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Detectives with an FBI task force say they followed a reputed former Philadelphia mob boss in Florida as part of an unspecified investigation - not to catch him in a parole violation. Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Merlino met up with fellow mobsters during his three years of supervised release in the Miami area.
Pennsylvania state Sen. Leanna Washington is agreeing to plead guilty in a case in which prosecutors accused her of using her elected office for political and financial gain. Washington's lawyer told a Montgomery County judge on Friday that she'll plead guilty, although exact terms of the plea have yet to be finalized.
THOMASINE TYNES, the former Philadelphia Traffic Court president judge named as one of five local officials who allegedly took bribes in an aborted sting operation, yesterday became the first person charged criminally in the sordid affair. District Attorney Seth Williams, in announcing the arrest of Tynes, 71, proclaimed that the grand-jury investigation into political corruption is ongoing and that the former judge may not be the only one to face justice.
When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure."
The Philadelphia Historical Commission could get more than double the amount of money it currently receives in exchange for a beefed up local registry of historic places. City Councilman James Kenney on Thursday introduced two bills that would transfer $500,000 to the commission and require it to add at least 1,000 new properties to the city's register of historic places.