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Women stand up to Trump with 'Pussyhats'

Feminists offended byDonald Trump’s 2005 statement about groping women aren't taking it quietly.They're turning to knitting needles and looms to throw President-elect Donald Trump's words back in his face in an inventive protest, bycreating pink "pussyhats" to wear during the Women's March on...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 3:21pm

Philly writers join organizing efforts to ‘resist' Trump

His presidency is a week away, but when Donald Trump walks into the White House, an avalanche of social justice advocates and activists will already be organized to oppose him.Now, a somewhat quieter group is throwing their efforts into the coalitions against Trump: the writers of Philadelphia.“...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am

Philly prisons to beef up transport security after attack on guard

A Philadelphia corrections officer is recovering from a concussion after an inmate kicked her as she knelt to pick up his dropped Bible — an incident that is prompting a look at new security measures.In response to the attack, the Philadelphia Prisons System is reviewing their security policies...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:00am

Rape allegations against Conestoga High School football players dropped

Three Conestoga High School football players accused of hazing a younger player by sodomizing him with a broomstick have formally admitted to “harassment,” authorities announced Tuesday.The accused players acknowledged using a broomstick, but only to "poke" the victim in the leg, according to a...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 1:08pm

Golden-voiced train caller reflects on career struggles

In the late 1970s, Glenn Lewis attained a measure of fame as the booming baritone announcing the arrivals and departures of Conrail trains at the Reading Terminal.Passengers were impressed by his crisp, staccato announcements of train schedules. A few called local newspaper reporters and laudatory...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 5:00am

Mayor assembles cabinet to clean up Philadelphia

It's a sad fact of life for Philadelphians. On some blocks, litter, garbage and such eyesores as discarded mattresses or laundry dryers pollute the streets, sometimes for days.In six months, however, the city can expect to see a new "action plan" for grappling with litter and waste from the Zero...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 3:21pm

Jewish family flees Lancaster after Christmas play cancellation story goes viral

A Jewish family is reportedly in hiding after they were accused of getting a fifth-grade Christmas play canceled, a story the school denies.“Was it a complaint about the line ‘God bless us, every one!’ that prompted reassessment of the play? Absolutely not,” the Hempfield School District posted...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

Philly man who spent decade in prison freed after conviction vacated

Donte Rollins has spent a third of his life behind bars for shooting and paralyzing a 6-year-old boy; he walked out of a Center City courthouse Wednesday as a free man.An appellate court ordered Rollins' release after reviewing compelling evidence that he had nothing to do with the 2008 crime....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 9:38pm

Protesters say justice still denied in Tate-Brown shooting

In the two years since the controversial police shooting of a black man who was pulled over for driving without headlights, the city has instituted changes to address such situations.To the family of the slain man, Brandon Tate-Brown, the changes do nothing to remedy what they deem an injustice.The...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 5:49am

Mayor’s office sent activists to 'corner' councilwoman over soda tax, emails reveal

In the weeks leading up to City Council’s passage of the new sweetened drinks tax, the debate over the tax was getting heated.So heated, in fact, that Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief of staff decided to help send activists from ACTION United to “corner” City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, who...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 3:22am

Need something notarized at 3 a.m.? This notary is happy to oblige

Some say it’s hard to startover when you’re a woman past 50.But that’s exactly whatJudith Lawrencedid when she bought the decades-oldCenter City Notarybusiness, became her own boss and turned the shop intoPhiladelphia’s only 24-hour notary.“At first, I was terrified,” said Lawrence, a South Jersey...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 3:30pm

Wave of change coming for adults with developmental disabilities

In a grassy unused field toward the back of Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philly, Jimmy Cinque tends beehives.“I like the bees,” Cinque said, pointing with his thick gloves at a gooey frame thick with honeycomb drawers. “These ones are about to hatch.”What sets Cinque apart from other beekeepers...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3:30pm

Philadelphia Fire Department holds onto tradition while moving into future

The Philadelphia Fire Department has come a long way from the days when horse-drawn fire trucks raced to the scenes of blazes to spray water pumped out of the Delaware River. But the spirit of the men and women who serve is still the same.“The Fire Department’s been in operation for 145 years,”...

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 3:30pm

Philly attorney summons fellow citizens to join 'war' against PPA

"Parking Wars" is about to get real.In Philadelphia, the anger everyone feels at the sight of a parking ticket tucked under a windshield wiper became the basis for A&E reality show "Parking Wars."On Thursday, local lawyer Michael Coard declared war against the Philadelphia Parking Authority.The...

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 5:30am

Tears, reconciliation as Philly juvenile lifers’ cases move forward

It was a situation rarely seen in any criminal court. An admitted murderer and his family watched as a judge,prosecutors and defense attorneys worked in support of his efforts to get out of prison.It happenedin Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Wednesday, in the case of Michael Twiggs, 58,...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 3:30pm

Helping gay couples who want to adopt break free of 'fear'

Not long ago, same-sex couples were legally barred from adopting children. Even today, fears of hostility may create a barrier for LGBT people who want to adopt. That's why parents who have gone through the process will be sharing their experiences at the National Adoption Center's upcoming LGBT...

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 3:30pm

Authorities search for owner of neglected pit bull found in a garbage bag

Temperatures were dropping fast acrossthe Philadelphia region Tuesday morning when a woman walking her dog spotted a garbage bag in the middle of Wissahickon Valley Park.When the woman approached, she saw the head of a pit bull peering out. The light brown dog with a white stripe between its eyes...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 11:37pm

Official Porngate report: nothing to see here

Disgraced former attorney general Kathleen Kanefaces a stint in jail, though she is appealing her recent conviction on perjury charges.But the so-called "good ole boys" network at the Attorney General's office that she claimed persecuted her after she discovered their pornographic and racist emails...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 2:46am

Bull escapes Philly slaughterhouse, runs down highway before being shot

In what Philadelphia police are describing as an "unusual incident," a bull escaped certain death in a Kensington slaughterhouse only to be shot dead half an hour later after trotting down Interstate 95.The bull successfully fled onto two Philadelphia highways before he was shot by Animal Control...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 2:17am

West Philly pee wees two-year undefeated streak broken

The West Philly Tarheels made national news last year after their undefeated team's dream of playing in a national football tournament in Florida was dashed.The dream continues to be just that — though the squad finished the season with another unblemished record.The Tarheels lost 13-0 on Sunday in...

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 3:30pm