By Robert Huber, Benjamin Wallace
Do you're keen on Philadelphia? Do you like reliable writing? good, this can be the booklet for you. it really is in regards to the humans of Philadelphia—the strong, the fantastic, and the imperfect. convinced, the activities heroes are here—Mike Schmidt, Julius ("Dr. J.") Erving. And the politicians—Ed Rendell, John highway. And the moguls—Brian Roberts, Comcast honcho. And the would-be moguls—Mark Yagalla, world-class embezzler. And such a lot of extra, including—writing of their personal words—Terry Gross, Patti LaBelle, W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Judy Wicks, Judith Rodin, and Smarty Jones (proving that this horse is not any one-trick pony). And such a lot of more—25 of them in all. The people—and the horse—who have intended whatever to this urban over the last two decades. Ripped from the pages of Philadelphia journal (well, okay, rigorously got rid of and lovingly pasted into this book), listed here are profiles of the folks who made an period.
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I didn’t beat Arlen,” he says. “I couldn’t. ” Specter went back to Dechert Price, where he made a lot of money and continued to hone his Harold Stassen imitation. He went on to lose the 1976 Senate primary to John Heinz, and the 1978 gubernatorial primary to Dick Thornburgh. At that point he all but retired from politics, moving to Atlantic City in 1979 to open a satellite Dechert ofﬁce. “The thing about Arlen,” says one of his former Dechert partners, “is that even though he’s all of the things people say—he’s obviously an opportunist, and he’s calculating and pragmatic to the extreme—he also has a great deal of charm and humor.
THE DUBIOUS confession further encouraged friends of Jamal who were already disinclined to believe a police department well known for its poor relations with Philadelphia’s black community. A committee was formed to raise money for his defense. State Representative David Richardson and then-state Senator T. Milton Street testiﬁed on Jamal’s behalf at a bail hearing. Attorney Anthony E. Jackson, who had defended MOVE members and served as director of the Public Interest Law Center’s police abuse project, signed on as Jamal’s courtappointed attorney.
Though not a lawyer, Africa had represented himself the year before in a federal trial and managed to get himself acquitted of charges that he had stockpiled guns and bombs in Powelton Village. Still, the decision prompted some members of the Mumia Abu-Jamal Defense Committee to resign in disgust. Jamal responded in a scathing letter to his supporters in May 1982. “I am taking my direction from John Africa, a committed, wise, dedicated revolutionary—not Marx, Engels, or Mao Tse-Tung,” he wrote.