Sam Newhouse

Reporter

Sam.Newhouse@metro.us

Nutter vs. Kenney over Mayor's 'slush' Fund

How the Mayor’s Fund was operated under former Mayor Michael Nutter has been under the microscope since allegations first surfaced that the multimillion-dollar nonprofit was treated as a “slush fund.”But Nutter erupted Monday online after the Inquirer accused former city representative Desiree...

Monday, March 20, 2017, 3:19 PM

‘On the Table Philly’ encourages serious discussion without politicians

In the era of increasingly polarized politics, Americans from different communities don’t often share their experiences and their points of view with one another.Enter On the Table Philly.The new initiative offers a simple proposal: to invite people to sit down for a meal together and talk...

Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

Ex-state trooper charged in fatal shooting of pregnant wife in 2014

Montgomery County prosecutors have charged a former state police trooper with fatally shooting his wife and their unborn daughter, two years after the shooting.Joseph Miller, 36, was arrested Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of his pregnant wife, Joanna, Montgomery...

Friday, March 17, 2017, 2:24 PM

Philly St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off in Center City, with Irish dance and music

Irish heritage will be on display Friday, for the annual the St. Patrick's Day Parade that starts in Center City.Theparadestarts at noon, and will be around City Hall, continuing east on Market Street to Penn's Landing.Marchers will stop at Independence Mall to watch performances of traditional...

Friday, March 17, 2017, 9:11 AM

Hit-and-run driver’s sentence bittersweet ending to family tragedy

Originally posted March 17Theresa Pozzi died on Christmas Eve in 2014, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Her family never expected to find justice.But nearly two years later, authorities arrested a 43-year-old man, who eventually pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle.On Feb. 28 the man,...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:32 PM

Meals on Wheels could suffer drastic cuts under Trump’s budget

Feeding elderly, mostly homebound Americans wouldn’t appear to be a very controversial program.But on Thursday, Meals on Wheels found itself caught in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget.The president's plan would boost military and homeland security while taking a...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:36 PM

Temple drops proposal to jack up price of student meal plan

Temple University hastily reversed course on declaring that Philadelphia's new soda tax would forceit to raise the price of its student meal plan after receiving a scolding from city hall."The city and Mayor Kenney have appropriately raised valid concerns abouttheaccuracyofthe numbersrelated to the...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:55 AM

Meek Mill quashes arrest rumors with Instagram pictures

Philly native and rap sensation Meek Mill reportedly got involved in fisticuffs with some overeager fans on Wednesday.It wasn't immediately clear if Meek, whose real name is Robert Williams, would face repercussions in Philadelphia over the incident, where he remains on probation for a 2008 drug...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:41 AM

Stella's hail and sleet give Philly a wintry blast

The thick, wet snow that coated Philadelphia Tuesday morning after a night of frozen rain and the declaration of a snow emergency gave residents a nice excuse for a lazy day.Few cars or people ventured out for much of the morning into the day on Tuesday, as Winter Storm Stella stuck around. Those...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:45 PM

What you need to know in Philly for Tuesday's blizzard

Despite some recent spring-like temperatures andPunxsutawneyPhil not having seen his shadow, winter is about to hit Philadelphia — and the rest of the Northeast — with a wallop.Winter Storm Stella could drop as much as 16 inches of snow on Philly, starting overnight Monday and going into Tuesday,...

Monday, March 13, 2017, 3:48 PM

High school hockey game turns into brawl on the ice

The rivalry has officially gotten heated.Hockey players from opposing high school-age teams broke into an all-out brawl Thursday night at an ice rink in suburban Philadelphia, ending the quarterfinal game prematurely and leading to local police being called to the scene.At least one player was...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:56 AM

Special election shakeup gives anti-poverty activist chance to win

Cheri Honkala had planned to hit the streets at lunchtime on Thursdayto meet potential voters.But she had to pause to ensure that a social worker picked up her foster care child and gave him his meds. And then she stopped to arrange a ride for an elderly voter who needed a ride to a nursing home to...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:33 PM

Woman says her dog was only protecting home when fatally shot by officer

A German Shepherd that was shot and killed by a city police officer was only protecting her home when she bit the officer, the dog's owner said Thursday.Louise Day insists that 2-year-old Storm was not a threat.“They shot her inside her house. The dog was only doing her job,” Day told Metro, adding...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:26 AM

At International Women's Day rally in Philly, participants focus on Trump

They marched. They skipped work. They chanted and they protested.In Philadelphia, women staged a series of demonstrations on International Women’s Day on Wednesday to celebrate “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”And to denounce President Donald Trump.“There needs to be...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:55 PM

Philadelphia plans day of protests and pride for 'A Day without a Woman'

When Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym heard that two-thirds of her female staffers were taking the day off from work on Wednesday, March 8, she didn’t get angry. In fact, she was pleased.“I'm glad to support all of my female staffers who will be on strike tomorrow,” Gym said on Tuesday. “...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:43 AM

Cybersecurity expert on latest Wikileaks: nothing to see here

Metro spoke to cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier about the latest revelations from Wikileaks about U.S. government spying and what they mean to regular people. The leaked documents, which appear to be from the Central Intelligence Agency, describes software tools that the agency uses to hack into...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:05 PM

Activist farmer and his alpacas battle agribusiness

At protests, he stands out. Probably because he isn't clutching a protest sign, but is instead holding a leash attached to two alpacas and a llama.Ethan Abbot, who calls himself Ethan the Farmer, got plenty of attention when he showed up to protest Donald Trump's inauguration with alpacas Shay and...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

Mayor's proposed city budget includes cash to fight opioid addiction

Fighting an opioid epidemic that claimed more than 900 lives in Philadelphia last year is among the priorities of a spending plan being proposed by Mayor Jim Kenney.Kenney unveiled his $4.4. billion budget and five-year plan Thursday in a speech at City Council chambers.Kenney said $1.9 million...

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:46 PM

Kennel renovation could spare the lives of sick and unwanted dogs

Philadelphia’s Animal Care & Control Team had a problem, but that might be good news for sick and unadoptable dogs that could face euthanization at the shelter.The shelter, known as ACCT Philly, was planning to replace its heating and ventilation system. But during that period, it would not be...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:27 PM

Muslim leaders express solidarity with Philly Jewish cemetery after headstones are vandalized

The expressions of support for Philadelphia’s Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery quickly followed the announcement that 100 headstones there were vandalized over the weekend."A vile act of anti-Semitism," the statement read.The words were not surprising but were made even more powerful because they came...

Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:27 PM