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  • Donald Trump and the Mob (Mafia Connections)

    08/11/2015 8:19:33 PM PDT · by topher · 132 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Chris Frates
    (CNN)Donald Trump's glittering empire of New York skyscrapers and Atlantic City casinos have long had a darker side, allegations that the mob helped build them. Trump's alleged ties to New York and Philadelphia crime families go back decades and have been recounted in a book, newspapers and government records. "The mob connections of Donald are extraordinarily extensive," New York investigative journalist Wayne Barrett told CNN in an interview.
  • HitchBOT Was A Literal Pile Of Trash And Got What It Deserved

    08/03/2015 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 63 replies
    The Concourse ^ | 03 Aug 15 | Albert Burneko
    <p>First things first. “HitchBOT,” for all practical purposes, was a garbage can with an iPhone in it.</p>
  • Not Much Brotherly Love for Robot in Philadelphia

    08/01/2015 5:31:10 PM PDT · by conservativehusker · 28 replies
    Salam Patch ^ | Aug 1 2015 | Adam swift
    Let’s be honest, whether fair or not, Philadelphia has a certain reputation. It’s a city where football fans booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus. Baseball fans once threw D cell batteries (the big ones) at visiting outfielder J.D. Drew. And now, it’s where an adorable robot who was only counting on the kindness of strangers to hitchhike across the country was vandalized, effectively ending his summer trip. hitchBOT’s trip came to an (Friday) night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT...
  • Youth group joins Florida activists to push for Trayvon’s Law

    09/12/2013 2:21:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Philadelphia Public Schools' The Notebook ^ | The October 2013 Issue | Mark McHugh
    Youth United for Change members are used to rallying against injustices in public education. In July, group members took hold of a somewhat different cause when they traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., to protest alongside members of a Florida activist group against the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, and fight for passage of a package of bills called the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. The bills, also called Trayvon’s Law, were developed by the Dream Defenders, an organization...
  • Philadelphia Mayor Calls NRA's Armed School Guard Plan a 'Dumb-Ass Idea'

    12/27/2012 7:21:15 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies ^ | December 27, 2012 | Alex Mangini
    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter became the latest politician to speak out against the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in every American school to dissuade incidents such as the horrific shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Mayors Against Illegal Guns initiative. Nutter, a staunch advocate of gun control, called the idea proposed by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre a “dumb-ass idea.” Nutter, a Democrat, was speaking about a gunman who shot and killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y., Monday after they arrived at a house fire....
  • Philly student's Romney T-shirt likened to KKK sheet

    10/03/2012 3:59:31 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/03/2012 | Kristen A. Graham
    Last Friday was dress-down day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond - a day for students to leave their uniforms at home and wear whatever they liked. One young woman chose to wear a shirt showing her support for Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy. Her geometry teacher didn't like it, the girl's father said on a radio call-in show on IQ 106.9 FM today. The teacher allegedly told the girl to take off the shirt, saying it was like wearing a Ku Klux Klan sheet.
  • Anonymous gives Philadelphia the middle finger

    09/24/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/24/2012 | Josh Peterson
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently caught the attention of the hacktivist collective Anonymous when the city government targeted a businessman’s attempt to clean up downtown trash. The city owns a vacant lot overrun with weeds and debris, adjacent to Ori Feibush’s coffeeshop. After years of battling with the city over the eyesore, Feibush took it upon himself to clean it up. He spent at least $20,000 of his own money to remove 40 tons of trash and renovate the property — a project Anonymous claims would have cost Philadelphia taxpayers $1.5 million. The city is threatening Feibush with legal action for trespassing...
  • Vietnam Vet Randomly Attacked By Teens On Olney Street (Philadelphia){PC COVERUP HEADLINE}

    01/19/2012 7:18:07 PM PST · by drpix · 60 replies ^ | 1/19/12 | Hadas Kuznits and Walt Hunter
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Vietnam veteran who lost his eye while serving his country was violently beaten during a random attack by a group of teens on a Philadelphia street earlier this week. The attack happened shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 5000 block of N. 5th Street in the city’s Olney section. “These animals are specializing on our elderly people out here and a gentleman who served our country,” Lt. George McClay said. According to investigators, 64-year-old Edward Schaefer was walking to meet his wife at the bus stop when he was approached from behind by six males.
  • Rewards of $15,000 posted in fatal beating case (Independence Hall

