Philadelphia

Philly lawyer helps free man locked up for 39 years

Elmer Daniels was 18 when he was arrested for a rape in Wilmington, Delaware, in January 1980. He walked out of prison last week at age 59, after lawyers uncovered problems with the case so serious — and including links to an FBI crime lab scandal affecting thousands of cases the bureau is...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:35pm

Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh City Council began considering a package of gun-control laws on Tuesday, including a ban on assault-style rifles, nearly two months after a gunman shouting anti-Semitic messages killed 11 people in a synagogue. The measure would also ban certain types of ammunition and...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:22pm

Kenney to move forward on new solar power plan

To reverse an old adage — if you buy it, they will build it. Pennsylvania could soon be expanding its solar power industry significantly, as Mayor Jim Kenney is inking a contract for the city of Philadelphia to begin sourcing 22 percent of its electrical needs from solar power plants. And...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 9:22am

Future uncertain for West Philly building fixed up by city

A 90-year-old relic of Philadelphia's past, the Provident Mutual Insurance Building at 46th and Market streets has been described as a "Neo-classical palace." However, after the more than $50 million in taxpayer funds to restore the building, it remains in the same state it has been...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 3:11pm

Volunteers and Water Department remove shocking 245 tons of garbage from Schuykill

The Schuylkill River has more than its fair share of trash. Over its 135-mile course from near Pottsville and through Reading to Philadelphia, the problem is not people throwing waste into the Schuylkill – but litter from the populated areas along the river, which flows into the river due to...

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 12:01pm

Pennsylvania pitches 6% tax on craft beers in 2019

Pennsylvania is set to implement a new tax on local breweries in the state who sell craft beer in their taprooms and during tastings. As announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in a recent bulletin, the tax has been in law since 1971, but will be enforced starting July 1, 2019. "...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9:42am

3,000 free doses of Narcan distributed around Pa.

Philadelphia has been noted in recent years for the grim distinction of having one of the highest rates of fatal opioid overdose of any American city. In an effort to stem the tide, state and local authorities distributed free anti-overdose drugs in Philly on Thursday. “We cannot get someone...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 5:21pm

Reflecting the changing demographics of Philly, the Sheriff's Office offers seminar geared toward Asian community

One of the main responsibilities of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office is running sales for the city's court system, at which tax-delinquent or foreclosed-upon properties are sold off to the highest bidder. In a bid to make more inclusive a program that he said offers "the American...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:25pm

'Holiday spike' in suicides is a myth: UPenn study

It is commonly believed that the holiday season season is to blame for a spike in suicides although statistically, it just isn't true, a new study by UPenn's Annenberg Public Policy Center found. The study places blame on the media, specifically news media and novels like Jeffrey Eugenides...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 1:10pm

Gritty interview: The beloved mascot talks Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk and being a viral sensation

Entertainment Weekly decided to get Gritty with it and interview the giant, furry and amazingly orange Flyer's mascot. Gritty was introduced only a few months ago and he has officially taken the world by storm. EW named Gritty one of the "10 things that rocked the internet this year"...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:02am

New at 30th Street: $38M in renovations, and hope for the flipboard?

If you ride through 30th Street Station, you can look forward to a smoother experience getting to the Market-Frankford line in the near future. 30th Street Station has long been a hub for Amtrak, all 13 Regional Rail lines and SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line. Architecturally, the station is one...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:06pm

Whither Philly's $137 million of soda tax revenues?

Nearly two full years after Philadelphia's soda tax first went into effect, the tax has collected an estimated $137 million in revenue, and the city is just now scheduled to break ground Thursday on the first "Rebuild" project funded by the tax. Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilman...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 5:32pm

Some riders still struggling to adapt to SEPTA Key

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Key Card fare-payment system was intended to bring commuters to a paperless future, but some commuters feel locked out by the new system. Currently, you can purchase the SEPTA Key Card and loard/reload fares through the Key website,...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 5:55pm

Chicks saved from North Philly lot find new coops

Philadelphia animal lovers were shocked back in September when more than a thousand shivering chicks were found by the PSPCA clinging to life in a vacant lot in Olney. But there's a happy ending — the PSPCA announced this week that all 1,135 of the baby Cornish Cross chickens now have...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 5:53pm

Bloody weeks cap deadlier-than-usual year in Philadelphia

Rosy reports based on national statistics have recently exulted that, across the nation, murder rates dropped in 2018. But that's not the case in Philadelphia. There's three weeks left, but 2018 has already seen more murders than past years. As of Dec. 10, the Philadelphia Police...

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 5:08pm

Century-old stained glass windows and other items stolen from North Philly mansion

It's not your typical target for a burglar, but at least these crooks have taste. Rare remnants of intersecting Philadelphia histories were unceremoniously removed recently from the home they have occupied for more than a century. The Philadelphia Police Department and FBI are currently...

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 12:43pm

Quietly, Pennsylvania gets its first sports-betting casino

Penn National Gaming Inc. of Wyomissing has been a boss in the national casino gaming and horse racing field for nearly 50 years; 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions across the U.S., making it the largest regional gaming operator in the country. Yet, and somehow, Penn National has not garnered as...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

No charges for Philly cop in Tacony fatal shooting, AG says

The death of a Philadelphia man who was fatally shot when he tried to escape from a group of undercover Philly cops in his car was not a crime, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office announced. Jeffrey Dennis was shot on Aug. 20 in Tacony near Hegerman Street and Princeton Avenue by...

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:03pm

The Fair Workweek bill is approved by City Council

With support from 60 social, community and labor organizations, Philadelphia City Council passed "Fair Workweek" legislation on Thursday. Hundreds of impacted workers, the Royals Band Dance Line, a University of the Arts dance group and drum line attended an hours-long City Council...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:48pm

Rising costs push Philly recycling to back burner – literally

Once a week, Philadelphians set out their trash and recyclables, and the trash-collecting heroes of Philadelphia's Streets Department drive up, take the stuff and make it disappear. But behind the scenes, big changes are afoot – and just because you put stuff in a blue bin doesn't...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:34pm