Philadelphia

Montco DA asks for Bill Cosby to get prison time

Disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby will be sentenced Tuesday on the indecent sexual assault charges he was convicted of in April. The Cosby sentencing hearing on his sexual assault conviction began on Monday with legal arguments by attorneys and victim-impact statements by victim Andrea Constand and...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 4:35pm

11 West Nile virus infections found in Philly

The West Nile virus is here. On Friday, the Philadelphia Health Department announced that it had confirmed 11 cases of West Nile in Philadelphia Ten of those patients, eight of whom were over 50 years old, had neuro-invasive infections and had to be hospitalized. (The 11th patient only developed a...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:08pm

Will Bill Cosby go to prison? Disgraced comedian's fate to be decided

Bill Cosby, 81, legally blind, having seen his comedic and cultural legacy turned to ash, now could be headed to prison. Cosby's sentencing on three counts of involuntary indecent assault, for drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham mansion in...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:45pm

Two ideas pitched to soothe Center City congestion: crackdown and new civilian cops

Center City has become steadily more crowded in the last several years. It's not hard to see why. Philly's population growing for the first time in decades; take the new troops of millennials employed downtown, add in Uber, Lyft, bicyclists and new bike lanes, and don't forget the...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:08pm

Judge slaps down recusal motion, Cosby sentencing to proceed

The sentencing for Bill Cosby on sex assault charges is set to proceed on Sept. 24 as scheduled, after a Montgomery County judge slapped down eleventh-hour motions accusing the judge of bias. Montco Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected motions by attorneys for Bill Cosby asking him to recuse...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 4:57pm

Suspect arrested for murder during carjacking in rural area of Chesco

Chester County prosecutors have charged an ex-con with murdering Sam Algarin, a 31-year-old father of two, during a carjacking and robbery in a quiet rural area last week. Hakeem Smith, 31, is charged with murder for allegedly shooting Sam Algarin, 30, once in the chest, and then dumping his body...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 4:21pm

What to know about the invasive spotted lanternfly and its threat to Philly

The noose of the invasive spotted lanternfly draws ever tighter around the neck of Philadelphia. The plant-hopper can destroy local trees and vines, upsetting the ecosystem and damaging agricultural businesses in the process, and it's recently been sighted in Philly and the surrounding suburbs...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:06pm

Barack Obama to stump for Dems in Philly

Hosanna! Barack Obama is coming back to Philadelphia. The uber-popular former Democratic president will attend a campaign event in Philadelphia on Friday to support local Democrats, and tickets are available to the public. The campaign event on Sept. 21 in West Fairmount park is being held to...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:56am

Chesco 'child predator' gets 100 years for state's largest-ever child porn stash

Lawrence Jamieson, the scion of a respected Main Line family, was actually a "child predator," Philly federal prosecutors said before he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for sex crimes and possession of child pornography. Lawrence, also known as "Larry," Jamieson, Jr., 59,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:02am

What to know about the Knight Foundation’s $5M art-tech initiative and other grants

The Knight Foundation on Monday announced $19 million worth of new grants for programs around Philadelphia, including a $5 million art-tech program intended to "help institutions develop and implement strong digital strategies that meaningfully engage visitors in the arts." The...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:52pm

PSPCA rescues 800 chicks from North Philly lot

The PSPCA says 800 baby chicks, the lone survivors out of a group of some 2,500, were discovered without food or proper shelter over the weekend in a vacant lot in Olney that their owner wanted to turn into a chicken farm. But the PSPCA's Humane Law Enforcement found the chicks...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:45pm

Mayor Kenney signs new bill on sodium menu warning

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law on Friday at city hall a new bill that will require all chain restaurants to disclose the amount of sodium in menu items. By next year at this time warning labels will be required to accompany each menu item containing the daily maximum recommended...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 4:35pm

Cosby wants judge booted just before sentencing

With his legacy in tatters and facing prison-time on a sex assault conviction, Bill Cosby still has a few tricks up his sleeve and isn't going down without a fight. The legal team for Cosby, 81, recently filed a motion demanding that Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who presided...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 2:06pm

Hero Thrill Show returns to raise funds for fallen heroes' kids

For the 64th year running, the annual Philadelphia Hero Thrill Show will soon be celebrated to help raise funds to educate the children of fallen heroes. On Sept. 12, 75 members of the elite Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team displayed their finery during a pep rally to raise awareness of...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:26pm

Settlement for cyclist's death will fund safer streets

In November 2017, 24-year-old Emily Fredricks began her daily bicycle trip to work as a pastry chef at the now-defunct Le Chéri restaurant in Center City, not knowing it would be the last day of her life. Fredricks, remembered by family as a cautious, helmet-wearing biker, did have a helmet on...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:21pm

Critics say new prison rules to curb drug smuggling are too harsh, but DOC claims they're necessary

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) this week lifted a systemwide prison lockdown put in place after dozens of guards were sickened by exposure to synthetic cannabinoids. But instead of a lockdown, stiffer new prison rules will be in place, in part to curb the drug smuggling in state...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:12am

'Pulse' awakens at Dilworth Park

The newest addition to Center City's visual offerings comes from under the ground. "Pulse," a long-promised public art installation of lights tracking city transit as it passes under Dilworth Park, activated its first component on Wednesday night. A four-foot-tall cloud of green mist...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:36pm

Heavy rain causes ceiling collapse at a South Philly high school

Just weeks into the new school year, the School District of Philadelphia is having an increasingly tough time. On Tuesday, a South Philly high school shut down early for repairs after the ceiling collapsed due to weeks of heavy rainfall. "The Academy at Palumbo School was impacted by flooding...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:47pm

Philly sends first responders to battle Florence

As residents of the Carolinas and Virginia evacuate their homes, bracing for landfall by the now-Category-4 Hurricane Florence, first responders from the Philadelphia area will be joining the fight. Some 80 members of PA-Task Force 1 arrived in South Carolina on Tuesday to assist with preparation...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 4:28pm

Trump honors United 93 at 9/11 ceremony in Shanksville

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump visited the United 93 memorial in Shanksville, Penn. and delivered remarks honoring those who lost their lives that day. "On Sept. 11, 2001, a band of brave patriots turned the tide on our nations' enemies and joined the immortal...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:58am