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Sam Newhouse

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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

DA probes special election amid reports of 'rampant illegalities'

Arguments and shoving matches at polling places. Election board officials berating voters they disagreed with and even tricking them into casting the wrong vote. Voters who supported certain candidates being denied entry to their polling place.It may sound like a third-world country. But all those...

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12:20 AM

Philly Police say man targeted strangers in paintball shooting spree

A 21-year-old man has been charged with firing a paintball gun at people in a daylong spree around Northwest Philadelphia, hitting five strangers, Philly police announced Friday.Kadene Bryant, of the 6200 block of Homer Street, allegedly went on the spree on March 7, police said. He and an...

Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:32 PM

Philly cop accused of dumping starved dog in woods

It was a heartbreaking story of animal cruelty over the holidays. Just before Thanksgiving, a starving pit bull left in a garbage bag was found abandoned in the Wissahickon.Now, the PSPCA has announced that the person responsible was a Philadelphia police officer.Michael Long, 33, of the 8200 block...

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:58 AM

Philly DA Seth Williams pleads not guilty to 23-count indictment

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams appeared in federal court as a criminal defendant Wednesday, and was arraigned on 23 counts of charges that included bribery and extortion.He entered a not guilty plea.Williams left court without commenting to the news media, and has not addressed...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:08 AM

Democrat claims write-in victory in North Philly special election, but no one is conceding

A write-in candidate will be headed to Harrisburg to represent North Philadelphia, but it's still unclear who that will be.The official winner of Tuesday's special election for state representative of the 197th House District won't be determined until Friday, when roughly 92 percent of votes cast...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:10 PM

District attorney 'took money that did not belong to him and lied about it': feds

Rufus Seth Williams made history as Philadelphia’s first black district attorney when he was elected in 2009, taking office at the beginning of 2010 with promises of reform and transparency in the criminal justice system.Seven years later, Williams seems to have fallen from grace, with federal...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 3:56 AM

Pepsi to pull 2-liter, 12-pack products from Philly shelves

Some Pepsi products will soon disappear from Philadelphia store shelves in response to the city's soda tax that took effect at the beginning of 2017.In a letter to retailers, Pepsi said it would stop offering Philadelphia customers the option to buy drinks in sizes larger than 1.25 liters and in...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:26 AM