Cop Locked Up For Burglary



A Philadelphia police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with burglarizing his girlfriend’s apartment.

According to police, Alex McAdams removed a screen from a window in his girlfriend’s first-floor apartment shortly after 4 a.m. on March 5th, then broke the window and climbed inside. McAdams allegedly stole a personal item, and then chased his girlfriend out of the apartment.

An Internal Affairs investigation was launched into the incident. McAdams, 28, surrendered to investigators and was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief. The four-year veteran of the force was suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss by Police Commissioner Richard Ross.


Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump at City Hall Rally

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Pennsylvania elected officials during a campaign stop, Monday, April 25, at City Hall.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Pennsylvania elected officials during a campaign stop, Monday, April 25, at City Hall.

Backed by local Democratic leaders past and present, Hillary Clinton held a boisterous, picturesque rally inside the City Hall courtyard a day before Pennsylvania and four other states vote in presidential primaries.

Clinton is expected to win tomorrow’s election against Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania. A poll released today by Republican-leaning firm Harper Polling puts her in front, 61 to 33 percent. She didn’t mention her Democratic rival for the nomination during the event, instead talking in stark terms about the Republican candidates.

“When Donald Trump talks about not caring about whether more countries develop nuclear weapons, that is so contrary to what we have tried to do for the last 70 years,” Clinton said. “We can’t have someone running for president who basically says, ‘I don’t care if countries develop nuclear weapons’ — making our world all that much more dangerous. No! And when he says no Muslims can come into America, he is sending a message to the entire world that will make it more difficult for us to defeat ISIS. We have to have a coalition with Muslim-majority nations, and that is exactly what I will do.”

Clinton was preceded by speeches by Rep. Bob Brady (who led a contest among different sections of the court to see who could cheer louder, as if he were at an Eagles game) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. former mayor and formergovernor Ed Rendell and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell were also in attendance.

In contrast to some previous Clinton appearances in the city, there were no interruptions at the early evening City Hall event. The only disturbance in the crowd was a woman who fainted about halfway through Clinton’s 17-minute speech. A group called Black Men for Bernie had a convoy of minivans outside the event, but it was barely audible inside and only for a brief moment. Read more »

One of Us: Derrick Pitts

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

My name is … Derrick Hartwell Pitts, Hartwell being my grandfather’s first name.

I grew up in … Nicetown, North Philadelphia. Back in those days, the neighborhood was definitely greener than it is now.

I live in … the Centennial District of Wynnefield Heights. Been there for 12 years. It’s so beautiful and feels like it’s far away from the city while it’s actually almost right downtown. Takes me 10 minutes to get to work.

I went to high school at … Germantown Academy, on scholarship. But I came from the Philadelphia School District: Cleveland Elementary and Gillespie Junior High.

The thing most people don’t get about astronomy is … the extraordinary scale of the universe itself physically and the incredible variety of phenomena that can happen in the universe. It’s not a simple picture. Read more »

Hillary in Philly: Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash With Secret Service


Black Lives Matter protesters at a Hillary Clinton rally. | Photos by Malcolm Burnley.

This was the sort of scene Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was hoping to avoid.

Security guards screened entrants to her campaign stop at the Fillmore in Fishtown Wednesday evening, taking a look at the signs the crowd was bringing in. But that didn’t stop a group of protesters from sneaking in very off-message placards, disrupting the rally, and being forcefully escorted out. Also caught up in the expulsion? Me. A credentialed reporter, there to cover the event for this magazine, who was told by the Secret Service that I needed to get out, or risk going home in handcuffs.

It started as a standard, stage-managed campaign event. Smooth-jazz renditions of Beatles hits and Katy Perry — lots of Katy Perry — filled the venue before former Secretary of State Clinton took the stage about an hour behind schedule, at 7:45 p.m. She quickly launched into a discussion of her longstanding ties to the Pennsylvania region, including memories of her father’s home in Scranton. She then acknowledged Senator Bob Casey and former Mayor Michael Nutter, both in the audience, among other dignitaries. After talking at length about the economic growth during her husband’s presidency, things started to get interesting.

Almost seven minutes into her roughly half-hour long speech, a group of about 10 protesters emerged from the audience with small signs that when strung together made up phrases like: “You’re Not Welcome Here” and “Stop Killing Black People.” Read more »

Eagles Schedule Crystal Ball: How The Birds Can Make the 2016 Playoffs

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The purpose of this column is to find a way for the Philadelphia Eagles to win their division and get into the NFL playoffs.

It is a daunting task, this being the team’s first year under new head coach Doug Pederson and facing a just-released schedule that if not directly from hell, originates just down the street from the fiery inferno.

The entire success of the 2016 Eagles depends on a couple of trouble spots: the second game of the season at the Chicago Bears, and a treacherous spot of three games in a row later in the season against Seattle, Green Bay and Cincinnati. It is those spots that will determine whether the Eagles finish 8-8 or even 9-7. Both records might be enough to win a lousy NFC East. (And I don’t want to hear from Dallas fans about how the Cowboys are the team to beat this year because they have Tony Romo back. If the Cowboys were that good, they might have won one game without Romo last year). Truth is, everybody in the NFC East is pretty much the same, and it may take a tie-breaker to determine the winner between several teams with mediocre records.

Of course, the only true way to determine the final record is to examine the schedule game by game. I’m not breaking any new ground here, since every Eagle fan has done this at their cubicle.

So without further ado:  Read more »

Are Doctors the Key to Ending Philly Gun Violence?

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Stephen Leff, Ruth Abaya, and Joel Fein of CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program. Photo by Claudia Gavin

The sunlight and the tease of perfectly mild weather lured Nikki Jones and her son out of their low-slung West Philadelphia rowhouse on March 23rd.

Jones planted herself on her porch. Nasir, 14, was right by her side. It was late in the afternoon, and the temperature had edged into the 70s. All of the kids in the neighborhood were running around outside, but Nasir didn’t budge. Jones is the kind of mother who worries about of all of the things that can go wrong once her son leaves her line of sight from her perch on Callowhill Street near 63rd. Read more »

Bryan Colangelo: “Brett Brown Is the Coach of This Team”

The Sixers and head coach Brett Brown have reached a contract extension that will keep Brown in Philadelphia through the 2018-19 season.

New president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo says that Brett Brown is the coach of the team going forward.

Whenever there’s a regime change, questions immediately surface about the future of the incumbent head coach.

That’s been no different with the 76ers, as Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers new president of basketball operations, may be tempted to let head coach Brett Brown go in order to promote Mike D’Antoni, who worked with both Jerry and Bryan Colangelo in Phoenix.

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Woman Killed by SEPTA Train Was Penn Student

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40th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line. Photo | Mtruch via CC BY-SA 3.0,

Around 7 a.m. this morning, a woman was pronounced dead at the 40th street SEPTA station after being struck by an oncoming train on the Market-Frankford line. In an email to Wharton undergraduates from Vice Dean Lori Rosenkopf, the victim has been identified as 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Ao “Olivia” Kong, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Read more »

9-Year-Old Grays Ferry Boy Accidentally Shot Himself

Photo by Wholster

Photo by Wholster

A bad situation could have easily ended in tragedy in Grays Ferry on Thursday, when a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself inside his family’s house.

The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. on 32nd Street near Tasker. Police said the boy, whose name has not been released, found a handgun behind his parents’ bed.

The weapon discharged once while the boy was playing with it, striking him in his left ring finger. He was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and released. Read more »

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