February 4, 2015 |
When raising campaign cash last year, prosecutors say, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord had a simple and crude message: If he lost his bid for governor, he'd still be treasurer for two years. And you didn't want to be an enemy of the treasurer. That was the picture that emerged Monday as McCord was charged with extortion. Filed days after his abrupt resignation, the charging documents recounted how he allegedly shook down the managing partner of a Philadelphia law firm and a Western Pennsylvania property-management company for campaign contributions by threatening to disrupt their business with the state.
January 14, 2015 |
The mother of a Gloucester County boy fatally struck by a police car late last month may sue to try to force change, her attorney said Monday. In a statement provided by the lawyer, Michael E. Stosic, Michelle Harding criticized police protocols as well as the 50 m.p.h. speed limit on Delsea Drive (Route 47) in Franklin Township, where her son was killed crossing the street Dec. 28. She also suggested a need for crosswalks and lighting on the road. "This was not an accident," Harding's statement said.
December 28, 2014 |
With new director Charles Stainback and new curator Ginny Kollak at the helm, the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is quickly becoming something this formerly sedate Collegeville institution had never aspired to being before: a serious destination for contemporary art. (Stainback was director of the Norton Museum of Art and founding director of Skidmore College's Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery; Kollak received...
December 18, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane made repeated false statements to justify shutting down an undercover sting, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday as he announced bribery charges against two lawmakers in the corruption case he revived. Williams said Kane had irresponsibly and without evidence claimed that the investigation had been marred by racial targeting. In fact, the district attorney said, a Philadelphia grand jury marshaled testimony and documents from within Kane's own office showing that her top aides rejected the idea that racial prejudice affected the case.
December 7, 2014 |
Anger and anguish over police killings in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., continue to bubble up across the region, with city school students, teachers, and the teachers' union president speaking out Friday. At three Philadelphia schools, students staged a "die-in" as a statement against police brutality and racism. At midmorning, 100 students at Masterman High School assembled in a first-floor hallway during their lunch period. They sat or lay down silently, some holding "Black Lives Matter" signs, others closing their eyes or staring straight ahead.
December 4, 2014 |
A FORMER Father Judge High School football standout and another teen were held for trial yesterday on murder charges in the September shooting death of a 15-year-old Delaware Valley Charter High School student - a passer-by near the scene of a fight. A bullet pierced Aisha Abdur Rahman's back shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 22 as she walked on Old York Road near Tabor, in Logan, just outside Albert Einstein Medical Center. She was pronounced dead shortly afterward at the hospital. A 19-year-old, Donald Boseman, was shot and injured.
December 4, 2014 |
Two Nicetown teens were held for trial on murder and other charges Tuesday in a Sept. 22 street fight near the Olney Transportation Center that left a 19-year-old man with gunshot wounds and that killed a 15-year-old girl walking home a block away. Alleged gunman Darian Person, 19, and Quadir Gibson, 15, were held for court on murder, attempted murder, and related offenses following a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon. A key prosecution witness, 15-year-old Shanieh Merriweather, initially placed the accused at the scene.
November 29, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Chip Kelly said the Eagles aren't "into statements. " The coach is always wary of labels, and despite the Eagles' dominating, 33-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in front of a national audience, he found no reason to support the notion that his team made a statement on Thanksgiving. But some of the Eagles players, particularly on defense, had no trouble taking the bait. The defensive line chirped all week about earning respect. Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton said they didn't think the Cowboys' offensive line was as invincible as some have suggested.
November 24, 2014 |
This month, after Lincoln University president Robert Jennings made headlines for warning female students not to "put yourself in a situation" where you might later have to report a rape, Jennings apologized. Sort of. What he said in a memo to students was: "I apologize for my choice of words. I certainly did not intend to hurt or offend anyone. " That's not much of an apology, the way Ari Kohen sees it. In fact, he said, it's more like doubling down: "He apologized for the word choice, but he's still standing by this concept.
November 20, 2014 |
A FORMER COURT supervisor allegedly filched more than $155,000 in bail money from a city prison, officials said yesterday. Steven Martorano, 42, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with public records after he allegedly stole the cash and covered his tracks by hiding his office's records, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement. A grand-jury investigation found that between September 2010 and February 2011, 13 bank-deposit bags containing bail money "disappeared" from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where Martorano was employed, the D.A.'s office said.