Bail for one, not the other
Alleged mob underboss Anthony Staino Jr., 53, will be released on $1 million bail after six family members agreed to post homes and other property as collateral. He was placed on house arrest.
Meanwhile yesterday, alleged mob soldier Gaeton Lucibello, 58, was denied bail. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Rice cited Lucibello's long organized-crime history and two convictions for weapons offenses.
Blaze at Bridesburg plant
Philadelphia firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze yesterday afternoon at a Bridesburg electronics-recycling plant.
About 3:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the blaze in the scrapyard of Kuusakoski Recycling, on Orthodox Street near the Betsy Ross Bridge, fire officials said.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles as flames spread through pallets of recycled household electronics and trash. A lack of hydrants in the area caused water-supply problems for firefighters, officials said. Nearly 100 firefighters contained the blaze by 5:10 p.m., officials said.
Catholic teachers OK strike
About 800 teachers at 17 Catholic high schools in the region could strike if their union and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia can't agree on a contract before the current one expires on Aug. 31.
Rita Schwartz, president of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said members agreed on the possible strike during a meeting yesterday. She said the union will likely continue negotiating well into the summer.
$10M to teen for damages
A Philadelphia jury has awarded $10 million to a 13-year-old girl after deciding that she suffered a life-threatening drug reaction to Motrin.
Attorney Eric Roberson said that Brianna Maya, of Tennessee, was 3 1/2 when she was given Children's Motrin brand ibuprofen. He said that she had a rare side effect, toxic epidermal necrolysis, lost 84 percent of her skin, was blinded and suffered brain damage.
Roberson said that Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Laboratories issued warnings for prescription versions but not over-the-counter versions.
Johnson & Johnson is based in New Brunswick, N.J.; McNeil in Fort Washington.
YESPhilly film to premiere
Students with YESPhilly, a nonprofit organization that helps young adults who have dropped out of school, will showcase their "Pushouts" film premiere today, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Painted Bride Art Center, at Vine Street near 3rd.
The Pushouts project investigates why students drop out, or are "pushed out," of Philadelphia public schools.
For more information, visit www.yesphilly.org.
- Staff and wire reports