August 26, 2016
By Daniel Griswold With all the challenges confronting the United States, the two major presidential candidates have committed themselves to picking a needless trade fight with the two biggest customers for U.S. exports: Canada and Mexico. Hillary Clinton recently joined Donald Trump in threatening to reopen and potentially scuttle the 22-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. But tearing up NAFTA would be an economic and foreign-policy blunder of historic proportions. NAFTA was a bipartisan achievement, approved by Congress with strong Republican support and signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.
May 27, 2016 |
A New York-based financial firm's plan to sell ownership shares of a waterfront apartment complex in Northern Liberties on the stock market has fizzled, the third misfire for the company's unconventional financing scheme in as many cities. ETRE Residential L.L.C. said in a filing last Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was withdrawing its application to take developer Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses public "because of unfavorable market conditions.
April 30, 2016 |
Now this is a fender mind-bender. When two motorists' vehicles collided Wednesday in Nicetown, one driver told the other that he was armed, forced him back into his vehicle, and made him withdraw money from an ATM to pay for the damage, police said. The victim, who was not injured, was nonetheless a nervous wreck after the incident. According to police, shortly before 10 a.m. the 20-year-old victim was in a traffic accident at Germantown and Hunting Park Avenues with an unknown man in a gold SUV. When the victim got out of his car to speak with the SUV driver, that man told the victim that he had a gun and that they were going to the nearest ATM so the victim could "dump" his account to pay for the damage, police said.
April 21, 2016 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office withdrew all charges Tuesday against the suspect in a 1998 murder and dismemberment at a Chinatown restaurant, because the key witnesses against him have returned to China and were unavailable to testify against him. Kai Guo Huang, 39, was released from custody after an aborted preliminary hearing in the slaying of Hoi Yang, 27, in the basement of the former Min Du Restaurant in the unit block of North 10th...
April 1, 2016 |
By keeping cravings at bay, medication-assisted substance-abuse treatment allows addicts to focus on the critical behavioral changes they must make to avoid relapse. Most insurance covers the meds. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) has been in the news recently as an overdose-reversal "rescue" medication. It is not used for treatment by itself. There are three main treatment medications: Methadone Method of action: An agonist, it activates the same opioid receptors as pain pills and heroin but dispensing is tightly controlled.
March 16, 2016 |
A federal judge allowed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's original legal team to withdraw from his corruption case Monday, nearly two months after the lawyers first requested to drop the congressman as their client, citing a payment dispute. In a one-paragraph order, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III dismissed lawyers Kevin Mincey, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Riley Ross III, and Shabrei Parker from the racketeering conspiracy case. Bartle had previously refused to let them withdraw, despite their contention that Fattah had not fully paid them in months.
January 29, 2016 |
A federal judge on Wednesday called U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's decision to prioritize fund-raising for his reelection campaign above paying his lawyers "particularly unfair" but denied a request from his defense team to withdraw from his corruption case. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III said that though the lawyers had not been fully paid in months, they were aware of the time and financial commitments when they signed on to Fattah's case. They ran a risk when they did not require the Philadelphia Democrat to pay their legal fees up front, Bartle wrote in an opinion.
January 16, 2016 |
The mastermind behind the April abduction and torture of a Jewelers Row shop clerk has a list of "28 to 30 reasons" why, three months after pleading guilty to federal kidnapping charges, he should be allowed to take it back. His mother didn't want him to confess, Salahudin Shaheed says. His lawyer was too soft-spoken. He didn't have his eyeglasses. He had a headache the day he changed his plea. As for his most serious allegation - that his sister was threatened with death by unknown men should he take his case to trial - prosecutors have described that as a "concocted fiction.
December 11, 2015 |
BELOW THE faded, purplish track marks on Melissa's pale inner arms are Latin words etched in black that mean "To Know Yourself Without Regret. " Not that the 41-year-old Rhawnhurst mom of three, who expects to lose her nursing license for the second time, is without remorse. She has plenty. Melissa long ago lost custody of one daughter, who is now 20. Daughter Mady, 8, was born irritable and jittery, with tremors and diarrhea, all symptoms of methadone withdrawal. During pregnancy, Melissa had taken doses of the synthetic opiate at a clinic instead of chasing a heroin high on the street.
December 11, 2015 |
DR. LORETTA Finnegan's crusade was born in the winter of 1969 when she was a young pediatrician working in the intensive-care nursery of the now-defunct Philadelphia General Hospital. She was stabilizing a premature baby girl and noticed that the infant was shaking uncontrollably. She remembered a tip from a professor: If a baby is shaking, check the mom for tracks, because she might be addicted to heroin. Finnegan went to the nurses' station and asked to see the mom. "The nurse told me, 'She's gone.