Meet the South Philly Anti-Violence Activist Speaking at the DNC

South Philly community activist Anton Moore (above, with Presidents Obama and Clinton) will speak at the DNC on Tuesday.

South Philly community activist Anton Moore (above, with Presidents Obama and Clinton) will speak at the DNC on Tuesday.

You could’ve knocked Anton Moore over with a feather last week when he got a phone call from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s team, letting him know that they wanted him to speak at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

“I was shocked. I just thought, ‘Oh my God, is this really happening?’ It came out of the blue,” Moore said, sounding almost breathless as he recalled the brief exchange.

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Feds Indict Ex-Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer

Pennsylvania Republican state Treasurer Barbara Hafer appears at a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in a sea of signs after endorsing Democrat Edward Rendell for governor of Pennsylvania. Photo | Paul Vathis, AP

Pennsylvania state Treasurer Barbara Hafer at a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Photo | Paul Vathis, AP

Federal authorities indicted former Pennsylvania state treasurer Barbara Hafer today, charging her with lying to federal agents and concealing half a million dollars.

Hafer served two terms as treasurer from 1997 to 2005; she was also auditor general from 1989 to 1997. She was a Republican until 2003, when she switched to the Democratic party. She was charged with two counts of making false statements to authorities and concealing $500,000 in payments from a businessman. The indictment did not identify that person, but the Inquirer reported it was Richard Ireland, one of Hafer’s biggest fundraisers.

Federal authorities said in a release they interviewed Hafer in May as part of an ongoing investigation. She allegedly lied about her financial relationship with a businessman (reportedly Ireland) in that interview, even when “shown a signed contract between Hafer & Associates, LLC, and a company owned by the business person.” Read more »

City Employee Indicted in Child Pornography Case

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Earlier this week, Grant Shea was the Health and Human Services Program Manager at Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. Today, he is the defendant in a federal child pornography case.

Shea, 29, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury and charged with receipt of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The FBI obtained a search warrant for his home in South Philadelphia in May, but it is unclear when that search warrant was executed.

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Accused Pedophile Alex Capasso Asks Judge to Let Him Out of Jail

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It has been nearly one year since renowned Rittenhouse Square chef Alex Capasso was arrested on child pornography charges, and he has remained in federal detention awaiting trial. In June, Capasso’s lawyer filed a motion asking the judge to allow the accused pedophile to move into his parent’s house in Collingswood, and Capasso showed up in Camden’s federal courthouse on Monday to learn his fate. Read more »

What We Know About the Dallas Police Shootings

A Dallas police officer covers his face as he stands with others outside the emergency room at Baylor University Medical Center, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

A Dallas police officer covers his face as he stands with others outside the emergency room at Baylor University Medical Center, Friday, July 8th, 2016, in Dallas. | Photo by Tony Gutierrez/AP

Questions still outnumber iron-clad answers the morning after a group of snipers unleashed a devastating surprise assault on Dallas police officers, killing at least five and wounding seven others at the tail end of a march to protest police shootings of black citizens.

Two civilians were also wounded in the Thursday night ambush, including a woman who had taken her teenage sons to the event to show them how to peacefully protest, according to the Dallas Morning News. Following an evening filled with terrifying twists — at one point, authorities believed the attackers might have stashed bombs throughout the downtown area — Dallas Police Chief David Brown announced Friday morning that one of the suspects was killed after a long standoff in a parking garage by a police robot that had been equipped with a bomb.

Brown said that suspect — who has been identified by multiple news outlets as Micah Xavier Johnson — told police he “was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” Read more »

Snipers Kill Police at Black Lives Matter Rally in Dallas

Dallas police move to detain a driver after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Police move to detain a driver after a shooting in downtown Dallas, July 7th. | Photo by LM Otero/AP

What started as a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas ended in a staggering amount of chaos and bloodshed on Thursday night as at least two snipers opened fire in an apparently premeditated attack on local police officers.

Thunderous gunshots began echoing through the city’s downtown area shortly before 9 p.m., according to video and audio footage that quickly spread on social media. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters at a late-night news conference that the shooters had triangulated near cops and unleashed a torrent of gunfire from an elevated position. Read more »

Cosby Tries to Get Sexual Assault Charges Dropped

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on May 24th, 2016, in Norristown.

A judge in Norristown today shot down entertainer Bill Cosby’s latest attempt to have the charges against him dropped for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Cosby’s lawyers argued unsuccessfully that Constand should have been required to testify during the preliminary hearing, according to BillyPenn. Read more »

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