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Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere announces Ghost Bear Foundation at PSPCA ‘Yappy Hour’

Shayne Gostisbehere, the 24-year-old Flyers defenseman, will be joining animal lovers and the PSPCA on Friday at a special “Yappy Hour” to put the word out about he plans to start giving back, through the Ghost Bear Foundation. Gostisbehere, #53 on the Flyers and known as "Ghost...

Friday, December 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Controversial City Commissioner Anthony Clark no longer elections chair, but still in office

He’s still a City commissioner, but Anthony Clark, who endured a blistering whirlwind of media criticism for his tendency to rarely visit the office where he earned $138,612 as an elected commissioner of city elections, is no longer chair. The surprise move came after the Democrat’s...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 4:26 PM

Kenney to launch fight for 'local control' of Philly schools

Mayor Jim Kenney on Thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for a new chapter in his role as mayor by announcing plans to take on the School Reform Commission. Kenney will give a major speech at 10 a.m. at City Hall regarding the Philadelphia School District's "financial needs and the...

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:00 AM

Police shoot suspect in King of Prussia mall parking garage

The Philly area's biggest mall was on lockdown Monday after gunshots rang out inside the mall's parking garage. An armed suspect was wounded and placed under arrest after being shot by an Upper Merion police officer during the incident in the parking garage. No further details about the...

Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:21 PM

'Nightmare' in North Philly daycare led to infant's death, family says

When you check your child in at daycare, you are leaving them in a stranger's care. And sometimes, tragically, in a nightmare. In the case of 10-month old Jacera Counts, who fell ill sick a daycare in North Philly in December 2015, medical care was just steps away: across the street at Temple...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:00 AM

Moldy school in Germantown to remain closed during repairs

A Germantown elementary school will remain closed Friday and possibly longer until a mold problem in the school's walls is fixed, the School District of Philadelphia announced Thursday. Mold was discovered at John B. Kelley Elementary School on Wednesday, and the school was promptly shut down...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4:58 PM

ICE arrests 107 in Philly as part of raids targeting Sanctuary Cities

The federal government’s immigration authorities said a raid that arrested nearly 500 illegal immigrants across sanctuary cities focused on immigrants with criminal records. But immigration activists in Philly say it was revenge by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against cities...

Friday, September 29, 2017, 4:08 PM

Brandon Tate-Brown family dropping lawsuit against police over killing

Brandon Tate-Brown’s shooting by a rookie 15th district cop in 2014, just months after the nation erupted over the shooting in Ferguson, led to a wave of protests around Philly but no official punishment for the officer involved.  Now Tate-Brown’s mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson,...

Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:34 PM

Wayne Junction, gateway to Northwest Philly, targeted for revitalization

Right now, the area around Wayne Junction may not look like much. Large empty warehouses from Philadelphia's bygone industrial era stand over roads barren of pedestrian traffic, save for SEPTA commuters around the Regional Rail station, which was first built by the Reading Railroad company...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly teen's future snatched away by ambush killer

Hours before he was murdered, Jurtomu Joshua Vesslee, 16, was dreaming about his future.  "He called me the day he was shot to ask me to buy sneakers for the college tour," Vesslee's mother, Victoria Vesslee, recalled through her tears in a recent interview inside a friend's...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

Infamous Philly priest who evaded prosecution reportedly found dead

The former Catholic priest who was linked by prosecutors to multiple sex abuse cases but was never convicted of a crime and went free for years has reportedly died. James Brzyski, 66, who has been described as one of the most notorious serial abusers ever, was found dead in a Super 7 motel on...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:33 PM

Does Philly have room for Amazon HQ2?

Remember when Amazon was just an online bookstore? Now the mega-corporation led by Jeff Bezos, which sells basically everything under the sun, owns huge brands in other markets, including the Washington Post and Whole Foods. With all that under their belt, it looks like it's time to expand....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00 AM

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes dead

Roger Ailes died, it was announced Thursday morning. The former CEO of Fox News died of undisclosed causes at age 77. The news was revealed on Drudge Report. His widow, Elizabeth Ailes, posted this statement on Drudge: "I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:49 AM

So-called Summer of Rage anarchists arrested for allegedly trashingdeveloping block

May Day was marked by peaceful protests in Center City and South Philly, but hours later, a group of 30 to 50 individuals claiming to be anarchists allegedly caused more than $100,000 worth of damage while vandalizing developing blocks near Northern Liberties, police said. The group, made up of...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 10:35 AM

Baby alligator discovered after Tacony house fire

A baby alligator that was being kept as a pet in a Tacony home was discovered by firefighters as they battled a small blaze in the residence on Wednesday night. One person sustained minor injuries from the fire, officials said. The 12- to 14-inch baby alligator is now in the custody of Animal Care...

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:49 AM

NJ prosecutor drops charges against off-duty cop for allegedly exposing himself in Applebee's bathroom

An off-duty South Jersey police officer accused of exposing himself to two boys in an Applebee's bathroom won't face criminal charges. Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan said in a statement Monday of Penns Grove police officer, Anthony Minguez, "was exposed for the purpose of...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:27 AM

City paints picture of affordability for artists needing place to call home

Quincy Logan never imagined while living in Reading, Pennsylvania, that he could afford to move back to Philadelphia and pursue his artistic calling as a dancer. Logan, 44, attended Franklin Learning Center High School in Philly and drew inspiration from local dancers like Wayne St. David, Crystal...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:17 PM

Former DA Lynne Abraham sues to force out indicted DA Seth Williams

The hits keep coming for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who remains in office despite numerous calls to resign since he was indicted two weeks ago on federal corruption charges.Now his predecessor, former Philly DA Lynne Abraham, is joining in with a lawsuit to force Williams out of...

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:37 PM

Philly Police use Taser to subdue naked man running through streets

A naked man was caught on camera running through the streets screaming nonsense on Friday morning near Temple University before eventually being shocked and subdued by police, officials said.Multiple Philadelphia police officers were seen in a video recording of the incident responding to 17th and...

Monday, April 3, 2017, 10:29 AM

Simonetta Lein becomes face of 'heart2heart' campaign

"The Wishmaker" and fashion icon Simonetta Lein has been leading two lives: as a fashion influencer and as founder of a nonprofit called The Wishwall.Now the two worlds are coming together.Lein is working with internationally renowned designer Shahida Parides' new "heart2heart" campaign as its star...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2:30 PM