Center City Woman Wakes Up to Find Burglar Stealing Roommate’s Clothes

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Cops say this woman burgled a Center City apartment building. (Image: Philadelphia Police)

A woman in the Washington Square West section of Center City found a burglar in her apartment stealing her roommate’s clothes, police said.

The woman, who lives on the 1200 block of Walnut Street in the Gayborhood, told cops she heard a noise at around 10:45 p.m. on March 14th. She went downstairs and found a woman she didn’t know holding her roommate’s clothes. Read more »

Philly Chef Foils World’s Dumbest Caper With Dirt-Simple Sting

Jennifer "Fear" Zavala with her husband (left) and friends at her wedding. Courtesy Jump Philly.

Jennifer “Fear” Zavala with her husband (left) and friends at her wedding. Courtesy Jump Philly.

If your house were ever robbed, you’d probably call the police and wait for them to do their job. And since there are so many burglaries in the city, the chances of you ever recovering your possessions aren’t exactly promising. But if you’re Philadelphia chef Jennifer “Fear” Zavala (yes, her nickname is Fear), you take matters into your own hands. Read more »

Why Frat Scandals at Penn State and Elsewhere Actually Matter

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It was awful when we discovered that a Penn State fraternity had allegedly been posting pictures of nude, unconscious college women on a secret Facebook page. It became worse when one member offered up an in-all-seriousness “boys will be boys” defense of the monstrous act. But you know what really sucks about the “Facebook frat” scandal?

It’s this: The men of Kappa Delta Rho are, in all likelihood, our future leaders. Read more »

Should We Ban Fraternities? Or Just Watch Them Destroy Themselves?

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At this point, we probably shouldn’t bother pretending that we’re shocked by the news coming out of Penn State. (Which is unfortunate, as shock makes great fuel for Internet opinion pieces. Outrage, thankfully, is still on the table.)

It’s not as if fraternities have much of a reputation to uphold lately. Just two weeks ago, we got a peek behind the scenes of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, which apparently has absurdly racist and violent sing-alongs when they think no one is looking. Now, police are investigating Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho for allegedly operating two private Facebook accounts that included nude pictures of unconscious women.

And yet, there is a part of me that’s surprised, if not shocked. Read more »

Trial Starts for Cops in Federal Case

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The federal trial for the six former Philadelphia police officers accused of robbing and extorting drug dealers is set to begin this week, with jury selection expected to begin on Tuesday.

The officers — Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, John Speiser and Linwood Norman — were part of the narcotics unit in the Philadelphia Police Department

“The enterprise (1) conducted traffic stops of vehicles driven or occupied by persons suspected of being engaged in criminal activity and robbed such persons of money, drugs, and property; (2) entered premises used or occupied by persons suspected of being engaged in criminal activity and stole money and property; and (3) shared proceeds illegally obtained from individuals and premises,” federal prosecutors said, summing up the case in a pretrial memorandum filed March 6. Read more »

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