Sam Newhouse

Regenerative development expert to speak at Philly HQ for sustainability and innovation

"Redesign work, cultivate human potential, achieve extraordinary outcomes," is the subtitle of sustainable business thought-leader Carol Sanford's newest book, "The Regenerative Business." Sanford has consulted for corporations ranging from Google, Intel and DuPont to...

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:22 PM

Protests planned as Mike Pence visits Philly

President Donald Trump's right-hand man, vice president Mike Pence, will be in Philadelphia next week to support the campaign of GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Lou Barletta. In heavily progressive Philadelphia, that means it is time for a protest. A protest of Pence's campaign event at the...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:29 PM

Jay-Z bashes Philly for proposed Made in America move

Jay-Z called foul on Philly in a recent op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, saying he was blindsided by learning that Made in America – the massively popular annual end-of-summer festival that Jay-Z organizes – is going to get kicked off the Parkway, its venue for the past six years....

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:50 PM

Free Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival brings together diverse communities

The Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival is hoping to bring people in its community together for the 12th year running. Tracing a path northwest through University City and into the rest of West Philly, Lancaster Avenue itself is a border between distinct Philly neighborhoods and different communities,...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:05 PM

Philadelphia hotels are in a growth spurt

Philadelphia has been watching the second Comcast skyscraper rise for years. But most people don't know that when the 60-story building is complete, its top floors will be occupied by the newest addition to the ultra-luxury offerings among Philadelphia hotels: a brand-new Four Seasons hotel...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:13 PM

Philly flash flood could batter region during heat wave

A potential Philly flash flood could be coming on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. The predicted downpour comes as the region is in the grip of a brutal heat wave. "Thunderstorms producing heavy rain could result in flash flooding across along and near the Interstate 95 corridor in...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:05 PM

Conflicting stories emerge after Rittenhouse Square murder

Conflicting storylines are spreading rapidly in Philly about the recent Rittenhouse Square murder and who started the fight that turned deadly. Slain real estate developer Sean Schellenger, 37, was mourned by neighbors and community members in Point Breeze after he died on July 12 from a stab...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 12:03 PM

New SEPTA Locomotives bring more power to regional rail

SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey M. Knueppel is feeling good. With 15 new SEPTA locomotives on the way, he recently went for a ride in a model of train locomotive that isn’t just fast but reliable. “I’m so excited to be in a new locomotive coming in, I rode in the front of it on the...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 3:13 PM

SEPTA Key is gearing up for Regional Rail launch

In the coming months, some 50,000 Regional Rail riders, some of whom have been riding the same trains to and from work for literally decades, will have to make a big adjustment as SEPTA transitions all one of its most popular transit modes onto using the SEPTA Key. That step is getting closer and...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 2:15 PM

Lincoln Drive road closures announced for July weekends

Driving through Philadelphia could be a lot more complicated this July, due to recently announced weekend closures of Lincoln Drive every weekend through the end of July. The Streets Department recently announced that Lincoln Drive will be closed between Ridge and Wissahickon avenues every weekend...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 10:30 AM

New Jersey gambling already earning millions more: report

Sports betting was only legalized in New Jersey on June 11 but the state is already reporting significant gains from New Jersey gambling in its gaming and casino industries, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement said in a new report released Thursday. It’s another concrete sign that...

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 5:32 PM

Rhynhart launches new audit of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Making good on one of her campaign promises, new City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart is kicking off a performance audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority to look at whether the agency could provide more funding to Philly schools, she announced on Wednesday. “Over the last few years,...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:26 PM

Residents, city team up to tear down 8,000 'bandit' signs

"I Buy Houses." "I Buy Junk Cars." "Buy House – Fast Cash." Everyone in Philadelphia is familiar with the spectacle of telephone and utility poles and other public surfaces covered with reams of paper posters, flyers, and signs, many of them advertising dubious...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 4:44 PM

After Trump Supreme Court nom, what next? 'A free-for-all,’ law prof says

Minutes after President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court was announced on Monday night, the political hype machine started winding up. Strong opinions were trumpeted, both for and against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was unknown to most Americans just days ago. “Judge...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 4:07 PM

Analysis: Trump Supreme Court pick could have 'seismic impact'

Widespread shock and outright hysteria quickly followed the news that President Trump would within two years get a second U.S. Supreme Court pick. But legal experts say that reaction may actually be justified, as adding another conservative to the court could signal a once-in-a-generation...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 5:30 PM

Sex-abuse victim asks Supreme Court to release grand jury report

One alleged victim of childhood sexual abuse by a Harrisburg diocese Catholic priest has joined the legal fight to compel the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow the release the attorney general’s new grand jury report documenting sex abuse in the Catholic Church statewide. Todd Frey, now 49...

Monday, July 9, 2018, 3:23 PM

New addiction med could turn the tide of opioid epidemic, doc says

In Philadelphia in 2018, where the epidemic of opioid addiction and related overdoses have spiked in recent years to claim thousands of lives, new medical advances may be bringing doctors closer to finding drugs that can break the hold of what many describe as one the most powerful chemical...

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 11:18 AM

Emergency funding for lead paint, asbestos in Philly schools

Looking around a kindergarten classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School in Germantown where peeling lead paint had been discovered, state Sen. Vincent Hughes asked the question on everyone’s mind. “You’re going to fix all this in two months?” he asked. In fact, the answer...

Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:45 PM

Philly gangs once at war, now working together

Philly was a very different city in the '60s and '70s, and one key difference was the proliferation of street gangs: tightly organized and disciplined on the inside, as former members recall it, but fiercely protective of territories, over which battles and bloodshed were often liable to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:23 PM

Temps in the 90s to cook the Philadelphia region

How hot is it about to get in Philadelphia? Very, very hot, according to meteorologists. A heat wave is bearing down on Philly and the entire Delaware Valley, potentially bringing temperatures that feel hotter than 100 degrees, forecasters say. The first true heat wave of the summer is expected to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:53 PM