Tommy Rowan

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Prisons population mostly one-sided, one-colored and mentally ill

In Part Three of Metro's three-part series examining the overpopulation of the city's prison system, the racial demographic and mental health of the inmates is examined. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here.They're usually broke.They're typically mentally ill or addicted to drugs or...

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 7:30 PM

Philly cops arrested for brutally beating man, falsifying report: DA

Two Philadelphia police officers were arrested Thursday and charged with knocking a man off his motorized scooter in May 2013 and then brutally beating him before slapping on the handcuffs.District Attorney Seth Williams, who was flanked at a press conference Thursday morning by Police Commissioner...

Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Mobile food trucks making in-roads

As food trucks push their way into more side streets and plazas across the Philadelphia area they remain prohibited from high-traffic areas — including Center City and Old City — where alternative eating options aren't allowed to set up shop.Alan Krawitz started the Say Cheese Philly truck with his...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 10:35 PM

Two women shot after argument in Laundromat

An argument that began in a laundromat spun into a double shooting Monday night in North Philadelphia.The incident broke out just after 5 p.m. at the laundromat at Fox Street and Roberts Avenue in Nicetown, police said.Four women approached two women, ages 24 and 27, inside the facility to address...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 1:21 AM

Philadelphia prisons overcrowded and in search of a solution

Philadelphia prisons are crowded.Everyday, more citizens are shuffled in, and fewer and fewer inmates are shuffled out.Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner Lou Giorla, who is retiring next year, has been working to fixing the problem for 33 years.Between 2008 and 2011, he succeeded: the prisons saw a...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 4:55 AM

SEPTA gives the green light for renovations

City Hall's transit hub is finally getting its much needed and long overdue facelift.SEPTA officials said Thursday that the $150 million renovation of the Market-Frankford Line's 15th Street station and the Broad Street Line's City Hall station will begin in 2016.Structural construction on the El's...

Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:09 AM

Philadelphia paramedic wrapped up in sex scandal

The city's Inspector General's Office is investigating whether more than a dozen firefighters engaged in sexual misconduct while on-and off-duty and around the city.Regarding the report, Mayor Nutter said earlier today "it's a personnel matter, and we don't comment on personnel matters."Joe Schulle...

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 10:01 AM

American Bible Society will move global headquarters to Philadelphia

The American Bible Society is bringing the word of God to Philadelphia.The almost 200-year-old non-profit announced Wednesday it's moving its global headquarters from New York City to Old City.The society has published and distributed bibles to American service men and women from the Civil War to...

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 9:57 AM

DNC16 officials take another look around before decision is final

Members of the Democratic National Committee will took one last gander around Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon before they go on to decide which city will host the party’s 2016 convention."For obvious reasons they're going to have a great meeting and a great time," Mayor Michael Nutter said earlier...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 11:06 PM

Jim Kenney to resign from council, announce his bid for mayor

City Councilman Jim Kenney must first resign his City Council seat before he can officially run for mayor.Kenney announced Tuesday that he will resign his seat — which he has occupied for the last 23 years — on Thursday. Following his resignation, he will officiall annouce his run for mayor.The...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6:19 AM

Snow accumulation estimates in Philadelphia fall short of projections

The snow emergency in Philadelphia was lifted 12 hours after it started.Snow accumulation projections, set by the National Weather Service, fell dramatically below expectations.As of 10 p.m. Monday, the projected inch-count hovered between 10 and 14 inches. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, a little more than...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:32 PM

Philadelphia schools closed for snow

The first major snowstorm of 2015 has placed Philadelphia in a state of emergency and kept kids out of school.Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday night that all public and parochial schools will be closed Tuesday. City offices will also be closed for all non-essential personnel, Nutter said.As of...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 8:40 AM

Chris Tully was needed by the world, 'If only for a little while', friend says

Matthew Kraft intended to give the bottle of Booker's Bourbon to his friend, teacher, mentor and business partner as a Christmas gift.Monday, a day after authorities found the body of Christopher Tully in the SchuylkillRiver near the Falls Bridge, Kraft opened the bottle himself and toasted his...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:52 AM

Snow emergency declared in Philadelphia

As of 6 p.m. tonight, the city of Philadelphia will be under a snow emergency.Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday afternoon that all cars parked on snow emergency routes must be moved before 6 p.m. or they will be towed. Motorists can find a map of snow emergency routes by clickinghere.City...

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:08 PM

Philly man pimped out Philly girl, 17, at a Bensalem motel

A 21-year-old Philadelphia man allegedly pimped out a 17-year-old Philadelphia girl from a Bucks County hotel last year, court documents show.Daiqunan Davis was arraigned Thursday on sex-trafficking charges for allegedly setting up “dates” for the girl that would typically end at the Bensalem motel...

Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:43 AM

Philadelphia offers students free tickets to see 'SELMA'

If young people want to see the movie "SELMA," the city will get them in for free.The city and a few sponsors picked up the bill for 3,000 more tickets to the film, which documents the story behind the Martin Luther King-led protests through the southern town, for young people who want to see the...

Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:37 AM

Commonwealth Court rules in teachers' favor

It turns out the School Reform Commission can't cancel teacher's contracts after all.The state's Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of the teachers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan confirmed in a statement Thursday."The PA Commonwealth Court today handed down a decision...

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:54 PM

'Reclaim MLK' Philadelphia organizer reflects days after march

Three days after thousands marched through Center City in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., a lead organizer considered what it accomplished.Rev. Mark Tyler, of the Mother Bethel A.M.E church and a march organizer, said Wednesday he felt the protest "Restored hope that there is something that...

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:24 AM

Don Tollefson found guilty of fraud

Former sportscaster Don Tollefson was found guilty by a Bucks County jury Wednesday of stealing more than $340,000 from people and charities, reports said.Tollefson, 62, was found guilty of all charges including theft, fraud, misuse of charitable funds, deception, and money laundering, according to...

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:00 AM

Liberty Museum offering 'SELMA' prize

The Liberty Museum will award a cash prize to the high school student who can channel the spirit of the movie "Selma" into an essay and video-recorded speech.The Old City museum is hosting a national contest for high school students aged 14 to 18.Students are asked to submit an essay and a video-...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:41 AM