It’s Pretty Bad When People Are Stealing Inside the Criminal Justice Center

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The Criminal Justice Center — commonly referred to as the CJC — is that big 17-story building at 13th and Filbert streets where criminal trials are held. And though the CJC is, at any given moment during business hours, filled with ne’er-do-wells, evildoers and miscreants, generally speaking, people behave themselves inside. But last week, someone decided to steal a wallet from a woman at the CJC. Read more »

New Jersey Woman Promoted Fake Sheryl Crow Concert, Police Say

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A flier posted online for a the concert, which police (and Sheryl Crow’s camp) say the singer was not booked to perform at.

Police arrested a Burlington Township, New Jersey, woman after they say she promoted a Sheryl Crow concert — but had not booked the singer to perform. Kelly Bryan, 42, of Burlington Township was arrested this weekend. Bail was set at $100,000.

The concert was scheduled for the Flying W Airport, a public-use airport in Lumberton that hosts events and also has a $95-a-night motel. The Burlington County Times reports detectives learned of the concert in May and contacted the airport to discuss public safety measures for the August 15th concert.

Cops then learned Crow hadn’t been booked to perform. Her concert schedule didn’t list the show (she’s at the Hollywood Bowl the week before). The paper says detectives suspect Bryan sold as many as 300 tickets to the fictional show and may have booked other bands for it. Read more »

New Jersey Man Tried to Sneak Gun Between Cheeks

Any day that the Philadelphia Daily News has a chance to make a gross joke on its cover is a really, really good day for the Daily News, and for all of us, really. Let us all bow our heads and give thanks for how a great tabloid headline can enrich city life:

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So yes, this is the story about how Darquan Lee, 21, attempted to hide a small firearm in his butt — only to be caught by observant jail personnel. Let’s let the Bridgeton (N.J.) Police Department tell their own story, via Facebook: Read more »

Michael Nutter’s Top 9 Profane Moments

Photos | Top row, Jeff Fusco. Bottom row, from left, Matt Rourke/AP, Meet the Press, Matt Rourke/AP

Mayor Michael Nutter might not be swearing in these images — but the odds are decent. Photos | Top row, Jeff Fusco. Bottom row, from left, Matt Rourke/AP, Meet the Press, Matt Rourke/AP

When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter leaves office, we’ll miss his potty mouth.

Since he was sworn in seven years ago, he has called an assortment of criminals “real assholes,” “complete assholes” and “little assholes.” He’s dubbed a proposal by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “a completely dumb-ass idea.” He’s said of negligent city workers, “I would kick their ass myself.”

Usually, Nutter swears in reaction to the city’s gun violence. It often comes across as genuine, like someone who is truly frustrated by the senselessness of it all. Just last week, he said a shooter was an “asshole” after wounding an 8-year-old. The downside is that Nutter’s name-calling sometimes undercuts the seriousness of a situation — is the person responsible for a child’s shooting really just an “asshole”?

Regardless, there is a political benefit to cussing: Nutter looks like a regular Joe when he lets a bad word slip. He also nearly always gets local media attention, and occasionally even wins national coverage. We’re not ashamed to add to that mountain of reports. For your profane pleasure, here are nine of Nutter’s most high-profile cusses in chronological order:

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Is It Time for a “Yes Means Yes” Standard at Philly Colleges?

In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011 file photo, students at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. march across the campus demanding the school deal more harshly with students who commit sexual offenses.  (AP Photo/The Sentinel, Jason Malmont)

In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, students at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. march across the campus demanding the school deal more harshly with students who commit sexual offenses. (AP Photo/The Sentinel, Jason Malmont)

A City Council committee will hear testimony this afternoon about how Philadelphia colleges and universities handle and investigate sexual assault complaints — and contemplate whether a “yes means yes” standard should be required for college students who have sex.

“There needs to be an honest, frank dialogue about how we ‘un-stack’ the deck against victims of sexual assault,” Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said in a written statement ahead of Friday’s hearing. “One in five women on college campuses will be the victim of sexual assault. More and more brave victims are coming forward, only to find out that their school does not have their back, or wants to sweep it under the rug.”  Read more »

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