DAILY GRINDER: Black Madam Charged
The so-called Black Madam, Padge Windslow, has been charged with third-degree murder, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and other violations. Padge got into trouble when her butt injection serum (meant to make for a bigger butt) allegedly killed an aspiring British dancer. She faces up to 88 years in prison. “Padge Windslowe’s arrogance and blatant disregard for human life is shocking,” District Attorney Seth Williams said. “Her conduct cost one young woman her life and placed countless others in danger.”
A former city court employee is being charged with mail fraud. He allegedly made $433,000 in purchases during his time in Philly, buying 36 plasma TVs (because 35 just wasn’t enough), eight cell phones, $35,000 in parking passes and $1,300 to $1,450 per month in SEPTA tokens.
In the 2007 mayoral race, Bob Brady’s spot on the ballot was challenged by second place finisher Tom Knox. Brady hired a law firm to help him stay on, and it did the trick. But he now still owes that firm $448,648. A judge ruled yesterday, for the second time, that Brady cannot exceed the city’s campaign finance limits to raise money to pay the sum back.
The Voter ID case starts today in Harrisburg at 10 a.m.
There will be a march in Center City at 11 a.m. to protest that law.
Nutter still thinks a soda tax is a good idea. Big Soda is still watching him from afar, lobbyists ready to pounce; and last we heard he was praising New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s idea to outlaw Big Gulps.
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to the International Association of Fire Fighter’s convention in Philadelphia today. He’s speaking at 1 p.m. Local 22 Union president Bill Gault may see the visit as a way to get their contract in order, telling CBS: “Local 22 we’re honored that Vice President Biden is coming to town and to stand in solidarity with the nation’s fire fighters. It is our sincere hope that both he and President Obama will deliver a personal message to Mayor Mike Nutter to honor our arbitration award.”
Asked about a potential “voter purge” a la Florida’s voter roles, a Department of State spokesman has noted, “It hasn’t crossed our radar, I guess, as something we needed to look at.” The state has “no intention” of accessing the national database of “resident noncitizens.” Florida has come under hard criticism from the left in conducting its own voter purge. Many believe Republican officials are jumping on the idea for political reasons.
Monsignor Lynn: 3-6 years.
Two brothers—13 and 17—were killed inside their Overbrook Park home lat night.