July 28, 2015 |
J EFFREY WALKER, the disgraced ex-cop behind one of Philly's biggest police scandals, will be sentenced for his crimes on Wednesday. But his punishment is hardly the end of a controversy that erupted about a decade ago, when attorneys first raised concerns about arrests made by the elite narcotics squad, where Walker once worked as an officer. Because, while Walker pleaded guilty and implicated his colleagues in crooked schemes to rob and beat drug dealers, those colleagues - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, John Speiser, Perry Betts and Linwood Norman - were acquitted in May and got their jobs back earlier this month.
July 18, 2015 |
Thousands of motorists are getting an expensive lesson in sign reading from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. At a new E-ZPass-only interchange on the turnpike's Northeast Extension in Carbon County, 4,537 motorists used the ramps without an E-ZPass between June 30 and July 13, ignoring large green-and-purple-and-yellow signs proclaiming "E-ZPass Tagholders Only. " Now, each of them can expect a bill of $64.75 in the mail. That includes a $25 administrative fee and a $39.75 toll based on the most distant exit on the turnpike: the Ohio border, 400 miles away.
May 11, 2015 |
When Gretchen Schroeder began attending comic conventions 15 years ago, she appeared out of place in the small crowd of mostly male comic book fans. "I was a single mom bringing daughters to a con, and that was unusual back then," Schroeder, 58, of Philadelphia, said. Times have changed. Comic cons continue to gain popularity and the crowds are diverse, the former school librarian noted Saturday morning as thousands of fans - many dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes - filed into Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia.
April 14, 2015 |
Michael Merlino prepared the meat of two whole pigs - each weighing 120 pounds - for the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival on Sunday. In four hours, it was all gone, sold from the window of the boxy red food truck La Porchetta that Merlino owns with his dad, Nick, and sister, Niva. They usually sell their sausage-and-pepper rolls and broccoli rabe sandwiches to the university crowd at 34th and Market Streets. But on Sunday, they were among 50 trucks that fed tens of thousands of people packed along Main Street.
January 22, 2015 |
MICHAEL PENN has a hard time sitting still. Talking with a reporter one recent day in Old City, the neighborhood he's called home for 21 years, he remarked that the conversation would be the longest time anyone had seen him sedentary.His restless nature could explain why he's deep into multiple photography projects, from his street-art epic "The Philadelphia Project" to his ode to the beloved but development-threatened Center City diner Little Pete's....
January 21, 2015 |
It was a day of love and anger, of cold and heat, of old promises kept and others demanded anew. Senior citizens hobbled through Philadelphia on Monday as part of a giant protest march dominated by young ideals, and children drew signs to help voters during service projects to honor a man they never knew. Duality marked the region's annual celebration of Martin Luther King's Birthday - quiet moments of the traditional Day of Service overshadowed by one of the biggest demonstrations in recent history.
November 16, 2014 |
The patter of pads and paws came to Oaks on Saturday as the National Dog Show arrived. The annual event draws more than 1,500 of the nation's top dogs, representing more than 175 breeds, to compete under the lights of Montgomery County's Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Thousands of fans came to see man's best friend springing around in front of judges. Between performances, the dogs were prepped and groomed in the high-energy bench area. "Welcome to the craziness," said Lorena Clark, who traveled from Rhode Island with Josey Wales, a young English springer spaniel that earned a championship title in August.
November 6, 2014 |
In January 2011, with the effects of the recession lingering, the new Pennsylvania governor needed to find billions of dollars in his first budget. He had promised not to raise taxes, though. So he cut. State funding for public education took a $1 billion whack, amid the expiration of federal stimulus money. That may have sealed Gov. Corbett's fate, according to political analysts sifting the wreckage of the Republican's historic loss. "Signing the Grover Norquist pledge ruined Corbett, just killed him," said Democratic media strategist Neil Oxman, referring to the Washington antitax activist who is influential in the GOP. Corbett could have levied a severance tax on natural gas, or moved money from other programs to soften the blow.
October 18, 2014 |
Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
October 6, 2014 |
Evan Weinstein believes it's bacon's time. "I feel like it's the age of pork," said Weinstein, one of the founders of the inaugural Pennsylvania Bacon Festival, a sold-out event Saturday at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia. The "bacon-themed block party," as America Loves Bacon organizers referred to it, was held in a parking lot packed with bands, food trucks, vendors selling bacon themed T-shirts, bacon jams and bacon desserts, and thousands who paid $25 to get in. "I don't even like bacon," Allison Pezzuto, 27, said between bites of a maple-bacon-glazed funnel cake she was supposed to be sharing with friends.