March 27, 2002 |
With nobody yet named as the new president of the Convention Center, one of the building's longtime former executives, Robert Williams, will step in to help manage daily operations for about six weeks. "Until we have a day-to-day replacement, Bob Williams is going to help me," the center's president, Robert Butera, said yesterday. "Everyone respects him, and he knows the business. " In January, Butera, 67, announced he would resign this year to focus on his battle with cancer.
February 23, 2005 |
Just what the Haddonfield boys' basketball team needs - yet another offensive threat. In shooting a blistering 29 for 46, Haddonfield rolled to a 69-54 win over host Sterling last night to clinch its second straight Colonial Valley Conference title. The Bulldogs (21-1 overall, 18-0 conference) got contributions from the usual cast of characters. Brian Zoubek had 23 points (shooting 10 for 14), 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Blake Wilson had 14 points, and Derek Heckendorn and Vinnie Ciecka combined for 11 points and 12 rebounds.
July 14, 2014 |
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, apparently having forgotten the manners he learned in court-ordered etiquette classes last year, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to three to six months in jail followed by five years of probation. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley yesterday found the lanky rapper in technical violation of his probation rules after a four-hour hearing, during which a laundry list of his bad behavior was aired. The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was busted for failing to get the judge's permission before booking out-of-town concerts - that included a show in Washington, D.C., scheduled for last night.
August 20, 2014 |
His Sept. 9 album release has been canceled and his lawyer says he's losing a fortune, but the Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill won't be getting out of prison before mid-October, a city judge ruled Monday. After an often-acrimonious 90-minute hearing in a courtroom packed with the jailed hip-hop artist's supporters, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley said she saw no signs Mill - real name Robert Williams - has changed his ways since she imprisoned him July 11. "I'm not going to do it," Brinkley told defense attorney Dennis J. Cogan after he asked for Williams' immediate release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction.
May 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The local rapper known as Meek Mill repeated two words over and over Thursday after losing his civil rights lawsuit against two city police officers he accused of detaining him illegally two years ago. "I quit," Robert Williams said, bolting from the courtroom moments after a federal jury delivered its verdict. "I quit everything . . . except for music. " The 26-year-old North Philadelphia native made a hasty exit from the federal courthouse, leaving his attorneys behind.
July 30, 2014 |
A Philadelphia prosecutor turned to no less an authority than Michael Jackson in opposing early parole for the rapper Meek Mill, saying he has yet to accept responsibility for himself and his actions. Much of Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis' legal response - filed Friday in Common Pleas Court after the rapper's plea for release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating probation - is a 13-page recitation of his problematic years on court supervision. But DeSantis also suggested that perhaps music was the best way to convince Mill - real name Robert Williams - that he has to take a "hard-earned look at himself, his talent, and his character as a man. " DeSantis then quotes from the lyrics to Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror," which includes the verse: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror; I'm asking him to change his ways.
March 16, 2013 |
The up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill says he would like nothing more than to be on the road touring all the time. "My best thing is to stay traveling," the 25-year-old North Philadelphia street rapper said Friday. "Every time I come back to Philadelphia, someone tries to shoot me or get me back in trouble. " But ties to the past are hard to cut - especially the one with your probation officer. So the troubled relationship between Meek Mill, né Robert Williams, and Philadelphia probation officer Treas Underwood was the subject of another long, contentious hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
December 18, 2012 |
Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philadelphia rapper swaggering along the cusp of fame and fortune, has been grounded for a month. No tours. No traveling. No performing, except for charity. Less than two months after the release of his first CD, Dreams and Nightmares, a scheduled trip to Africa has been cancelled, and other appearances in St. Thomas and across the United States have also been nixed. And it's all the fault of Meek's alter ego, Robert Williams, convicted in 2008 on a criminal cornucopia of charges including selling drugs to an undercover police officer, possessing illegal guns and hiding wads of tainted cash in his dresser drawers.
May 2, 2014
A story about the Pennsylvania Ballet in Wednesday's Inquirer misstated the number of new works presented during Roy Kaiser's tenure as artistic director. The company added 90 new works to its repertoire, including 34 world premieres and 56 company premieres. The "Photo of the Day" in some editions Wednesday was published with the caption for a different photo. The correct caption for the photo above is: Robert Williams, known professionally as the rapper Meek Mill, arrives at the federal courthouse at Sixth and Market Streets, where his lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia over an arrest is being heard.