William Bender is an investigative reporter who has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He also contributes to Clout, a column chronicling the underbelly of Philly's political scene.
The coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 1 million people around the globe hasn’t put a damper on America’s entrepreneurial spirit. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has seen a flood of COVID-related applications — dozens from the tri-state area alone.
Social distancing procedures are being adopted throughout the U.S. and much of the globe, but some religious organizations have been slow to act. In Philadelphia, Sunday Mass — with Holy Communion — continues at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
The pandemic that has transformed life in America is also stymieing public records requests from City Hall to Washington, DC., raising concerns among open-government advocates who say it could enable agencies to skirt transparency laws and operate in the dark.
Dozens of people – some wearing hospital masks – spent Wednesday at the Philadelphia Gun and Archery Club, looking to stock up on guns and ammunition as the coronavirus continued to spread. Other Pennsylvania gun shops reported brisk business.
The veteran police inspector was indicted in October on charges that he sexually assaulted three female officers, kissing them, fondling their breasts, and digitally penetrating their vaginas against their will.
Voting irregularities in last weekend’s municipal elections have sparked concerns here that they could be repeated in the country’s presidential election in May, when Philly Dominicans would be able to cast their votes.
British news organizations report that Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, a former New Jersey resident and Villanova University drop out, is leading a violent neo-Nazi group that has triggered investigations from U.S. counterterrorism officials.