June 21, 2016 |
The dismissal last week of a juror in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial came after the panel told a federal judge it had hit a snag just hours into its deliberations, according to an audio recording obtained by the Inquirer. The exact contents of the jury's note Thursday to U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III remain undisclosed. But in a sidebar conversation with the judge that afternoon, lawyers in the case referred to trouble in the jury room, and discussed whether the panel should be read the instructions typically given to jurors who report that they are deadlocked.
May 27, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man wanted for violating parole on a bank robbery conviction was arrested during a click-it-or-ticket seat belt stop at the Shore, police said Wednesday. The fugitive, Joseph Piston, 36, was a passenger in a car that North Wildwood Police Officer Bryan Skill stopped Tuesday afternoon at 20th and New York Avenues, police said. Neither Piston, nor the driver, Harry McCook, 44, of Philadelphia was wearing a seat belt, police said. Besides the parole violation warrant out of Pennsylvania, Piston has outstanding warrants from North Wildwood, Somers Point, Wildwood Crest and Union Township, N.J., police said.
April 27, 2016 |
TRENTON - A three-judge appeals panel on Monday delivered a setback to a state election watchdog's efforts to pursue campaign-finance violations against a North Jersey Democratic power broker accused of misusing thousands of dollars. The Election Law Enforcement Commission had filed a complaint alleging that Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo used funds raised during his 2010 campaign for such things as a gym membership, paying a parking ticket, a television, and a trip to Puerto Rico.
January 22, 2016 |
An effort to give the Delaware River Port Authority's chief executive a five-figure raise hit a speed bump Wednesday because of a procedural mix-up. Still, the proposal sparked anger that the authority's board tried to give CEO John Hanson a $39,474 pay increase while 66 percent of the authority's personnel have gone without a raise for four years. "I'm here to make sure it's a front-burner issue and it stays a front-burner issue with you," said Bill Hosey of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 351, which represents about 20 information-services workers.
November 26, 2015 |
The biotech industry convention that brought nearly 16,000 biotech professionals to Philadelphia in June will be back in 2019 - a major business win for the city's hospitality industry and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Biotechnology Industry Organization's BIO International convention is expected to fill more than 27,000 total hotel-room nights and generate more than $41 million for the region upon its return. "My experience was nothing but positive," said Scott Whitaker, BIO convention president, describing BIO's show in June.
September 28, 2015 |
Journalists in the Vatican press corps accompanying Pope Francis on his U.S. trip were very impressed with Philadelphia's architecture and street-fair feel when they first arrived. But as the day wore on, many of the media representatives became increasingly soured by the heavy security measures evident throughout the city. As we got off the bus to enter Independence Mall for Francis' address, we were all struck by the line of police cars and security vehicles flanking Sixth Street from Market to Independence Hall.
May 1, 2015
D AILY NEWS editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson has added two big accolades to her collection. Yesterday Wilkinson was named grand-prize winner of the 15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition of cartoonists' responses to the terrorist attack on the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. The competition attracted 300 cartoons from 43 nations. And last night, the Overseas Press Club of America, at its 76th annual awards ceremony in New York, gave Wilkinson its Thomas Nast Award for international cartooning - an award she won twice before, in 1996 and 2007.
November 8, 2014 |
It's often been said that defense wins championships, and while Timber Creek is solid on that side of the ball, good luck in stopping the Chargers' offense. The South Jersey Group 4 field will now have the unenviable task of attempting to slow this explosive attack. Timber Creek earned the No. 1 seed in the sectional with Friday night's 44-17 win over visiting Hammonton. The Chargers, ranked No. 3 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, moved to 8-0. They also earned the title in the West Jersey Football League National Division, one of the deepest divisions in South Jersey.
October 9, 2014 |
A proposed $1.6 billion light-rail line between Glassboro and Camden has hit a significant roadblock: The Federal Transit Administration will not proceed with a required environmental study because the planned rail line has no owner or operator. Without a completed environmental study, the 18-mile line cannot be built. "Unfortunately, because you have not identified a project sponsor who can accept the responsibility for commitments in the environmental impact statement, and ultimately operate and construct the project, we cannot move ahead with the environmental document," the FTA's regional administrator in Philadelphia, Brigid Hynes-Cherin, wrote to John Hanson, chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority.
October 3, 2014 |
Getting through U.S. Customs checkpoints can be irritating at peak travel times, but some passengers arriving at Philadelphia International Airport got an extra dose of angst this week. New automated passport kiosks, designed to expedite the entry process, had a technology glitch. They didn't work for a while Tuesday afternoon and had to be rebooted at a busy time, when many US Airways and American Airlines flights were arriving from Europe. Travelers who had just spent from seven to nine hours in the air became frustrated, and anger boiled up because many had connecting flights.