Today's Top Picks: March 20, 2017

Anthony Jackson, frozen food manager at the Roxborough ShopRite, takes inventory at the store, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Philadelphia. Jackson is a long term employee at the store; he formerly served time in prison. ( JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer)

When Jeffrey Brown looks to promote employees within his 13-store supermarket chain, he looks for people with hustle, ability, commitment, all that. There’s another unlikely attribute that has turned out to be a predictor of success at Brown’s ShopRite and Fresh Grocer stores. Drug dealing. Read more

Former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell was apparently a fan of Uber. In 2015 alone, the then-chairwoman of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia used the ride-sharing service 458 times. The $8,738 total tab was picked up by the fund, a nonprofit established in 1979 to “advance the mayor’s goals ... to the benefit of the citizens of Philadelphia.” Peterkin Bell provided no documentation to explain how those rides served those goals. Read more
Real estate magnate Ziel Feldman’s properties are in some of Manhattan’s poshest neighborhoods. Now he wants to build in one of Philadelphia’s most destitute. Read more

Tina Richartz has watched the video again and again. “Every day,” she said. “A hundred times a day.” And a hundred times a day she rewinds the recording and skips to the spot where the district attorney says her son’s name. Read more

In a writing career that spanned six decades, the columnist and author became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people. Read more

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