On the same day that police announced an arrest in her killing, hundreds of people attended a Thursday night viewing for Marie Buck, a South Philadelphia grocer who was shot to death at her store on Christmas Eve. Police said Maurice Green, 31, believed Buck's grandson had stolen his large gold chain and went to Marie's Grocery at Sixth and Titan Streets intending to shoot him. But when the grandson wasn't at the store, Buck became his victim instead. "Obviously she was the intended target. ... He shot her 11 times," Homicide Capt. James Clark said. "So, we think he went in with the intention of shooting the grandson. He opened the door and saw the grandmother, and at that point he made the choice that he was going to kill the grandmother." Read more
Horsham-based Toll Bros. Inc. is launching a new line of lower-priced homes, geared toward first-time buyers. The homes will be rolled out in January in the Houston market, and possibly expand to other areas later."We have an opportunity to introduce a slightly smaller home at a slightly smaller price point," said David Assid, Toll's Houston division president. Read more
Top lawyers in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office are balking at paying the full $2 million billed by the special prosecutor that Kathleen Kane, the convicted former state attorney general, hired to investigate the scandal. Agency officials are unhappy with Doug Gansler's review and report on the pornographic emails; sources said Gansler, who has already been paid $385,000, was recently told that the office was only willing to pay less than half of the $1.5 million Gansler and his firm say they are owed. "It's clear that the sides have different perspectives on much of the remaining debt that is due," said Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Attorney General Bruce Beemer. Read more
When Maj. William Knott found Barbara Briley, 71, and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter, La'Myra, in a wooded area in southeastern Virginia, they were lying on their backs near empty juice boxes and snack wrappers. Knott, of the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office, said he told the pair, who had been stranded for several days after getting lost driving from Mays Landing to North Carolina, that he was there to help. "The Good Lord was looking down on them," Knott said. Investigators are still determining how the two became stuck in the woods but foul play is not suspected. Read more
Sunday is New Year's Day, and that means the Mummers will be strutting down Broad Street. The parade starts at 9 a.m., with the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club setting off from City Hall, followed by the Wench Brigades at 9:30 and the Comics around 10:30 a.m. The String Bands perform for judges at City Hall at 1 p.m. before marching down Broad Street, while the Fancy Brigades offer indoor performances at the Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Read more