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.
September 9, 2013 |
WITH NEARLY 3 million Twitter followers, Meek Mill has lots of fans, but one of his newest and most unlikely admirers was seated next to him in court yesterday - his etiquette instructor. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, was ordered in May to receive etiquette training by Judge Genece Brinkley to address how he speaks in court, his behavior outside of court and his social-media postings. Gail Madison, head of the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol in Huntingdon Valley, gave a glowing review of her one and only four-hour session with Williams, whom she said was a willing pupil.
June 30, 2013 |
In a contentious hearing, a Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and provide his probation officer with details of all travel plans. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley told Meek Mill, also known as Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4 and notify his probation officer, Treas Underwood, any time he wants to travel outside Pennsylvania. Those orders came at a probation-violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction.
April 15, 2013 |
For hip-hop star Meek Mill, a 2008 police finding that Officer Andre Boyer repeatedly falsified official documents will bolster his case that Philadelphia does not properly train street cops, his lawyer said. The North Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, is suing the city, Boyer, and Officer Michael Vargas, alleging that the policemen illegally detained him on Halloween and made him miss an Atlanta concert. He contends he lost the deposit on a private jet in addition to his lost earnings from the concert.
January 18, 1989 |
A radio station employee who police said fatally wounded a North Philadelphia teenager after the youth repeatedly stabbed him during a robbery in Center City on Monday night remained hospitalized yesterday in guarded but stable condition. David Smith, 25, who was confronted and robbed by a group of about 10 youths on Chestnut Street near 17th Street, was in Hahnemann University Hospital with wounds of the ear, back of the head and lower back. A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office said no decision had been reached on whether to lodge charges against Smith, of the 4900 block of Monument Road, in the stabbing death of Robert Williams, 15, of the 1600 block of North Bouvier Street.
August 10, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Police Department is firing an officer who racked up more citizen complaints than any other street cop. Officer Andre Boyer, a 17-year veteran who spent most of his career in North Philadelphia's 22d District, was suspended Tuesday for 30 days, pending dismissal. A police spokeswoman, Officer Jillian Russell, said that, after an internal investigation, Boyer faced a July 23 hearing before the Police Board of Inquiry. She said the board found him guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer, and disobedience.
June 13, 1992 |
He had walked into the Franklinville bar around lunchtime. Drinking beer and screwdrivers, he stayed there with some friends and relatives till way past dark. Then Dion Schulde, who is white, saw his mother get kissed and hugged by a black man she knew. Schulde says it wasn't a racial thing, what happened next. A fight erupted in the parking lot, and Schulde and two or three other white men had Robert Williams, 44, on the ground. Before it was over Williams had been punched, kicked and stabbed.
December 18, 2012 |
THE UP-AND-COMING North Philadelphia rapper known as Meek Mill and his entourage got a rap session Monday from a judge who refused to allow him to travel outside the city over the next 30 days for paying gigs. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley means that Mill - who was born Robert Williams - will miss a concert in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He previously had to cancel a tour of Africa, costing him $215,000, defense attorney Gary Silver said during a nearly two-hour motion hearing at the city's Criminal Justice Center.
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.