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High school hockey game turns into brawl on the ice

The rivalry has officially gotten heated.Hockey players from opposing high school-age teams broke into an all-out brawl Thursday night at an ice rink in suburban Philadelphia, ending the quarterfinal game prematurely and leading to local police being called to the scene.At least one player was...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:56am

Sterling Baca gears up to perform in 'Le Corsaire'

Sterling Baca grew up in Colorado playing sports and doing musical theater — not discovering his passion for ballet until his parents pushed him to try a class at age 11. Within a few years, he found himself performing with the renowned American Ballet Theatre in New York City, dancing alongside...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:51pm

'The Curious Incident' explores adolescence and angst with a sense of compassion

Tony-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” isn’t your typical coming-of-age story. That’s because its lead, 15-year-old Christopher, isn’t your typical teenage boy. A highly intelligent, self-declared sleuth seeking justice for his neighbor’s slain pooch, Christopher’s...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:54pm

Trump victory prompts Philly civil liberties, immigrant advocates to mobilize in opposition

A number of local grassroots groups say they are mobilizing against Donald Trump’s conservative agenda, prompted in part by several reported incidents of racist behavior directed at minorities in the days following his presidential vctory.On Sunday, President-elect Trump urged supporters who were...

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:25pm

6 injured, including off-duty police officer, in flash mob in Center City

Three teenagers were arrested in connection with an apparent flash mob that sparked an incident that injured six people in Center City Saturday night, including an off-duty police officer and his wife.The group of teenage boys broke off from a larger flash mob in the area of 16th and Walnut streets...

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:55pm

WATCH: Retired Sixers star Allen Iverson does Mannequin Challenge

His NBA career may have ended in 2010, but Allen Iverson showed he still has the moves on Friday when he pretty much failed the Mannequin Challenge.The phenomenon currently sweeping the internet requires participants to hold a pose for one minute. Iverson, however, didn’t seem to get the memo and...

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 12:11am

Oklahoma student suspended in connection to racist messages at Trump's alma mater: Official

A student at the University of Oklahoma has been temporarily suspended for their role in racist messages sent to University of Pennsylvania students on Friday, Oklahoma President David Boren said in a statement.The school “has made it clear that we will not tolerate racism or hate speech that...

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:01pm

Inside Look: 2 Fishtown digs we love

Fishtownreal estate is hot. In fact, the trendy neighborhood was namedPhiladelphia's most competitive market for homebuyers in 2015 by Redfin, a residential real estate company.Surrounded by farm-to-table restaurants and coffee shops, homes in Fishtown spend a scant 23 days on the market before...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:30pm

Philly GOP complains its poll watchers, minority inspectors are turned away at polling places

The Philadelphia Republican Party took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to report what it argues were instances of voter fraud at polling locations around the city.It began in North Philadelphia in the 16thWard, where the party said its court-appointed minority inspector was denied entry.1ST MAJOR...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 7:29pm

Sevyn Streeter accepts Sixers' apology; will perform national anthem in December: Team

Sevyn Streeter will sing the national anthem in front of Philadelphia 76ers fans after all.After being booted from performing at the team’s Oct. 26 home opener because she was wearing a “We Matter” shirt, Streeter will sing prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 16, the singer and...

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 1:37am

Uber, Lyft finally become legal in Philly

Uber and Lyft can legally pick up riders in Philadelphia.The incredibly popular rideshare apps have been protested, sued, and targeted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). But none of that stopped them from operating in the city, as their new approach to the taxi business cannibalized the...

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:45pm

Jury awards $5.3M to girl placed in abusive foster home

“I’m not a crusader.”Philadelphia lawyer Nadeem Bezar is reflecting on the trial that concluded last week, where he represented a little girl who a foster care agency placed—twice—into the home of a sexual predator who violated her.Part of Bezar's work consists of handling lawsuits related to child...

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 2:30pm

Gloves come off as SEPTA, union leaders spar publicly over contracts

As the city's transit strike instigated another day of traffic gridlock, both sides of the contract dispute punched and counterpunched with no indication that an agreement will soon be reached.SEPTA management issued a news release late Wednesday night blaming the union, stating that every time...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 9:35pm

SEPTA hints at getting court order to end transit strike

The city's transit strike continued to cause a transportation nightmare Wednesday and SEPTA management suggested they might go to court to end the walk-out.Members of Transit Workers Union Local 234 on strike for a better contract from SEPTA already proved they're deadly serious by blocking...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 5:37am

Police seize marijuana plant worth $50K, 15 guns in West Philly raids

Cops decided to send a message to drug dealers operating in West Philly right before Halloween.Over three days last week, 64 suspects were arrested, and thousands of dollars worth of drugs were taken off the streets, as were 15 firearms and three vehicles, police announced Wednesday.The raid began...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 5:14am

Justice for Hommi: mom's courage helps cops find son's alleged killer

In a way, Lisa Espinosa is one of the lucky ones.Just a few months ago, she was one of Philly’s countless bereaved mothers of sons lost to street violence who tearfully told her son’s story at anti-violence rallies, handed out flyers with his picture and pleaded for witnesses to come forward.The...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:07am

Angry SEPTA strikers block Regional Rail

SEPTA workers striking for a better contract created rush-hour mayhem Tuesday by cuting off a rail option still available to commuters.The strike by members of TWU Local 234 didn’t affect the Regional Rail service that transports thousands of commuters between Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs....

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 2:49am

Commuters survive Day 1 of SEPTA strike and hope there's no Day 2

Philadelphians who rely on SEPTA for their day-to-day mobility tried to make the best of it Monday without public transit.But they are really hoping they won’t have to cope with another day of inconvenience.“I couldn’t take my son to daycare and I couldn’t get to work,” complained Iisha Rosser, 23...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:12pm

Philly lead paint crisis prompts calls for action

The day after a comprehensive investigation by the Inquirer reported on Philly children suffering from lead paint poisoning, leaders gathered to demand more enforcement of housing codes.“This is worse than the situation in Flint, Michigan,” state Sen. Vincent Hughes declared at a news conference at...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:17am

Photos: Take one last look at Philly’s unkempt Reading Viaduct

For years it’s been a destination for artists and lowlifes alike.The Reading Viaduct, a former elevated rail bridge, is an irreplaceable piece of urban decay that most prominently snakes through the Trestletown neighborhood.It’s one of those unique Philly things, a wild overgrown elevated pathway...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 3:46am