Sam Newhouse

SEPTA Key finally expands across Regional Rail

It has been a long, slow, deliberate rollout – designed to not shock SEPTA riders with any sudden changes – but SEPTA Key is finally fully here, with the last two zones of Regional Rail stations accepting the Key as this Wednesday. May 1 marks the day that Regional Rail riders in Zones 1 and 2...

Monday, April 29, 2019, 11:14 AM

Under new law, Philly Sheriff gets guns away from alleged abusers fast

Pennsylvania recently passed a new law to get the hands out of accused batterers fast. Act 79, the first new gun control-related law to pass Harrisburg in years, took effect earlier this month. Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams praised the law, under which guns and weapons now can get removed...

Monday, April 22, 2019, 1:09 PM

Could $162 million development re-awaken 'sleeping giant' of North Philly?

North Philadelphia station is something city-dwellers are pretty much accustomed to, but for guests traveling to our fair city, it can be a culture shock. Alongside the Regional Rail line side towers a dilapidated giant brick warehouse, known as the Ink Factory building. In the parking lot, you...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 5:01 AM

4th-grader sexually assaulted at Philly school seeking right to sue

A Philly boy identified in court papers as "N.B." will never be the same after being bullied, harassed, and sexually assaulted by classmates at age 8 while attending a Philadelphia public elementary school, his lawyers say. But he is not allowed to sue the School District of Philadelphia for...

Friday, March 1, 2019, 4:12 PM

Philly US attorney: Krasner 'isn't putting fear into hearts' of criminals

The war of words between federal officials appointed by President Donald Trump and Philadelphia's progressive local leadership is escalating still further. Philly federal prosecutor William McSwain announced Thursday that his office is filing new charges against a Philadelphia man who shot a...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:02 PM

Philly ban on 'cashless' stores signed into law

Some people say "cashless" is the way of future. But not in Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill passed by Philadelphia City Council to ban stores from refusing to accept cash, his office said Thursday. Violations could lead to fines of $2,000. "With a 26-percent poverty rate in...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:58 PM

Philly police say repeat sex offender was city employee

Philadelphia Police announced Tuesday they have arrested the man they believe is a responsible for a series of sexual assaults around Philadelphia – and that he is a Philadelphia Streets Department employee. Safien Williams, 37, a Point Breeze resident, was identified as the suspect linked to...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:27 PM

Feds blame Philly's sanctuary city policy – again – for child rape

William McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania appointed by President Donald Trump, claimed again on Tuesday that Philly's sanctuary city policies led to the rape of a child. Rapist Juan Ramon-Vasquez, 50, a Honduran national who was previously convicted and sentenced...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:24 PM

Pa. inmates could soon regain right to private legal mail

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has brokered a settlement with inmate advocates who sued after a controversial system-wide mail and book policy was instituted last year to crack down on drug smuggling into prisons. Under a tentative agreement reached Feb. 20, to be finalized within two...

Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:38 PM

SEPTA's new 49 bus links North Philly to South

We don't usually get too excited about SEPTA buses – except for when they're pulling up right on time. But SEPTA's newest bus route, the 49, is actually a development in the transit world that's got people talking about it. That's because the Route 49 bus cuts a vertical north-south path through...

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:21 PM

Philly GOP nominates first black woman candidate for mayor

Daphne Goggins, a Republican ward leader from North Philadelphia who supports Donald Trump, was nominated earlier this month to be the Philly GOP's candidate for mayor to run against Jim Kenney in his reelection campaign. But her candidacy became considerably more controversial after some fellow...

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:30 PM

Fearsome snowstorm causes chaos in Philly area

The wild winter is not over yet.  While Philly was hit with arctic temps recently, the lack of snowfall meant most city offices stayed open through the recent frigid polar vortex. But when the snow came Wednesday, folks ran for the hills. Three to five inches of snow ccumulated over the day...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:54 AM

Krasner's cash bail reforms aren't 'endangering the public,' study shows

One year in, one of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner's most significant reforms — ordering prosecutors to stop seeking cash bail for low-level offenses — appears to be a success, based on an independent academic evaluation, Krasner announced alongside Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday. "We do not, we...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:05 PM

Pa. locals blast EPA's action plan on toxic chemicals in drinking water

Acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler, who is expected to be confirmed later this month, came to Philadelphia recently to announce an "action plan" regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – known as PFAS – a plastic chemical believed to be in the...

Friday, February 15, 2019, 1:10 PM

What the heck is on the Rocky steps?

Philadelphia is known for its public art installations, but the latest has been drawing some heated reactions. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has erected a row of 10 blocky iron statues along the top of its grand stairs, known to many as the Rocky steps – and some have already objected to the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 2:21 PM

Opinions split after City Council votes down bill to ban pharma gifts

People have differing views on one of Philadelphia City Council's more high-profile votes last week: either a dirty, nefarious industry scored a victory, or a proposal intended to fight addiction that really just hampered physicians and the city lost. The vote in question was on a bill that would...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5:57 PM

Delaware mom wins $1.5M from KFC over breastmilk breaks

A Delaware mom and former Kentucky Fried Chicken employee just got some tasty news: not related to their fried food products, but a $1.5 million verdict in her favor due to managers at a Wilmington, Delaware-area location franchise obstructing her from pumping breast milk for her newborn son....

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 11:35 AM

Philly parents criticize welfare system at emotional City Council hearing

A packed, emotional hearing was held in Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday inquiring into the Philadelphia Department of Human Services' (DHS) practices around child custody and welfare, at which parents whose children were removed from their homes had the chance to unleash their complaints on...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:05 PM

Rowhouse Grocery brings fresh produce to Point Breeze

Walking in from the streets on a cold January day, Rowhouse Grocery in Point Breeze is a pleasant surprise. Fresh produce in open crates à la the Italian Market greet you, along with the warm tones of a new finished-wood interior, set against the faded colors of the building's original brick wall,...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 5:23 PM

Snow coats Philly overnight, and more to come

Mid-February is looking like more of a winter wonderland than December did in Philadelphia. Steadily, unrelenting snowfall that began late Sunday night continued for more than 12 hours, leaving inches of snow over the streets of Philly. It's a huge changes from a reported high of 67 degrees last...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:54 PM