October 22, 2005
What Was Rick Mariano Doing Way Up There?
Philadelphia City Councilman Rick Mariano has been the target of a federal grand jury investigation into possible corruption, and an indictment is widely considered likely in the near future. Yesterday, Mariano was spotted at the base of the William Penn statute atop City Hall, and the immediate reaction was to call the police and fire department because of a possible suicide attempt. A Philadelphia Inquirer story (here) notes that after begin escorted down by Mayor James Street, authorities speculated that Mariano just wanted some space to think and was not considering suicide -- a more likely explanation unless there were another heartbreaking Eagles loss. Mariano is being investigated for, among other things, having his credit-card bills paid in exchange for support for projects. (ph)
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