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May 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Williams always said it was self-defense, even though he left behind two bodies in the Tioga rowhouse and set it on fire. On Wednesday, in its fifth day of deliberations, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury agreed, acquitting Williams, 26, of two counts of murder but finding him guilty of risking a catastrophe for the fire he set in the kitchen of the house in the 1700 block of Erie Avenue. Williams agreed to be immediately sentenced, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson imposed a 31/2- to 7-year prison term.
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May 1, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THINK OF ALL the stupid - and criminal - things you did as a teen: Drinking in the woods with your friends. Smoking marijuana. Fistfighting. Or worse, stealing. Was it wrong? Yes. Did you get caught? If you grew up in white suburbia, probably not. But think about what could have happened if you grew up poor in a black or Latino neighborhood, where the "War on Drugs" felt like a war on you; where police officers routinely targeted you, just because you looked like you might be up to no good.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Parisi, 92, of Drexel Hill, a wartime athlete, and a retired teacher and truant officer with the Philadelphia School District, died of pneumonia Friday, April 17, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Parisi was the son of Italian immigrants. He grew up above Parisi's Sanitary Bakery, which his father owned and operated, and attended South Philadelphia High School. Very early, Mr. Parisi attracted attention as a star catcher on several baseball teams in Philadelphia, and that prowess on the diamond stood him in good stead once he joined the Navy in 1942.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Facebook, Philadelphia Police Officer Sean O'Malley has described the federal corruption trial of six of his drug squad colleagues as a "kangaroo court. " He can't wait, he wrote, to see his brothers in blue set free. And as he took the stand as a defense witness Tuesday, he aimed to deflate the most damning allegations against them. The $13,800 prosecutors said the indicted officers stole from a West Philadelphia home? O'Malley said he was the one who seized the money. The meth peddler in the Northeast who accused the drug squad of framing him?
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William M. Wertz, 63, of Mount Ephraim, a former research analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, April 25, at home. Born in Philadelphia, he grew up in the Feltonville neighborhood and graduated in 1970 from Cardinal Dougherty High School, where he was a drummer in the marching band. Mr. Wertz was a deliveryman for the U.S. Postal Service in Yardley in the 1970s before beginning his career with the Federal Reserve in 1979.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NEWARK, N.J.-BOUND flight made an emergency landing in Philly yesterday after one of its engines became engulfed in flames, officials said. United Airlines Express Flight 4882, out of Raleigh, N.C., touched down at Philadelphia International Airport about 4:15 p.m., said Mary Flannery, an airport spokeswoman. None of the 75 people on board was injured in the landing, Flannery said. One male passenger was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from the Tarmac after complaining of chest pains.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
City residents complained Tuesday about everything from Comcast Corp.'s troubled customer service to TV rates and corporate taxes during Philadelphia's first public hearings on the cable giant's request to renew its citywide franchise agreements. "We here in Philadelphia are very angry with you," Monica Rozin said at the mostly calm noon hearing in the basement of a public library off Rittenhouse Square. "Technology gets less expensive and you get more so. " In the late afternoon, about 40 people held a rally outside South Philadelphia High School - the site of a second hearing - calling for Comcast to "pay its fair share" of taxes, expand a program for affordable Internet service, and freeze rates.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Winter appears to have put Philadelphia's real estate recovery on ice, as first-quarter sale prices in the city fell 0.3 percent from the fourth-quarter 2014 level. The decline came after two consecutive positive quarters, Kevin Gillen, chief economist at Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, said Tuesday. But Gillen, who analyzed data from the city Recorder of Deeds Office, called the decline "statistically negligible.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Growing up in the Palpa district of Nepal, Rina Lama remembers childhood holidays spent at her father's home in a remote farmland village. She recalls walls covered in pictures, and family heirlooms. Afternoons spent chasing animals on her farm, and working around a house that meant "more to us than gold. " On Saturday, that house - one that was home for seven generations of Lama's family - collapsed, crushing and killing her aunt. Lama, from her home in Philadelphia, learned that the woman was among at least 16 other relatives believed to have died in the earthquake that killed thousands - and left millions homeless and confused.
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