Alex Wigglesworth

'I'm hurt every day': Ralphiee Colon, brother of gun victim

This tribute was set up shortly after Melanie Colon's death. Credit: Metro File PhotoMelanie Colon was one of Philadelphia's 331 homicide victims last year.The young mother, then 22, went missing from her North Philadelphia home on May 8, 2012.Her body was found less than a week later, just before...

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 8:52 PM

Putting the 'share' in Philly bike share program

Kristin Gavin, founder of the Gearing Up cycling program for women in transition, raised some interesting questions about Philadelphia's planned bike share program, slated to roll out late next summer with a network of 150 to 200 stations stretching from the Navy Yard to Lehigh Avenue and from the...

Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:53 PM

Atlantic City casino Revel files for bankruptcy (UPDATED)

Revel casino filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. Credit: MetroAtlantic City's Revel Casino yesterday filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, fulfilling a financial restructuring agreement announced last month that's expected to cut more than $1 billion in debt."...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 2:41 PM

Police: 12-year-old girl raped near East Germantown school bus stop

The girl, 12, was reportedly waiting at her bus stop when a man approached her. Rikard Larma/MetroPolice are investigating the alleged rape of a 12-year-old as she was waiting for her school bus in East Germantown on Monday morning.The girl reportedly told police that an unknown man wearing a ski...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:20 PM

Spring Arts Guide: Art on the avenue

Organizers of the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kine-tic Sculpture Derby are restoring the neighborhood to its former prowess as a place where products — and ideas — are created.“Kensington has always been a neighborhood where things are built, going back to the 1700s,” says Henry...

Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:47 AM

City Council may soon regulate indoor tanning in Philly

Philadelphians seeking to get some color in anticipation of the coming spring may soon face more regulations.City Councilman Bill Greenlee on Thursday introduced legislation that would require the city's indoor tanning facilities to issue customers written warnings about the danger of artificial...

Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:31 AM

Congressman Bob Brady saves Philly bike race for 2013

Congressman Bob Brady on Thursday announced that, in the wake of last week's cancellation of the 2013 Philadelphia International Cycling Championship due to financial woes, he's assembled a new leadership team to host a new bike race this year.“The mayor has called for a premier cycling event and...

Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:26 AM

PHOTOS: Philly's Bicentennial Bell moved into storage

The National Park Service on Thursday removed Philadelphia's six-ton Bicentennial Bell from a 130-foot-tall brick tower near a former visitor center at 3rd and Chestnut streets and placed into storage.The bell, cast in the same London foundry that in 1751 created the Liberty Bell, was a 1976 gift...

Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:02 AM

Gov. Tom Corbett serves up plan to privatize Pa. liquor sales

Gov. Tom Corbett was in Philadelphia on Thursday to discuss his plan to privatize Pennsylvania's liquor sales."Here in Philadelphia, we know that there are a few people – no, make that many people – that get in their cars and travel across those bridges or travel down 95 and over to Delaware or New...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:12 PM

Pa.'s black homicide victimization rate is country's second highest

Pennsylvania's black homicide victimization rate is the second highest in the country, according to analysis of unpublished FBI data released yesterday by the Violence Policy Center."Across the nation, this is a long-ignored public health crisis that is devastating black teens and adults, their...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 1:05 AM

DA: Man pulled gun on SEPTA bus driver who missed his stop

The District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged a man who allegedly pulled a gun on a SEPTA bus driver for missing his stop.Investigators said 20-year-old Walter Thompson threatened a Route 24 bus driver with a firearm last Thursday after the driver failed to break at Thompson's desired drop-...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12:45 AM

Catholic priest, teacher convicted of nearly all charges in archdiocese sex abuse case

A jury on Wednesday convicted Catholic priest Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former parochial school teacher Bernard Shero of nearly all charges involving the repeated sexual abuse of a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Jerome Parish in Northeast Philadelphia between 1998 and 2000."This is an important day...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:50 PM

Police search for guardians of two children found wandering streets of South Philadelphia

Police are looking for the guardians of two young children found wandering the streets of South Philadelphia early this morning.Investigators said a girl between the ages of 2 and 3 and a 3-to-4-year-old boy were discovered walking alone around 5:45 a.m. at Broad Street and Passyunk Avenue.They...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 4:16 PM

Woman allegedly duped into buying murder scene home appeals to Pa. Supreme Court

Janet Milliken was trying to escape tragedy when she moved from California to Delaware County in 2007 following the death of her husband. But her tribulations merely multiplied after she realized the home she purchased for $610,000 was the site of a murder-suicide – and she's now taking her case to...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 1:00 AM

WeWorkinPhilly.com puts local startups on the map ... literally

Philadelphia's startup scene has undergone a boom in the past five years – and the tech community is finally gathering the data to quantify its growth.Part field guide and part map, WeWorkInPhilly.com serves as a central directory of the city's many startup opportunities, digital companies,...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:46 AM

Police ID third person of interest, block where abducted 5-year-old girl may have been held captive

As the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the abductors of a 5-year-old West Philadelphia girl two weeks ago climbed to $80,000, investigators have announced that their search for the suspects is narrowing."Over the weekend, investigators were working very closely with...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 9:54 PM

Three Philly police officers injured in two separate car accidents

Three police officers were injured yesterday in two unrelated car accidents.Investigators said an officer with the 14th District was around 8:10 a.m. driving south on Musgrave Street in East Germantown.As the cruiser crossed the Washington Lane intersection, a woman behind the wheel of a black...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 4:08 PM

Penn's Landing security guards find body in Delaware River

Police are investigating a body found in the Delaware River yesterday evening.Investigators said that 6th District officers conducting routine patrol on Columbus Boulevard near Race Street wereshortly after 5 p.m. flagged down by Penn's Landing security guards.The guards told police they saw a body...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 3:52 PM

Man shot to death in Fairhill

A man was gunned down yesterday afternoon on a busy street in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia.Police said gunfire erupted shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the 2900 block of North 5th Street near Cambria Street. A 36-year-old man was shot multiple times.The victim was rushed to Temple...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 3:38 PM

Double shooting in Kensington claims one life

A double shooting in Kensington last night claimed the life of one man and left a second man hospitalized in critical condition.Police said that shots rang outon the 600 block of East Ontario Street shortly before 6 p.m. A man believed to be in his mid-20s or early 30s was shot in the torso and...

Monday, January 28, 2013, 3:23 PM