Sam Newhouse

Reporter

Sam.Newhouse@metro.us

Former VP Joe Biden joins the faculty at UPenn

Former Vice President Joe Biden has accepted a position on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday.Biden will lead the new Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and will be the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor.UPenn president Amy...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:44 AM

Hundreds of free pre-K seats still empty

Philadelphia's long-awaited free pre-kindergarten program finally became a reality last month, but because the city is still trying to process the applicants, hundreds of open seats have not been filled.Within four years, the city school system plans to create 6,500 "locally-funded, quality pre-K...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 4:28 AM

New mosque rises in North Philadelphia

Turn onto North Broad Street around the corner from Joe Frazier's old gym, and emerging on the skyline is a new architectural feature: the dome of a mosque."This will be the first mosque built in Philadelphia from the ground up," said Mujeeb Chaudhary, president of the Philadelphia Ahmadiyya Muslim...

Monday, February 6, 2017, 3:30 PM

Police announce arrest in 2015 killing of Port Richmond mother

Philadelphia Police have charged a suspect in the 2015 killing of a Port Richmond woman inside her home, authorities said Friday.Stephanie Dzikowski, 22, was found dead on July 30. 2015, on the floor of her bedroom, just feet away from where her infant daughter sat.Police say thatJames Jones, 28,...

Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:53 PM

Police deny attempts to ‘intimidate’ Philly Antifa

Days afterthe protests against Trump in Philadelphia, some of the city's activists say they've been experiencing increased police scrutiny.Members ofPhilly Antifaand the Up Against the Law Legal Collective said they were surprised to find large numbers of police officers congregatingoutsideThe...

Friday, February 3, 2017, 3:30 PM

Department store chairman Boscov announces cancer diagnosis

Albert Boscov, chairman of the multi-state family-owned department store chain that bears his name, announced he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.Albert Boscov, 87, dispatched a letter Wednesday to the company's 8,000 employees announcing that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,...

Friday, February 3, 2017, 3:50 AM

Cafeteria worker sold marijuana to high school students: Police

A cafeteria worker at a Northeast Philadelphia high school was charged with selling marijuana to students, authorities said Thursday.Robert Lumpkin, 31, a cafeteria worker at George Washington High School, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver, police said.Police said...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:47 PM

Philadelphia public ed activists voice opposition to DeVos

As President Donald Trump’s secretary of education nominee was preparing to learn her fate before the Senate, activists in Philadelphia were rallying to try and stop her.Betsy DeVos, selected by Trump to lead the Department of Education, is known for championing charter schools in Detroit. She has...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3:51 AM

Farnese acquitted of corruption charges in federal trial

A Democratic state senator from Philadelphia beat the U.S. government Wednesday and walked out of federal court after being acquitted of corruption charges.State Sen. Larry Farnese was found not guilty of trying to buy a Democratic committee member’s vote for leader of the Eighth Ward with a $6,000...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 2:09 AM

Some still cling to tokens as SEPTA Key use grows

Five million rides on city transit have already been bought using SEPTA Key cards, but SEPTA expects that number to get a lot higher, with the program set to "graduate" to an expanded model this spring.The turnstiles at major SEPTA stations are ready for it, with wide rows of SEPTA Key turnstiles....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 3:30 PM

Philly activists pray for #ViolenceFreeFeb

President Donald Trump's comments last week that Philadelphia's murder rate is "terribly increasing" may have been a lot of hot air, but local activists are nonetheless alarmed by the number of killings on the streets.The start of 2017 has been so bloody that activists are calling for a violence-...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00 AM

Thousands protest Trump as Philly braces for impact of new policies

Protesters packed Center City Thursday to express their outrage with President Donald Trump, who came to Philadelphia to address the 2017 Joint Congressional Republican Retreat.Signs carried messages that ranged from “Impeach the traitor!” to “Trump/Pence regime: illegitimate fascist.”The...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:35 PM

Trump's visit to Philly draws thousands of protesters in the streets

As Republican leaders were meeting in a Philadelphia hotel Friday for their annual congressional retreat and an appearance by President Donald Trump, thousands of protesters gathered outside the security perimeter to denounce the new president and his policies.Close to 10,000 demonstrators amassed...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:16 PM

Philly TV host suspended after saying Kellyanne Conway 'good at bulls—'

A local TV news anchor in Philadelphia is in hot water for giving his uncensored thoughts about President Trump's senior adviser.Fox 29 host Mike Jerrick was live on the this week when he said of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, "She's good at bulls—."FTVLive.com, a TV news gossip site, broke the...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9:25 AM

Trump descends on Philly for GOP event; Supporters, protesters expected

Just six days into his first term, President Donald Trump visits Philadelphia on Thursday, an appearance welcomed by his fellow Republicans —and scores of protesters eager to express their outrage.Trump is scheduled to address the two-day congressional Republican retreat at the Loews hotel in...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:44 PM

A conservative voice draws an audience in heavily Democratic Philadelphia

Millions of women nationwide marched in opposition to President Donald Trump over the weekend, attracting a swarm of media attention for days.But in Philadelphia, one conservative talk show host wasn’t so impressed.“There were countless women who would love to have marched with their ‘sisters’ over...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philadelphia councilman aims to help residents apply for tax credits

Real estate developer and freshman city councilman Allan Domb has what could be described as an obsession.At random moments and unrelated news conferences, he is known to bring it up: the millions of dollars that Philadelphia residents are leaving on the table by not applying for the Earned Income...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Alpacas, llama come to Trump inauguration protests

Standing out in the crowd of protesters in Washington D.C. during President Donald Trump’s inauguration were two alpacas and a llama.These creatures didn't escape from a local farm, though. They came with Ethan Abbot (or Ethan the Farmer), founder of Just Us Riders, a pro-farm and organic food...

Friday, January 20, 2017, 2:57 PM

Philly demonstrations will protest against now President Trump

At least two large protests are set to take place Philadelphia, one on Friday, the other on Saturday, in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.On Friday afternoon, The People's Inauguration protest will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Center City. It will happen at Thomas Paine Plaza...

Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:54 AM

West Philly salon staff takes day off to protest Trump

A popular Baltimore Avenue hair salon will be shut down Saturday as the entire staff heads to the nation's capital for the Women’s March on Washington.“It felt really important for us to attend,” said Angel Indelicato, manager at Talking Headz Salon, located at 49th and Baltimore streets in West...

Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:00 AM