NBC News reports that federal officials have filed suit against the Philadelphia School District over its rules that limits employee beards to a quarter-inch in length.
Havertown’s Tom Kelly thought he had all of his bases covered. The former General Manager of WHAT 1340-AM in Philadelphia had taken his Rat Pack-laced “Martini Lounge Radio” show from the airwaves to internet radio in 2008 and applied for a trademark for the name. In 2009, the United States Patent & Trademark Office granted it, giving him ownership of the mark throughout the United States. But now four years later, it looks like AOL might take it all away. Read more »
Back in 2009 and 2010, a wave of burglaries hit pharmacies in the Philadelphia region. Most were Rite Aids. The thieves’ M.O. was consistent: they would disable the pharmacies’ alarm systems by cutting the external phone lines, and then they’d get to work pilfering the drug stores. Local police departments and the FBI eventually landed on a suspect: Philadelphia electrician Harry Katzin.
And so they did what you’ve seen cops and Ethan Hunt types do in the movies a million times. The local office of the FBI stuck a GPS tracking device on Katzin’s Dodge Caravan. And sure enough, it didn’t take long for Katzin to drive his van to a nearby Rite Aid, which was then burglarized, according to court records. Using the GPS tracker, police found Katzin and his two brothers in the van, along with a whole lot of Rite Aid merchandise and pill bottles. All three men were arrested. Read more »
If you were watching Hostages or The Blacklist on Monday night in the 10 o’clock hour, then you missed Fox 29′s investigation into sportscaster (and former Fox 29 employee) Don Tollefson, who is under scrutiny for alleged financial misdeeds relating to “charities” to which he is attached. But you didn’t exactly miss much. Read more »
Ralph Cipriano hates the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as he’s demonstrated through his two decades of reporting on and mudslinging at the local branch of the Catholic Church. But he also hates a miscarriage of justice, which is what he thinks of the convictions of three priests and one school teacher in the Philadelphia Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. And it’s his reporting on these convictions that has resulted in a subpoena landing on his desk. Read more »
This country, apparently, is big enough for two Whartons. Two weeks ago, Ohio Valley University (in, coincidentally, West Virginia) renamed its business school with Wharton in the name, echoing the namesake of Penn’s Wharton School. Surprisingly, though, there’s been little backlash–though Penn has yet to comment on whether they’ll be pursuing legal action.
Either way, students don’t seem to be phased: Read more »
We’ve all had bad customer service experiences at fast food restaurants. But one man has decided to take Georgia-based Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen to Federal Court over a bad customer service experience he had at the Popeye’s at the Gallery Mall in Philadelphia. Read more »
Oh, airline security. Almost always more of a pain than it needs to be—and yes, we say that remembering the terrorist attacks of a dozen years ago. Still, we feel confident in saying this: When security rules end up causing an airline to lose a man’s cremated remains, then the terrorists have won.
That appears to be the story of Angeline O’Grady, a Bucks County woman who is suing US Airways. Reuters reports:
When Angeline O’Grady prepared to board her flight out of Philadelphia International Airport on November 1, 2011, security officials informed her that the remains must be placed in her checked baggage “because its contents was not a solid substance,” according to the lawsuit.
She had U.S. Airways collect her checked bag, then handed over the ashes to a U.S. Airways representative along with the certificate of death. The lawsuit does not expressly say whether or not she witnessed the ashes being placed in her bag.
When she opened her bags in England, the ashes were not there.
“U.S. Airways, rather than Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady has had the last word in determining Mr. O’Grady’s final resting place. He is not at peace,” the lawsuit said.
The sad part is: O’Grady was making the trip to England to scatter her husband’s ashes in the same town where his mother’s ashes had been left. Now? They’re probably sitting on some shelf in the lost-and-found.
That’s what former Rutgers employee—and current lesbian—Laura Federico, alleges in a suit against the university:
Laura Federico, who is a lesbian, claims she was fired from her public relations job last year because Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt doesn’t like lesbians and felt ‘women who had men behind them were stronger and better employees.’
The Home News Tribune reports Rutgers in court papers denies Litt harassed Federico. The school says she was let go because she failed to meet deadlines and that her work needed revisions and reworking.
So Federico either got fired for being a lesbian or lazy (or possibly both), but with each party copping to a different story, this one’s seems likely to go to court.
Of course, that may not be good for Rutgers: This incident is simply the most recent in a string of abusive staff events, including the firing of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and the alleged mental abuse new AD Julie Hermann inflicted on players as a coach in the ’90s. [NBC]