Articles by William Kenny

Mumia lawyer nominated to head Civil Rights Division

A U.S. Senate committee last week approved President Obama’s controversial nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, but a bipartisan group of elected officials isn’t done fighting confirmation of the former Mumia Abu-Jamal defense attorney.


Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Feb. 12

An reward increase for information about NoLibs murder, a local politician seeks re-election, and other neighborhood news in brief. 


Councilman O’Brien proposes Vacant Property Task Force

Large vacant commercial and industrial properties are fire traps, according to City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.


Plea deal reached in illegal school enrollment trial

In the end, all parties got something out of Hamlet Garcia’s guilty plea in a Norristown courtroom on Jan. 28.


Fox Chase fire displaces 50 families

Fifty families were displaced in a Fox Chase apartment building fire on Thursday, but no injuries were reported to residents or firefighters.


No criminal charges filed in blaze that killed firefighters

An investigating grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has chosen not to recommend criminal charges in connection with a 2012 arson that destroyed a vacant Kensington warehouse and claimed the lives of two city firefighters.


Community groups face new city registration requirement

Volunteer community groups throughout the city each received the same alarming notice from the City Planning Commission last month. They were told that the city would no longer recognize them as of March 1.


Crime log: February 5, 2014

Dec. 30 through Jan. 12


Three teens face assault charges in school beating

Three teenagers are facing assault charges in connection with the videotaped after-school beating of another youth in Castor Gardens on Jan. 28, an attack that some news media have likened to the “knockout game.” According to published reports, the victim attends eighth grade at Woodrow Wilson Middle School at Cottman and Loretto avenues, while the attackers are enrolled at either Wilson or the nearby Northeast High School. A Philadelphia police spokesman reportedly told the Inquirer that a seventh-grade Wilson student videotaped the attack and was among those arrested.


Robber shoots delivery man in Oxford Circle

Robbers lured a Chinese restaurant delivery man to a vacant Oxford Circle house and shot him on Jan. 28.