    01/17/2012 3:46:36 PM PST · by South Hawthorne · 17 replies ^ | 01/17/2012 | Staff
    Rewards totaling $15,000 were posted today for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the men who beat Kevin Kless to death in the Historic District over the weekend. After the city announced it was offering $10,000, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents Philadelphia police officers, said today it would put up another $5,000. Police, at the same time, offered a slightly different account of events leading up to the killing early Saturday. In a statement, police said that after leaving an Old City bar with his girlfriend and another woman, Kless tried to flag down...
  • Philadelphians can read the phine print

    05/04/2010 5:48:35 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 11 replies · 349+ views
    ESPN ^ | May 4, 2010 | DJ Gallo
    A teenage Phillies fan was Tasered on Monday night after he ran onto the field during a game. This comes just a few weeks after an intoxicated Phillies fan vomited on an 11-year-old girl. As we all know, these incidents are far from the first such displays by Philadelphia fans. We've come to the point that you almost expect something like this to happen if you go to a sporting event in Philadelphia. Here's an incomplete history of previous boorish behavior by Philadelphia fans: • Aug. 21, 1949: Phillies fans shower the field with glass bottles in protest of an...
  • Stimulus plan needs some stimulation (The city has spent just $1M, and saved only 52 jobs)

    10/28/2009 8:29:12 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies · 583+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 10/28/2009 | CATHERINE LUCEY
    MORE THAN six months after President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package was passed into law, the city of Philadelphia has spent less than $1 million in recovery money and retained just 52 jobs. The data was laid out in a memo sent to Mayor Nutter from Budget Director Steve Agostini, and obtained by the Daily News. Agostini, who was recently assigned to oversee the city stimulus program, also reported that the city's efforts to manage stimulus dollars have been hampered by limited communication between departments. The news comes as the local unemployment rate continues to climb. The Philadelphia jobless rate...
  • Woman Arrested After Offering Sex for World Series Tix

    10/27/2009 4:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1,828+ views
    Some fans will do anything to go to the World Series. Bensalem police said they arrested a Philadelphia woman Tuesday after she offered to perform various sex acts to an undercover officer in exchange for tickets. According to police, Susan Finkelstein, 43, posted an ad on Craigslist that read: "DESPERATE BLONDE NEEDS WS TIX (Philadelphia) "Diehard Phillies fan—gorgeous tall buxom blonde— in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable--- I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!" An undercover officer responded to the ad, police said, and arrested Finkelstein after she made her offer. Finkelstein, of...
  • NE Mom Found Guilty In {Mother & Daughter} Prostitution Operation

    09/01/2009 4:22:07 AM PDT · by TSgt · 22 replies · 2,113+ views
    CBS 3 ^ | Aug 31, 2009 11:37 pm US/Eastern | CBS 3
    A Northeast Philadelphia woman has been found guilty on charges of being part of a mother-daughter prostitution operation. Traci Young, 39, went on trial Monday and was found guilty. Prosecutors said Young and her 22-year-old daughter Tami Smith, a mother of three, allegedly advertised acts of prostitution on the popular online classifieds site Craigslist. Young and her daughter were arrested in the Wissinoming section on October 2, 2008. Police said an undercover officer arranged a meeting with the women, who were under police surveillance for three weeks, via the Web site Craigslist. Their business was found under the exotic services...
  • Organizer of Philadelphia Tea Party II to be interviewed on WPHT-AM at 9:40 PM EDT

    03/16/2009 4:23:49 PM PDT · by George Smiley · 8 replies · 702+ views
    WPHT-AM ^ | 16-MAR-2009 | George Smiley
    Freeper chris_clemency is going to be interviewed by WPHT-AM talk show host Dom Giordano. Dom is the only local conservative talk radio host in Philadelphia. He's behing us- in fact, he's going to speak at Philadelphia Tea Party II. You can listen live at the link.
  • Phila. tax hike could cost homeowners hundreds (About that middle class tax cut)

