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Philadelphia's tech scene emerges as powerful economic force

When you think of cities that are known for technology, you probably think of the West Coast clichés like Silicon Valley and Seattle. Yet Philadelphia’s tech scene has slowly been surfacing on the national map as an emerging technology hub. The region’s information technology...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:18am

Former DA Lynne Abraham sues to force out indicted DA Seth Williams

The hits keep coming for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who remains in office despite numerous calls to resign since he was indicted two weeks ago on federal corruption charges.Now his predecessor, former Philly DA Lynne Abraham, is joining in with a lawsuit to force Williams out of...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:37pm

Philly Police use Taser to subdue naked man running through streets

A naked man was caught on camera running through the streets screaming nonsense on Friday morning near Temple University before eventually being shocked and subdued by police, officials said.Multiple Philadelphia police officers were seen in a video recording of the incident responding to 17th and...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:29am

Republican candidate for Philly DA sees opening after Democrat incumbent's indictment

Philadelphia has long been a Democratic stronghold, but Republican candidate for district attorneyBeth Grossman says that could change following the recent indictment of the city's top prosecutor on corruption charges.Grossman announced her campaign a year ago, long before Democrat Seth Williams,...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00am

Illegal parkers beware: NotASpotPhila is watching to social media shame you

It used to be that anyone parking illegally in Philadelphia had to worry about being caught by the Parking Authority. Now, there’s a good chance they may be publicly shamed on social media thanks to NotASpotPhila.The Twitter and Instagram account posts photos of parking violations across the city...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:46pm

No longer on death row but still fighting for life

KwameAjamuspent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.Exonerated in 2014,the formerdeath row inmate is now 59 years old, and intent on sharing his story to anyone who will listen. It is a cautionary tale, he said, and hopefully one that will help others realize how many innocent lives...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:00am

Live Nation mentioned as operator of renovated Met Opera House

Live Nation is close to an agreement to operate the city’s historic Metropolitan Opera House as a concert venue after an an ambitious renovation project is completed.Live Nation, based in Beverly Hills, California, didn’t respond to an email requesting comment on the deal. However, the developer of...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 5:01pm

Gayborhood’s ‘dangerous’ climate

There is racism in the Gayborhood. I know this because black and brown people who live in, shop in, work in, and otherwise come to the Gayborhood like I do, have been saying so for years.That this fact has been so difficult for some of the communities of Philadelphia, and for the city's LGBTQ...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

There is racism in the Gayborhood: Sims

There is racism in the Gayborhood.I know this because black and brown people who live in, shop in, work in and otherwise come to the Gayborhood like I do, have been saying so for years.That this fact has been so difficult for some of the communities of Philadelphia, and for the city's LGBTQ...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

Political corruption in Philadelphia: A brief history

With District Attorney Seth Williams' recent indictment on bribery and extortion charges, Philadelphia is remindedof its long history of crimes and misdemeanors starring its public servants.Last week, Williams pleaded not guiltyto a 23-count indictment that accuses him of trading official favors...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:07pm

NFL draft events offer lessons in business of sports

To Caleb Mezzy, a professor for sports management at Neumann University, next month’s NFL draft offers a rare teaching moment.Thousands of college athletes will descend on Philadelphia in the hopes of making it onto a professional football team. In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly, the...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

Simonetta Lein becomes face of 'heart2heart' campaign

"The Wishmaker" and fashion icon Simonetta Lein has been leading two lives: as a fashion influencer and as founder of a nonprofit called The Wishwall.Now the two worlds are coming together.Lein is working with internationally renowned designer Shahida Parides' new "heart2heart" campaign as its star...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:30pm

Trump's budget 'blueprint' is bad news for bicyclists

Federal transportation funding is important for Philadelphia’s transit, traffic control and signals, pavement resurfacing, safe routes to school and bicycle/pedestrian facilities and, for the city and state’s tourism.But the most recent federal budget “blueprint” proposal from the president would...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 2:30pm

Fighting hate with love

In response to conservative groups speaking out against LGBT rights, a coalition of Philadelphia organizations plans to stage a “pop-up love party” this week.The Free Speech Bus, a bright-orange tour bus stopping in East Coast cities to rally fellow anti-transgender advocates, will arrive in...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:19am

DA probes special election amid reports of 'rampant illegalities'

Arguments and shoving matches at polling places. Election board officials berating voters they disagreed with and even tricking them into casting the wrong vote. Voters who supported certain candidates being denied entry to their polling place.It may sound like a third-world country. But all those...

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:20am

Philly Police say man targeted strangers in paintball shooting spree

A 21-year-old man has been charged with firing a paintball gun at people in a daylong spree around Northwest Philadelphia, hitting five strangers, Philly police announced Friday.Kadene Bryant, of the 6200 block of Homer Street, allegedly went on the spree on March 7, police said. He and an...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Philly cop accused of dumping starved dog in woods

It was a heartbreaking story of animal cruelty over the holidays. Just before Thanksgiving, a starving pit bull left in a garbage bag was found abandoned in the Wissahickon.Now, the PSPCA has announced that the person responsible was a Philadelphia police officer.Michael Long, 33, of the 8200 block...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:58am

Philly DA Seth Williams pleads not guilty to 23-count indictment

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams appeared in federal court as a criminal defendant Wednesday, and was arraigned on 23 counts of charges that included bribery and extortion.He entered a not guilty plea.Williams left court without commenting to the news media, and has not addressed...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:08am

Democrat claims write-in victory in North Philly special election, but no one is conceding

A write-in candidate will be headed to Harrisburg to represent North Philadelphia, but it's still unclear who that will be.The official winner of Tuesday's special election for state representative of the 197th House District won't be determined until Friday, when roughly 92 percent of votes cast...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:10pm

District attorney 'took money that did not belong to him and lied about it': feds

Rufus Seth Williams made history as Philadelphia’s first black district attorney when he was elected in 2009, taking office at the beginning of 2010 with promises of reform and transparency in the criminal justice system.Seven years later, Williams seems to have fallen from grace, with federal...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:56am