July 5, 2013 |
TWO HUNDRED and thirty-seven years later, Philadelphia made another declaration yesterday. Young and old, in old-school hats and wild hairdos, the pursuit of happiness took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last night, as locals and folks who came from all across these United States celebrated the Fourth of July where it all began. "Hello, Philadelphia. This is a party," Mayor Nutter told the tens of thousands spreading out for blocks around the main stage below the Art Museum steps shortly after 8 p.m. "Philadelphia owns the Fourth of July.
March 1, 2009 |
Amid an economic disaster that has brought the home-building industry to its knees, a Pennsylvania lawmaker intends to resume his push for building moratoriums. A building ban? When federal-stimulus proponents long for a resumption of the construction cacophony of hammers and electric saws? The moratorium advocate, State Rep. Robert Freeman (D., Northampton), insists he's not hard-hearted when it comes to builders. "It's important for us to stimulate our economy, so I'd be glad to get the home builders back to work," Freeman said in a recent interview.
July 14, 2003 |
Elm Street's appraisal is going up. When Democratic Rep. Robert Freeman pitched the Elm Street Act, his novel neighborhood renewal idea, more than two years ago, it got a polite reception from Republicans who ran the show here. Then it got shoved to the back burner. But soon after, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendell was shopping for new ways to revive aging communities and boost development in blighted areas. Rendell was quickly sold on Freeman's idea to offer grants to restore older residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial core in cities, towns and boroughs.
June 20, 1998 |
After almost nine years, a 63-year-old man's violent past has cost him his future. A jury yesterday sentenced an unemotional Robert Freeman to die for the Sept. 11, 1989, murders of his ex-girlfriend, Mamie Shamsid-din, 46, and Daulton Johnson, 63, as they sat in a car at 52nd and Chestnut streets, in front of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode's Office of Community Services, where she was a supervisor. Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy said both victims were shot in the face in what he described as "an execution.
June 18, 1991 |
One of Marlene Freeman's neighbors pulled in the other night, got out of the car and gave her a cheerful hello. "Selling any toxins back there today?" the neighbor asked with a grin. Yuk, yuk. A little landfill humor there. "At least some of the neighbors aren't blaming me," said Freeman, a Bucks County homemaker. In Maple Point, a Middletown Township development built in the early 1980s, there are few who don't know by now who Marlene Freeman is. She's the lady in the gray house over on Atkinson Lane, where all the township officials and scientists have been tramping around with clipboards and gas detectors.
July 26, 1990 |
A murder suspect who had been on the Philadelphia Police Department's most wanted list was nabbed inside an Olney house yesterday, days after returning from 11 months on the run in Georgia, detectives said. Daniel Williams, 22, of 7th Street near Clearfield, fled town last August, allegedly after fatally shooting a rival in a spat over a woman, police said. He was seized by Detectives Michael Cohen and James Alexander without a fight yesterday morning at the Widener Street home of an acquaintance.
September 24, 1989 |
Police yesterday continued their search for a West Philadelphia man wanted for the shotgun slayings Friday morning of a couple as they sat in a parked car in the 5100 block of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. Homicide Detective Lt. Thomas Thompson said a warrant had been issued for Robert Freeman, 53, of the 6000 block of Delancey Street, charging him with two counts of murder. Mame Sham-sid-din, 46, supervisor in the Mayor's Action Center at 5131 Chestnut St., and her boyfriend, Dalton Johnson, 63, were struck in the head by two or three shotgun blasts fired by Freeman, Sham-sid-din's former boyfriend, detectives said.
September 23, 1989 |
An employee of a Mayor's Action Center in West Philadelphia and her boyfriend were slain yesterday morning by the woman's former boyfriend, who fired a shotgun into the window of a car in which the couple were sitting, police said. Detectives said that Mame Shamsid-din, 46, and Dalton Johnson, 63, who lived together at Johnson's home in the 400 block of Francis Avenue in Ambler, had just pulled up across the street from the Mayor's Action Center at 5131 Chestnut St. in Johnson's Oldsmobile when a man approached the car, shoved a shotgun into the window on the driver's side and fired two or three times.
September 23, 1989 |
They had just pulled up. Mamie Shamsid-din was preparing to start her day as supervisor in the city's Office of Community Services. Her friend, Daulton Johnson, was dropping her off. Then Johnson apparently noticed a man coming up from behind, getting out of a car, a shotgun in his hand, approaching the driver's side. Johnson put his white two-door Oldsmobile into reverse. But it was too late. Three shots later, Shasid-din and Johnson lay dead, both shot in the face. The man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her male friend on a crowded West Philadelphia street shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday morning was identified by police as Robert Freeman, 53, of Delancey Street near 60th.
August 18, 1989 |
One of the most controversial insider trading cases came to a close yesterday when a Goldman Sachs & Co. partner agreed to plead guilty to one count of insider trading and prosecutors decided to end an investigation of two other traders. The investment banker, Robert Freeman, said he would admit to trading on confidential information from Martin Siegel, a former investment banker who had an information-selling scheme with convicted speculator Ivan F. Boesky. But Richard Wigton, a former top trader for Kidder Peabody & Co. Inc., and Timothy Tabor, a former speculator for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., who were arrested with Freeman, no longer are targets of a government probe, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Benito Romano said.