There will be no charges against a Penn State Altoona fraternity accused of hazing one pledge so badly he committed suicide.
Marquise Braham was 18 when he killed himself in March 2014 — the result, his family says, of a punishing cycle of hazing at the hands of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. But on Tuesday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that a grand jury had declined to bring evidence in the case, even though it found troubling examples of behavior in the matter. Read more »
We all get angry on SEPTA sometimes. Only a few of us get this angry.
This video was posted Saturday; by noon today it had been seen more than 80,000 times and shared on Facebook more than 1,800 times. SEPTA Transit Police Chief Tom Nestel III told NBC10 his happened on the 57 bus, Friday in Olney. Fare evasion may have been involved, he said.
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A North Philly funeral home director has been arrested, months after police discovered unburied bodies in her W. Hagert Street garage on August 25th. Read more »
Philadelphia Police have arrested one of their own in connection with an attack that took place at a Dunkin’ Donuts in West Oak Lane last winter.
Officer Joseph Marion, 39, a four-year veteran of the force, was arrested today and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Read more »
Authorities in Chester County announced today that reports of needles found in Halloween candy in the borough were “unfounded.”
In a statement, Chester County Detectives said both children who made the reports have recanted their stories after an “intensive investigation.” On Facebook, the Kennett Square Police Department department originally said the pair would face charges in juvenile court of filing a false police report; a later release from authorities said the pair had been released to their respective parents and no formal charges would filed. Read more »
FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2014 file photo Chaka Fattah Jr., walks from the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Chaka Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr., who goes by Chip, is on trial for tax fraud. Acting as his own lawyer (though he’s not a lawyer), Fattah Jr. has now called for a mistrial due to a surprising revelation heard in court this week. Below, the details on that revelation and a few other unexpected moments.
1. The FBI leaked info to the Inquirer. The lead FBI investigator into Fattah’s fraud case testified yesterday that in 2012 he alerted an Inquirer reporter that there’d be an FBI raid on Chip Fattah’s condo. The Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck writes:
Under questioning from prosecutors, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag said he contacted reporter Martha Woodall during the investigation to learn more about Fattah’s work at a for-profit education firm. In exchange, he said, he gave Woodall limited information about the federal probe. He said he did not share any grand jury material.
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Civil rights activist Walter Hudson (Photo courtesy National Awareness Alliance)
Penns Grove is a small town in Salem County, New Jersey, sitting directly across from Wilmington along the Delaware River. But as small towns go, the borough of just over 5,000 has more than its share of tension and unrest, and community activist Walter Hudson seems to be at the center of a lot of it. Read more »
Last night, the Flyers played the Chicago Blackhawks in their fourth game of the season. The Flyers actually beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, 3-0. It was backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth’s second straight shutout. The Flyers are now 2-1-1.
One of the Blackhawks’ star players is Patrick Kane, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Flyers in the 2010 Finals. In August, Kane was accused of rape. He has not been charged, and the case has played out in the media in incredibly odd ways. It remains an ongoing investigation.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the ability to suspend Kane, but is waiting to see how it plays out. So Kane is playing. Some NHL fans have supported Kane despite the allegations. But last night, Flyers fans let Kane have it, chanting “She said no” at Kane throughout the game. Read more »
More than a dozen of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them will be featured in a new documentary, Cosby: The Women Speak, airing at 9 p.m. tonight on A&E. Read more »
Chaka Fattah | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah had his first day in court Tuesday, and it was an absolute circus. The 20-year Congressman didn’t simply declare that he was innocent. He fiercely went after prosecutors, made irrelevant remarks about the Eagles to reporters, and told a federal judge that he was not guilty long before it was the appropriate time to enter a plea.
This scene, believe or not, underlines just how difficult it will be for a challenger to defeat Fattah in his bid for reelection next year.
At first blush, one might think Fattah is done politically, no matter how his case turns out. He has been charged with bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud and more for, among other things, allegedly using public dollars and charitable donations to pay back an illegal $1 million loan to his failed 2007 mayoral campaign. Plus, a qualified candidate is already nipping at his heels: Daniel Muroff, a Democratic ward leader who has worked on Capitol Hill, filed paperwork last week to run against Fattah in the April primary.
But it will be enormously challenging for Muroff or anyone else to defeat Fattah. Here’s why:
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