January 10, 1987 |
A man described by prosecutors as a mob boss who has committed and ordered gangland murders pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiring with a city councilman to extort $1 million from a riverfront developer. A trial was tentatively set for Feb. 23 for Nicodemo Scarfo, 57, who remained in custody on charges of extortion and conspiracy after the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Richard Powers III. Calling Scarfo a danger to the community, prosecutor Ronald Cole asked the magistrate to deny bail.
January 4, 2000 |
John F. Street was inaugurated as Philadelphia's 122nd mayor, promising to look beyond the city's revitalized downtown to revive schools and attack blight and crime in outlying neighborhoods. The inauguration marked the end of Edward G. Rendell's eight-year administration, which saw the nation's fifth-largest city recover from the brink of bankruptcy..
April 16, 1992 |
City officials, police officers and citizens on Wednesday proffered praise--some robust, some faint--for departing Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams, who made Philadelphia's police force more responsive to the community but who could not wholly eliminate brutality from its ranks. "It's good for L.A. and bad for Philly," said Capt. Marshall Smith, commander of Philadelphia's crime-ridden 22nd District.
July 27, 1987
Angel L. Ortiz, 45, is a man struggling with two visions--one of a society worth saving, the other of a society beyond redemption. "You try to dramatize, educate and get folks angry enough to do something," he says heavily, his voice laced with discouragement. "There's no passion, no anger--it really gets to you. If at any time in our history we should be out there screaming and organizing, it's now. And we're not doing it." Ortiz has tried.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 |
Protesters rejoiced Tuesday, as did Los Angeles police commissioners. But not so the LAPD brass. They were caught in an escalating political contretemps with Philadelphia officials over whether that city's mayoral entourage was treated shabbily by beat cops during its visit to the Democratic National Convention last week.
July 15, 1993 |
If Richard Riordan's first year and a half in office go as well as the mayor of Philadelphia's just have, Los Angeles just might get another multiterm leader in City Hall. That is probably why Riordan--during a recent visit to Washington--took a side trip to Philadelphia to spend the afternoon with its mayor, Ed Rendell.