Either the public schools have gotten better in a hurry, or people around here are starting to pay more attention to stories like this and this … and this.
A new Pew Charitable Trusts poll of 1,601 Philly residents found that 44 percent believe public safety is the biggest problem the city faces, a significant change from a similar Pew poll in 2015, when 32 percent of residents identified education as their top concern. Only 23 percent named public safety as a concern at that time.
Just 20 percent of those who participated in the latest poll named education as a top concern, while 14 percent cited jobs and the economy as their main worry, and 10 percent cited the city’s depressingly high poverty rate. Read more »
Leslie Acosta is the state representative for the 197th District in Philadelphia, a roughly Trojan horse-shaped district in North Philadelphia that is largely Latino. She is running for reelection in November, unopposed. She is also a convicted felon.
The Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck broke the story this afternoon that Acosta pleaded guilty in March in a secret court proceeding to one count of conspiring to commit money laundering. Her conviction, which remains under seal, was never announced by prosecutors. Nor did U.S. Rep. Bob Brady — chairman of the city Philadelphia City Democratic Committee — know about it when the Inquirer reached him for comment. “Two people can keep a secret if one’s dead,” he said. “Maybe she figured she if she didn’t tell anybody it would keep people like you from finding out.” Read more »
Gabrielle Hill-Carter in a photo provided by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
It has been more than three weeks since eight-year-old Camden resident Gabrielle Hill-Carter was shot in the head and killed, and her murderer has still not been captured. But it sounds like police are getting close. Read more »
Cosby defense attorney Brian McMonagle argued today that he did not have time in his schedule for Cosby’s trial until June. The defense team will also be filing a motion for a change of venue, due to Montgomery County district attorney Kevin Steele’s having run an ad calling Cosby a “predator” during his campaign. Montco Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill already ruled in February that Steele could remain in the prosecution. Read more »
The reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot and killed an 8-year-old girl in Camden last week has now risen to $76,000, following donations from the Philadelphia 76ers and the FBI.
A drunk driver on Manayunk’s Main Street struck a police sergeant who was making a traffic stop this morning, cops say.
Photos on the scene show that the sergeant was knocked out of his shoes. The sergeant remains hospitalized with a broken collarbone, broken ribs and other injuries.
The driver did not stop, but a tow truck driver spotted his banged up Toyota Rav-4 in Roxborough. Police announced today that 21-year-old Colin Murphy, of Schwenksville, had been charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault while DUI, criminal mischief and other offenses. Read more »