The Philadelphia Outrage Meter for the Week Ending October 24

70% of the week’s outrage was directly attributable to the bracelet bribery scandal, with 20% of the outrage directed at the existence of the alleged bribe and another 50% at the fact that the judge is alleged to have been bought off so cheaply. After all, $2,000 doesn’t get you very far at Tiffany & Co. We would have held out for something more along the lines of this.

Meanwhile, 29% of the outrage was over someone calling Bill Cosby a rapist. And the remainder of the outrage — fully 1% — was over the idea that our beloved Dr. Huxtable-playing, Jello Pudding Pop-pushing, funny sweater-wearing Temple lover could even possibly, you know, be a rapist.

SEPTA Won’t Strike Monday

Although SEPTA union workers are expected to take a strike authorization vote on Sunday, the union is not expected to strike on Monday.

Transit Workers Union Local 234 head Willie Brown plans to call a news conference Monday at 4 p.m. to discuss the union workers’ dissatisfaction with SEPTA’s offer. The primary sticking points are health care and pensions.

“Our team has been working to reach an agreement that our members deserve,” Brown said in a statement. “But so far, management has been unwilling to reach a reasonable compromise on pensions, health care and other issues that are of serious concern to our membership.”

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Philly TV News: Lots of Campaign Ads, But No Coverage

The Sunlight Foundation recently watched a half-hour of the CBS 3 local news and found a wide disparity between the number of political commercials and the amount of time covering local political news. Specifically, during that half hour of Eyewitness News, there were 11 political commercials — and zero political stories.

“Instead of an all-news channel for news junkies, a channel for ad junkies!” Penn’s Kathleen Hall Jameson told the Foundation.

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The PFT Fails Philly’s Students and Teachers

Who is standing up for good teachers and poor children in the School District of Philadelphia? If you guessed “the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers,” you’d be wrong.

That’s why my colleagues and I went into the midst of 3,000 PFT protesters last week to talk about how PFT leaders are keeping millions of dollars from the classroom and have been harming poor children and high-performing teachers for years.

We explained how PFT leaders are blocking education reforms that will dramatically improve the SDP for both educators and kids alike. To say things got heated would be an understatement. Sometimes the truth hurts, but in this case, it could also set Philadelphia free.

Here’s how the PFT hurts good teachers and the city’s neediest children.
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Rich Tech Bro Speaks at Kensington HS, Struggles To Give Advice

On Wednesday this week, entrepreneur Alex Klein spoke at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School. He went to Yale and Cambridge and is creating a built-it-yourself computer with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Klein’s dad founded Getty Images.

The Inquirer’s Maria Panaritis was there to capture the exchange between Klein and a smart Philadelphia kid with a pointed question.

“Did you have a strong support system while being raised, to get where you are now?” asked senior Joshua Camacho, 18 [...] “What would you tell people,” Camacho added, “who might not have that support system?”

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Lawyer Who Filed Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” Suit Could Be Disbarred

stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit-led-zeppelin-attorneyRecently, Media, Pennsylvania-based attorney Francis Malofiy scored a small victory against Led Zeppelin in his “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit when a Philadelphia federal judge denied the band’s motion to dismiss the case or transfer it to another jurisdiction. But if a disciplinary panel doesn’t decide in his favor, Malofiy could potentially be disbarred from Philadelphia’s federal court thanks to his actions in another copyright case, one he filed against music mogul Usher.

The Usher suit has been winding its way through the federal court system since back in 2011, when Malofiy, seen here in a publicity photo from his website, sued Usher and others on behalf of a no-name Philadelphia songwriter named Dan Marino, who claimed that he never received proper credit for the R&B star’s perfectly unmemorable 2004 song “Bad Girl.” Here is Usher performing the tune with Beyonce.

Earlier this year, the judge in the Usher case, Paul S. Diamond, ripped — and we do mean ripped — Malofiy for his unusual antics, the type of behavior that you might see from some $3,000-suit-wearing defense attorney on Law & Order and then later in the episode you learn that the lawyer was in the middle of a massive coke binge. (Not that we are in any way suggesting that Malofiy has any kind of substance abuse issues. He’s probably just zealous and easily excitable.)

In his 22-page memorandum, the judge accuses Malofiy of being “sexist” and “abusive” and describes his behavior as “flagrantly unprofessional and offensive,” noting that it was “difficult to convey the poisonous atmosphere created by Malofiy’s continual belligerence to opposing counsel.”

Amusingly, and demonstrating Malofiy’s flair for the dramatic (also well-evidenced in his complaint against Led Zeppelin, which he wrote using fonts inspired by Led Zeppelin albums) he also at one point channeled Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, declaring, “You can’t handle the truth.” And he titled one of his filings “Response in Opposition Re: Joint Motion for Sanctions by Moving Defendants Who are Cry Babies.”

In addition to his rude remarks, Malofiy has been accused of deceptively obtaining an affidavit, resulting in an order that he reimburse some defendants’ costs in the case to the tune of more than $25,000. Judge Diamond later ordered Malofiy to submit to interrogatories to determine whether he can pay up. Malofiy has insisted that he has the cash.

The judge also granted a summary judgment in the case in favor of Usher, and Malofiy has said he will appeal both the sanctions and the judgment.

All of this has culminated in disciplinary proceedings against Malofiy, and the matter has turned up in the federal courtroom of Judge John R. Padova, with Padova and two other federal judges tapped to make a final recommendation as to Malofiy’s future. Suspension or disbarment from Philadelphia’s federal court are among the options.

The documents in the disciplinary case have all been filed under seal — standard operating procedure in a disciplinary case, according to the federal court clerk’s office — but Padova’s staff confirms that the proceedings are ongoing. As recently as Wednesday, Malofiy filed a sealed document in that case.

Malofiy’s attorney, Sam Stratton, insists that his client won’t be disbarred but could face other discipline, and he contends that Diamond was wrong to issue the memorandum blasting Malofiy.

“I’ve known Fran a long time,” says Stratton. “He’s a very impressive young attorney, and he’s certainly dedicated to his clients. Yes, he’s got some rough edges here and there, but the legal profession could use a few more eccentrics.”

For Malofiy’s sake, we hope that the judges aren’t huge “Stairway to Heaven” fans.

Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on …

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Pa. State Senator to Plead Guilty to Felony Charge

Pennsylvania State Senator LeAnna Washington will plead guilty next week to charges she used taxpayer money to fund political fundraisers.

Washington is facing two felony counts of theft of services. It’s not clear if she’s pleading guilty to one or both counts, and neither the prosecution nor the defense would say if she would serve any jail time. She faced 12 years.

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Philly’s 10 Best Pro Athletes on Twitter

References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.

But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.

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