Delvin Barnes, who was arrested early Wednesday evening in Jessup, Maryland, for the alleged abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither in Germantown on November 2nd, has an extensive arrest record in Virginia dating to 1997 and was convicted on multiple felony counts in Philadelphia in 2006.
Last July, Michael Solomonov sat down with Philly Mag’s John Marchese and revealed that he’d battled addiction problems:
[Solomonov] told a story of spiraling into alcohol and drug abuse and how people close to him pushed him into detox and rehab. He now has several years of recovery and sobriety behind him. Solomonov later agreed to talk publicly about his addiction, but only in general terms. “At some point in my life, I’ll be very upfront about it if I can find a way to make it helpful,” he told me. “Because of my responsibility to other people in recovery, I need to figure out how I’m going to be more specific and more detailed. But I’m not ready to do that right now.” In a world of graphic addiction memoirs written by teenagers, Solomonov’s reticence is refreshing.
Solomonov has obviously decided it’s now time to come clean about getting clean. In today’s New York Times, he tells columnist Frank Bruni that he was “living a double life” when he opened Zahav in May 2008: Read more »
After a dismal start to 2014 and mirroring a national upward trend, the Philadelphia region’s manufacturing sector has seen five consecutive months of growth and is operating at its highest output since March 2011, according to the latest Business Outlook Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Looking ahead to the 2015 mayoral campaign, the Board of Ethics met yesterday to hash out a series of proposed changes to the city’s campaign-finance regulations.
According to the Inky’s Heard in the Hall blog, the board is seeking to clarify what counts as a campaign contribution in light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate, nonprofit, and union donations in support of — but not directly to or in concert with — candidates.
What does every self-respecting “global energy hub” need? Why, an energy policy think tank, of course.
Scott Kleinman, a 41-year-old Penn alum and lead partner for private equity at Apollo Global Management, has donated $10 million to the university to get the Kleinmann Center for Energy Policy up and running this fall.
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Just ahead of the end of the FCC’s comment period on net neutrality on Friday, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen and AT&T chief strategy officer John Stankey are scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon to talk up their companies’ respective $45.2 billion (Time Warner Cable) and $48.5 billion (DirecTV) merger offers.
— Comcast (@comcast) July 15, 2014
That recording of a frothing, relentless Comcast “customer retention” specialist we told you was a “sure-to-mushroom PR disaster”? Well, it sure mushroomed.
First, the emergency board appointed by President Obama to deal with the mini-SEPTA strike we had last month announced its findings. The upshot, says the Inquirer, is that members of the engineers and electrical workers unions should get the deal that SEPTA management has been offering for years:
UPDATE, 7/15, 8 p.m.: The rep has been placed on administrative leave while the company investigates the incident.
ORIGINAL: If you’ve been thinking about changing or canceling your Comcast service, now may be the time — because the company is going to have to be extra nice to everyone to quell a sure-to-mushroom PR disaster resulting from the release of audio of one of its “customer retention” specialists scorching a San Francisco couple for attempting to disconnect their Internet account.