DAILY GRINDER: Kensington Strangler Found Guilty, Sentenced
That didn’t take long: Antonio Rodriguez, a.k.a. The Kensington Strangler, was convicted yesterday of three counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and abuse of corpse. He will spend three life sentences in jail. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart, the judge in the case, noted to Rodriguez after the judgment: “You not only violated these young women while they were living, but you violated them when they were dead.”
The discrimination case stemming from the former Huntington Valley swim club in Northeast Philly has finally been settled—and the club has agreed to pay out $1.1 million to 73 African Americans who they kicked out for being African American back in 2009. A camp called Creative Steps, which predominantly consisted of African American kids, had paid $1950 to swim there, but were refunded their money quickly and told to leave. Club president John Duesler actually released a statement at the time, saying the children would “change the complexion…and the atmosphere of the club.” (What?) The current settlement stems from a U.S. Justice Department suit and, if you’ll recall back at the time, then-Sen. Arlen Specter called the accusations against the club “extremely disturbing.” And the club eventually filed for bankruptcy and sold.
A roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Reading Terminal won best sandwich on the Travel Channel show Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. Good for you!
Amtrak says, on second thought, they’re going to run their high-speed rail line through Market East Station—not 30th Street. Whatever. Either way, 2040 is turning out to be the best year ever for travelers, you guys! Thirty-seven minutes to New York City, 37-minutes home, what’s not to love in 2040, other than the fact that for all we know, such high speed rail could be obsolete by then? I mean, construction is set to end in 25 years. (According to the History Channel, the super volcano in Yellowstone National Park could also make high-speed rail (and life on Earth) obsolete, too, come December.)
Viviette Applewhite, the 93-year-old lead plaintiff in the Pennsylvania Voter ID case (which was lost earlier this week) has obtained a temporary photo ID in order to vote in November. Sounds like a happy ending, right? Well, her lawyers are a bit unhappy with the rule, claiming the state had sinister motives in providing her ID. The original suit claimed the law would bar her from obtaining identification.
And speaking of voting, the Corbett Administration has abandoned its plans that would allow voters to apply online for absentee ballots. The Department of State—and we’re not joking here—says the new online initiatives and Voter ID requirements is too much to handle three months before the election. They seriously said that.
The Philly Folk Festival begins today.
The state unemployment rate has jumped to 7.9 percent, after having reached a three-year low of 7.4 percent in May. Let it be known that when the unemployment rate falls, it’s because of Corbett’s cuts. When it rises, it’s because of Obama, somehow.
Meanwhile, Corbett’s approval rating is still predictably sinking. It’s currently at 28 percent. (What part of The Fountainhead urged Kamikaze missions for the cause?)
State Rep. Mark Cohen of Northeast Philadelphia claimed $39,333.75 in per diems in 2011—the most in the state, notes WHTM Harrisburg, “by a lot.” Per diems cover meal and lodging expenses for lawmakers on official business. Except his expenses, as noted in this article seem a bit shady. For instance, in January, the House met for seven session days—Cohen claimed per diems or expenses for 24 days. Included in the days Cohen claimed official business were “nearly every Sunday, many Saturdays, Mother’s Day, Fourth of July, Hanukkah and the day after Christmas.” Which means he’s either the hardest worker in Harrisburg, or not.