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October 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
VIDEO THAT surfaced last week showing a corrections officer in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility allegedly beating a handcuffed prisoner has spurred allegations of preferential treatment of employees based on race in the city's largest jail. Curran-Fromhold Warden Michele Farrell recommended a five-day suspension for the officer, James Weisback, for using excessive force, prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. That recommendation is awaiting approval from Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla, Hawes said.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Owners of the five-story glass-and-brick building at 30 N. 41st St., west of the University of Pennsylvania campus - one of the few office projects built in the early part of this decade, when rents and values were weak from the recession - have put it on the market at the robust asking price of $46 million, or $469 a square foot. That is triple what some prominent Center City office buildings have traded for in recent years. If they get their price for the building, dubbed 2.0 University Place, it will be a rich yield on the $31 million committed three years ago by its investors - University City redevelopers Scott Mazo and James Levin, and lawyer Thomas Leonard, a Democratic Party fund-raiser, with backing from TD Bank.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloria Casarez, 42, the city's first director of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender affairs, died Sunday after a five-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Even as her conditioned worsened, Ms. Casarez participated in a media event at City Hall two weeks ago to celebrate LGBT History Month. She died on her own terms at sunrise, said her wife, Tricia Dressel. Dressel was with her at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and they listened to Ms. Casarez's favorite music, U2, 10,000 Maniacs, and Bjork.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
HELL HATH no "Fury" like a "Gone Girl" scorned. Or something like that. War won the box-office battle this weekend as David Ayer's tank drama topped David Fincher's psychodrama. "Gone Girl" had been tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and Co. blasted the film to second place. "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Gone Girl" followed with $17.8 million. Both films are rated R. "The fall movie season is all about making the transition from PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season," said Paul Dergarabedian , senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer already charged with assaulting another officer - a woman he was dating - has been arrested on charges of violating a protection-from-abuse order. Kenneth Allen, 24, a three-year veteran of the force assigned to the 18th District, was charged with two counts of violating a protection-from-abuse order, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement Thursday. He was arraigned Wednesday night, and his bail was set at $15,000. Allen was initially arrested Oct. 3 and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and four counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment in four separate alleged assaults on his girlfriend.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Campbell Soup Co. took a step forward Thursday in a long-awaited plan to create a 13-acre office park around its Camden headquarters, appointing Brandywine Realty Trust as developer. The parcels of land, located off Newton Avenue between Admiral Wilson Boulevard and 11th Street, will become an office park for prospective users, who could benefit from amped-up tax incentives created through recent state legislation. When Campbell's committed to staying in Camden in 2007, it also announced plans to invest in the "Gateway District" by redeveloping the area around its headquarters.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter, flanked by two predecessors - former Mayors W. Wilson Goode and Ed Rendell - signed an executive order Tuesday strengthening the city's Office of Inspector General. The order gives greater protection for whistle-blowers, toughens confidentiality rules to ensure the integrity of investigations, and clarifies the office's duties and responsibilities. The signing in the Mayor's Reception Room highlighted efforts for more than 30 years to root out corruption and restore the reputation of city government.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has had at least six traffic accidents from 1989 through last year, when he fatally struck off-duty Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, motor vehicle records show. In 1989, a Mount Laurel officer reported he suspected McGovern had been drinking before striking another car with his vehicle late one night and leaving the scene. Last year after the accident that killed Berner, according to Moorestown police reports, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Avenue, and three officers documented that he smelled of alcohol when he returned.
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