Philadelphia

Chesco DA highlights the symptoms of domestic violence after Phoenixville murder

An East Pikeland Township handyman is charged with murder after allegedly beating and kicking his girlfriend to death, Chester County prosecutors announced Wednesday. Mark Turner, 53, is accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend, 45-year-old Rachel Yeager, in what police and prosecutors describe...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:28pm

Philly activist Asa Khalif announces run for City Council

There's a new wind blowing across politics, both in Philadelphia and the nation. Call it the Trump effect, or just decades of people being fed up with how things are run, but turn-out is high and activist candidates are suddenly getting elected left and right. Enter Philadelphia native Asa...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:35am

Former Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo's estate goes up for sale

"To Frank Rizzo, the greatest and most charismatic mayor of Phila., Pa., 1972-80." So reads one of the many miniature Liberty Bells in the estate of former Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo (1972-80), which is soon to be auctioned from his Chestnut Hill mansion (which itself is on the market for $...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:06am

Former Philadelphia city representative indicted for alleged 'Mayor's Fund' fraud

A political scandal from yesteryear among the Philadelphia political elite has returned in the form of a criminal indictment. Desiree Peterkin-Bell, the former Philadelphia city representative whose departure from City Hall in 2016 was clouded by allegations she misused public money within "...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:39pm

Allentown Diocese sued over decades-old sex abuse

A 29-year-old man filed a lawsuit saying that he was sexually abused by former priest Bruno Tucci over several months, at ages 10 to 12, while serving as an altar boy at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Allentown – years after Tucci had previously been outed as a predator to church leadership. The...

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:27pm

Ex-veterinarian who allegedly 'debarked' Lancaster dogs arrested

Months after the PSPCA's Humane Law Enforcement team discovered illegally 'debarked' dogs in Lancaster County, they say the person responsible is in police custody on charges of animal cruelty.  Denise Felling, 55, of Iowa County, Iowa, was taken into custody by the Iowa County...

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 4:34pm

WWI's legacy still felt in Philly, 100 years later

It's been a century since "The Great War" permanently changed the world. When it was over, more than 16 million people were dead, 10 million of those soldiers, the rest civilians. But today, the legacy of WWI is still debated, questioned and misunderstood, and there are many...

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:15pm

Philly's Wings introduces new mascot Wingston

It's anyone's guess what kind of creature Wingston is! But nonetheless, he has received a warm reception since being introduced by Philly’s National Lacrosse League, Wings, as their official mascot. On Friday, the team welcomed the large bird-like mascot with fire-engine red and...

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 12:10pm

Philly prepares for Holiday Festival 2018 celebration

Organizers behind the annual Philly Holiday Festival 2018 have exciting plans this year for residents of the city in a time when Mayor Kenney believes many need it most. Mayor Kenney announced this year's five-week-long holiday festival on Friday which will officially kick off with Philly...

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:12am

Suspect charged for shooting 'heroic' cop in leg: Philly DA

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner announced criminal charges against the man who shot a Philly cop in the leg on Wednesday morning, along with the rival he was feuding with moments before the shooting. "Everything indicates the officer's actions were not only completely appropriate, they were...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 5:43pm

Philly's painful legacy of 'redlining' minority communities explored

A new exhibit on the history of redlining in Philadelphia aims to inform visitors on a historically destructive practice that has impacted not just Philly, but small towns and major cities nationwide, with an art installation, history through touch technology and more. "A Dream Deferred PHL:...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:23pm

Philly cop shot in leg in Kensington showed 'valor,' commissioner says

Two suspects are under arrest after a Philly cop was shot in the leg in Kensington while breaking up a potential firefight – and after being shot, still managed to chase down one of the suspects. Officer Paul Sulock, 31, a 10-year veteran of the force assigned to the 24th District, was...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 5:54pm

First four women ever elected to rep Pa. in Congress

While the 'blue wave' didn't quite materialize, Democrats did take control of the House of Representatives and the midterm elections will still go down in history as cementing 2018 as another "year of the woman." In Pennsylvania, four women, all Democrats, were elected to...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:35pm

'Trump effect:' Pa. midterms marked by high turnout

Despite rainy weather and some problems with voting equipment, citizens turned out in droves across Pennsylvania to cast their vote in the midterm elections, in what many believe is a sign of hyper-polarization of politics under President Trump. Whether voters were striving to keep Republicans in...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:02pm

Democrats clean up across the Commonwealth in midterms

In 2016, Pennsylvania went red for President Donald Trump, proving a key swing state in his path to the presidency. But two years later, Democratic office-holders handily won their reelection campaigns. Here are the main takeaways as of press-time from the Pennsylvania 2018 mid-term elections:...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:05pm

Murder charges against Chester County mother for the death of her daughter: DA

Chester County authorities have charged a local mother with murder after she allegedly viciously shoved her 5-year-old daughter down a flight of stairs, knocking her down to a concrete landing in the basement and killing the child. After first responders found her daughter dead on arrival, Ciara...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 3:37pm

Ready to Vote, Philly? There's an app for that

"Get Out The Vote" is the mantra for the politically-active but based upon voter participation statistics in past races, a healthy chunk of Philadelphians just won't or don't vote. For a big election like 2016 U.S. Presidential race, on average, about 60 percent of the city votes...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:15pm

Philadelphia Police investigate photo of officer in blackface

Philadelphia Police are now investigating a photo posted to social media by one of their veteran officers. Hung Nguyen, a 22-year-old veteran officer, is featured in the controversial photo wearing a wig and a blackface while eating a plate of fish and grits. The photo was posted to Facebook last...

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:48pm

Philly Democrats hoping for success at the polls

It's finally here: the 2018 midterm elections and a political barometer for local, state, and national politics. Whether Republicans will hold onto their majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate remains to be seen; however, throughout the state and Philadelphia-area races,...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 3:18pm

Ex-Drexel student is sent to federal prison for fake 'pedophile' profile

In an effort to exact revenge on an enemy, a former Drexel student created a fake online persona in their name representing the person as a pedophile online. For that decision, Jacob Waitze, 23, of Southbury Connecticut, will be serving two years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:38pm