Sam Newhouse

Councilman Allan Domb proposes to reform DROP

Philadelphia's citizens have been complaining about the 'DROP' pension program for city employees that critics say wastes taxpayer dollars. Now, City Councilman Allan Domb wants to do something about it. "We have a Rolls-Royce pension program, but we have a Buick budget,"...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

The most bizarre moments from Alex Trebek's stint as a debate monitor

With incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf comfortably outpacing GOP challenger state Sen. Scott Wagner in most polls, it looks like Wolf will easily take the race in November. For that reason, the Pennsylvania's race for governor has frankly not been very dramatic, that is until Tuesday night...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:55 PM

Impact-driven orgs find mobile-app success with Philly startup MilkCrate

Back in 2014, tech whiz Morgan Berman was competing in a "Shark Tank-esque" competition at the Forbes "30 Under 30" summit in Philly to get more funding for MilkCrate, the app she created that connected users to sustainable businesses. Four years later, things have changed...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Trump says US has 'best economy in history' during Philly visit

President Donald Trump came to Philadelphia for a professional convention, and as expected, was met with massive crowds of protesters. Trump was in the city of brotherly love for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Organizers...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:13 PM

Viking statue turned 'flashpoint' between skinheads and Antifa toppled into Schuylkill River

A 12,000-pound, century-old statue of a Viking explorer along the Schuylkill River that some white supremacists group treat as a totem of their ideology is under repair after it was knocked down overnight. The 7-foot-4-inch tall bronze statue depicting Thorfinn Karlsefni is located next to the...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 3:49 PM

Trump coming to Philly, SEPTA warns of delays

Fresh off announcing his new trade-deal with Mexico and Canada, President Trump will be visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday for a speech, which is expected to draw numerous protesters. Trump will be in Philly to speak at the convention of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), to be...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 12:43 PM

Pennsylvania governors to break bread in spirit of William Penn

If the hyperpartisan atmosphere of national politics ahead of midterm elections is too much for you, a coming event may be the bipartisan tonic you need. Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed, historic home of William Penn on the Delaware River, will unite living Pennsylvania governors from different...

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 2:00 PM

Supporters of former 'Lost Boy' detained in South Sudan to rally at UN

Pleas for justice on behalf of a South Sudanese political prisoner, jailed for criticizing his homeland's leaders, will be made outside the United Nations' General Assembly meeting on Friday. Supporters of Peter Biar Ajak, who was detained two months ago and is yet to be formally charged,...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:20 PM

Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison

After a tumultuous legal battle, Bill Cosby was sentenced to state prison time on Tuesday for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004 and was immediately remanded to custody. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill handed down a three to 10...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11:03 AM

Montco DA asks for Bill Cosby to get prison time

Disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby will be sentenced Tuesday on the indecent sexual assault charges he was convicted of in April. The Cosby sentencing hearing on his sexual assault conviction began on Monday with legal arguments by attorneys and victim-impact statements by victim Andrea Constand and...

Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:53 AM

Boy selling candy on SEPTA train killed in fall between cars

A 7-year-old boy was killed on the SEPTA Broad Street Line after he reportedly fell between two cars while attempting to sell candy to passengers. SEPTA did not immediately comment on details surrounding the boy's death, which occurred on a southbound Broad Street train that was near Lehigh...

Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:13 AM

Will Bill Cosby go to prison? Disgraced comedian's fate to be decided

Bill Cosby, 81, legally blind, having seen his comedic and cultural legacy turned to ash, now could be headed to prison. Cosby's sentencing on three counts of involuntary indecent assault, for drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham mansion in...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 5:33 PM

11 West Nile virus infections found in Philly

The West Nile virus is here. On Friday, the Philadelphia Health Department announced that it had confirmed 11 cases of West Nile in Philadelphia Ten of those patients, eight of whom were over 50 years old, had neuro-invasive infections and had to be hospitalized. (The 11th patient only developed a...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 3:45 PM

Two ideas pitched to soothe Center City congestion: crackdown and new civilian cops

Center City has become steadily more crowded in the last several years. It's not hard to see why. Philly's population growing for the first time in decades; take the new troops of millennials employed downtown, add in Uber, Lyft, bicyclists and new bike lanes, and don't forget the...

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:08 PM

Judge slaps down recusal motion, Cosby sentencing to proceed

The sentencing for Bill Cosby on sex assault charges is set to proceed on Sept. 24 as scheduled, after a Montgomery County judge slapped down eleventh-hour motions accusing the judge of bias. Montco Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected motions by attorneys for Bill Cosby asking him to recuse...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:57 PM

Suspect arrested for murder during carjacking in rural area of Chesco

Chester County prosecutors have charged an ex-con with murdering Sam Algarin, a 31-year-old father of two, during a carjacking and robbery in a quiet rural area last week. Hakeem Smith, 31, is charged with murder for allegedly shooting Sam Algarin, 30, once in the chest, and then dumping his body...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:54 PM

What to know about the invasive spotted lanternfly and its threat to Philly

The noose of the invasive spotted lanternfly draws ever tighter around the neck of Philadelphia. The plant-hopper can destroy local trees and vines, upsetting the ecosystem and damaging agricultural businesses in the process, and it's recently been sighted in Philly and the surrounding suburbs...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 5:06 PM

Barack Obama to stump for Dems in Philly

Hosanna! Barack Obama is coming back to Philadelphia. The uber-popular former Democratic president will attend a campaign event in Philadelphia on Friday to support local Democrats, and tickets are available to the public. The campaign event on Sept. 21 in West Fairmount park is being held to...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 11:24 AM

Chesco 'child predator' gets 100 years for state's largest-ever child porn stash

Lawrence Jamieson, the scion of a respected Main Line family, was actually a "child predator," Philly federal prosecutors said before he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for sex crimes and possession of child pornography. Lawrence, also known as "Larry," Jamieson, Jr., 59,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9:16 AM

What to know about the Knight Foundation’s $5M art-tech initiative and other grants

The Knight Foundation on Monday announced $19 million worth of new grants for programs around Philadelphia, including a $5 million art-tech program intended to "help institutions develop and implement strong digital strategies that meaningfully engage visitors in the arts." The...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 4:02 PM