Philadelphia

Pope Francis, Vatican covered up sex abuse in church, former archbishop says

The fall-out from the Pennsylvania grand jury report documenting decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic church continued as critics are now blaming the Vatican and even beloved Pope Francis for possibly participating in covering up the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy....

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:33pm

DA: No charges against driver in crash that killed 11-year-old

An 11-year-old's death after colliding with a vehicle in South Philly in May while the boy, Julian Angelucci, was riding his bike will not result in any criminal charges, the Philadelphia DA's office announced. That decision was made based on several factors, prosecutors said,...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:42am

Counter-protesters clash with police at Philadelphia Blue Lives Matter March

Police arrested 16 individuals at the Philadelphia Blue Lives Matter March in Center City on Saturday, August 25. The 16 individuals were counter-protesters from the group identified as Antifa. Short for antifascist, the group, who has thousands of members across the US, were there to demonstrate...

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 3:04pm

Philly schools to open early after summer-long clean-up

The School District of Philadelphia has seen a lot of changes lately. But for students and teachers, one of the biggest is that school starts in August. The 2018-19 academic year begins Monday, Aug. 27, a week earlier than usual for Philly Schools. School District of Philadelphia...

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 12:11pm

Vigil to honor City Hall staffer killed in murder-suicide

A candlelight vigil is planned Thursday afternoon in the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard for a beloved staff member at City Council whose life was lost in a tragic murder-suicide last week. Linda Rios, known as "Jeannie," 37, was murdered on Aug. 17 by her estranged spouse during an...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:34pm

Philly marriages bureau finds $120K missing due to one employee

Happy young couples in love rush down to the Philly marriages bureau in City Hall every day to hand over $90 so they can get legally hitched. It’s $100 for a self-uniting or “Quaker” license. Three days after paying the fee, couples can officially join their lives in the eyes of...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

Philly creatives of color getting their due

Visual artist Uncool Chuck's vision for a simple way to bring Philly’s brightest artistic talents and creatives together has evolved from a novel idea into one of the most poignant moments for Philly creatives of color in recent history. With a concept inspired by legendary photographer...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 4:45pm

Daughter of Tacony dungeon ‘mastermind’ gets 40 years

It was one of the most disturbing cases in recent Philadelphia history, sparked by a horrifying discovery in 2011. Four mentally disabled adults were found chained to a boiler in the basement of a Tacony rowhome. Later dubbed the Tacony dungeon, authorities discovered that the location was used to...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 5:23pm

Trump coal plan will hurt environment, experts say

The Trump administration’s proposed new “Affordable Clean Energy” rule on coal-powered plants, which would reverse an Obama-era regulation that would have required coal power operations to reduce their carbon emissions over the next several years, sent waves of shock and...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 3:15pm

Pope Francis apologizes for Pa. Catholic sex abuse revelations

The days since the release of the long-delayed grand jury report issued by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Catholic sex abuse at six dioceses around the state have seen a flood of aftershocks related to revelations about sex abuse by clergy, covered up by other church members. On...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 5:29pm

Historic currency sells for millions at World's Fair of Money

How's this for a rate of return on your investment? A rare century-old nickel's value has increased some 90 million times, with a five-cent coin selling for a whopping $4.56 million at the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia. The coin sold so high because it's one of only five...

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 3:11pm

Sudanese 'Lost Boy' turned government critic charged with treason

The situation of a former South Sudanese "Lost Boy" who was educated in Philly and became a political activist before being arrested in his homeland two weeks ago has grown considerably more dire. Peter Biar Ajak, 34, an outspoken critic of the government of South Sudan, is now facing...

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 2:53pm

Ahead of Philly performance, Patti LaBelle remembers Aretha Franklin

 The passing of Aretha Franklin is an emotional experience for her family, friends, fans, fellow musicians and collaborators, and all who ever heard the Queen of Soul’s powerful voice. All will miss her, including Philadelphia’s Patti LaBelle, a woman who – as the Godmother...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 2:33pm

Dirty water, overcrowding closes Devil's Pool again

Devil's Pool, a hidden swimming hole tucked away from the clamor of Philadelphia city life in the Wissahickon, is a favorite spot of more roguish forest-lovers who won't be deterred by a few "no swimming" signs. But while swimming there was tolerated despite being frowned upon, it...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:32am

North Philly mom behind viral camel prom accused of fraud

Saudia Shuler, the North Philly mom and chef who got viral media attention for the extravagant high school graduation party she threw her son back in 2017, which famously featured a camel and was said to cost $25,000. But federal prosecutors have now indicted Shuler, 44, with Social Security fraud...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 12:29pm

Peter Biar Ajak, the former 'Lost Boy' who studied in Philly jailed in South Sudan

Peter Biar Ajak, 34, is one of the 'Lost Boys' displaced by the decades-long Sudanese civil war who came to the U.S. in the early 2000s. In the years since, he has become an outspoken advocate for political reform in his native land. But some friends and supporters fear that his political...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 5:23pm

Tenants removed over hazards at infamous Germantown developer's formerproperty

When city agencies foreclosed earlier this year on loans for affordable housing units in Germantown tied to disgraced developer Emanuel Freeman, neighbors hailed it as a turning point. But months later, some of the tenants who were hoping for positive change are instead getting kicked out as living...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:36am

Cleanup underway, more rain possible after flooding in Philly and South Jersey

Streets were flooded, homes and businesses were soaked, and some people even had to be rescued from their cars around the Philadelphia area due to heavy rains walloping the region. In Delaware County, crowded streets were flooded and cars were washed away. In South Jersey, entire neighborhoods...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:53am

Pennsylvania authorities exhume bodies in hopes of solving Philly cold cases

Local law enforcement authorities in Pennsylvania are working to solve several Philly cold cases. On Wednesday, workers were seen digging to exhume seven coffins in Potter’s Field located in North Philadelphia in the hopes that local detectives can find answers to cases they have been trying...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:45pm

Meet Dallas, the pit bull saved from a Canadian dogfighting ring to get K-9 training

A pit bull who has led a precarious life for years – discovered in a massive Canadian dogfighting ring, scheduled for execution by animal welfare authorities and then freed by court order – is now on the way to a very unexpected second act: K-9 police dog training in the Philly area...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:17pm