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Philly files lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

In 2016, some 900 people lost their lives to drug overdoses, mostly heroin, in Philadelphia. In 2017, overdoses grew by one-third to some 1,200 overdose deaths. Now Philadelphia is laying the blame on several major drug companies that, in a new lawsuit announced on Wednesday, the city will...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:07 PM

Water Department pleads for patience, citing doubling complaints

There were 117 water main breaks in January 2017. But just 15 days into January 2018, there have been 176 water main breaks reported across Philadelphia to the city's Water Department. As of Jan. 17, there were some 170 leak investigations outstanding. In other words, if it seems like...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:35 PM

Montco DA releases DNA rendering of Norristown Farm Park rape suspect

To help solve a five-month-old rape case in Montgomery County, investigators have turned to DNA technology to digitally predict the suspect's appearance. A new wanted poster featuring a rendering credited to Snapshot DNA Phenotyping has been released by law enforcement asking the public to...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 11:05 AM

Eagles fan allegedly punched police horse

An intoxicated fan allegedly disgraced the Eagles' playoff win on Saturday by punching a Philly police horse. A Lehigh County man caught sneaking in to see the Eagles without a ticket responded by punching a Philly police horse that was patrolling the stadium area, police said. Taylor...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:25 PM

Atlantic City attorney convicted of 'endangering' stepdaughter with sexual misconduct

An Atlantic City attorney previously acquitted of sexually assaulting a former teenage stepdaughter has been convicted of child endangerment by sexual misconduct related to her younger sister. Criminal defense attorney Jose David Alcantara, 57, of Ventor Avenue, was convicted this week of the...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:45 PM

Fix Philly: How an unused conference room became the Philly Defenders Hub

Public defenders represent about 70 percent of the criminal defendants in Philadelphia with ongoing cases in the courts, but not every case is a major criminal matter. "Think about the hundreds of folks going through the CJC - and they're over there right now," said Curt Watkins,...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

Sosna: After 'weather whiplash,' don't fear the snow

NBC10 weekend meteorologist Steven Sosna says after Philly experienced "weather whiplash" from recent temperatures, we can expect stable but cool temperatures. Read on for his take on the coming week's weather. Is Philly done with the historic cold? The upcoming week won’t be...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 4:41 PM

Black nationalist Umar Johnson bashes Oprah 2020 while touring Asia

Dr. Umar Johnson has been in the spotlight after being ordered to a state psychology board hearing over his licensing, but while that decision is pending Johnson is again causing a stir while on a lecture tour in Asia. The fiery orator, educator and writer, who calls himself the "Prince of...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 10:25 AM

Bensalem woman forgot backpack with 10,000 bags of heroin outside middle school: police

In yet another sign of the reaches of the opioid abuse epidemic, a Bensalem woman has been arrested for allegedly forgetting a backpack containing $100,000 worth of heroin in a middle school parking lot. Natasha Willis, 26, of Bensalem, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of drugs with...

Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:57 AM

South Jersey doc in court for allegedly hiring Pagans to kill his wife

A former South Jersey doctor and a Pagan motorcycle gang member had a hearing  Thursday over how they allegedly plotted the murder of the doctor's wife. Dr. James Kauffman, 68, was arrested for the 2012 murder of his wife, April Kauffman, 47, a local businesswoman and radio host who had...

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:05 PM

Philly to honor fallen firefighter at public viewings in Cathedral

Philadelphians are coming together to honor a local firefighter who lost his life while fighting a blaze that also killed one civilian. Lt. Matthew LeTourneau, 42, of Engine 45/Platoon A, will be laid to rest Friday. Before the funeral, public viewings were expected to be held at the Cathedral...

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:04 AM

Philly animal welfare groups unite in new 'no kill' coalition

Philly has no shortage of animals who need help. But while issues with feral cats and stray dogs may seem stubbornly persistent, the numbers tell a different story: outcomes have drastically improved for homeless animals in the last several years. At Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT) Philly,...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 5:14 PM

SEPTA passenger gets screwdriver in the face during rush hour fight

A fight broke out on the Route 23 SEPTA bus during Wednesday rush hour, leaving one man slashed in the face with a screwdriver in stable condition and his attacker still wanted by police. The bus was on Germantown Avenue near West Logan Street when the fight happened just after 8 a.m., SEPTA said...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:37 AM

DA Krasner defends staff change-up, introduces first batch of new leaders

Days after some 33 prosecutors were asked to leave the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, newly sworn-in DA Larry Krasner defended the decision and introduced some of the recent hires who represent the “new culture” he is trying to introduce to the office.  “You...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:22 PM

Philly customs finds 321 kilos of cocaine hidden in furniture

How would you try to smuggle more than 700 pounds of coke into the United States? Some try to hide the drugs inside cars. Others have concealed them in shipments of pumpkins and squash. For a group of alleged smugglers in Puerto Rico, the solution was to ship pieces of cabinetry lined with...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:17 AM

Dr. Umar declares victory after hearing over license

Dr. Umar Johnson, a Philly native and self-professed black nationalist who commands a massive following on social media, declared victory Monday after a hearing in Harrisburg over his credentials as a psychologist. And Johnson, who identifies himself as the "Prince of Pan-Afrikanism,"...

Monday, January 8, 2018, 5:46 PM

Horses released from shoddy Spring Garden stables reach sanctuary

Just months ago, their very survival was in question. Against the advice of veterinarians and animal welfare workers, the horses of Philadelphia Carriage Company were trotting around Independence Mall carrying loads of tourists to see historic Old City.  But now, those horses have gone on to...

Monday, January 8, 2018, 5:02 PM

Public support mounts as Oprah ‘actively thinking’ of running for president

Call her the anti-Trump. Over three decades, Oprah Winfrey has amassed a personal fortune and huge public celebrity through a personally-branded media empire. She is one of the most powerful African American women in the country, with a personal worth estimated at some $2.7 billion, according to...

Monday, January 8, 2018, 4:53 PM

'Divisive' Dr. Umar Johnson accused of misrepresentation by state psychology board

(Update: the psychology board took no immediate action after the Jan. 8 hearing and Dr. Umar Johnson declared victory afterward. See below for details.) Dr. Umar Johnson, aka Dr. Umar Ifatunde, is someone whose beliefs veer considerably from the mainstream, and in some cases could even be...

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 9:49 AM

SEPTA on Saturday schedule as Philly digs out

The snow is over. But the effects of the so-called "bomb cyclone" weather pattern are still being felt in Philly as the region experiences a deep freeze with temperatures hovering around 8 degrees as of Friday morning. Public and Archdiocese schools are still closed in Philly and the...

Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:45 AM