Bankruptcy Judge Calls Two People “Apes” in Courtroom

A U.S. Bankruptcy judge called two people “apes” in her courtroom, the Daily News’ Ronnie Polaneczky writes in her column today.

Polaneczky was at a status hearing where 15 defendants, along with city consumer advocate Lance Haver, could state their complaints in front of Jean FitzSimon, the judge who handled the bankruptcy of Autosource. When Autosource went bankrupt, lender Avangard repossessed some cars it had the titles to — even though the buyers were current on loans and these cars weren’t on a list of autos FitzSimon approved for repo.

FitzSimon said the hearing was so the people who have had their cars repossessed could meet Avangard’s attorney. As a federal bankruptcy judge, FitzSimon had no standing. But the people arriving at the hearing thought this was a chance to get their cars back. Whoops.

Read more »

WATCH: Dirt Bike, ATV Riders Mourn Deceased Kyrell “Dirt Bike Rell” Tyler

As the funeral service concluded for Kyrell Tyler, the 23-year-old dirt biker who was shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia on October 14th, a lot beside the church began filling with smoke. Hundreds of dirt bikes, motorcycles and ATVs were revving up for one last ride to honor Tyler, known as “Dirt Bike Rell” on social media; they had gathered outside Tindley Temple United Methodist Church and waited for their cue. When the motorcycle hearse exited south onto Broad Street, the riders followed in single file, then prowled about Philly in tribute of the slain dirt biker (see video above).

Read more »

Pa. Supreme Court Cancels Justice McCaffery’s State-Provided Internet, Takes His Computers

There’s a lot about the temporary removal of Justice Seamus McCaffery from the court that almost makes you want to send pornographic emails at work. He’s forbidden to work and he still gets paid? That’s the American dream! Can everyone get that deal just by sending pornographic emails?

But not everything’s great for McCaffery in this deal. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has canceled McCaffery’s state-provided Internet at his home and ordered him to turn in his state-issued computers. Not having computers or Internet in Northeast Philly basically means you live in the late ’80s.

Read more »

Daughter of State Senate Candidate John Kane Calls Him a Liar

john-kane-daughter-state-senate

The State Senate battle between Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle for the 26th District seat in Delaware and Chester counties is one of the most hotly contested and most negative races in the entire state, with Kane, the head of Plumbers Union Local 690 since 2007, and McGarrigle, a Springfield businessman, both pumping cash into television ads. You’ve probably seen Kane’s “Homework” ad. It’s one of those campaign advertisements that shows off a politician’s pretty family — in this case, Kane’s wife and their four children — and has them raving about what a great dad he is. But one person who saw that ad wasn’t very impressed: Kane’s 32-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Read more »

Another Guilty Plea in Main Line Drug Ring

main-line-drug-bust-mugshot-timothy-brooks-400x400Timothy Brooks, who prosecutors have charged as second in command in the Main Line drug ring, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five of the 13 counts against him. The other counts are expected to be dropped at sentencing.

Brooks, 19, say prosecutors, was one of the two ringleaders of the drug ring that sold marijuana and other drugs to students at Main Line high schools and colleges. Prosecutors say Neil K. Scott was more culpable in the scheme, but Brooks is the one who coined the phrase “Main Line takeover project.”

Read more »

Could Comcast Investment Solve Customer Service Issues?

Comcast-tower-night-photo-jeff-fusco-940x540

You know Comcast has been in trouble lately over customer service issues? Comcast Ventures, the (natch) venture capital arm of the company, just made a big investment that might help resolve those issues.

Portland Business Journal reports that Comcast Ventures was the big investor in Lytics, a software company that just raised $7 million in funding. Andrew Cleland, a partner at Comcast Ventures, will join the Lytics board.

And what does Lytics do?

Read more »

Daryl Metcalfe’s Bad Religion

metcalfe

Let’s give this to Daryl Metcalfe: If you wanted to create a religious-right bogeyman that almost perfectly fit the fevered nightmares of liberals, he’d pretty closely fit the bill.

Metcalfe is the Pennsylvania Republican probably best known for silencing openly gay Rep. Brian Sims on the House floor last year because Sims’ comments in favor of gay marriage would’ve been “against God’s law.”

“I’m a Christian,” Metcalfe said at the time. “Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties.”

Unless, of course, his fellow man is an immigrant. Or somebody trying to help an immigrant. Or, worse yet, someone trying to help an immigrant child. Then Metcalfe’s love somehow disappears.

Read more »

SEPTA’s Biggest Union Could Strike On Monday

Photo | Ben Schumin.

Photo | Ben Schumin.

TWU Local 234, the largest of the transit unions representing SEPTA employees, has announced a strike authorization meeting for Sunday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m., meaning that the thousands of subway operators, bus drivers, mechanics and cashiers who are part of the union might not show up for work on Monday morning. Read more »

« Older Posts  |  Newer Posts »