    03/08/2009 3:57:01 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies · 750+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 03/07/09 | Patrick Kerkstra
    The tax increases and new fees that Mayor Nutter is considering to close a yawning budget deficit could raise as much as $270 million a year for the city, while costing most homeowners hundreds of dollars annually. It is too soon to say precisely how heavy the new tax and fee burden will be, since the administration has not yet settled on its proposals and City Council has yet to weigh in. But it is clear that if the city raises the property and sales taxes and simultaneously creates a trash fee, the new costs for Philadelphia residents would be...
  • Black Panthers Intimidating Voters, Reporters

    11/04/2008 12:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 4,043+ views
    Newsmax ^ | November 4, 2008 | David Alliot
    A poll observer in Philadelphia called police after witnessing what appeared to be voter intimidation by two members of the Black Panthers. The two Black Panthers stood in the doorway of the polling location where the observer attempted to enter. One Panther was brandishing a nightstick, Fox News reported. The observer reported that one of the Panthers members said to him, “black people are going to win no matter what,” and stood shoulder to shoulder so that the observer had to push his way through. “Anyone . . . in front of a polling place with a nightstick, that is...
  • Palin stumps at cheesesteak shop in Philadelphia

    09/27/2008 6:54:13 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 155 replies · 5,134+ views
    PHILADELPHIA—Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes her cheesesteak with Cheese Whiz and onions. The Republican vice presidential candidate made a brief campaign stop at Tony Luke's steak shop in South Philadelphia on Saturday evening. Wearing jeans and a beige raincoat, Palin greeted curious onlookers, signed autographs and posed for pictures before ordering two steaks to go. "Sarah, your steak is ready," a cashier said over the loudspeaker a few minutes after she ordered. As dozens of onlookers crowded around her, Palin headed back to the window to pick up the order. The cashier told her the order was on the house,...
  • Parents Of Starved Teen Suing City Officials

    08/12/2008 8:12:20 PM PDT · by brityank · 26 replies · 1,324+ views
    CBS3-TV Philly ^ | August 12,2008 | CBS3/AP
    Parents Of Starved Teen Suing City OfficialsPHILADELPHIA (CBS3/AP) ― The parents charged along with city workers in the starvation death of a bedridden teenager have sued Philadelphia officials in her death. A prosecutor blasts Andrea and Daniel Kelly for trying to profit from their daughter's August 2006 death. Andrea Kelly is charged with murder in the death of her 14-year-old daughter, Danieal, who suffered from malnutrition and severe bedsores. The father, Daniel Kelly, is charged with endangerment. Kelly, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was found starved to death in a sweltering, filthy West Philadelphia home in August 2006. "It's absurd,...
  • Homeless remain a problem in elegant Phila. park ( NIMBY Liberals strike again)

    07/22/2008 6:44:53 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies · 73+ views
    Philadephia Inquirer ^ | 07/22/2008 | Dan Lieberman
    It's 6 a.m. in Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia's most elegant parks. As the sun rises, its overnight summer residents - more than two dozen homeless men and women - are asleep on benches. --snip-- And while homeless people say they like the comforts of the high-end neighborhood, the Rittenhouse Square residents, managers of nearby businesses, and Fairmount Park Commission employees who maintain the grounds complain that the resulting problems have gotten worse this summer, making their jobs and neighborhood life more difficult
  • The Sad Philadelphia Story

    06/22/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 63 replies · 156+ views
    National Review magazine ^ | June 30, '08 | Kevin Williamson
    Philadelphia has one of the most backward and incompetent city governments in America. It suffers from a combination of failed civic institutions, a deeply embedded racial paranoia that undermines law enforcement, and a local culture that has come to shrug at the urban chaos this produces. In 2006, the one-or-two-a-day-and a-dozen-on-weekends murder spree that earned "Killadelphia" its rap as an urban abattoir resulted in 406 people dead. It's clearly not all about poverty. Miami, America's poorest major city, saw 79 homicides in all of 2006. In March 2006, more Americans died violently on the streests of Philadelphia than in Iraq...
  • Boy Scouts sue Phila. to stay in headquarters

