Report: Judges, Clients Say El-Shabazz Provided Improper Defense

Tariq El-Shabazz | Photo courtesy of El-Shabazz's campaign

Tariq El-Shabazz | Photo courtesy of El-Shabazz’s campaign

An in-depth City and State PA investigation into several legal cases handled by district attorney candidate Tariq El-Shabazz during his time as a private defense attorney has uncovered a string of clients who claim that he mishandled their cases – and, in one case, two federal judges who ruled that El-Shabazz’s conduct contributed to a man’s conviction.  Read more »

Teachers Union to Fly Angry Banner Over NFL Draft

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

After going 1,300-plus days without a new contract – and still counting – members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are pissed. So pissed that they’ve hired a pilot to fly their message of displeasure over the Parkway before tonight’s NFL Draft without remorse for how bad of a look it will be for the city.

“You know what, it will be an embarrassment,” George Bezanis, PFT’s building rep for Central High School and the man behind the airplane banner, told Philly Mag. “But what should be an embarrassment is how the city is neglecting its teachers.” Read more »

Is the NFL Draft One Big Bust for Philly Tourism?

Plenty of rooms at the Loews and other hotels in Philly during the NFL Draft. (Image via Google Maps)

Plenty of rooms at the Loews and other hotels in Philly during the NFL Draft. (Image via Google Maps)

With the NFL Draft mega-event — sold to us with promises of great exposure, a tourism bump, and a revenue jolt — already underway in Philadelphia, we would have expected hotel availability to be scarce. We would have thought that getting a table at a great restaurant would be downright impossible. But that’s simply not the case. Read more »

Dear NFL: Take Your Stupid-Ass Draft and Shove It

Rendering of the draft stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Rendering of the draft stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For months now, I’ve been listening to city VIPs and the kind of guys who spend their free time playing fantasy football go on and on about how awesome it is that the NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia. Well, now it’s here. And ain’t it great? Read more »

Labor Unions Endorse Jack O’Neill for Philly DA

Jack O'Neill | Photo courtesy of O'Neill's campaign

Jack O’Neill | Photo courtesy of O’Neill’s campaign

Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.

O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne AbrahamRead more »

Pa. Senate Committee Votes to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Opponents and supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Opponents and supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.

A Pennsylvania Senate Committee has voted in favor of a bill that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood in the state.

The Finance Committee, which is comprised of 11 men, one woman and mostly Republicans, approved the bill in a 7-5 vote today. The legislation, Senate Bill 300, would dictate which types of health service organizations are prioritized to receive funding through the state’s Department of Human Services.  Read more »

Jonathan Demme, Acclaimed Director of “Philadelphia,” Dies at 73

jonathan demme

Academy Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme has died at age 73 from complications stemming from esophageal cancer.

Demme, who took home the Oscar for Best Director for his 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs, is perhaps best known in this city as the director behind 1993’s Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay Center City lawyer who is unjustly fired after disclosing that he contracted the virus that causes AIDS. Read more »

Philly Cop Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

A Philadelphia police officer was arrested on child pornography charges yesterday.

Officials said Emmanuel Folly, a 25-year-old officer assigned to the 18th District, surrendered himself to police following a child pornography investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit.  Read more »

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