Alleged Northeast Philly Nazi Guard Granted Bail

Johann Breyer, the Far Northeast Philadelphia man accused of participating in Nazi war crimes during the second World War, has been granted bail. His health has reportedly deteriorated since being arrested last June.

Germany had long suspected Breyer of serving as a death camp guard; the U.S. attempted to revoke his citizenship in 1992 for lying on his original visa application. But he was able to claim American citizenship when it was discovered his mother had been born in Pennsylvania and emigrated to Europe.

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City Pays $1.4 Million for Posting Gun Permit Appeal Data Online

Two years ago, the city posted a list of Philadelphia citizens who had been denied a gun permit in the state. It eventually took the information down, after outcry from those whose information had been posted. (“I was wrongly accused of being a bartender,” one appeal read.)

Two of those listed sued on behalf of all 3,265 gun permit applicants who had their names and addresses posted on the city website. Last month, they reached a settlement that was announced today: The city is paying $1.4 million to settle the suit.

As part of the settlement (below), the Nutter administration says it still believes the information is not confidential and it had done nothing wrong.

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US Airways Cancels Flights Between PHL and Israel

Many U.S. airlines have canceled their flights to Tel Aviv, due to safety and security concerns. The FAA has now ordered all U.S. carriers to suspend flights to Israel.

The cancelations affect travelers at Philadelphia International Airport. US Airways canceled two daily Israel flights today, one from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and another from Tel Aviv to Philadelphia.

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Jim Kenney Urges Mayor to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Yesterday, Victor Fiorillo reported that there had been 264 arrests for marijuana possession in the month following City Council’s vote to drop pot possession to a $25 fine.

With the bill — which passed 13-3 — likely to become law in September, it looks silly that there are still pot arrests in the interim. And the author of the marijuana decriminalization law, City Councilman Jim Kenney, is urging Mayor Michael Nutter to sign the law and at least start the debate over whether cops are going to follow it. (Citing state statutes, cops say they plan to ignore the new law and continue to arrest people for pot possession anyway.)

“Just this week, it was reported that another 264 citizens have been arrested since this Bill overwhelming passed City Council on June 19, 2014. Every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be handcuffed and jailed for a minimal offense — something that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Pennsylvania”, Kenney said in a statement. Hey, that’s Philly mag’s reporting! If we were a tabloid newspaper, we’d be running an inset image of yesterday’s story alongside this update.

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Rapper Sued for Allegedly Slapping Woman at Made in America

Rapper A$AP Rocky has been sued by a woman who says he slapped her at last year’s Made in America concert on the Parkway. She’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

In the lawsuit, which also names Live Nation and unnamed security members, Lisamarie Wade says A$AP Rocky and his entourage walked toward her and slapped her for no reason on August 31st of last year. Rocky is the most prominent member of the Brooklyn-based A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, which has 16 members with confusingly similar names.

Wade attempted to file a private criminal complaint against Rocky last year, but she eventually decided to withdraw an attempt for criminal charges.

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Eastern University President Bashed Over Letter to Obama

Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

It didn’t contain an exemption for religious-based organizations. Before the order was signed, religious groups asked Obama to give them an exemption. One of the people who signed the letter was Robert Duffett, president of Eastern University. And now some alumni are pissed.

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Masked Men Steal More Than $180,000 From Atlantic City Casino

Masked Robbers stole $181,200 from Caesars Atlantic City, according to a flier put out by law enforcement. The pair took off with two plastic boxes filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

The New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is investigating, which means the crime happened on casino property. One of the masked robbers had a gun.

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South Philly Smells Like Cat Pee, And It’s New Jersey’s Fault

Last week, the Passyunk Post wondered where the pervasive cat urine smell in South Philly was coming from. There had been numerous anecdotal reports of it for a while now, but the smell was reported too widely to be from cats (or raccoons).

The South Philadelphia readers of Albert Stumm’s site had plenty of ideas in the comments: dog parks, chemtrails, refineries, drunks urinating in the streets, meth labs, sewers and even cats after all.

We may have an answer, and the “refinery” guess in the comments pretty much nailed it: The smell is likely from a New Jersey power plant.

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