    05/27/2008 11:00:52 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 60 replies · 793+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/27/08 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    The Boy Scouts of America's Philadelphia chapter has sued the City of Philadelphia in federal court to block the city's May 31 deadline for the scouts to open membership to gays and atheists, or vacate their historic 1928 headquarters off Logan Square. The civil rights lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Center City, contends that the city's ultimatum violates the scouts' rights under the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions. "The City has imposed an unconstitutional condition upon Cradle of Liberty's receipt of a benefit that Cradle of Liberty has enjoyed for nearly eight decades, and that many other organizations that...
  • Shameless example of disregarding law

    04/24/2008 8:51:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 110+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Apr. 22, 2008 | Daniel Pehrson
    It's time for Philadelphia leaders to understand that lawlessness by the city government is one of the many factors contributing to the city's culture of crime and violence. The lack of respect city officials have shown for the laws of Pennsylvania by passing illegal gun-control ordinances sets a tone for residents that honoring the rule of law is optional in this city. When the City Council passed and Mayor Nutter signed a package of gun-control bills that limits the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and possess firearms, they brazenly declared themselves independent from the laws of the commonwealth. It...
  • Rendell joins Chelsea Clinton for 'gay pub crawl' in Philly (they smacked her butt...)

    04/19/2008 4:08:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 121 replies · 266+ views
    Pennlive ^ | 4/19/08 | BRETT LIEBERMAN
    Rendell joins Chelsea Clinton for 'gay pub crawl' in Phillyby BRETT LIEBERMAN, Of The Patriot-News Saturday April 19, 2008, 4:22 PM Christopher Murray embraces Chelsea Clinton Friday night when the former first daughter campaigned with Gov. Ed Rendell and actor Rob Reiner during a pub crawl of gay bars in Philadelphia. They loved her hair; they smacked her butt; they hooted and hugged Friday night as Chelsea Clinton hit Philadelphia for what campaign aides called a "gay pub crawl." BRETT LIEBERMAN, The Patriot-News "Chelsea, the gays love you!" Jeff Guaracino, 35, shouted as the former first daughter took the stage...
  • A Philly Tax Cutter

    04/08/2008 7:58:15 PM PDT · by a_chronic_whiner · 3 replies · 69+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2008 | David Whelan
    A Philly Tax Cutter Can Mayor Nutter cure the city’s cancer? With 380 homicides recorded already this year, a spate of recent cop shootings, and one particularly gruesome cop killing that led to a nationwide manhunt, Philadelphia is among America’s most dangerous big cities. The crime issue dominated this year’s mayoral race, which Michael Nutter, a blunt and sometimes histrionic former councilman, eventually won. But while crime gets the most attention, Nutter’s success as mayor will ultimately rest on improving the city’s dysfunctional economy. Notwithstanding the glitzy renaissance taking place in its center, Philadelphia is an economic basket case. The...
  • Another senseless subway attack (Inner city yutes on the rampage. dem-o-rat voters)

    04/04/2008 4:18:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 35 replies · 141+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 4-4-08 | DAVID GAMBACORTA
    BY Tyesha Tazwell's count, there were a dozen of them - six girls, six boys - hanging around together. One of the girls tried to get Tazwell's attention by uttering a polite-sounding "Excuse me." Then they pounced. Tazwell, 24, said it took only a few seconds for the teens to knock her to the ground. They pounded her face with a barrage of kicks and punches, stole her purse and chanted "Watch your mouth! Watch your mouth!" when she finally got to her feet and tried to get help. It might sound like Tazwell received this brutal beating in some...
  • Police: Man Dies After SEPTA Concourse Confrontation (Beaten to death at Phili Subway Station)

    03/26/2008 4:38:09 PM PDT · by Main Street · 89 replies · 2,781+ views ^ | March 26, 2008 | nbc10
    The incident occurred at about 2:35 p.m. before the turnstiles on the Market-Frankford Line concourse at 13th and Market streets, police said. One adult male was taken to Jefferson University Hospital but was later pronounced dead. Police said homicide investigators have been summoned to the scene. A transit police sergeant was on patrol on the eastbound platform at the time of the incident. "While on patrol, he notices across the way, on the westbound concourse, a white male adult, about 30-years-old, and he's being confronted by four, young black males. A disturbance is obvious to him. He goes to investigate,"...
  • Agency Rules That English-Only Signs at Philadelphia Cheesesteak Shop Not Discriminatory

