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Students walk-out again over gun laws

On the anniversary of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, and just months after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, Philly students from several schools protested at City Hall in Philadelphia Friday and marched through the city. One large group of high schoolers even staged a massive...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:37 PM

SEPTA advances with sustainability initiatives

In general, experts agree that one of the most environmentally beneficial things the average person can do is to leave their car at home and ride mass transit. But at SEPTA, the carbon footprint is diminished a little more due to the diverse sustainability initiatives underway, from acquiring more...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00 AM

At Greenland Nursery, city preserves future for native trees

Tucked away in a corner of West Fairmount Park, a century-old greenhouse that was out of use for decades has been re-activated since 2009 with a mission of preserving Philadelphia's natural heritage: the native trees and shrubs that evolved with the land, but are increasingly under threat from...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:56 PM

La Salle's art going on sale over objections of faculty, curators

Daniel Burke, a Christian Brother and educator who served as La Salle University's 25th president, began collecting artwork for the benefit of the school's students in 1965 before opening their museum in 1976. But Brother Burke died in November 2015, and less than three years later, La...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:00 AM

Cop sued for leaving gun out that girlfriend used to kill self

The family of a 41-year-old South Jersey woman who fatally shot herself one year ago is now suing her former live-in cop boyfriend for having an unsecured, loaded gun that she used to commit suicide. Kevin and Carol McDowell, parents of Kelly Ann McDowell, of Galloway, NJ, filed their lawsuit...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:06 PM

Lancaster Schools won't fire teacher who gave kids pancakes

Students taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) standardized test can be under a great deal of pressure when they start their early morning exams. So, eighth-grade teacher Kyle Byler, a teacher at Hand Middle School in Lancaster, brought in an electric griddle, and cooked each...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:56 AM

SEPTA's power plant proposal attracts opposition

SEPTA's plan to build a power plant near the Wayne Junction area, between Germantown and Nicetown, has earned fiery opposition from environmentalists who call the project a "gas plant" that will harm their quality of life. But SEPTA says the plant is part of their sustainability...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:08 PM

Alleged drug dealer charged with causing death of teen girl

An alleged drug dealer has been charged with selling heroin to a teenage girl that caused her to have a fatal overdose the day after Christmas, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has announced.  Willingsboro man Austin Cooper, 21, will be in New Jersey Superior Court in Mt. Holly...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:07 AM

Kenney on Starbucks arrests: 'This is a societal issue'

Mayor Jim Kenney has released new details about the city's investigations into the arrests of two black men in a Rittenhouse Starbucks that led to outraged accusations of racism nationwide. “This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue," Kenney said in a statement....

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10:04 AM

Trump tax cuts will stimulate the economy, but concerns persist

Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump held true to his campaign promise of cutting taxes. Plenty of working Americans will get more money back in their tax returns in 2017, partly thanks to a reduction of the tax withholding rate, and significantly lower tax rates taking effect this year...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 AM

Philly rapper Meek Mill still in jail, but will get new trial

Lawyers for rapper Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, celebrated on Monday a Philly judge's decision to allow him a new trial, although he will remain in custody for now. "Earlier today, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office indicated our support for Meek Mill to be given a...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 4:56 PM

Starbucks apologizes, manager quits after arrest of two black men at Philly cafe

A Starbucks cafe in Rittenhouse Square closed for the day Monday as activists occupied the coffee shop with repeated protests of the weekend arrests of two black men. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who came to Philadelphia on Monday, said it was "completely inappropriate to engage the police...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 4:24 PM

Eagles Drop Daryl Worley after DUI in South Philly

Former Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly becoming combative with police who found him passed out in a car that was blocking traffic, officials said. On Monday, the Philadelphia Police Department announced Worley, 23, a North Philly native who attended...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:58 AM

Protests planned outside Philly Starbucks where black men were arrested

A video of two black men being arrested inside a Center City Starbucks for allegedly sitting in the cafe without buying anything has gotten millions of views on social media and sparked national outrage over claims of alleged racial profiling. A Sunday afternoon protest was planned outside the...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:01 PM

New Rail Park will open in June with original Reading Viaduct structure intact

The Reading Viaduct’s transformation into the Center City Rail Park will soon be complete, but the original structure won’t be completely demolished, as was originally part of the plan. On Friday, the Center City District confirmed the new Rail Park will open in June and preserve the...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 4:08 PM

Two SEPTA cops fired, charged with attacking drunk man

An allegedly unwarranted attack on an intoxicated man at Frankford Transportation Center led to two SEPTA cops losing their jobs and facing criminal charges. The SEPTA cops are accused in connection to a December attack on a man at Frankford Transportation Center, according to the transit agency...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:54 AM

World-traveling monk brings message of 'sustainable happiness' to Philly

A world-traveling monk in the Krishna bhakti tradition is in Philadelphia this week to deliver his spiritual philosophy of happiness, which he described as "how to be happy in a way that doesn't exploit other people, future generations, the environment or other species." Devamrita...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 AM

Man on parole arrested in art student's murder

Police announced on Thursday the arrest of a man charged with strangling a young Philly art student to death late last year and leaving her body in Cobbs Creek. They say Kierra Thompson, 21, was killed by David Grier, 22, in a killing described as "sexual" in nature, although no further...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:52 PM

Lancaster City man sentenced for 'torture-killings' of two disabled brothers

A 19-year-old Lancaster City man got two life sentences back-to-back after pleading guilty to what prosecutors called the "torture-killings" of two disabled brothers who lived together, one of whom he killed with a sword, and who were each stabbed multiple times. Juan Cristo-Munoz Jr.,...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:54 AM

Smokin' Joe Frazier gets street named in his honor

North Philly resident Mike Abdullah, a committeeman for the 37th Ward and vice president of the 12th & Cambria Advisory Board, is devoted to making sure the legacy of Philadelphia's legendary boxer "Smokin'" Joe Frazier get its due. As part of that effort, he recently joined...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00 AM