Murder Defendant Wears “Crime Pays” T-Shirt to Court

Jeremiah Jakson, accused of strangling his West Philadelphia housemate for her belongings, arrived in court Wednesday wearing a shirt that says “Crime Pays.” Jakson told the judge he received the shirt in jail because he didn’t have anything else to wear. The Inquirer reports Judge Teresa Carr Deni sarcastically said, “That’s a very interesting choice of shirt” to Jakson.

Prosecutors say Laura Araujo, 23, was murdered by Jakson because he wanted her laptop, camcorder and ATM card. He allegedly stuffed her body in a duffel bag and abandoned it in an empty lot, then set his arms on fire attempting to burn her SUV.

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Dog Missing From Philadelphia Area Found in Oregon

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A dog missing from a Philadelphia suburb was found nearly 3,000 miles away in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.

Someone in the city of Tualatin spotted a Jack Russell terrier and brought it to an animal shelter. A microchip in the 7-year-old dog led to her identity: Gidget, owned by a woman in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The dog had been missing since April 22nd.

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$1M Winning Lottery Ticket Bought in Downtown Philadelphia Expires Today

A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold in Center City exactly a year ago. It expires today, and remains unclaimed.

The ticket was purchased at Loges Newsstand at 18th and Chestnut in Rittenhouse Square (or Old City West). “I ask all the regular customers and talk to everybody,” owner Babir Singh told Fox 29, “but I don’t know, nobody claimed yet.”

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Urban Outfitters CEO Sent This Email About the ‘Bloody’ Kent State Sweatshirt

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The ever-indefatigable Gawker got its hands on an email Urban Outfitters’ CEO Dick Hayne sent to staffers after offering for sale a mock-bloody Kent State University sweatshirt. It’s… something.

Dear Folks,

In the last 24 hours we have received a lot of negative publicity and many of you have received communication from friends, family members or those outside the URBN community regarding a Kent State sweatshirt for sale on urbanoutfitters.com that was mistakenly identified as ‘bloody’. We wanted to address this with our community and provide some ‘facts’.

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Philadelphia Man Gets Out of Jury Duty With Novel Name Trick

The Daily News has a story Thursday about the return of scofflaw court, which brings in the unlucky few who skipped jury duty and now have to answer for it.

Scofflaw court appears to be like many minor-infraction courts: You get yelled at by a judge for a little bit, pretend to act contrite, then pay a fine. In this case, you get a $50 fine and a new summons to appear for jury duty. Four people skipped scofflaw court entirely, and now have bench warrants out for their arrest.

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The Taney Dragons Now Have Their Very Own Week

Did you know it’s Taney Dragons week? That’s right: Because the Taney Dragons run to the Little League World Series happened while legislators were on vacation, only now — when they’ve returned to work in September — are we getting resolutions honoring Philadelphia’s favorite little kid athletes.

State Rep. Brian Sims received unanimous approval for a resolution declaring the week of September 14th to September 20th Taney Dragons Week in the state of Pennsylvania. Do other cities’ baseball teams have to bow in recognition of Taney’s superiority? Let’s hope so.

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Jewish Group Calls Joe Biden Comment Offensive

The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for using the word “Shylocks” in a speech in Delaware. The portrayal of the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is considered antisemitic by many, and so using the word to mean a shady lawyer is generally best avoided.

Biden used “Shylocks” in a speech given at a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. Per Politico, Biden spoke about his son Beau’s experience while in Iraq.

“People would come up to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.

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