January 28, 2016 |
While declaring that Moorestown "has made a good-faith effort thus far" toward meeting its affordable-housing obligations, Burlington County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bookbinder on Tuesday ruled that an advocacy group could challenge the constitutionality of the township's plan. But Bookbinder denied a request by the advocacy group, Fair Share Housing Center, that he allow builders to sue the township for exclusionary zoning, at least for now. Two builders also had petitioned to be allowed to sue. "Are they [Moorestown]
November 24, 2014 |
The journey of SugarHouse Casino from its selection for one of two Philadelphia slots licenses and its opening to gamblers was long, winding, and four years in duration - from December 2006 to September 2010. Barring another financial crisis such as the one that began in 2008, which hobbled SugarHouse's financing, prospects of opening more quickly are good for Live! Hotel & Casino, which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board selected Tuesday to build Philadelphia's second casino.
October 18, 2014 |
State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery's invective-laced apology for sending pornographic e-mails only makes it more urgent to resolve his status on the bench as soon as possible. The backhanded apology, which had the audacity to question whether he "offended anyone" by sending or receiving more than 230 sexually explicit e-mails, criticized Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille for creating a "cooked-up controversy. " The jurists' antagonism is disturbing enough, but that a Supreme Court justice thought nothing of e-mailing porn destroys public trust.
February 25, 2013
Petro Vlahos, 96, whose work took movie viewers to a spectacular chariot race in Ben-Hur and let Dick Van Dyke dance among penguins in Mary Poppins , died Feb. 10, his family announced. No other details were released. Mr. Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre - the blockbuster - possible. He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect. " By devising new ways to combine separately shot footage of actors and backgrounds into a single scene, he opened the door to such spectaculars as Star Wars and Titanic.
January 22, 2013 |
On this historic day, I thought we'd go once more into the breach with the Field Negro, the plain-talking, fire-stoking Philly blogger about all things Black. Field and I have this occasional date - we meet over lunch at the Down Home Diner and see how many people we can frighten with our conversation. We tend to talk about race. We first met during primary season 2008, after Barack Obama's epic "A More Perfect Union" speech. We touched base after the election of America's first black president - a result neither of us expected.
September 19, 2012
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss his suspension that was temporarily lifted. "I've got no expectations right now," Vilma said as he entered NFL headquarters with his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, shortly before 2 p.m. They came out a little more than three hours later, and Vilma called the meeting "very frank, very truthful. " Vilma was one of four players suspended in the bounty scandal. But an appeals panel this month said Goodell must clarify his rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary-cap violations.
March 30, 2011 |
TRENTON - A judge appointed a special overseer Tuesday to ensure that foreclosure proceedings in New Jersey conform to the law. The move comes after state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in December ordered some of the nation's biggest mortgage lenders to show why their foreclosure operations should not be suspended in New Jersey over reports of widespread irregularities. General Equity Judge Mary C. Jacobson, designated by Rabner to oversee foreclosure matters in the state, ruled Tuesday to adopt a stipulation requiring the lenders to follow a series of regulations that Jacobson said would safeguard the foreclosure process.
August 11, 2010
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has been directed to appear in federal court in Washington next week in connection with alleged destruction of evidence that may have been crucial to a lawsuit about mass arrests of antiglobalization protesters in 2002. A special master, U.S. District Judge John M. Facciola, who was appointed by another federal judge to look into the evidence matter, issued an order last month directing Ramsey and 13 others to appear in court. Facciola said the people needed to be advised of their constitutional right not to incriminate themselves because there was "a possibility that the completion of my responsibilities will lead to a referral to the United States Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.
March 25, 2009 |
Responding to calls for help from the developers of the SugarHouse casino, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday appointed a special master to mediate disputes with Philadelphia officials. In a petition in January, the investment group had accused Mayor Nutter and his administration of holding up construction of the waterfront slots parlor. The Supreme Court named John W. Herron, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge since 1988, as special master. It also ordered the city to immediately issue a foundation permit "without condition.
March 29, 2005 |
Robert B. Wolf, 90, of Miquon, retired senior partner in the law firm of Wolf Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, community activist, and advocate for juvenile justice, died of heart failure Friday at home. Mr. Wolf became involved in juvenile justice in the 1960s while serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Committee on Crime and Delinquency. In 1968, he headed a Philadelphia Bar Association Committee to develop a program to pay for legal representation for juveniles. In 1984, U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Lord named Mr. Wolf a special master to be Lord's "eyes and ears" at the Youth Study Center in Philadelphia after allegations that staff were beating inmates.