The Phlog: Snogging, On Ice!

The Phlog: Snogging, On Ice!

Jessica Worley, 20, and Stephen Beers, 22 smooch while skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing (photo: Matt Petrillo).

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Day 1: Liquor Store Union Getting Ready For Fight With Corbett

Day 1: Liquor Store Union Getting Ready For Fight With Corbett

Unionized Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board employees are wasting no time. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PLCB employees met at four Western Pennsylvania hotels Monday to discuss their strategy going forward to stop Governor Tom Corbett’s publicized plan to dismantle PA’s liquor sales operation. They’ve already been making the rounds, locally...

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When Does Abortion Become Murder?

NOTE: THIS BLOG HAS BEEN UPDATED. According to today’s Inky, Kermit P. Gosnell – a West Philadelphia abortion doctor – has been arrested for killing seven infants and one woman. The woman, Karnamaya Mongar, died in November of 2009 after receiving an overdose of pain medication prescribed by the physician. That murder was probably unintentional. What was...

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The DNA Backlog Problem

This is not cool. A sample of Rodriguez’s DNA was provided to the State Police on Oct. 25 – a week before the first of the Strangler’s victims was found – but was not uploaded into the national CODIS database until Jan. 10, said Jack Lewis, a State Police spokesman. A match between Rodriguez’s DNA and evidence that Philadelphia police...

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DAILY GRINDER: Nutter Makes Up Bad Insult For Good Reason

Television ghoul Glenn Beck said “Philadelphia sucks” on the air. His reason: It’s too scary to walk around Independence Mall after 6 p.m. (especially as the Ritz is letting out). He called the area “the killing streets.” Mayor Nutter’s spokesman struck back, saying Beck suffered from “verb-arrhea” (um, good one?) and Police Lt. Ray Evers...

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The Phlog: Happy Belated Birthday, Ben!

The Phlog: Happy Belated Birthday, Ben!

Brothers Dax, 5, Xander, 7, and Dimitri, 7, look in amazement at the Franklin Institute’s light and sound show. Ben Franklin, shown in the statue, is regarded as one of America’s Founding Fathers and would have turned 305 years old on Monday (photo: Matt Petrillo).

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Trial Date Set for Donte Johnson; New Obstacle Revealed

Trial Date Set for Donte Johnson; New Obstacle Revealed

Donte Johnson, the 19 year old who confessed to killing Sabina Rose O’Donnell last summer, was escorted into the courtroom of Judge Rene Cardwell-Hughes at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center at 10:45 a.m. today for a hearing scheduled to confirm the trial date. Though the date was set for March 26, 2012, a new piece of information may keep the trial from...

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Corbett Sworn In

Corbett Sworn In

Are the evangelists predicting the end of the world in 2011, and profiled in the Inky the other day, correct? How else to explain today’s events which culminated in Tom Corbett being sworn in as your governor? (We kid!) Last night, no one knew if now-Governor Corbett’s Inauguration Ceremony was going to take place outside, due to weather. According to...

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DAILY GRINDER: “We Got The Motherfucker” – Mayor Nutter

DAILY GRINDER: “We Got The Motherfucker” – Mayor Nutter

Last night at a 6 p.m. police press conference, Antonio Rodriguez, a 21 22-year-old male from the Kensington section of the city, was identified as a person of interest in the Kensington Strangler murders. [Philly.com] PW news editor Nina Sachdev later wrote on this blog, “Philadelphia police said at a news conference tonight that they were alerted after someone...

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Man Arrested in ‘Kensington Strangler’ Deaths

Man Arrested in ‘Kensington Strangler’ Deaths

According to news reports, 21-year-old Antonio Rodriguez has been arrested in the three “Kensington Strangler” killings. Philadelphia police said at a news conference tonight that they were alerted after someone phoned in a tip to the Pennsylvania State Police, which then found a DNA match through CODIS, a national database of DNA profiles of convicted...

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