Shuttered Parish Takes Appeal to Vatican

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Parishoners at the now-shuttered St. Ann church in Bristol have hired Italian lawyers to challenge Archbishop Charles Chaput’s decision to close their church. St. Ann was one of five Bucks County churches closed in June, amid another round of budget cutting by the the archdiocese.

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Four Plead Guilty in Main Line Drug Ring Case

Montco D.A. Risa Ferman with an AR-15 rifle and drugs seized by the police.  / Associated Press

Montco D.A. Risa Ferman with an AR-15 rifle and drugs seized by the police in the case. / Associated Press

“Four people have admitted their role in what Montgomery County prosecutors call a drug ring operating along the Main Line that sold narcotics to high school and college students,” CBS Philly reports. “The four, labeled “sub-dealers” by prosecutors, pleaded guilty to numerous drug charges in Montgomery County Court.”

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The Sixers Are Mad That the NBA Wants Them to Stop Losing So Damned Much

Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams

You know what was fun about this most recent Sixers season?

Not a damn thing. The team was built to lose, accomplished its mission, and ended up with the third pick in the draft. As a reward for fans, the Sixers now appear constructed to … lose a lot more in 2014-15, in hopes of securing just one more high draft pick.

The NBA has had enough. The league is pushing a new draft system that would give aggressively crappy teams like the Sixers a reduced chance of being rewarded with a high pick. Basically, every team that misses the playoffs would have the same chance, in the lottery, of getting the No. 1 pick.

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Ironworkers Union Members Face New Charges

The water is getting hotter for members of Ironworkers Local Union 401.

Ten union members were charged back in February with “criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to persuade property owners and construction managers to use union labor on their projects. Now there are additional charges.

The U.S. Attorney on Wednesday said it was adding to the original charges, announcing it had evidence of 14 new acts of extortion to force construction sites to turn to unions.

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UPDATE: Philly Cops Charged With Robbing, Extorting Drug Dealers

[Update 1:14 p.m.] Philly Police have released an official announcement, along with photos of each officer:

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The press release:

Today July 30, 2014, the United States Attorney’s Office unsealed an indictment charging six members of The Philadelphia Police Department with RICO conspiracy, robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing. United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced the charges against the six police officers this morning after their arrest. 

The case was investigated by a joint task force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.  The names of those arrested and charged are:

Thomas Liciardello – 38yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 06-26-95 – 12yrs in Narcotics
Perry Betts – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 01-02-95 – 13yrs in Narcotics
Linwood Norman – 46 yrs old, 24 year veteran of the force, appointed 09-11-89 — 16yrs in Narcotics
Brian Reynolds – 43yrs old, 20 year veteran of the force, appointed 08-13-93 — 13yrs in Narcotics
John Speiser – 42yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 10-17-94 — 5yrs in Narcotics
Michael Spicer – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 05-22-95 — 12yrs in Narcotics

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey is suspending these individuals for thirty days with the intent to dismiss.

“It’s never a good feeling when you have to deliver this type of news about members of your department; however, it shows the ongoing efforts of our FBI/Internal Affairs Task Force to rid the department of individuals who don’t belong in our ranks. We don’t tolerate this type of disgraceful behavior, and these officers don’t represent the majority of this department. The majority of our department is represented in the dedicated police work displayed daily by working endlessly with the community and getting wanted criminals off the street. We will continue to be transparent; we will continue to pursue those involved in corruption, and remove those who don’t belong in this department. We will continue to make strong efforts in developing a trusting relationship with every community as we build a safer Philadelphia for our citizens.” …… Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey

The office of District Attorney Seth Williams also sent out a press release: More coverage and full indictment after the jump »

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