    03/19/2008 4:26:47 PM PDT · by decimon · 38 replies · 1,193+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2008 | Unknown
    PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia agency has ruled that English-only signs at a famous cheesesteak shop are not discriminatory.
  • Victim: French Fries To Blame For SEPTA Station Gang Beating

    02/15/2008 10:56:14 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 27 replies · 158+ views
    PHILADELPHIA -- A teenager riding SEPTA home from school said Wednesday she was attacked by a group of teenage girls over french fries, and wanted to thank the good Samaritan she said stopped the beating. The 16-year-old girl, who was not identified, told NBC 10 News she knew others had been attacked on SEPTA, but said she had no idea she would be the next victim. "It was just astonishing to me that many girls would come after just the three of us," she said. "I didn't think that was possible that me and my friends would be jumped on...
  • (Forbes) Worst Places: America's Most Miserable Cities

    01/31/2008 9:39:40 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 163 replies · 6,367+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/30/08 | Kurt Badenhausen
    <p>Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.</p>
  • Pa. shop owner backs English-only policy (cheesesteak shop sign was never meant to be offensive)

    12/14/2007 6:38:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 94 replies · 771+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/07 | Bob Lenz - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - A small sign that asked customers to order in English at a famous cheesesteak shop was never meant to be offensive, the shop's owner testified Friday at a hearing to decide whether the policy was discriminatory. Joe Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, defended his policy before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which filed the discrimination complaint. "This country is a melting pot, but what makes it work is the English language," Vento told the commission. "I'm not stupid. I would never put a sign out to hurt my business." Vento posted two small signs in October...
  • Flawed Phila. formula: Arrest, release, repeat (flawed liberal formula0

    12/03/2007 3:38:52 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 47+ views
    Philadephia Inquirer ^ | 12/03/07 | Craig R. McCoy and Nancy Phillips
    Until eclipsed by the murder of Officer Chuck Cassidy, it was a jarring crime that rattled Center City - and seemed to signal a kind of open season on police. In an apparent hit attempt, a gunman fired into a parked car at 15th and Sansom Streets, wounding two men and a woman, then shot three times at a pursuing police officer. --snip-- Convicted of killing a 6-year-old girl in a 1994 shooting, Whitaker was released after serving 11 years. Several weeks before his Center City rampage, narcotics cops had locked up Whitaker again, this time when he was found...
  • Officer's Widow Counters Mumia Campaign

    12/04/2007 8:56:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 85+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/4/7 | KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press Writer
    PHILADELPHIA, (AP) -- It's a case that has been examined and re-examined for more than two decades: the murder of a white police officer by a former Black Panther. Mumia Abu-Jamal's fatal shooting of Daniel Faulkner has become one of the most prominent death row cases in the world. But throughout 26 years of litigation, one part of the story has been largely overshadowed. The officer's widow, Maureen Faulkner, talks about her side of the case in "Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice," a book written with political pundit and conservative radio talk-show host Michael...
  • DON ADAMS UPDATE: Teamster Beating Victims Appeal Judge's Order To Pay Union $15 Grand

    10/10/2007 7:32:52 PM PDT · by Physicist · 69 replies · 2,224+ views
    Committee for Constitutional Justice | 10/10/2007 | Don Adams
    COMMITTEE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL JUSTICE P.O. Box 306, Cheltenham, PA 19012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2007 Contact: Don Adams, ###.###.#### Teamster Beating Victims Appeal Judge’s Order To Pay Union $15 Grand Philadelphia – Two Clinton protesters, viciously beaten up by a group of pro-Clinton teamsters outside Philadelphia’s City Hall during a presidential visit nine years ago, last week appealed a federal judge’s order to pay two teamster unions $15,000.00 in legal costs stemming from an October, 2000 Federal Civil Rights suit. Five members of Teamsters Local 115 eventually pled guilty to criminal assault, conspiracy, and various other charges in the...
  • Phillies lose 10,000th game

