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Cassie's got a gun: Take out your aggression at Philly Gun Range

“You’re going to shoot this,” explained Yuri Zalazman, owner of Philly Gun Range, as he held two Smith & Wesson 500s, some of the most popular models of revolver in the world, and looked a bit like Yosemite Sam when I showed up at his shooting range. But it’s not all...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 5:00am

Police release names of officers involved in shooting of attempted murder suspect

Philadelphia police, on Monday, released the names of four of the police officers involved in last week’s shooting of a man who allegedly aimed a gun at police officers while he was being sought for an attempted murder. Law enforcement officials said four police officers were involved...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 12:52pm

From homelessness to a PhD, Philly woman flips the script

How's this for fighting the odds? One Philly woman now working on her doctorate was, just years ago, literally homeless. Alexandra Cruz never had a place to call homefor a large portion of her childhood, sleeping on couches, mattresses on the floor and attending six different schools...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:03am

Jersey Shore has Philly beat for bikeability

You may be surprised to hear that the Jersey Shore is quickly becoming one of the premier spots in our region to ride your bike, either on a boardwalk or trail for fun, or on the street for transportation. On my recent trip to Avalon, New Jersey, I was somewhat shocked to find as many people in...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 5:03am

Fixing Philly: An organized effort to prevent violence

Every year, the City of Philadelphia spends about $60 million on anti-violence programs. But, according to Shondell Revell, head of Philadelphia’s new Office of Violence Prevention, these efforts have largely been separate endeavors that haven’t always been very productive for the...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 5:03am

After fare dispute, customer allegedly stole taxi in North Philly

A 65-year-old woman who police said disputed the cost of her fare allegedly stole a taxi Thursday which she drove until being stopped by officers. According to police, at about 12:35 a.m., Thursday, officers responded to the 4100 block of N. Broad Street on a report of a stolen vehicle. They...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:42am

Body-camera footage released in police shooting of attempted murder suspect

In a short, but intense video of body-camera footage released Thursday, a SEPTA police officer can be heard shouting at a man - who has been charged with attempted murder - to drop his weapon before the scene erupts in gunfire. SEPTA has released this video in connection with Wednesday's...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:44pm

Elon Musk wants to build a Hyperloop to get you from New York to Washingtoninunder 30 minutes

Elon Musk wants to build an underground “Hyperloop” cononecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington and he said he’s already got verbal approval to do it. Musk said a trip from New York to Washington, which now takes about three hours by train, would take just 29...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:29pm

Black Lives Matter activists interrupt city parks announcement

As a crowd gathered for a Thursday morning announcement on new parks and completed construction projects along the Ben Franklin Parkway at the Philadelphia Free Library’s Main Branch, activists seized the opportunity to have their voices heard at a gathering of the city’s elected...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:07pm

Philadelphia unveils renovated Shakespeare Park on Ben Franklin Parkway

Everyone has heard of Shakespeare in the Park, a theater company that presents works of the great bard in New York City’s Central Park – there’s also Shakespeare in Clark Park, which performs regularly in West Philadelphia. But Philadelphia is going one step further by giving the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:52pm

Taylor Swift's great-grandpa's former Philly home gets historic designation

In his time, Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi – C.C.A. Baldi – was a first-generation Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader of great renown. Arriving in Philadelphia from Cilento di Castelnuovo, Salerno, in 1876, C.C.A. (who later brought three brothers and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:03am

Mixed reactions from civil liberty advocates to PA's new police body camera law

Legislation that seems like a victory in the fight to end police brutality may act as more of a roadblock, critics say. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 560 earlier this month, which says footage collected from police body cameras is exempt from the Right to Know Law and which clarifies privacy...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:03am

Elephant tranquilizer carfentanil caused Chester man's overdose

A Phoenixville man has been arrested on charges of selling carfentanil – which the Chester County coroner described as being “10,000 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl” – to a 34-year-old male who died of an overdose, officials...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:10pm

Murder suspect fires at police from Germantown rooftop before taking his own life

A 25-year-old woman was killed, and her suspected killer barricaded himself in a Germantown home on Tuesday before taking his own life. According to police, an unidentified male – contacted Wednesday morning, police said they had to notify the man's family before his identity would be...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 1:57pm

Why I love Philadelphia

Editor’s note: Metro received some criticism for Cassie Hepler’s previous ‘Why your neighborhood sucks’ column. So she’s explaining why Philly actually rocks (it’s a love-hate thing). I hate Philadelphia. Just kidding! It’s Pittsburgh that I am not a fan...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:51am

Protesters demand meeting at Sen. Toomey's Old City office

As temperatures topped 91 degrees in Old City on Tuesday afternoon, protesters in front of Sen. Pat Toomey’s Chestnut Street office grumbled in the heat and shared cold sips of Gatorade. But they weren’t planning on going anywhere. That’s because protesters with ADAPT, a grass-...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:47pm

Father charged with murder in toddler's death

A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of his 2-year-old son, who died on Friday, July 14. According to police, Quadim Bass was arrested Monday and charged with murder following the death of his 2-year-old son, Bashir Mungin-Bass, who died after an incident in his home along...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 2:06pm

No charges yet in fatal home invasion shooting in Frankford

No arrests have been made and no charges have yet been filed following a fatal home invasion shooting that occurred in the city’s Frankford section on Sunday. According to police, the shooting occurred after neighbors got into an argument along the 4700 block of James Street just before 2 a....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 1:57pm

PHL: A global destination

I was travelling through Old City the other day. As I passed Independence Hall, I noticed a long line of people snaking around the block that had come to see this historic landmark. When you live and work in Philadelphia, it’s sometimes easy to forget that people travel from all around the...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 5:03am

Activists still demand answers in police shooting of black biker

Activists demanding answers about the fatal shooting of a black man last month barged into the Philadelphia managing director’s office on Monday, before later protesting at a meeting of the Police Advisory Commission. Local Black Lives Matter organizer Asa Khalif and activist Isaac Gardner...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 5:03am