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.
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.
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.
December 9, 2014
I USED TO not understand why anyone would go out of their way to help Meek Mill get out of prison. His music is profane. His lyrics can be crude. It's clear that he needs to respect the law, and that at 27 he still has a lot of growing up to do. But I have nothing but respect for the three men who counseled Mill during his recent jail time. Maybe Mill is on a better road now. He has had some good role models lately: the Rev. Damone B. Jones Sr., senior pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philly; Chad Dion Lassiter, president of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work Inc.; and Howard Brown, a Goldman Sachs alum who heads his own finance firm, Brown Holdings International.
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.
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.
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.
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.