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Zuckerberg weighs in on Philly's cheesesteak war

The king of social networks came down decisively and without hesitation on the side of one of the longest-running factions in the Philly cheesesteak war recently.   Pat’s Steaks was the choice of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, he proclaimed in a Facebook post after making a quiet...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:27 AM

New monument to honor OV Catto, Philly titan of civil rights

It has been nearly 150 years in the making. But it is finally here. Octavius Valentine Catto, of Philadelphia, was an intellectual, scholar, teacher, athlete, Civil War veteran and civil rights leader. At age 32 on Election Day, 1871, he was murdered in the street by white men while trying to...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:22 PM

Grief-stricken grandma doesn’t believe her grandson drowned

Val Lattimore is a woman haunted by the death of her 11-year-old grandson in 2015. And two years later, like many who have suffered from tragedy, she still can’t accept the official story that Laquan Lattimore drowned after going swimming in Darby Creek in Delaware County.  “He...

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Non-citizens have been registering to vote in PA for years

City Commissioner Al Schmidt, one of three commissioners who oversees city elections, announced Wednesday that his office has discovered that hundreds of non-citizens have been able to register to vote in Philly and likely statewide in the last decade.  “When you’re a non-citizen...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:39 PM

Clarke, Jones seek to bulk up civilian oversight of police

City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. deeply respects Philly cops, but he knows all too well that sometimes mistakes happen. In 2015, his own daughter, who was pregnant, had the door of her Southwest Philly home kicked down by law enforcement looking for a murder suspect who no longer lived there....

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 4:08 PM

Afro pick artist: ‘I can’t understand how it’s seen as offensive’

The artist behind the Afro pick sculpture that attracted a flurry of attention for its provocative placement near former Mayor Frank Rizzo’s statue opened up about some of his thoughts on the piece in a recent panel discussion. While Hank Willis Thomas credited his grandmother and...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:00 AM

Ben Carson to oversee reopening of Philly school, protests planned

Donald Trump’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Tuesday will make his first visit to Philadelphia, to celebrate the reopening of a high school in Sharswood. Ben Carson, 65, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, grew up...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:03 PM

Outrage flares after Philly.com places paywall on website

It was inevitable. Or was it? Either way, Philly.com is officially now behind a paywall, blocking its content from nonsubscribers, who are now only allowed to read 10 articles per month. The move sparked an immediate, vitriolic response among some readers. "F— you too,"...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 2:52 PM

Yes, that's an Afro pick next to the Frank Rizzo statue

The Frank Rizzo statue may still be standing, but the cop who became mayor might be a little surprised by his neighbor, a 12-foot-tall sculpture of an Afro Pick with a "Black Power"-style raised fist at its end. The sculpture was installed as part of Monument Lab, a Philadelphia art...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4:59 PM

Correction: Philly rapper's identity mix-up

After being contacted by a North Philly man, Metro Philly is writing this correction to clarify the record related to a recent story. A story about the recent murder of a man in Spring Garden, allegedly by suspect Marvin Roberts, who is 16 and in custody, was run with the picture of another young...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4:37 PM

Philly police shooting reviews moving faster, but backlog persists

It took just under 90 days for the Philadelphia Police Department to investigate an officer’s fatal shooting of a dirt biker and to decide to fire the officer. When asked by a reporter last week why the investigation in the David Jones shooting took so long, Commissioner Richard Ross scoffed...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

Got bugs, Philly? It’s nothing to fear, just mating season, experts say

Swarms of bugs on the loose! It sounds like a horror movie, but it’s all too true in Philly lately, as sightings of swarms of flying ants have been reported widely in recent days.  But the uptick in visible insects is nothing to be afraid of, said entomologist Dr. John Cambridge, CEO of...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

Cops release new details about arrest of suspects in Spring Garden dad's murder

The two brothers who allegedly killed a Philly dad and neighborhood activist in a cold-blooded murder last week were both apprehended thanks to coordination with multiple law enforcement agencies and a couple of coincidences, police said Monday. “Within a little less than 48 hours, we were...

Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:46 PM

Teen charged in Philly dad's murder outside home

Police have arrested a pair of brothers in connection with the murder of a Philly man outside his home last week. The pair, identified as Maurice Roberts, 21, and Marvin Roberts, 16, are accused of sticking up Gerard Grandzol, 38, before fatally shooting him at point-blank range just after 8 p.m....

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1:04 PM

Philly man shot to death at point-blank range steps from home

Police are hunting a pair of thieves who shot a Philly father at “point-blank range” outside his home in Spring Garden on Thursday night. Gerard Grandzol, 38, was murdered on the 1500 block of Melon Street around 8 p.m., around the corner from Fairmount Avenue and Broad Street, while...

Friday, September 8, 2017, 1:06 PM

To help immigrants, stop towing their cars, activists say

Mayor Jim Kenney can't reverse President Trump's vow to end the Obama-era DACA program in six months. But, immigrant advocates say, he can make other changes to improve the lives of undocumented residents. Advocates from local immigration non-profit New Sanctuary Movement Philly, elected...

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:33 PM

Philly cop who killed dirt biker David Jones will be fired

Philadelphia Police Officer Ryan Pownall will be fired for violating departmental policy when he shot his service gun from 35 feet away at an unarmed, fleeing dirt biker, killing the man, Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday. David Jones, 30, was killed June 8 by gunshots to the back and...

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10:23 AM

Confederate flag on narcotics cop’s car shows racism in unit, union says

A Confederate flag spotted on a police officer’s personal vehicle was the last straw for African-American police officers in the narcotics unit who have now gone public alleging a “racially hostile work environment” in the unit. “They got tired of it,” said Rochelle...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:32 PM

Philly immigrants call for ‘resistance zones’ as DACA end announced

Outrage over President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program for undocumented immigrants brought into the US as children is spurring immigrant advocates in Philadelphia to call for “resistance zones,” starting in South Philadelphia. “The Community Resistance Zones is a...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 6:04 PM

MAGA shirt-wearing suspect charged with pepper-spraying trans woman at march

A trans woman at a South Jersey "Stand Against Hate" rally went on to participate in the march Monday, despite having been pepper-sprayed by a man wearing a shirt printed with alt-right imagery the night before. Morris May, 22, of Scotch Plains, NJ, was charged by Asbury Park police with...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11:18 AM