U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond called Seth Williams a criminal who "fed his face at the trough" Tuesday, sentencing the former Philadelphia district attorney to the maximum five years in prison after he accepted a plea deal on federal bribery charges. Per Philly.com, Williams asked to be temporarily released to see his dying mother, to which Diamond replied, "The English language doesn’t have the words to capture the outrageousness of that request. The defendant stole from his mother, and now he wants to visit her?"
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Chestnut Hill College’s appeal to be exempt from Pennsylvania anti-discrimination statutes, bringing the Catholic school closer to having to face a hearing over alleged racism toward a former student. The denial of CHC’s appeal is the latest chapter in a saga that started in 2012. Here's how Chestnut Hill College got to this point and what's next for the case.
Over the span of the last three years, Philadelphia Police arrested about 9,000 fewer people for marijuana possession than they did the previous three years thanks to the city’s decriminalization policy. However, an ACLU study showed black people are more than eight times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession statewide. That disparity holds up in Philadelphia, despite overall arrests plunging. Here's a look at the data.
It wouldn't be Sixers season without some injury drama surrounding a heralded rookie. Markelle Fultz has had shoulder issues since the summer, hampering his ability to shoot the basketball. Tuesday his agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Fultz recently had his shoulder drained and that he "literally cannot raise up his arms to shoot the basketball." What!?!?! After hours of "Trust the Process, not the Sixers' doctors" backlash, Fultz's agent revised his statement to ESPN, noting the rookie had a cortisone shot, "which means fluid was put into his shoulder -- not taken out." Forget #TTP. This is more #FFS.
The folks behind Philly's Serious Rap Sh*t podcast are hosting a Halloween-themed movie night. BYOB (and bring a nonperishable food donation for Puerto Rico), then settle in for the cult classic "Tales From the Hood." Produced by Spike Lee, the 1995 flick is made up of four horror stories about urban issues like police brutality and gang violence. Stay for a live podcast recording after the show.
Where: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse at 2578 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: October 26, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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On Tuesday, leaders from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia gave Mayor Kenney a tour of the Mount Carmel Cemetery on the first official walkthrough after completion of the graveyard's headstone repairs. The Jewish cemetery in the Northeast had been vandalized last February. Thousands of people from all over the world donated to the restoration efforts, which ended up being more expensive than originally thought. Here's what the cemetery looks like now that it's back in shape.
Picked up treats yet for the costumed crowds of little ones who'll come knocking on your door next Tuesday? If not, we're here to help. A quick survey of Center City shops shows shelves still hold lots of deals. We did some research and
crackled crunched the numbers, and present to you here the 15 best values for last-minute Halloween candy in Philly.