August 14, 2016 |
They said they were friends as teenagers in Nicetown in the early '90s and have remained so since. And on Friday, Gregory Alston and Antonio Johnson followed the example that Shawn Nixon had set the day before: recanting 1991 statements that were key evidence that helped convict Anthony Wright of the rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. "I don't recall saying that," Alston, now 39, repeated to each question from Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega as he read aloud his testimony from Wright's 1993 trial.
August 6, 2016 |
In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago's Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The public, bewildered by blitzkriegs of bad behavior, was enervated. What Winston Churchill said about an adversary - "He spoke without a note and almost without a point" - can be said of Donald Trump, but this might be unfair to him. His speeches are, of course, syntactical train wrecks, but there might be method to his madness.
August 1, 2016 |
A 76-year-old man was seriously wounded in his South Jersey home after an exchange of gunfire with a New Jersey State Police trooper late Friday that stemmed from an apparently mistaken effort to track a 911 call. . The state Attorney General's Office said in a statement Saturday that a preliminary investigation found that two troopers went to the home on the 300 block of Centerton Road in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County, about 11:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call, which authorities initially thought originated from a cellphone at that home.
July 24, 2016 |
An unlikely voice joined Pennsylvania and New Jersey Democrats in praising Hillary Clinton's announcement Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine would be her running mate. That voice was Sen. Pat Toomey's. The Pennsylvania Republican issued a statement saying he and Kaine "have a history of working cooperatively together" on Senate initiatives such as addressing the opioid crisis and keeping guns from the mentally ill. "While Hillary Clinton would be a disaster as president, I have high regard and respect for Tim Kaine," Toomey's statement said.
July 23, 2016 |
A Delaware County judge has booted a Folcroft police officer out of his courtroom - forever. District Judge Steven A. Sandone filed a court order to recuse himself from "any and all matters" in which Sgt. Christopher Eiserman is a party or witness, according to court documents. "It is ridiculous," said Robert Ruskowski, chief of police in Folcroft. Efforts to reach Sandone were not successful. A woman at his office in neighboring Darby hung up witout taking a message. According to the "Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges," Sandone is within the law to disqualify himself in which his impartiality might be questioned including if the judge ". . . has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party's lawyer . . . " The situation developed after Allen Burton, 23, was arrested by county and Folcroft police on drug and weapons charges, said Ruskowski.
July 6, 2016 |
Former La Salle University president Brother Joseph Burke died early Monday morning, the university said in a statement. Burke, 70, who was president of La Salle, in the city's Logan section, from 1992 to 1998, was active at the university up until his death, serving as chairman of its Psychology Department. "Brother Joe was a dynamic leader during a transformative time at La Salle," current President Colleen Hanycz said in a statement about her predecessor's tenure as president.
June 18, 2016 |
The Union and midfielder Vincent Nogueira have agreed to mutually terminate his contract. Nogueira had a guaranteed salary for this season of $400,000, the fifth-highest on the team. The team announced that, due to personal health issues, Nogueira will return to France. "I want to thank the Philadelphia Union for their understanding of my situation and wish my teammates well going forward," Nogueira said in a statement released by the team. Nogueira, 28, made his last Union appearance in Wednesday's 3-2 U.S. Open Cup win over the Harrisburg City Islanders, playing 73 minutes.
June 17, 2016 |
A veteran Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was ordered into custody Wednesday after a key witness recanted a statement, a corroborating witness could not be located, and the prosecutor got into an argument with the judge. Tempers flared and voices rose. Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons warned Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax to lower his voice and not interrupt. The argument got hotter, and Simmons warned Sax she would hold him in contempt of court. Sax, apparently worried that Simmons was about to dismiss the case against accused killer Lamont Davis, responded, "Carry through on your threat.
May 29, 2016 |
It's a season of cold shoulders, one-shoulders, and off-the-shoulders. All this clavicle-baring has made a particular accessory shine. The trendlet The statement earring. Victorian-era diamond drops, flapper-era faux stones, and geometric shapes from the 1930s are dangling from many a stylish earlobe this spring. Where does it come from? Ancient peoples believed earrings kept away evil spirits. Eventually, colossal-size earrings became symbols of importance, especially in Africa and throughout the East.
May 10, 2016
The full text of Penn State University President Eric J. Barron's response to new allegations in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. Dear Friends: Over the past few days, allegations have surfaced from individuals who claim to be Sandusky victims and from unidentified individuals about the alleged knowledge of former University employees. None of these allegations about the supposed knowledge of University employees has been substantiated in a court of law or in any other process to test their veracity.