsible for bookkeeping, general accounting, and overseeing the payroll.
November 20, 2014 |
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said. "His father was a police officer in Philly - John J. Sr. - in the traffic division," Ken Schilling said. John J. Jr. was a Philadelphia police officer from April 1956 to June 1980, a police spokeswoman said. Ken Schilling said he is a detective with the Egg Harbor Police Department and his brother, John, is "a sergeant first class in the New Jersey State Police.