July 29, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge has denied a motion by lawyers for real estate speculator Richard Basciano to move the Sept. 6 civil trial in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse out of Southeastern Pennsylvania because of pretrial publicity. The one-page order, without explanation, was filed Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. She is the newly appointed trial judge for the consolidated lawsuits resulting from the June 13, 2013, collapse of an unsupported and partly demolished wall.
July 28, 2016 |
The temperature hit 97 degrees on day one of the Democratic National Convention, and it was expected to hit 95 on Tuesday. But those are just numbers on a thermometer. How about some data on the tangible aspects of searing heat? To wit: Philadelphia spent $39,000 to buy 88 pallets - 152,064 bottles - of water for distribution to people who were outdoors in some convention-related capacity, the mayor's office said. That includes demonstrators, city personnel, and members of the public.
July 16, 2016 |
The Philadelphia judge who presided over the landmark 2012 Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial has been assigned to handle what is expected to be the biggest civil trial in years - the Sept. 6 trial of lawsuits from the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse. Court records show Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was assigned Thursday to preside over what is expected to be a four-week jury trial of suits against real estate speculator Richard Basciano, several of his companies, the Salvation Army, and others on behalf of six people killed and 13 injured June 5, 2013.
June 20, 2016 |
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
June 15, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has refused to block a judge's order requiring the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to surrender three cellphones for examination by lawyers in litigation from the deadly 2013 Salvation Army collapse. In a one-sentence ruling Friday, the high court unanimously rejected the district attorney's request to stay a May 23 order by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein punishing prosecutors for not turning over the cellphones. The ruling is final, and the District Attorney's Office on Monday released a statement saying it would comply with Bernstein's order.
April 3, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered the District Attorney's Office to let lawyers for the owner of the Center City building in the deadly 2013 collapse examine the cellphone and camera of a city building inspector who killed himself days after the tragedy. Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein gave the prosecutor's office 15 days to deliver the cellphone and a camera that belonged to Ronald Wagenhoffer, the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to monitor demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street.
February 3, 2016 |
SALVATION ARMY officials can be asked in a deposition about the agency's net worth as well as the profitability of the thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets that collapsed in June 2013, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Bernstein ruled during a hearing Monday. Sept. 6 is scheduled as the start date for a civil trial that consolidates 20 lawsuits stemming from the collapse. Six people were killed and 13 injured when the unsupported masonry wall of a four-story building that was being demolished toppled and flattened the adjoining store.
January 18, 2016 |
What may be a sleepy day off for some will galvanize what organizers expect to be more than 140,000 others into helping people in need Monday when the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service draws volunteers from across the region. In Chester, where the civil rights leader spent three years as a young theologian, a tribute to King and a wreath-laying ceremony will highlight a day of volunteerism at the Salvation Army's Corps Community Center on West 15th Street. At Philadelphia's Girard College, where King participated in a desegregation protest just months after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, 5,000 volunteers, including Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney, and other dignitaries, will take part in 150 service projects.
November 25, 2015 |
For three days running this week, about a dozen students and volunteers will cram into the Salvation Army's small industrial kitchen in West Philadelphia to handle 2,653 pounds of precooked turkey, 1,855 pounds of instant mashed potatoes, 1,825 pounds of stuffing mix, 1,755 pounds of green beans, 1,200 cans of gravy, 1,200 cans of cranberry sauce, and 1,200 packages of rolls. When they're done, they will have prepared nearly 4,000 Thanksgiving meals for 900 area families that otherwise would have to do without.