Streaker trial next month
Juan Rodriguez was fully clothed yesterday when he entered Municipal Court to face trial for running naked through a crowded campaign rally on Oct. 10 in Germantown,where President Obama spoke.
The trial, on charges of public lewdness, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, was postponed until Jan. 28. Rodriguez, 24, an unemployed painter from Staten Island, N.Y., with three children under age 3, reportedly pulled the stunt for a $1 million prize offered by Alki David, a California billionaire to promote his live-reality-TV website. Because Rodriguez never got within 10 feet of Obama, David kept the prize and reportedly gave Rodriguez $100,000.
Preventing further blight
Seeking to reduce the number of visibly blighted properties, a City Council committee yesterday approved legislation, sponsored by Bill Greenlee and Marian Tasco, requiring banks that obtain foreclosed properties to appoint a local manager to keep the building up to code.
Man killed by car
A 60-year-old man was struck and killed by a car on Cottman Avenue near Montour Street last night, according to police. The driver of the car stopped at the scene.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at 5:26 p.m.
Donations for WikiLeaks
A tech start-up in the city says it is taking donations for WikiLeaks, which has obtained and distributed government secrets, after several companies cut ties to the website in the face of government pressure. Mobile-to-mobile payment provider Xipwire said that "while people may or may not agree with WikiLeaks . . . anyone who wishes to support the organization through a donation should be able to do so."
New leader for PGW
The Philadelphia Facilities Management Corp., the nonprofit corporation that manages Philadelphia Gas Works, has announced that Craig White, PGW executive vice president and acting CEO, will be the next president, effective March 1.
Warning on dumping
Development is killing the state's waterways as fertilizer, pesticides and other pollutants are being dumped into rivers, bays and the Atlantic Ocean, according to a report released yesterday by the state's leading environmental groups.