Philly’s Biggest Losers of 2016

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)

Ed Rendell

The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »

Judge Rejects GOP Suit Over Poll Watcher Rules

Election Day in Philadelphia  in 2010 | Photo by AP/Matt Rourke

Election Day in Philadelphia in 2010 | Photo by AP/Matt Rourke

A judge has rejected an argument from Republicans that asked for the state’s poll-watching rules to be overturned. U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert said that there is no constitutional right to poll watching, and rejected a lawsuit the Pennsylvania Republican Party had filed against the state.

Before 2004, Pennsylvania law said certified poll watchers could only watch the returns in their districts. That year, state lawmakers amended the election code to allow poll watchers to perform their duties anywhere in the county in which they were registered to vote. A 2015 bill in Harrisburg to allow poll watchers to work anywhere in the state did not pass; with this lawsuit, Republicans attempted to push it through the courts instead. Read more »

After DNA Exoneration, Anthony Wright Sues City and Police

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Less than one month ago Anthony Wright walked out of prison, where he had spent the previous 25 years for the 1991 rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. DNA evidence has proven that Wright, 44, was not the killer, and now he is suing the City of Philadelphia as well as the police. Read more »

Here’s the LeSean McCoy Lawsuit Filed by Two Philly Cops

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has declined to press charges against former Eagles player LeSean McCoy after two cops were injured in an Old City bar brawl he was involved in. But that doesn’t mean that McCoy is completely off the hook. Read more »

Dick Sprague Is Suing Ken Smukler Over Chump Change

Left: Attorney Richard "Dick" Sprague (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Right: Ken Smukler in a 2015 photo (Twitter).

Left: Attorney Richard “Dick” Sprague (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Right: Ken Smukler in a 2015 photo (Twitter).

Dick Sprague is the most feared attorney in Philadelphia. Ken Smukler is a behind-the-scenes Democratic political operative who has worked for the likes of Kathleen Kane, Bob Brady, Rick Mariano and Marjorie Margolies back before she was Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law. And now Sprague and Smukler are squaring off in court. Read more »

When You Bite Into a Hamburger and Find a Human Tooth Inside

close-up of red lips eating junk food

Photo via iStock.com

It’s been nearly a year since we told you about a claim of gross stuff found in food in Philadelphia — the last time around, it was an allegation of a mouse head in a can of chick peas bought at a Philly grocery store — so we thought we’d bring you this things-that-make-you-say-ewwwwwwww tale of a human tooth allegedly found in a hamburger. Read more »

Former Inquirer Reporter Sues Starbucks Over Hot Tea

Left: Marilou Regan (Photo by HughE Dillon). Right: Starbucks tea cup. (Photo by Flickr user Patricia Bullack).

Left: Marilou Regan (Photo by HughE Dillon). Right: Starbucks tea cup. (Photo by Flickr user Patricia Bullack).

UPDATE: After this article was first published, Philadelphia magazine heard from Marilou Regan, who said she had not authorized the filing of the lawsuit and that she intends to have it withdrawn on Monday. Reached for comment, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit told us that Regan has a “very strong” case and that he would have no further comment until after discussing the matter with Regan on Monday.

ORIGINAL:

The McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit is the stuff of legend and still has people scratching their heads more than 20 years after a jury ruled against the fast-food giant. And now a suburban Philadelphia woman — a former Inquirer reporter — has sued Starbucks because its hot tea was, yes, too hot. Read more »

Is Milton Hershey School to Blame for Abbie Bartels’ Suicide?

Abbie Bartels. (Photos via Twitter)

Abbie Bartels. (Photos via Twitter)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from Milton Hershey School.

It has been three years since 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl Abbie Bartels died by suicide, and now her parents have filed a lawsuit against the prestigious Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, accusing the boarding school of causing her death by expelling Bartels and barring her from eighth grade graduation after she expressed a desire to harm herself. Read more »

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