Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Updated 7:35 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino leaves Manhattan federal court after he was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, to two years in prison on an illegal gambling charge. Merlino chuckled as he remarked that President Donald Trump was right to suggest that criminals who become government cooperators or so-called "flippers" perhaps should be outlawed. less Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino leaves Manhattan federal court after he was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, to two years in prison on an illegal gambling charge. Merlino chuckled as he ... more Photo: Larry Neumeister, AP Photo: Larry Neumeister, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino … [Read more...] about Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison
Last of two parts“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1859. Nearly 60 years later it was an apt description of life in Philadelphia. World War I was winding down, victory in sight. The city had proudly and vigorously raised millions of dollars to support the local soldiers on the battlefield. The patriotism and excitement was palpable: the boys would be coming home soon.But in late summer 1918, the city was in “the grippe” of a second wave of a Spanish influenza epidemic sweeping the United States. The city was quickly plunged into misery. Illness and death and decay was everywhere. Dread and despair tormented the living. Unspeakable indignities visited the dead and alive. For two weeks in September and October, from the start of the epidemic through some of its darkest days, the city’s newspapers chronicled the misery in the streets of Philadelphia. But they also shared tales of heroism, hope, frustration and … [Read more...] about In 1918, Philadelphia was in ‘the grippe’ of misery and suffering
A Philadelphia man is facing federal charges after he forced a New York-bound JetSmarter plane to make an emergency landing in North Platte Regional Airport in Nebraska because he was yelling and threatening the flight crew and passengers. Maurice Paola, a 23-year-old DJ from Philly, began arguing with flight attendants shortly after boarding the 12-passenger jet in Las Vegas. He also threatened to decapitate the other passengers and directly threatened a family with two children, ages 4 and 6, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.Paola also started throwing items, banging his head on walls, walking the aisles, pounding on windows and insisting the plane land immediately. The pilot attempted to calm down Paola, however retreated to the cockpit when he was unsuccessful. Apparently a flight attendant had to arm herself with an oxygen tank. When the plane landed, Lincoln County sheriff's deputies and North Platte police in Nebraska boarded the jet, where Paola … [Read more...] about Philadelphia DJ threatens flight crew and passengers, forces emergency landing
Hurricane Florence will likely make landfall on Friday morning along the southeastern coast of the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage, but its impact on the Philadelphia region is less certain. Right now, meteorologists are projecting landfall on the Carolina or Virginia coasts. At 11 a.m., Florence was located about 905 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and higher gusts. It was moving at about 16 mph.MORE NEWS: How a Philly native came to open the smallest bar in ArizonaLater Tuesday, the hurricane is expected to begin strengthening slowly over the next day or so, before weakening on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Where the worst of Florence's damaging winds, heavy rain and storm surge flooding will be felt will depend on the size and speed of the hurricane, and its track, forecasters said. U.S. forecasters expect the hurricane to produce total rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence: What can Philadelphia expect from the storm?
NBC Sports Philadelphia is parting ways with longtime host and contributor Rob Ellis, who posted a message Sunday reflecting on 17 years spent with the rapidly changing station. Ellis, who become a prominent voice in Philadelphia during his years with SportsRadio 94WIP, said he will continue to be heard on the airwaves. The split from NBC Sports Philadelphia comes after the station decided not to renew Ellis' contract. "I never took a day or show for granted," Ellis wrote, thanking viewers, listeners and readers for their support. "We wouldn't be able to do what we do if it weren't for you." Ellis figured at one point to be a central part of the future of NBC Sports Philadelphia, serving as an anchor on the station's short-lived "Breakfast on Broad" morning show. He's since contributed on various shows and podcasts in addition to work as a writer. He hosted Sunday's Phillies post-game show on the sports network.The departure of Ellis marks the latest in a lengthy … [Read more...] about Rob Ellis out at NBC Sports Philadelphia as overhaul continues