    07/15/2007 10:54:03 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 30 replies · 1,654+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 15 July 2007 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Through the last-place finishes, September collapses and every agonizing failure over the past 125 seasons, no team has lost quite like the Philadelphia Phillies. Futility has followed them since the day they were born, and Sunday night was no different for the losingest team sports history. Loss No. 10,000 came when Albert Pujols hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals' six homers in a 10-2 rout. Not surprisingly, this defeat resembled the thousands that came before. Bad starting pitching, brutal relief and hardly any hitting. And, of course, lots of booing. "I don't know too much about...
  • City of Brotherly Love Hates the Boy Scouts

    07/02/2007 6:43:53 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 958+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 07/02/2007 | Robert H. Knight
    Philadelphia has big city problems. The murder rate is on the rise, and gangs make some areas unsafe even in the daytime. It’s no secret that fatherless, undisciplined boys are the main reason the streets are deadly. So what is the city doing about it? Let’s imagine for a moment that we’re in a Philadelphia City Council discussion. “How about a crackdown on gangs? Or a crackdown on drug dealers?” “Nah. Those people shoot back. I’ve got it! Let’s persecute the Boy Scouts! They won’t give the police any trouble.” “Yeah, this will be a great way to pay back...

    06/25/2007 7:29:29 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 469+ views ^ | Mon, Jun. 25, 2007 | MARK CHILUTTI
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOY SCOUT STORY By MARK CHILUTTI Posted on Mon, Jun. 25, 2007 I'M WRITING THIS filled with disappointment due to the actions of the leadership of the city that I love. While in Atlanta several weeks ago on Boy Scout business, I was pulled aside and told we'd been blindsided, again with regard to the office that the Scouts have occupied and maintained in Philadelphia since 1928. I get frustrated when I read the side of the story that our city solicitor tells, as it seems to not fall in line with the first...
  • Summer’s beginning: 6 dead in one day (in Philadelphia)

    06/22/2007 8:09:53 PM PDT · by new cruelty · 56 replies · 1,716+ views
    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ^ | Fri, Jun. 22, 2007 | Andrew Maykuth,Vernon Clark and Art Carey
    On the first day of summer, two violent outbursts less than 15 hours apart and about two miles from each other left five people dead and a sixth person clinging to life. And before the night ended, another homicide was recorded, this time in Kingsessing. Thursday's six slayings - three young men gunned down in North Philadelphia in the early hours; two people killed, one critically wounded, in Kensington in the afternoon; and an unidentified man shot to death about 10:30 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood - pushed the year's homicide total to 195, compared with 177 at the...
  • Street Only Somewhat Right On War And Crime

    01/31/2007 7:18:36 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Recently, while meeting with the editorial board of The Philadelphia Daily News, Mayor John Street suggested that the war in Iraq was the cause of the city's gun violence increase. According to a Daily News article, Hizzoner said, "I believe the fact that we are a country at war has something to do with the attitude of people in the streets. Let me tell you, it's not just this city. I have seen it everywhere and I've talked to people a lot about it ... . We are a country that is becoming less and less civil. We are a...
  • Court Likely Ends Suit Over Beating at Rally (DON ADAMS UPDATE)

    01/23/2007 7:12:16 PM PST · by Physicist · 76 replies · 1,922+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2007 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    A federal appeals court refused yesterday to revive civil-rights claims against Gov. Rendell, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, and Teamsters Local 115, part of a lawsuit filed eight years ago by a man who says he was beaten and falsely prosecuted after protesting a 1998 appearance by President Clinton. The opinion by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is likely the end of the federal suit filed by Don and Theresa Adams, although Adams has said he will press civil claims involving state law in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Neither Adams, 46, of...
  • Cop Killer's Caucus (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

    12/07/2006 1:57:50 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 733+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2006 | James Taranto
    The House yesterday passed a resolution "condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder [sic] of Philadelphia Police Office Danny Faulkner." The vote was 368-31, with 8 members voting "present." Here's a list of what one might call the Cop-Killer's Caucus, the congressmen who voted against the resolution, all Democrats. [Snip] The most disturbing name on the "no" list is that of John Conyers. Granted, this is only a symbolic vote, but is it really a good idea to entrust the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee to a man...
  • Breaking: (Possible) Philly Fraud (Not Confirmed Yet)

    11/07/2006 6:55:08 AM PST · by Weight of Glory · 346 replies · 30,242+ views
    In precincts 7, 19, 51 in Philly, PA, the crowds are going wild. Inside several voting locations, individuals have poured white out onto the polling books and the poll workers are allowing voters to go into the polls and vote without first registering. Several individuals are on hand demanding that voters vote straight Democrat. RNC lawyers have headed to the scene of the incidents, which are occurring in mostly hispanic precinct locations. The District Attorney has also been contacted.

