March 14, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA police officer has been suspended and criminally charged after he allegedly yanked a war veteran off a Center City corner last year, handcuffed him and drove him around in his SUV, irked that the man and his friends had criticized his driving. The 16-minute saga started when Officer Kevin Corcoran, 33, a nine-year veteran of the force, was patrolling in his SUV near 13th and Lombard streets about 2 a.m. last March 31, according to the District Attorney's Office. A pedestrian, part of a group of people on the sidewalk nearby, yelled to Corcoran that he'd made an illegal turn, prompting the officer to get out of his car and yell at the group, the D.A.'s office said yesterday in a statement.
March 11, 2014
SEN. Pat Toomey has angered a lot of his constituents lately - and we're not even talking about the progressives who are appalled at his triumphant effort last week to block the nomination of Debo Adegbile for assistant attorney general. We're talking military veterans. Despite proclaiming himself a champion of veterans and making grandiose statements about our society's obligation to take care of them, Sen. Toomey was one of 41 Senators - all Republicans - who defeated a recent bill that would have expanded veterans' benefits and restored a cost-of-living pension cut. Veterans are furious.
March 7, 2014 |
THE BACK ROOM on the second floor at Tattooed Mom, a bar on South Street near 5th, was perfectly equipped for a collision of Philadelphia's political generations. Members of Philly for Change, which styles itself as "reform-minded progressive Democrats," sat in old bumper cars while three politicians asked for their support and bashed one another. The bumper cars, like everything else in the room, were covered in graffiti, a Thunderdome decor for Wednesday evening's grudge match among state Reps.
March 6, 2014 |
Jason Avant mostly kept to himself in the Eagles locker room, but several times a week he'd enter the long space in the NovaCare Complex and yell out, "Bible study!" in the hopes of collecting a few more teammates for the team's in-season Christian classes. Avant's cattle call won't be heard by the Eagles anymore, after the team released him, as expected, on Tuesday. But the greater loss may be the veteran's leadership and mentorship, especially among the wide receivers. On the field, Avant's numbers dipped last season.
March 5, 2014 |
IF PEOPLE IN the Melrose Park Gardens neighborhood had a problem like vandalism, drug dealing, etc., they wouldn't call the cops directly. They would call Ed Roberson. Ed had the cellphone number of the captain of the 35th District and he would make the calls. Because Ed was recognized as a longtime leader of the community and one who cared deeply about its welfare, he would invariably get the action he sought. At election time, Ed invited candidates to meetings he organized at churches or other locations to talk with the voters.
February 28, 2014 |
JOHN WILLIS got to see what few Americans have ever seen - the explosion of a hydrogen bomb. He was an Air Force enlisted man stationed on the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific in the 1950s when the United States conducted a series of nuclear tests there. Enewetak and nearby Bikini Atoll were hammered by a total of 43 nuclear explosions between 1948 and 1958. John Willis was stationed on Enewetak after his enlistment in 1953. He was discharged in 1957.
February 25, 2014 |
MARTY CHAVIS told his daughter that he would live to 100. Last Monday, he called his daughter from his home in Sarasota, Fla., and told her what a great time he had had at a friend's 100th birthday party. But the next day, Marty died. He was 91. Maybe Marty didn't fulfill his promise to his daughter, but he was everything a father should be, she said. "He was the best," his daughter, Debbie Rubin, said. "He was always there, with unconditional love. I was an only child, and he always encouraged me to achieve in whatever I undertook.
February 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) led the House charge this week to repeal a measure that would slow annual pension increases for military retirees, urging Congress to keep promises to veterans. His plan sailed through the House and Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday. "We, as Americans and as lawmakers, are forever in debt to the dedication of our military men and women, who bore the pain of battle," Fitzpatrick, of Bucks County, said on the House floor. His measure would preserve existing pension benefits and replace about $6 billion of savings by extending some of the across-the-board "sequester" budget cuts into 2024.
February 12, 2014 |
BACK IN 1995, Dwight Evans had had enough of dealing with the ceaseless demands of residents of the 10th Ward in West Oak Lane, where he was ward leader. At least that was what some political observers thought. Evans had made it clear that the daily grind of dealing with the picky details of constituent laments, from pot holes to garbage collection, had gotten old, and he decided to call it quits in September 1995. His successor, Edgar Allen Howard, had no such qualms. Dealing with people's problems was what he always felt he was born to do. "He helped everyone," his son Bruce said.
February 1, 2014 |
With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind. But don't be fooled. This guy is driven. After eight years in the Air Force working on nuclear cruise missiles, Barnhart returned to civilian life in 2010 and immediately reenrolled at Indiana University to finish his undergraduate degree in general studies and history. And while he grew up around conventionally grown sweet corn, soybeans, and hay on his family's farm, he intends to do things his way - as an organic farmer.