A Toddler, a Cell Phone, and One Big South Philly-Style Brouhaha

A scolding server (left arrow) and troublesome toddler (right arrow) clash at South Philadelphia's B2 Cafe.

A scolding server (left arrow) and troublesome toddler (right arrow) clash at South Philadelphia’s B2 Cafe.

UPDATE 2/12/2016 1:50pm: We watched the entire surveillance video of Francesca Depasquale’s 45-minute visit to B2 Cafe, and we call bullshit. For our full report on that video, click here.

We also got a copy of the video showing the woman who comes into the cafe and threatens the B2 Cafe barista with a bottle of spray cleaner. To view it, go here.


In most places in these United States of America, an unpleasant experience in a restaurant is forgotten by the next morning. Maybe it leads to a bad Yelp review. Maybe. But in South Philadelphia, where shoveled-out parking spots are protected by an unspoken promise of bodily harm and where conflicts sometimes take the form of the “I’m funny how … like I’m a clown?” argument in Goodfellas, things are handled much, much differently. And so we bring you the story of what heretofore will be known as The Cell Phone Incident at B2 Cafe. Read more »

Cops Say This Man Stabbed a Philly Cabbie in Queen Village

Suspect in stabbing of a Philadelphia cabbie

Image via Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Police are on the lookout for a man who stabbed a 51-year-old Philadelphia cab driver. Cops released a surveillance image of the man who attacked and robbed the driver.

Here’s what happened, per the PPD: The suspect, believed to be in his late 20s, hailed a cab at Fourth and South streets just before midnight yesterday. He asked the driver to take him to fourth and Christian. But as the cab reached Catharine Street, the man stuck a knife through the partition and put the knife to the driver’s neck. He told the man, who drives for 215-GET-A-CAB, to give him money.  Read more »

Morning Headlines: Kathleen Kane Survived One Ouster Attempt; The Next Has Already Begun

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks on before newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Republicans who control both the Senate and House picked up additional seats in the November election. In the House, Republicans outnumber Democrats 119 to 84 and in the Senate, 30 to 20. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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

The Pennsylvania Senate fell short of ousting Kathleen Kane Wednesday. Now it’s the House’s turn to try.

The Senate fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to boot Kane, the attorney general who faces criminal charges for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information. Even as that attempt failed, PennLive reports, the House voted to empower a subcommittee to investigate whether articles of impeachment should be brought against her. The investigation could be complete by spring — and, if warranted, prompt an impeachment trial back in the Senate later this year. Kane’s spokesman says the process is “premature,” and that legislators should let the legal process play out. Her trial on the criminal charges is scheduled for August. Read more »

A Philly Guy Got 22 Votes for President in New Hampshire

Ed O'Donnell for president

Photo | Dan McQuade

Last month, Philadelphia magazine talked with Ed O’Donnell, a Philadelphia man who was running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was only on the ballot in New Hampshire – and he really considered himself not affiliated with any party — but he was going for it, visiting the state late in 2015 to stump for votes.

Last night, Bernie Sanders got 60 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton got 38 percent. And part of that missing 2 percent went to O’Donnell: He received 22 votes for the Democratic presidential nomination. Read more »

96 Ursinus College Students Now Reporting Stomach Infection Symptoms


About 96 students have reported having symptoms of a stomach infection at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and at least 22 of those students had to be treated at area hospitals, according to the Montgomery County Health Department, but Ursinus says it is unclear what caused the outbreak.

“On Tuesday evening a number of Ursinus students were taken ill with a stomach infection,” the school said in a statement on its website Wednesday. “Symptoms included prolonged vomiting, and a number of students went to the hospital or to urgent care centers for treatment. As of Wednesday morning, there have been reports of approximately 40 students who have become ill.” Read more »

Pa. Senate Vote to Remove Kathleen Kane From Office Fails


Pennsylvania state Sen. John Gordner speaks, during a historic floor debate, in favor of a resolution on whether to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa. Some senators had challenged Kane’s ability to do her job after the state Supreme Court suspended her law license while she fights criminal charges. Kane had said the Senate’s removal process is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

After several hours of debate, the Senate failed to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office today. The vote, held under an obscure statute of the Pennsylvania constitution last used in 1891, was 29-19 in favor of removal. A two-thirds majority was needed.

The vote was mostly along party lines, though two senators broke ranks. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a Republican from the Philadelphia suburbs, voted against removal. Sen. Rob Teplitz, a Democrat, voted in favor of it. “The position is not attorney and/or general,” Teplitz said during the debate. “It is attorney general.”

Debate before the vote was often heated and again broke down among party lines. “We have an attorney general who can’t legally do any of the legal provisions of the Commonwealth Attorneys Act,” Sen. John Gordner said. “The removal of an elected official needs more than just speculation and maybes,” Sen. Sean Wiley said. “I believe her election was a landmark, not an immunity card,” Sen. Lisa Baker said. “My conclusion is that she is impaired beyond redemption.”

Sen. Art Haywood, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, spoke passionately against Kane’s removal. “It is the Supreme Court that provided the temporary suspension, so it is the Supreme Court that would make the decision that the temporary suspension is being violated or not,” he said. “It is not for the Supreme Senate to decide, it is for the courts.” Read more »

Anonymous Caller Makes Threats Against Main Line Jewish School

Caption: The entrance to Wynnewood's Perelman Jewish Day School (via Google Maps).

Caption: The entrance to Wynnewood’s Perelman Jewish Day School (via Google Maps).

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran with a photo of a different campus of the Perelman Jewish Day School.

One suburban Philadelphia Jewish school is on edge after a threatening call received on Tuesday, and police are keeping a close eye on the situation. Read more »

It’s Official: Chris Christie Drops Out of Presidential Race

Chris Christie - campaign

Chris Christie will be back in New Jersey a lot more often.

The N.J. governor, who finished 10th in Iowa and sixth in New Hampshire, is dropping out of the presidential race. His campaign confirmed the news to the Associated Press this afternoon.

Christie’s final act in the race was essentially a takedown of Marco Rubio — who had finished third in Iowa — in Saturday night’s Republican debate. Christie accused Rubio of giving a “memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him.” Rubio responded by saying the same “memorized 25-second speech” as before, incredibly. But while that debate exchange hurt Rubio — he finished fifth — it did not help Christie. Read more »

Police Identify Pottstown Man Found in Car at Bottom of Schuylkill

Harold P. Leister

Harold P. Leister

Police recovered and identified the body of 93-year-old Harold Leister on Tuesday after his 2011 Buick Lucerne, with Leister inside, was pulled from the Schuylkill River at the boat ramp along S. Penn Street in Pottstown, the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department announced on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, the investigation confirmed the car contained the body of Harry Leister,” the post said. “As of this time, the matter is an ongoing investigation.”

Leister went missing from his home near Mervine Street last Thursday around 7 a.m., police say. Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the North Coventry Police Department responded to calls about a submerged car in the Schuylkill, at which time they arrived on the scene and Leister’s vehicle was retrieved from the river. The identification did not occur until Tuesday evening.

Despite being retired and living alone, Leister remained a prominent figure in the Pottstown community, which made his disappearance more shocking to family and friends. Read more »

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