Sam Newhouse

Reporter

Sam.Newhouse@metro.us

Retailers remain soured on Philly soda tax

Philadelphia’s new tax on sweetened drinks is still bubbling with opposition.City officials said on Thursday that the Department of Revenue collected at least $5.7 million from the soda tax in January, well above the $2.3 million that was forecast bya city financial report.Metro reported on the $2....

Friday, February 24, 2017, 4:01 PM

To crack down on witness intimidation, Philly courts to ban phones

The witness, a young man, seemed nervous while testifying in the murder case. When asked whether anyone had threatened him about taking the stand, he shocked the courtroom by pointing into the audience and saying, “That’s one of them right there.”The man he pointed at quickly stood and left the...

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:31 PM

Kenney, mayors warn of doom and gloom from Obamacare repeal

Thousands of citizens could lose health coverage, face new risks to their health and face other obstacles if the GOP and President Donald Trump successfully undo Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, city leaders from across the country warned Wednesday.More than 100 mayors, including...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:23 PM

Carjack victim allegedly exaggerated story to make police respond faster

A pizza deliveryman was carjacked at gunpoint but thought he needed to add something more to the story to get Philadelphia police to investigate, authorities said.So he concocted a story about a 4-year-old nephew who was in the backseat of the car at the time two men made off with the vehicle,...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 10:30 AM

Philly Police K-9 dogs will rest easy in new donated beds

The bravest dogs in Philadelphia will be getting a more restful and supportive night's sleep after one very appreciative local company donated new orthopedic beds to the police department's K-9 unit."They have a different life than a normal dog," said Eric Shannon, owner of Philly-based company Big...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:37 PM

Running to change how Philadelphia does justice

At first, it's a bit hard to understand why Larry Krasner wants to be district attorney. For years, the defense lawyer has been trashing almost everything about how the Philadelphia DA's office does business.Krasner blames the DA's office for a world of social ills, from what he called "excessive"...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Dealer who sold fatal fentanyl dose sentenced to upwards of 30 years

Janice Matthews vividly recalled the afternoon phone call from the medical examiner’s office a little more than a year ago that left her momentarily stunned.“At 12:56 p.m. on Jan. 28, I got a call from the medical examiner’s office asking me if I had a son,” she testified Friday in court. “I couldn...

Friday, February 17, 2017, 4:57 PM

Philly schools will receive up to $2.5 million in annual tax revenue from Uber, Lyft

The Philadelphia school system has received an injection of cash from an unlikely source: millennials who cruise to their Tinder dates using the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft.Well, the money isn’t all from millennials.The $350,000 the School District of Philadelphia received from Uber and Lyft on...

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:03 PM

Hundreds expected to walk off work in Philly on ‘Day without Immigrants’

President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House has been accompanied by increasingly harsh rhetoric about immigration.In response, local immigrant rights activists have decided to give Philly a taste of what the world would be like if proponents of mass deportations had their way. They've planned...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:02 PM

Lower Merion HS basketball players take stand against bigotry

High school students on the Lower Merion School District’s boys basketball team have made a distinctive statement with their team’s new warmup T-shirts.“I am a Muslim. I am a refugee. I am an immigrant. I am an American. I am an Ace,” read the new shirts, created by the players on the Lower Merion...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:40 PM

Philadelphia Union soccer team seeks ‘chief tattoo officer’

With the love of thegame of soccer apparently comes a desire to get inked and, at least in Philadelphia, a need for a full-time tattoo artist.The Philadelphia Union, part of Major League Soccer, is advertising for a full-time “chief tattoo officer" for those players, staffers and fans who have been...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 3:57 PM

No LOVE in Philly as famed sculpture undergoes repairs

Philadelphia’s famed LOVE sculpture is going to be out of public view for the next few months as it undergoes a restoration, the Center City District announced.The sculpture is well-known as an ever-popular destination for selfie-snapping tourists. It was moved from its home in LOVE Park across the...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 3:33 PM

South Philly woman in parked car dies after getting struck by alleged drunk driver

Police have charged a man with involuntary manslaughter and drunk driving for allegedly slamming his car into a woman sitting in a parked vehicle. The woman later died of her injuries.Anthony Russino, 59, was allegedly driving north on South 13th and Moore streets around 3 p.m. on Saturday when he...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 4:32 AM

Philadelphia activists predict pain from Trump picks

Labor and civil rights organizers rallied in Philadelphia against two more of President Donald Trump’s pending appointments to key posts in the government, claiming they could upend key legal protections for workers, LGBT people and the environment.“The Department of Labor is supposed to be that...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 3:54 AM

Canines rescued from North Philly dogfight

Humane law enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA seized several canines they said had been used in a dogfight inside a North Philadelphia home Sunday night.The PSPCA found one dog that was dead, and eight others that were alive, including one that was badly injured. The PSPCA believes all...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:38 AM

Crime down more than 40 percent at public housing complexes, agency says

The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced that reports of crime in public housing projects fell by more than 41 percent last year, thanks primarily to the agency's deployment of a larger police force.Thefts were down by 68 percent, sexual assaults by 78 percent and robberies were cut in half,...

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 3:26 AM

Facing 'shame' of financial scandals, DA says he won't seek third term

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams bowed to increasing pressure over his financial indiscretions by announcing on Friday that he will not seek re-election at the end of his current term."I have made regrettable mistakes in my personal life and personal financial life that cast a...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:41 PM

Philly declares a snow emergency but only a few inches dust the ground

Philadelphia declared a snow emergency and closed schools Thursday for what turned out to be just a few inches of snow that fell on the ground."The inches didn’t materialize, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it," Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management executive...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:30 PM

$227M settlement in building collapse is city’s biggest ever

The longest civil trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas history ended this week with the largest settlement in state history being awarded to the victims of the 2013 Salvation Army building collapse in Center City.The $227 million settlement for victims of the June 5, 2013, building collapse...

Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:59 AM

Seeing a future beyond the blight

After working in Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, where 134,000 homes in New Orleans were destroyed, Greg Trainor came to Philly for college. He looked around at the roughly 40,000 vacant homes in Philadelphia, and saw that the situation wasn't all that different."I realized, Philadelphia is a...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 3:30 PM