Hayden Mitman

Dem pleads guilty to charges related to 197 district special election

One of the four Democratic workers charged with illegal electioneering in the city’s 43rd ward during a special election for the state House’s 197th District, last year, pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday. In front of Philadelphia Judge Scott DiClaudio, Calvin Mattox, 52, pleaded...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 9:26 AM

Philly weed activist N.A. Poe gets probation for pot party

On Wednesday, Philadelphia marijuana activist Nikki Allen Poe (legal name Richard Tamaccio) was sentenced to serve four years on probation, along with 100 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to charges related to organizing an indoor pot market in a warehouse in Frankford. Yet, even...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 3:35 PM

Meet the competitive eater who also conquers the Philly Marathon

Breandan Lyman, a 28-year-old resident of Point Breeze, is something of a living contradiction. The mustachioed, mohawked Lyman is an accomplished marathon runner, who trains six days a week, running 60 miles per week. He said that he can max out a single day’s workout by running as many as...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

Protesters dance with giant puppets to the Art Museum steps in support of those arrested at Trump’s inauguration

On Jan. 20, during the inauguration of President Donald Trump, 230 people – including 12 from Philadelphia – protesting that day in Washington D.C. were arrested en masse and charged with a variety of crimes, ranging from destruction of property and assault of a police officer to...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2:29 PM

Ben Carson cuts ribbon at Vaux, despite Philly outrage

Ben Carson cut the ribbon at the new Vaux Big Picture High School on Tuesday, despite public concerns over his position as Secretary of the Federal Housing and Urban Development. The former candidate for president, who was previously a neurosurgeon, marked the opening of the school at the...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:12 PM

Green party, GOP must wait to find out if they can sue over special election

The parties on both sides of a potential lawsuit that claims illegal electioneering took place during a special election in the city’s 197th Pennsylvania House District will need to wait more than six weeks before they will know if the case will be heard in federal court. During a hearing...

Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Rain or shine, the Hero Thrill Show will go on

A wet, dreary Wednesday afternoon may have kept the planned action at this year’s annual Hero Thrill Show Preview and Pep Rally to a minimum, but organizers said the full event, to be held on Sept. 23, is still expected to be a spectacle of stunts, police and firefighter equipment and...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4:22 PM

Father of fallen soldier rallies for answers in son’s death

On Sunday morning in Pennypack Park in northeast Philadelphia, about one hundred attendees gathered near the park’s outdoor stage for the March for Justice, held to call for justice in the death of local veteran Michael Strange and his fellow soldiers who died when a Chinook helicopter they...

Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:00 AM

Representative calls for state of emergency in Philly due to gun violence

During an address to members of the community in North Philadelphia, State Rep. Curtis Thomas (D-181st Dist.) talked about how his office is working to address gun violence throughout his North Philadelphia district with the new Communities That Care Network recently created in the Strawberry...

Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

Why can't kids get enough of squishies and fidget spinners?

Over the past year, fidget spinners have risen in popularity across the country. If you’re not familiar with the devices, they are, typically, small, triangular plastic toys usually fitted with a ball bearing “spinner” in the middle that allows a user to twirl, spin and balance...

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

Vehicle recovered in fatal hit-and-run

On Friday morning, police recovered a vehicle that, law enforcement officials believe, is responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on Thursday. According to police, in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 1, the Philadelphia Police recovered, what law enforcement officials...

Friday, September 1, 2017, 12:32 PM

Bensalem set to sue Big Pharma over opioid crisis

On the eve of Thursday’s observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, held on Aug. 31, Bensalem Township announced Wednesday, a plan to combat the region’s opioid crisis in an attempt to hit drug manufacturers where it hurts – the wallet. According to a statement released...

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 10:33 AM

Philadelphia files lawsuit against Jeff Sessions

On Wednesday, the City of Philadelphia filed a lawsuit in federal court against United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking the court to stop Sessions from adding, what city officials called “unlawful conditions” to the Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant program. Last year...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 10:25 AM

Airport workers' union strikes deal with airline

After years of protests and unrest, 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents service industry employees, including low-wage workers in fast food, healthcare and airport services, has struck a long-awaited deal between the union, American Airlines and its contractors. On Tuesday at City Hall, city...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6:03 PM

Lou Barletta announces senate run

Republican congressman, Lou Barletta, who represents the state's 11th congressional district, announced a plan to run against Democratic Senator Bob Casey, with a video released to on his campaign website on Monday.  In the video, Barletta - who became a member of Congress in 2011 after...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 10:48 AM

Philly firefighters join Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts

Early Sunday morning, a select few of Philadelphia’s first responders got a call to help those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. And, according to Captain William Dixon of the Philadelphia Fire Department, the 20 local firefighters called to help Pennsylvania Task Force One...

Monday, August 28, 2017, 11:57 AM

Fixing Philly: L&I looks to create database of safe fire escapes

During a birthday party at an apartment in a Rittenhouse Square building in January of 2014, 22-year-old Albert Suh, of Leonia, N.J., and two female friends, both in their twenties, stepped out onto a fire escape on the fourth floor of the 108-year-old building. The rusty fire escape collapsed...

Monday, August 28, 2017, 5:00 AM

Mayor responds to Black Lives Matter protest at police officer's home

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney responded to a evening protest, held Thursday in front of the Bustleton home of the officer responsible for the death of David Jones, saying the effort did nothing to help push police-community relations forward in Philadelphia.  In a statement released Friday,...

Friday, August 25, 2017, 1:03 PM

Two arrested in Chester Co. murder for hire plot

Investigators said they've arrested two people suspected of a murder for hire plot aimed at someone they believed had “ratted” on the alleged drug dealing activities of one of the individuals. According to the Office of Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, Christopher...

Friday, August 25, 2017, 12:32 PM

Black Lives Matter protesters rally at home of officer involved in fatal shooting

Calling for justice in the recent, fatal police shooting of 30-year-old David Jones, a small group of Black Lives Matter protestors marched in the streets in front of the Bustleton home of the police officer who caused Jones’ untimely death. The events unfolded at about 7 p.m. on Thursday,...

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 9:44 PM