The Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum.
Smokin’ Joe Frazier may have hailed from Philadelphia, but powerful Center City attorney George Bochetto was instead drawn to the pugilist’s chief rival – Muhammad Ali – during the pair’s three epic fights in the 1970s. It wasn’t merely the ferocity of Ali’s combinations throughout the “Thrilla in Manila” or his rope-a-dope knockout of George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” that captured Bochetto’s fancy. Instead, it was the boxing champ’s unforgettable persona that made the renowned litigator such a massive fan that he couldn’t resist purchasing an interest Ali’s childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky several years ago.
“I was sitting at my kitchen counter having a cup of coffee when I read this little squib in the newspaper with a photograph of this broken down, abandoned salt box of a house that said Muhammad Ali’s childhood home is for sale,” Bochetto tells Philly Mag. “I immediately did a double take. Are you kidding me? This was his house! Right from that kitchen counter I made calls to the realtor and ended up buying the place.” Read more »
Courtesy of Elisa Goldman
The Philadelphia Police Department’s Homeland Security Unit is investigating after the words “KILL TRUMP” were found spray-painted on a wall in Manayunk.
Police were called to the 100 block of Mallory Street around 1 p.m. on Monday. Neighbors say the anti-Trump vandalism and several anarchist symbols spray-painted nearby were on the block for at least several weeks. Read more »
Sensing a void in the Center City moviegoing landscape, and thus, opportunity, AMC Theatres has announced plans to open an eight-screen multiplex inside the revamped Gallery at Market East with plenty of modern amenities to attract crowds, the Inquirer reports. Read more »
Via the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
A Montgomery County man wanted for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend’s mom was found dead on Monday.
Officials found the body of 30-year-old Gregory Feldman in a Wawa parking lot in Chester County hours after announcing a $1,000 reward in the case. A cause of death has not been confirmed. Read more »
Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Police in Montgomery County arrested a 34-year-old Norristown man on Monday after he reportedly bludgeoned a friend to death with a carpentry hammer following an argument at his residence this past weekend. Read more »
Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s office
Barry Baker – the former Coatesville loser whom you’ll remember for mocking and sucker-punching an innocent man with cerebral palsy back in May – pleaded guilty on Monday to simple assault and flight from apprehension charges stemming from his attack on Michael Ryan, according to multiple outlets. Read more »
Photo via Google Maps.
Police are searching for an unidentified gunman who opened fire on a car near 13th and Chancellor streets on early Sunday morning and then evaded arrest by ducking into a nearby PATCO station, where he slipped pursuing officers. Read more »
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend’s mom this past weekend.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for 30-year-old Gregory Feldman of Harleysville, Pa. Officials say Feldman shot 48-year-old Amy Hermann, the mother of his ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Hermann, around noon on Friday. Read more »
Hannah Smiley-Jones at the Dolphin. (Photo by Jennifer McDonell)
It has been six months since we first told you about allegations of drugging at The Dolphin and about the resulting police investigation. All told, more than 20 people have said that they believe they were drugged at the popular South Philly bar.
Most of these patrons have not gone to the police, and most do not want to speak publicly about their allegations. But Hannah Smiley-Jones is ready to tell her story. Read more »
La Colombe founder Todd Carmichael in a file photo.
Todd Carmichael wants a $15 per hour minimum wage, and he’s got good reasons. Read more »