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 |
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.
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.
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.
November 12, 2014
P ATRICK MICHAEL Carrow, 46, of Bella Vista, is owner and creative director of Patrick Michael Accessories, in North Philly. Carrow creates one-of-a-kind handbags, clutches, wallets and wine totes from discontinued fabrics he sources from textile mills overseas. The business, started in 2009, sells from a website, at craft shows and at boutiques. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I've always collected beautiful fabrics, and one night I stacked all the fabrics and, after running errands, came back and saw this harmony of color, print and texture.
November 12, 2014 |
More than two years have passed since state law enforcement agents quietly searched an upper Montgomery County home, looking for evidence in a probe of illegal pollution and fraud. No charges have been filed against the Harleysville homeowners, Sloane Six and J. Scott Clemens, who own and operate Hazleton Oil & Environmental, an oil recycling company in northeast Pennsylvania. The investigation into the company remains active, said Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office, though she declined to elaborate.
November 8, 2014 |
It's too soon to say that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has recovered from the deep financial distress it was mired in three years ago, but financial statements released Thursday show positive momentum continued in the fiscal year ended June 30. On an operating basis, the archdiocese's central financial office posted a loss of $3.1 million in fiscal 2014, down from $4.9 million the year before and well below the $17.6 million loss in fiscal 2012....