3 Dead After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Montco

Three were left dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Hatfield Borough on Sunday, authorities said.

In a release today, Montgomery County district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Hatfield police chief William J. Tierney announced a joint investigation into the killings. Montco first district attorney Kevin Steele said the apparent instigator was 48-year-old Paul Marshall. Read more »

An Incomplete List of Things Deemed the “New Philadelphia Story”


Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal wrote about Rooster Soup Company. Funded in part by a Kickstarter backing, Rooster Soup Co. is the brainchild of Bill Golderer, Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov. Profits from the restaurant, which will open next year, will fund the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.

It’s all really cool. But the WSJ’s headline struck me as funny: “The New Philadelphia Story: Eat, Pay, Give.” While there are three people involved in the creation of Rooster Soup Co., much like the three main characters of the 1940 film (and 1939 play) The Philadelphia Story, that’s where the similarity ends. The Philadelphia Story is a screwball comedy of remarriage; none of the particulars in Rooster Soup Co. are marrying, let alone remarrying, each other.

Headline references are supposed to make sense. My father, longtime deputy sports editor at the Daily News has a way with headlines that I will never match. When the Eagles signed Michael Vick in 2009, people suggested a “Vick’s VapoRub” headline to him constantly. Cute, right? The problem is: How the hell would this headline ever make any sense? Only if Michael Vick took up vaping, and it led to a drop in performance, could this headline be plausible. But back in 2009 people still called vaping “smoking e-cigarettes,” so it wasn’t really a possibility. Read more »

Philly Orchard Project Gets Anonymous $100K Grant

Philly Orchard Project Facebook.

Philly Orchard Project Facebook.

A latter-day Johnny Appleseed has just given a citywide community orchard program a huge chunk of, ahem, seed money to help it create green infrastructure in neighborhoods that could use some all over Philadelphia.

The $100,000, five-year grant from an anonymous donor to the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) marks two milestones for the 7-year-old organization: the planting of its 1,000th fruit tree and the creation of its 50th neighborhood orchard, both of which took place during 2015. Read more »

Donald Trump Goes After Chris Christie on Twitter: “New Jerseyans Not Happy”


Donald Trump has a long history in New Jersey. He brought three casinos to Atlantic City, then saw them go bankrupt, reducing his ownership share of the lone Trump-branded casino to a minuscule one. His name is also on Jersey City’s Trump Plaza, a residential building.

Well, the businessman and possible next president of the United States has turned his gaze to New Jersey today. Fellow presidential hopeful Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been rising in polls and making conservatives think he might be the one to dethrone Trump from his GOP frontrunner throne.

Trump’s tweet is in response to the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s endorsement of Chris Christie. “Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term,” wrote Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid. “Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won’t get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”

I don’t know if I can believe the word of a man who spells his last name incorrectly, and the endorsement may not help Christie that much, but Trump decided he needed to tweet a putdown anyway. Read more »

Police Seeking Man, Woman Impersonating Cops in South Philly

The Philadelphia Police Department is on the lookout for two, possibly more, individuals who robbed one person and attempted to rob another while impersonating Philadelphia Police officers in South Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was walking home at 4:30 a.m. when a man and a woman in a silver Nissan pulled up to her near Fourth and Jackson streets. Both persons got out of the car, and the man flashed a badge and said he was a police officer. The man then told the complainant to come to him and that she would be arrested if she resisted. The woman ran away instead, and the “police” car headed north on 5th Street while the woman who was stopped called police to report a disturbance. Read more »

Don’t Let What Happened to Laquan McDonald Happen in Philadelphia

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

If you’re a Pennsylvanian who is angry about what happened in Chicago with Laquan McDonald, you should be furious with what legislators in Harrisburg are trying to do.

McDonald, if you’re unaware, was a 17-year-old black teen who was shot to death during an encounter with police a year ago. Police said that McDonald, armed with a knife, lunged at them. A video released last week shows that actually, McDonald was stepping away from police at the time he was shot. The video shows bullets hitting his body long after he hit the ground.

The good news? The officer who shot McDonald — 16 times, by the way, emptying his gun — will face criminal charges. The bad news? Those charges weren’t brought until just before the video was released, some 400 days after the shooting. The video was released only because a judge ordered it; there’s every reason to believe the officer might not’ve been charged without the video’s publication to the world.

Public scrutiny, it seems, works.

What’s this have to do with Harrisburg? Read more »

Kobe Bryant Will Retire From NBA

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.

Lower Merion’s Kobe Bryant is retiring from the NBA after one of the all-time great basketball careers. His last Philadelphia game is Tuesday.

Bryant announced the end of his 20-year career Sunday with a poem posted at The Players Tribune.  “After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant’s career is officially winding down,” ESPN writes. He made his announcement just ahead of the Lakers’ game Tuesday night at Philadelphia — the last time he’ll play here. “It’s going to be beautiful,” Bryant said. “So much of my game was developed from Philadelphia.” USA Today says that as of Sunday night, the cheapest seats in the arena were going for $59. [ESPN | USA Today] Read more »

TMZ: Jahlil Okafor Knocks Out Heckler

TMZ has posted video of what it says is 76ers’ rookie Jahlil Okafor punching out a man in Boston early this morning.

The website says Okafor, 19, and his friends got into an altercation with a group of Bostonians after someone from that group said, “The 76ers suck!” The Sixers had a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter last night but lost to the Celtics, 84-80. Read more »

Pa. Senate Moves Closer to Kane Removal; Kane Vows Porngate Crusade

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks with members of the media after her arrangement before a district judge, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Collegeville, Pa. Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Kane, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office. The Montgomery County district attorney charged her with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013.


A bipartisan committee has ruled the Pennsylvania Senate does have the power to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, and urged that body to move forward with a hearing investigating the possibility. The committee, which voted 5-2 on the ruling posted on the Senate website earlier today, did not recommend if Kane should be removed from office.

Kane, a Democrat, had her law license suspended in September after she was indicted on perjury and conspiracy charges this summer. Gov. Tom Wolf supported the Senate panel inquiry, and has said in the past he wants Kane to step down from office.

Kane has said she will not resign from office, and that the suspension of her law license does not impede her ability to do her job. Law professors told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette they wondered if Kane could effectively do her job without a license. Read more »

Revealed: The Secret to Governor Wolf’s Family Stuffing Recipe!



So just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a link from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office with his family’s stuffing recipe. Stuffing is something that people tend to be particular about, and I was naturally curious what Wolf’s family would be stuffing in its turkey. The link gave me the answer: butter.

That’s right. Butter is the secret ingredient—and how—in this treasured family recipe. Read more »

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