July 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration spent more than $268,000 on a one-day awards ceremony, an inspector general told Congress on Thursday, the latest revelation of lavish government conferences on the taxpayers' tab. In a letter Thursday to a House subcommittee, GSA Inspector General Brian D. Miller said he was investigating the Nov. 17, 2010 event in two Washington hotels that featured a drum band exercise and more than $50,000 in gifts...
May 30, 2012 |
IT TOOK A POLICE battering ram to bust down the door of the West Philadelphia apartment. Once inside, police discovered a colorful cache of psychedelic drugs — enough LSD to open thousands of "doors of perception" for six to eight hours at a time. The Jan. 31 raid appeared to be a true flashback to a bygone era, with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration calling the 9,500 hits of LSD on tie-dyed images of Homer Simpson and Jerry Garcia an "anomaly" in Philadelphia.
May 24, 2012 |
JOHN VELAZQUEZ has won nearly 5,000 races and is closing on 750 stakes wins. He has won 22 riding titles at New York's three major tracks, nine Breeders' Cup races and two Triple Crown races. He was just elected to the Horse Racing Hall of Fame. If you said he was the best jockey in America today, you really would not get much of an argument. If "Johnny V" had not been committed to ride another horse this spring, he would have ridden Union Rags in his Florida campaign and the Kentucky Derby.
April 27, 2012 |
Raheem Brock, the Temple University and NFL defensive standout, has been found not guilty of skipping out on a $27 South Street bar bill last spring. Brock, 33, who was charged with theft and resisting arrest shortly after leaving Copabanana with his cousin and a friend on June 16, was found not guilty Thursday of the theft charge following a two-day trial at the Criminal Justice Center. He was cleared of the resisting arrest charge at a previous trial. "It feels great," Brock said Friday.
March 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities. The infiltration echoes the tactics the New York Police Department used in the run-up to New York's 2004 Republican National Convention, when police monitored church groups, antiwar organizations, and environmental advocates nationwide.
March 2, 2012 |
Three City Leagues players have been invited to play in the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. West Catholic offensive lineman Mike Makur, Cardinal O'Hara defensive end Shane Johnson and Germantown Academy defensive back Will Parks will play for the East team in the May 6 game at Gateway High in Monroeville. Archbishop Ryan coach Frank McArdle will be an assistant coach on the East staff.
February 21, 2012
Vacant land has drained the spirit of many Philadelphia neighborhoods and tapped city finances - costing taxpayers $20 million a year for maintenance of neglected properties - and has dragged down the total value of city real estate by $3.6 billion, or $8,000 per household. The political will to fix the problem has been lacking. Programs to move abandoned properties off the tax-delinquency rolls have been fragmented, with some more successful than others. But finally, it looks like the stars are lining up to create a land bank that could be a one-stop-shopping center for vacant land.
February 20, 2012 |
LONDON - The successor to Rupert Murdoch's scandal-tarnished News of the World newspaper will start publication in a week, a senior News Corp. executive said yesterday. In an email to staff, News International CEO Tom Mockridge said that Murdoch himself would be staying in the British capital to oversee the launch of the Sun on Sunday . The Sun on Sunday will replace the top-selling News of the World , which was closed in July after revelations that members of its staff had routinely hacked into phones and paid bribes to score exclusives.
February 14, 2012 |
Pennsylvania State University has incurred nearly $3.2 million in legal, consultant, and public relations fees as a result of the case against its former assistant football coach charged with molesting boys, the university said Monday. A small portion of the cost is expected to be recovered through insurance policies, the university said. The rest will be covered with money other than tuition, taxpayer money, or alumni donations, the school said. The university said the fees would be covered by interest on a repaid loan and an athletic project that it maintains is not taxpayer money.