You’ll Never Guess What Philadelphians Worry About the Most | carlballou | carlballou

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 »

Philly State Rep Running for Reelection Is a Convicted Felon

Leslie Acosta

Image via video from PA House

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 »

Bill Cosby Trial Date Set … for June 2017

Bill Cosby preliminary hearing

Bill Cosby is set to be tried on an aggravated indecent assault charge stemming from an alleged 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand — but not until June 5, 2017.

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 »

Cops: Drunk Driver Hits Police Sergeant on Main Street in Manayunk

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 »

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