    02/25/2006 8:17:35 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 124 replies · 3,446+ views
    This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia. Most would be outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business. And that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times, one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement. We are a society which holds "Freedom of Speech" as perhaps our greatest liberty And after all, it is just a sign. You may...
  • 14-year-old tied to 8 sexual assaults

    11/16/2005 6:45:29 PM PST · by wjersey · 19 replies · 1,098+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/16/2005 | Thomas J. Gibbons Jr.
    A 14-year-old youth has been charged in eight sexual assaults across the city dating back to early summer - a string of attacks that occurred months after he was arrested in early spring on a similar charge and then released. While declining to call the teen a serial rapist, Capt. John Darby, commander of the Special Victims Unit, expressed amazement at the scope of the crimes. In an interview this afternoon, Darby said, "Obviously, the number of cases is extraordinary when you're talking about a 14-year-old." The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, has been in...
  • Philly Kindergartner Found With Heroin

    11/16/2005 5:55:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 521+ views ^ | 11/16/05 | AP
    A kindergarten teacher found eight bags of heroin in a 5-year-old student's pocket, police said. The matter was under investigation and the boy's mother could be charged, police Inspector William Colarulo said. The heroin was discovered Oct. 25. On Tuesday, the school sent a letter home to parents. The letter did not explain why the school waited three weeks to tell parents. It was sent home after a story about the incident aired on WCAU-TV. Neither the child nor his classmates at Richmond Elementary School were harmed, a schools spokesman said. "We are shocked and saddened, outraged" that a parent...
  • FBI: Phila. police commissioner wore wire

    05/19/2005 10:02:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 758+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/19/05 | David B. Caruso - AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The city's top cop donned a hidden microphone in 2002 to secretly record conversations with one of the targets of the FBI's sweeping probe of government corruption in Philadelphia, an agent revealed Thursday during a trial. Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson apparently wore the wire on just a single day in an attempt to collect evidence against Shamsud-din Ali, a politically connected cleric now on trial on charges including racketeering, fraud and extortion related to city contracts. The surveillance took place at a meeting of the board that oversees Philadelphia's jails. Ali, the leader of a West Philadelphia...
  • Inquirer's Editorial Editor Falls Off The Bias Wagon (Second Thoughts)

    04/23/2005 9:50:01 PM PDT · by Temple Owl · 6 replies · 624+ views
    County Press (suburban Philadelphia) ^ | 4/20/05 | William W. Lawrence
    I recently suggested to Chris Satullo, the Inquirer's editorial page editor, that he may be able to organize a club to help biased journalists and pattern it after Alcoholics Anonymous. It appeared that he went on the wagon for a week. He even chastised his beloved Democrats for their actions on the Social Security issue. He was very reasonable and simply asked that they offer their own plan or solution to the problem. Then bang! On Sunday April 10, he had a Funky Winkerbean moment and fell noisily off the bias wagon. Tony Auth produced a hateful editorial-page cartoon lampooning...
  • Philadelphia Eagles and their Fans Had a Date with Destiny

    01/24/2005 6:26:36 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 226 replies · 2,372+ views
    Express-Times ^ | 1/24/05 | Rudy Miller
    The Eagles' faithful suffered through three consecutive losses in the conference championship game, and when their football team made it to the Super Bowl on Sunday for the first time in more than 20 years, they erupted in joy. "I've been to all the championship games, and this, I can't explain," said Easton resident Felipe Garcia as he sniffed back tears. "It's priceless. We deserve it." Garcia was one of about 200 Lehigh Valley residents who rode one of four Trans Bridge Lines buses to the landmark game at Lincoln Financial Field. "This was history today," said Jack Trimble of...