Philadelphia

New SEPTA Locomotives bring more power to regional rail

SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey M. Knueppel is feeling good. With 15 new SEPTA locomotives on the way, he recently went for a ride in a model of train locomotive that isn’t just fast but reliable. “I’m so excited to be in a new locomotive coming in, I rode in the front of it on the...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 6:49pm

Philadelphia man charged with killing 6-year-old stepson

Philly resident Michael Williams has been charged in the murder of his 6-year-old stepson Travon Register. Williams, 39, is accused of killing the young boy inside the Southwest Philadelphia home he shared with Travon and his mother on Thursday evening. The boy's mother was said to be at work...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 4:06pm

Philadelphia Police search for two adults in disturbing playground video

Philadelphia Police are looking to identify two adults in a disturbing video taken at a playground that shows an adult female woman kicking a child. According to 6 ABC, the video was taken by Philadelphia resident Kelly Jax who was at the playground with her two grandchildren. Jax has since...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 1:01pm

SEPTA Key is gearing up for Regional Rail launch

In the coming months, some 50,000 Regional Rail riders, some of whom have been riding the same trains to and from work for literally decades, will have to make a big adjustment as SEPTA transitions all one of its most popular transit modes onto using the SEPTA Key. That step is getting closer and...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 2:15pm

Lincoln Drive road closures announced for July weekends

Driving through Philadelphia could be a lot more complicated this July, due to recently announced weekend closures of Lincoln Drive every weekend through the end of July. The Streets Department recently announced that Lincoln Drive will be closed between Ridge and Wissahickon avenues every weekend...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:46am

Lincoln Drive announces new road closures for $12 million renovation

Lincoln Drive, loaded with potholes and rampant speeding on its 25 mph, four-lane route winding through Northwest Philadelphia before connecting to the suburbs, is one of Philadelphia's most-used roads, and also one of its most harrowing for out-of-towners to drive. But now traffic on Lincoln...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:28am

Residents, city team up to tear down 8,000 'bandit' signs

"I Buy Houses." "I Buy Junk Cars." "Buy House – Fast Cash." Everyone in Philadelphia is familiar with the spectacle of telephone and utility poles and other public surfaces covered with reams of paper posters, flyers, and signs, many of them advertising dubious...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:15am

New Jersey gambling already earning millions more: report

Sports betting was only legalized in New Jersey on June 11 but the state is already reporting significant gains from New Jersey gambling in its gaming and casino industries, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement said in a new report released Thursday. It’s another concrete sign that...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:45pm

Rhynhart launches new audit of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Making good on one of her campaign promises, new City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart is kicking off a performance audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority to look at whether the agency could provide more funding to Philly schools, she announced on Wednesday. “Over the last few years,...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:13pm

Analysis: Trump Supreme Court pick could have 'seismic impact'

Widespread shock and outright hysteria quickly followed the news that President Trump would within two years get a second U.S. Supreme Court pick. But legal experts say that reaction may actually be justified, as adding another conservative to the court could signal a once-in-a-generation...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 6:33pm

Sex-abuse victim asks Supreme Court to release grand jury report

One alleged victim of childhood sexual abuse by a Harrisburg diocese Catholic priest has joined the legal fight to compel the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow the release the attorney general’s new grand jury report documenting sex abuse in the Catholic Church statewide. Todd Frey, now 49...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:58pm

AC hits jackpot with Hard Rock, Ocean Resort openings

Whether you spent Thursday with a T-shirt-wearing Mark Wahlberg for a chilled-out ribbon cutting outside Ocean Resort Casino (he’s got a Wahlburgers eatery there), or inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena for that company’s excitable, spangled, confetti-strewn...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:26pm

Philly Chefs’ Betting Big on the Shore

The rush of fresh and returning superstar restaurants coming into Atlantic City’s new casinos — to say nothing of successful eateries in the Jersey Shore’s established slots salons — is as thrilling as the promise of sportsbook betting. “It feels awesome again, being...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:25am

New addiction med could turn the tide of opioid epidemic, doc says

In Philadelphia in 2018, where the epidemic of opioid addiction and related overdoses have spiked in recent years to claim thousands of lives, new medical advances may be bringing doctors closer to finding drugs that can break the hold of what many describe as one the most powerful chemical...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 5:03am

Philadelphia DA charges suspect in SEPTA sex assault of teenager

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has officially charged a 23-year-old man in the sexual assault of a teenager at a SEPTA train station earlier this week. According to 6 ABC, David Smith of Philadelphia was brought to the police station on Wednesday evening. He was picked up by...

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 1:41pm

Arrest of Philly 14-year-old at zoo sparks controversy, prompts police investigation

The Philadelphia Police have opened an investigation into the arrest of a 14-year-old. The teen boy was taken into custody at the Philadelphia Zoo leaving many to question if his arrest was warranted. Video footage of the teen’s arrest shows him being taken in by two Philadelphia Police...

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 10:37am

Occupy ICE protesters move camp to Philadelphia City Hall

Occupy ICE protesters set up a new camp at Philadelphia City Hall overnight Thursday in protest of the Trump administration's stance on immigration and use of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE.   The two dozen Occupy ICE protesters are demonstrating against the ICE...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:30am

July 4 shooting critically injures off-duty Philly cop

Philadelphia police are searching for suspects in a July 4 shooting in the Elmwood section of Southwestern Philadelphia that killed one man and left another, an off-duty cop, critically injured. Officers responded to a call for a person shot on the 7000 block of Buist Avenue, where an Independence...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:45pm

How long will it take to repair Center City water main break?

The Center City water main break that unleashed 15 million gallons of water on city streets Tuesday may continue to impact Philaelphians for months to come. A Philadelphia Water Department spokesman said Thursday that the intersection of Sansom and Juniper Streets will continue to be closed while...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 12:05pm

Philly Starbucks barista accused of mocking a customer's stutter

It's been less than three months since coffee giant Starbucks came under fire for calling the police on two black patrons who were sitting in one of its Philadelphia coffee shops waiting for a friend. Now, a Philly Starbucks is again being called out for poor treatment of one of their customers...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:39am