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The soul of Philadelphia DJs

Philadelphia DJs are entertainers that find ways to unite people through their scratches of the latest hip-hop jams and their blends of soulful classics. From legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to soulful mixmaster Rich Medina, Philadelphia DJs have left an indelible mark on popular music and earned a...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:08pm

Philly counterprotest woman charged with allegedly striking police horse at conservative rally

A Philadelphia woman attending an ACT for America rally in Harrisburg was arrested last weekend when she allegedly struck a Pennsylvania State Police horse in the side of the neck with a flag pole. According to police, Lisa Joy Simon, 23, was arrested on Saturday after she “used a flag pole...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 1:53pm

Cosby's fate with jury as second day of deliberations begins

A Pennsylvania jury on Tuesday was set to enter its first full day of deliberating whether Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a female friend who had come to him for career advice in his home in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2004. Cosby, best known for his role as the dad in the 1980s hit family TV...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 9:20am

Being pro-bike isn't anti-pedestrian

Readers of this column know the basis of what I write pertains to street safety for all road users. Or so I thought. After my last column, I got an email from someone — I’m going to call him Jody — claiming I don’t consider the rights of pedestrians. “Randy ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:02am

How doctor-prescribed antibiotics left a Philly man disabled

Over the phone, Michael Schumacher, 33, has a smooth salesman’s voice, and his intelligence oozes through the receiver. When he opens the door, his eyes are kind, but he is shuffling like an 85-year-old man. Just to get down the stairs to the front door, he uses timed four-minute increments...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:02am

Heat wave hits Philly

The Philadelphia School District will dismiss students in all schools and in the district’s early childhood centers at noon on Tuesday, as temperatures are expected to rise throughout the region. It's the latest sign of an intense heat wave hitting the East Coast. But it's not...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 5:15pm

Drunk driver killed Port Richmond mom, injured son: Police

A 39-year-old man from Northeast Philadelphia has been arrested and charged with murder by vehicle and related charges in a weekend hit-and-run that killed a young mother and injured her nine-year-old son. Police have charged Ryan McHugh, of the 4700 block of St. Dennis Drive, with homicide by...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:17pm

Police identify suspect in toddler's shooting

The Philadelphia Police are seeking help to track down the man believed responsible for the May 19 shooting in the city’s Harrowgate neighborhood that injured a 25-year-old man and his one-year-old son. On Monday, police released a photo of Revoire Harris, 25, whose last known address was...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:36am

How to Fix Philly: Still striving to Rebuild

When legislators announced the Rebuild Community Infrastructure initiative as part of the benefits Philadelphia citizens would receive thanks to the soda tax that went into effect this year, it was pitched as a way to improve and repair parks, libraries, playgrounds and recreation centers...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 5:06am

Sharing a childhood of abuse onstage to help others understand

Walking onstage to perform a one-man show isn’t easy. Acting out your own trauma is almost unheard of. Michael Broussard, 52, takes the stage in a plaid shirt. He begins his show, “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor,” by talking about a happy childhood he doesn’t remember. The memory...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:06am

Former Philly nonprofit director sentenced for embezzling funds for children

A Delaware woman will spend the next two and a half years in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that she embezzled more than $600,000 from Northern Children’s Services, a nonprofit that provides mental and behavior treatment services to children in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, the...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:56pm

Opinion: Former PHL17 reporter in viral video needs to learn humility

By now, we’ve all watched the viral video of Colleen Campbell, 28, in an almost-parody of Tina Fey’s South Philly accent, destroy her career at PHL 17 within a few agonizing, obnoxious drunken minutes. Props to the police officer who kept his cool and obviously had nothing better to do...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:14pm

Teens in viral assault video of special needs man arrested

The Philadelphia Police Department has identified four teenagers caught on viral video participating in an assault on a man with special needs in Germantown, two of whom were arrested for their role in last week's brick assault of the principal of Fitler Middle School. According to a statement...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 1:49pm

Woman in viral video of tirade against cop: that's 'not the real me'

Recently fired former PHL17 on-air talent, Colleen Campbell, says the woman seen screaming at a Philadelphia Police officer during a weekend tirade – video which went viral over the past few days – “is not the real me.” In a statement she shared through attorney Wayne...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:46am

How I rock climbed my way to the top

Would you put your life in someone else’s hands? That’s pretty much the gist of indoor rock climbing using the top rope method at Philadelphia Rock Gym. Top rope is climbing up ropes to the top of a rock gym wall, a boulder, a cliff, a bridge or whatever you have the top of the rope...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 5:02am

Baby gorilla is the newest — and most tummy-tickling — addition to Philadelphia Zoo

Sorry, April. Your baby giraffe is old news. After a difficult labor for mom and an emergency medical intervention, the Philadelphia Zoo welcomed a new — possibly the cutest — baby western lowland gorilla on Friday. The 5-pound baby gorilla boy and mom seem healthy, the zoo said, but a...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:31pm

Former PHL17 reporter arrested after foul-mouthed anti-cop tirade goes viral

A weekend outburst outside of Helium Comedy Club in Center City has already cost former PHL17 reporter Colleen Campbell her job, and now it could cost the 28-year-old her freedom. Following a tirade outside of the comedy club, after she had been reportedly kicked out of a performance by Craig...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 3:20pm

Family files lawsuit over man slain by police while looking for parking spot

After more than a year without hearing from officials on what caused the reportedly unprovoked police shooting that ended the life of 52-year-old Richard Ferretti, his family’s attorneys announced Tuesday that they are suing in the hopes of finding answers. “We are at 398 days and...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 3:02pm

How to Fix Philly: Getting to gunshots faster

Shootings around Philly sometimes seem like an unstoppable problem. But innovative technology designed by a Philly cop could be part of the answer to stemming the bloodshed. Aural anomaly detector devices, similar to gunshot detection technology, have been in place for the past year and a half....

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:38am

Can Pennsylvania keep growing?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for the first time in 31 years, Pennsylvania’s population declined in 2016 – dropping by more than 7,600 residents. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of only eight states to lose population over that 12-month period. In addition, Pennsylvania’s...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 5:05am