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With Delaware riverfront plan adopted, now comes the hard part

After years of crafting, the master plan for a six-mile stretch of the Delaware River waterfront was adopted by a unanimous vote yesterday from the city’s Planning Commission.The plan calls for creating a network of parks and trails to encourage pedestrian access and leverage private investment...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 3:14 AM

Gunmen break in as family sleeps, shoot at parents in Strawberry Mansion

Philadelphia police are still looking for a motive in the early morning home invasion attack that left a man dead and his wife in critical condition in Strawberry Mansion.Police said two male suspects entered a home on the 3200 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. Sherrell Paul, 39...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:26 PM

Big delays expected on SEPTA’s bridge, train station spending

When SEPTA unveils its proposed $303 million capital budget later this month for the year starting July 1, it will not include any upgrades for the authority’s aging bridges or substations, which some critics question.Many of SEPTA’s bridges date back to the late 19th or early 20th centuries, but...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:22 PM

Black Madam behind bars for silicone butt injections

The transgender woman being eyed in connection with a silicone injection death last year is behind bars on $10 million bail following her arrest at a “pumping party” late Wednesday.Authorities said Padge Victoria Windslowe, 42, also known as the “Black Madam,” performed an illegal butt injection on...

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 3:39 PM

Large majority doesn't like how much in local taxes they pay

Seven out of 10 Philadelphia residents are concerned about the overall tax burden, but many would not mind paying more for increased services, according to a poll released yesterday.The study from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative reveals that 70 percent of city residents...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:57 PM

Claudia Aderotimi: Butt-implants death still open

More than a year after an aspiring hip-hop dancer from Britain died following a botched butt-implant procedure in an airport hotel, investigators still need one key element: a final ruling from the medical examiner.Claudia Aderotimi, 20, flew from England with three friends to undergo the illegal...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:09 PM

See what happened to SEPTA’s C bus route?

Like many SEPTA riders, Cathy Thornton is a creature of habit. So the replacement of the Route C bus with the routes 4 and 16 will require her to make a mental shift.“For me, it's going to take some getting used to,” said the West Oak Lane resident, who rides the line a few times a week.The transit...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 3:25 PM

Mike Vick dissed by fans as most ‘disliked’ jock

In a season that started out with talk of a Dream Team but ended as yet another disappointment, there’s more dubious distinction for Eagles QB Mike Vick.Vick was ranked the most disliked athlete in a poll released yesterday for Forbes magazine. Vick, who had topped the NFL’s list, came in above...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 3:19 PM

Fees approved for Marcellus Shale gas drillers

After years of debate, state lawmakers have approved a local impact fee for the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.The bill, which passed by a 101-90 vote in the state House, will head to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature after the Senate approved it on Tuesday. The “...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 3:13 PM

Temple students already plot protest of budget cuts

For a second straight year, Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget includes steep funding cuts for higher education, putting students and families on edge as legislators prepare to debate the spending plan.After proposing a 50 percent cut last year to state-related universities, legislators eventually...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 4:41 PM

Transit cops again threaten SEPTA with strike approval

Four years after a brief strike, SEPTA and the union representing transit police are again at a stalemate regarding a new contract.The deal for the Fraternal Order of Transit Police, which represents 220 officers, expired last March. Despite a fact-finding report in November from the state...

Monday, February 6, 2012, 3:26 PM

Scoop the Poop campaign: Clean up after your dogs!

What started out as a poster campaign to encourage dog owners in Old City to pick up behind their pets has turned into a growing pilot program that could spread throughout the city.Janet Kalter and Tony Lucente created the Scoop the Poop campaign last summer after hearing complaints about poop...

Sunday, February 5, 2012, 4:06 PM

Tom Corbett officials ease standards for welfare

After receiving heavy criticism, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has relaxed its plan for residents to receive government assistance.The asset test would determine those who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Under the proposed guidelines, the limit for...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:58 PM

UPDATE: Suspect busted in Drexel LSD ring is son of antiwar activist Celeste Zappala

One of the five suspects busted in an alleged LSD ring on Drexel's campus is the son of Iraq war activist Celeste Zappala.Law enforcement officials conducted a raid last night and arrested Raphael Zappala, 33, of the 1000 block of 50th Street, Wesley Crawford, 34, of Ardmore, and Joshua Dassay, 31...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 9:41 PM

Michael Nutter’s crime strategy needs Harrisburg’s help

While Mayor Michael Nutter last week announced plans to employ new tactics to deal with the same old problem of illegals guns in Philadelphia, gun-reform advocates say the program’s success will ultimately be minimal without help from Harrisburg.Among Nutter’s tools, prosecutors will push for...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:43 AM

Time for Michael Nutter's new crime plan

Beset by a startling 31 murders in 25 days, Mayor Michael Nutter and city officials unveiled a plan yesterday to crack down on violent crime by going after the one thing in Philadelphia more prolific than potholes: illegal guns.The main focus of Nutter's approach is to push judges for at least two...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 2:32 AM

School's out forever? Fiscal future in doubt

City Controller Alan Butkovitz raised questions yesterday about the district’s future financial viability in a letter to the Philadelphia School District’s new chief recovery officer, Tom Knudsen.The letter is part of an audit by Butkovitz of the district’s financial statements. In it, he asked...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:22 AM

Pa. ranks high again for its black homicide victim rate

Pennsylvania ranks third among U.S. states in the rate of black homicide victims, according to an analysis released today by the Violence Policy Center.The report analyzes FBI data from 2009, the most recent data available. In Pennsylvania, there were 28.3 black homicide victims per 100,000 people...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:18 AM

Andre Agassi serves up a win for city school students

A group of excited, young students got to show off their new school yesterday to Mayor Michael Nutter and a national celebrity.KIPP, a national charter school provider, had a ribbon-cutting for the opening of its first elementary school in the city. The school leases a former factory in Allegheny...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 2:05 AM

School district again faces massive ‘structural challenge’

Seven months after city lawmakers approved a property-tax increase to help put the School District of Philadelphia on solid financial footing, elected officials questioned the district’s latest money woes.The district said last week it needs to cut $61 million by the end of the school year and that...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 2:22 AM