May 23, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - Ten years ago, Roy and Gretchen Jackson watched in horror from their box seats above the finish line at Pimlico as their Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, was running on three legs after his right rear leg shattered in the first few hundred yards of the Preakness. Saturday afternoon, sitting in those same seats with horses running in three races on the Pimlico card, the Jacksons saw one of their horses finish third, another finish second, and a third, shielded from their view behind the infield tents, suffer a horrific leg injury and crash to the turf on the far turn.
May 19, 2016 |
The owner of the sprawling South Philadelphia lot where Bart Blatstein has proposed an apartment and retail complex sought in court Tuesday to free itself of its contract with the developer so the property can be sold to another buyer. Blatstein no longer has any legal claim to the South Broad Street site after missing a March 15 deadline to complete his purchase of the land, John A. Guernsey, a lawyer for New York-based owner Hudson Realty Capital L.L.C., said during a Common Pleas Court hearing in Philadelphia.
May 18, 2016 |
The owner of a defunct Northeast Philadelphia ambulance company was charged with Medicare fraud for transporting patients who could walk and did not meet the federal program's requirements for ambulance services, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Monday. Bassem Kuran, who was the sole owner of VIP Ambulance Inc., applied to participate in Medicare in October 2011, soon after his previous employer, Brotherly Love Ambulance Inc. was shut down for the same type of fraud.
May 18, 2016 |
Developer Bart Blatstein is being sued on grounds that he failed to complete his purchase of a South Philadelphia site on which he plans a massive residential and retail complex, a new setback for the beleaguered proposal. The property's owner, NH Philadelphia Properties L.P., is seeking to recover "liquidated damages" it claims to be owed under its purchase agreement with Blatstein's Tower Investments Inc., attorney Matthew McClure said in a letter to Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairman James Moylan on Monday.
May 12, 2016
ISSUE | PROPERTY TAX Phila. inequity The story about the reassessment of homes and properties in Philadelphia was enlightening, especially for residents in the surrounding counties ("For many, reassessment proved underassessment," Saturday). For a resident of the Symphony House in Center City to be unhappy about an increase in taxes to $600 is remarkable. His condo is worth $495,000, and he has been paying $98 a year in city and school real-estate taxes? I live in a Cheltenham Township home that probably would not sell for anything close to that amount, and I pay nearly $10,000 a year in taxes.
May 7, 2016
A part-time worker at a Chester County farm has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his employers to pay for luxury vehicles, a trip to the Bahamas, and student loans, police said. Clifton K. Willson, 35, of Bryn Mawr, was arrested Thursday and faces 299 charges of theft, forgery, and related offenses. He is accused of stealing 148 blank checks from Esther and Paul Gansky while he worked as a painter on their Heartwood Farm on Providence Road in Willistown Township.
May 5, 2016 |
A woman who was severely injured after an 18-year-old college student fell on her from an eighth-floor Center City window ledge last year has sued the teen's estate, the property companies, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The incident left Erica Goodwin, 45, of Lansdowne, permanently disabled and unable to return to her job at the state Department of Human Services, her lawyer, Joe Tucker, said Wednesday. Goodwin was walking on 16th Street about 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, when Rebecca Kim fell from an eighth-floor window of an apartment building at 1530 Chestnut St. The building housed students enrolled at the Art Institute; Kim, a Temple University freshman, was there visiting a friend.
May 5, 2016 |
In the early 1960s, Dean C. Pappas, a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was inspired when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak there. "What impressed him was the passion that Dr. King had for the civil rights cause and how he figured out something deeply important to him," Mr. Pappas' son, Dimitri, said. "It was one of several things," Dimitri Pappas said, that caused his father "to examine his own life. " The inspiration he gained as a young man Mr. Pappas was able to put fully into action a year after he retired.
May 4, 2016
A quarter-century of history inevitably brings with it plenty of memorable moments. Mark DeNinno offered several of his favorite memories from his 15 years as owner of Chris' Jazz Cafe, from occasional mishaps to celebrity sightings: "Back in the day, when the band was still up front, we had a cigarette machine in the back. Somebody came in just wanting to buy cigarettes, so they walked right across the front of the stage, hit their head on John Swana's trumpet, and knocked it back into his mouth.
April 28, 2016 |
Federal prosecutors have sued a South Philadelphia restaurant owner, accusing him of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleges that John Longacre repeatedly failed to respond to prosecutors' requests about accessibility at his South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. It says the Tap Room's front entrance and restrooms, among other things, are not readily accessible to...