June 27, 2011 |
Nearly two weeks ago, a Brazilian couple walked into the offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Second and Chestnut and asked a clerk whether he'd like to deport them. Livia Maria Borges, the wife, was so nervous she had to squeeze back tears. Her husband, Welismar De Jesus, was a little calmer. Their lawyer had assured them there was little risk of their having to say goodbye to the good, though illegal, life they had built in Northeast Philadelphia during the last decade.
May 29, 2008 |
Jocelyn S. Kirsch can't seem to break the habit. Already described as a poster child for identity theft by Philadelphia's top federal prosecutor, a handcuffed Kirsch ended up in court yesterday after prosecutors said she stole another credit card in California last week. She wasn't charged in the theft, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynne A. Sitarski set federal bail at $50,000 and ordered Kirsch, 22, held under house arrest until another court hearing next week. Kirsch is expected to plead guilty June 5 in U.S. District Court in Center City to a six-count complaint charging her and boyfriend Edward K. Anderton with using the good names and credit of others to finance a yearlong, $119,000 spending spree.
May 13, 2008 |
Calling them the "poster children for identity theft," U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said yesterday that he would seek five-year terms for a young Center City couple who used the good names and credit of others to finance a yearlong, $119,000 spending spree. No one was immune from the greed of Jocelyn S. Kirsch and Edward K. Anderton, Meehan said. Their victims, he added, were strangers as well as coworkers, neighbors and friends. The list also included another couple from whom the pair took information, first when they were guests and later when they burgled their hosts' home.
March 13, 2008
LAST WEEK, the Center City District released a report on traffic congestion. It blamed, in part, double-parked trucks. I blame untimed lights for most of the problem. There is a multimillion-dollar computer traffic system in the basement of the Municipal Services Building that's supposed to time lights. I was told by a Streets Department worker that the system is not functioning properly. Just drive on Walnut or any cross street to see this problem. John Nernoff, Philadelphia Political corner Looking for political change?
November 12, 2006 |
Myira Purnell is primping. Studying her reflection in the window of a van parked behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the 12-year-old girl smooths her pigtails, turns to check out her profile, and presses her freshly glossed lips together. As her caseworker stands nearby, talking on her cell phone, Myira waits for professional photographer Anthony Wood, who has volunteered to capture the child's inner beauty in a portrait. He arrives in a few minutes with a warm handshake and a load of equipment, then spends the next hour trying, with marginal success, to get Myira to smile.
July 28, 2006 |
Influential lobbyist Stephen Wojdak's two children will no longer have a financial stake in a slot-machine distributorship, their father said yesterday. The move ends a controversy over Wojdak's making campaign donations while his children, ages 11 and 13, were part owners of a gambling company. State law forbids political contributions by anyone seeking or holding a financial interest in the slots industry. But regulators had said that because Wojdak's children held their investment through a trust, they and not their father had to comply with the ban. Interviewed yesterday, Wojdak said: "I conducted myself in a legal and proper way," but, he added, "I did not want to subject my kids to being poster children for some gaming controversy.
March 13, 2006
I WAS COMPLETELY APPALLED by Signe Wilkinson's editorial cartoon "World Parenting Styles. " If there was some worthwhile point to be made, it was lost with my first glance at the cartoon. The cartoon was a slap in the face to parents in the Philadelphia area. It would be unrealistic to say there are no irresponsible families in the city, but I don't think those parents should be the model for Philadelphia parenting styles - not to mention poster children for the North American continent.
April 18, 2002 |
There's no shortage of shows for this prematurely summery week, especially for those waiting for school to end. La Tazza (108 Chestnut St., 215-922-7322), usually reserved for acoustic and electronica, is the hub of rock activity this week. Philly indie-pop faves William Ricchini and Kelly Slusher start the week off at 9 tonight at the low price of $3. Tuesday, R5 Productions' Sean Agnew moves his all-ages parties to the basement of the Old City coffee shop with the Elizabeth Elmore-led the Reputation, Casket Lottery and Late Night Desperate (6 p.m. sharp, $7, www.r5prod-uctions.
July 23, 1997 |
Gene Lamont was being interviewed in the spartan visiting manager's office in Veteran Stadium, but his mind seemed to be on the final round of the British Open, playing out on the television set in the corner of the room. "What did he make, a double bogey?" the Pittsburgh Pirates' first-year manager asked his 13-year-old son, Wade. "A triple bogey," Wade replied. "I guess he's shot himself out of it then," Lamont said of superstar golfer Tiger Woods, whose grimacing image reflected the disastrous hole he'd just endured.
September 14, 1995 |
Better than Ezra is another chapter in "Alternative Rock: What Went Wrong?" Take the Pixies. Add the Gin Blossoms. Pour in the obligatory "bad relationship" lyrics. Sprinkle with Bob Mould. Microwave on heavy rotation and serve to the kids. Unplug and serve to the adults. If alternative rock (and its smug older brother Adult Alternative) has become as predictable as the very element it claimed to be rebelling against, the kids who came to see the New Orleans trio at the Trocadero on Tuesday night didn't seem to mind.