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Cleaning Lady Caught with $3 Million Ben Franklin; Philly Arts Generates $3 Billion; Draper Lied '84
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 09/24/12 8:49 pm | updated: 09/24/12 8:49 pm
Police have arrested a cleaning woman who was accused of stealing a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin back in August. Andrea Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia was briefly employed in the Bryn Mawr home of a private historic artifact collector. The portrait bust dates to 1778 and was made when Franklin was visiting Paris. It is worth around $3 million. Police and FBI tracked Lawton to Mobile, Alabama. She was arrested in Elkton, MD when she got off a bus, carrying the bust in a gunny sack. It had sustained a crack to the breast plate.

The Philadelphia arts scene is generating a lot for the local economy. According to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, our arts and culture sector adds about $3.3 billion to the local economy. More importantly are the number of jobs supported by the arts, roughly 44,000 people are employed by this sector. The Arts and Culture in Philadelphia is tops in the country (NYC not included) and generates $169 million in tax revenue. Other sectors such as tourism benefit from the strong base of theater, music, museums, and community events.

Marc Draper, the accomplice and main witness against Terrance Williams, told the judge today that he was pressured into saying that robbery was the motive, not sexual abuse, in the 1984 killing of Amos Norwood. Williams is scheduled to be execute October 3rd and is appealing his sentence on the grounds that evidence of his true motive was withheld at his original trial. Prosecutors from the original case say that Draper is not telling the truth now, that evidence was never suppressed and he was never coerced into giving a false testimony.

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