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Jenny DeHuff

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Philly officially recognizes Islamic holidays

Two more official holidays have been added to the government and School District of Philadelphia’s calendar, starting Tuesday.Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.,and School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite announced the addition of two Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr, celebrated...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 10:05 PM

History and sex go together like this

A new offering in town invites you to take a peek under Philly’s generous petticoat – into the intimate lives of the Founding Fathers by way of a walking tour of Old City, where it all began.David Cross is creator of “Sex and the (First) City Tours,” directed by teachers, not actors, though what...

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 8:24 PM

The meteorologist and the owlet: compassion in action

The sun is shining on Channel 6 meteorologist Cecily Tynan for rescuing a baby owl during a recent jaunt outside.Tynan was out joggingnear the Schuylkill River bankswhen she encountered a fallen baby owl on May 16.According to PETA, the owl appeared to be dehydrated and Tynan rushed it to the...

Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:28 AM

Linchpin government witness testifies against former ally, friend, Fattah

A riot.That’s what Gregory Naylor, longtime confidant and consultant to Congressman Chaka Fattah, said would happen if the right people didn’t get paid on time.That’s why Fattah took out a $1 million loan to fund his faltering campaign for mayor in 2007, Naylor said, testifying against his former...

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 3:51 AM

Former governor Ed Rendell to serve as guest editor for Metro on DNC's opening day

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will serve as a special guest editor of Metro Philly on opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 25, the paper’s editors announced Tuesday.Once nicknamed “America’s Mayor” by Al Gore, Rendell will edit a section of the Monday...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 2:30 PM

Police seek public's help in Jim's Steak assault

Philadelphia police are on the hunt for three men who are seen in a surveillance video allegedly assaulting a man in front of Jim’s Steaks on South Street earlier this month.Philly Voice reported Monday that a 34-year old man was walking to the cheesesteak joint just before 4 a.m. on May 7 when he...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:29 AM

New beginnings for three dogs rescued by PSPCA

A northern Pennsylvania man was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty Monday for leaving his dogs untreated after they were attacked by a porcupine last fall.A judge found Anthony Sautner, of Blossburg, Tioga County, guilty of one count of lack of veterinary care in the case involving two...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:37 AM

Mass. inmate charged with plotting to kill President Obama

An inmate at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater has been charged with plotting to kill President BarackObama, the District of Massachusetts'U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.Alex Hernandez, 31, of Worcester, was charged with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:18 AM

Pa. Supreme Court denies last-ditch effort to block Cosby hearing

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by Bill Cosby to delay Tuesday's scheduled preliminary hearing in his sexual assault case.According to published reports, Cosby's lawyers had sought a stay while the court reviewed a previous lower court ruling refusing to dismiss the...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 3:10 AM

City to host first-ever bike share conference

On the heels of the one-year anniversary of Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program, the city of Philadelphia will host the first-ever Better Bike Share Conference at the end of next month to measure it’s success — or lack thereof.From June 22 through 24, the Better Bike Share Conference will...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:54 AM

Welcome America! Fourth of July fest concert lineup announced

Wawa Welcome America! has announced its star-studded lineup for the 2016 Fourth of July concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway.The eight-day fest, which runs June 27 through July Fourth, highlights America’s independence and everything Philly — from history to culture to entertainment.This year’s...

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:24 AM

Greased pole returns to Italian Market fest after 20-year hiatus

Time to get your hands greasy.The infamous, 30-foot tallgreased pole returns to the South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival this coming weekend, May 21 and 22, after a nearly two-decade hiatus.His neighbors call him a “living legend” around the Italian Market, and FrankieLongo said he plans to...

Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:53 PM

Defense attacks key prosecution witness in Fattah corruption trial

Attorneys for Congressman Chaka Fattah attacked the credibility of a key prosecution witness in his corruption trial Thursday, getting the political consultant to concede he was not always honest with family, friends and colleagues.The admission came on the fourth day of testimony in the federal...

Friday, May 20, 2016, 3:20 AM

Action United storms City Hall with soda tax demands

The activist group Action United interrupted a City Council school district budget hearing Wednesday by chanting, “Say no to big soda!” and pumping signs in the air.After being escorted from City Council chambers by City Hall secuity, they marched to City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez’s...

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 4:35 AM

Key witness against Fattah in corruption trial testifies loan was illegal

Thomas Lindenfeld, once part of Congressman Chaka Fattah’s inner circle, faced his longtime friend and associate Wednesday in federal court as one of two key witnesses called by prosecutors in Fattah’s RICO trial.Sources say Lindenfeld, as well as Fattah’s longtime aide and close confidant Gregory...

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 3:27 AM

Access to safe drinking water in public schools raised during council hearing

Ask Councilwoman Helen Gym, and it’s not just the school district’s budget that’s nearly bone-dry. It’s the students who are parched, too.Gym made an issue of the number of working and safe drinking fountains in city schools during day one of hearings on the school district before City Council’s...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 3:29 AM

Ex-mayor honored at Philadelphia Academies' dinner attended by Veep's wife

It’s not nepotism if you really earned it.That’s what Lisa Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., said Tuesday when asked about the award she bestowed upon her husband during Monday night’s Stand and Deliver Award dinner, which recognized former Mayor Michael A. Nutter for his “...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:16 AM

New 'homeless outreach strategy' targets Center City

Ever since the tear down of the old LOVE Park, it may have inadvertently caused the displacement of many of the city’s homeless.In response, Mayor Jim Kenney and city officials announced Monday a new “homeless outreach strategy” that targets four areas in Center City known to be "hot spots" for...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 3:12 AM

Prosecutor calls Chaka Fattah a thief as racketeering trial gets underway

Federal prosecutors painted a picture of a comfortable, corrupt career politician who used lies and fraud to cover his tracks in transferring money and paying down his political debt, as day one of the corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah opened Monday in Center City.Grinning and even...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 2:02 AM

Not so accidental tourists

Elaine and Jim Riggs made news 25 years ago when, after winning a vacation sweepstakes that let them go anywhere inthe country – Las Vegas, Honolulu, Disneyland – they chose Philadelphia.In 1991, the City of Brotherly Love had a less than sterling reputation as a tourist destination, despite its...

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 11:20 PM