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Dollar Tree to open 13 new stores in and around Philadelphia

Philadelphians in search of wares for a buck got some good news today: Budget retailer Dollar Tree plans to open 13 new locations in and around the city.Metro Commercial Real Estate announced that it negotiated "13 new store openings for Dollar Tree in Pennsylvania." Metro Commercial's Michael...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 6:33pm

Contractor in building collapse takes stand

The contractor on trial in a deadly building collapse that killed six people on Market Street said Wednesday that he was given a contract to demolish several buildings despite having very little experience in the field and having never formally bid on a job before.Griffin Campbell took the stand in...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:13am

North Philadelphia residents stuck in eminent domain 'game'

Rashida Young, 31, is a home health-care aide who moved into a home on Sharswood Avenue with her husband and two daughters earlier this year.But she can't stay there long, because the house is being bought by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) under eminent domain to make room for a planned...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 1:58am

Fire damages Old City building

A fire in in Old City scorched the roof of a five-story building in Old City Monday afternoon, sending plumes of smokes into the air that were visible throughout Center City.No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Third Street, just north or Market, but...

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:24pm

Site: Philly hasn't perfected being crappy

Philly still sucks, but not as much as Memphis or Detroit.That's the verdict of a survey by website Wallethub.com, which rankedthe 62 largest cities in the U.S. according to which is the bestbest and worst places to live inof the 62 largest U.S. cities.If you aren't familiar with Wallethub, they're...

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 10:52am

Philadelphia Housing Authority bans smoking in units

Public housing agencies across the country have lined up to ban smoking. The Philadelphia Housing Authority became the latest and biggest to do so in the nation after a unanimous vote by its board on Thurday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.The agency cited the health risks associated with...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 5:44pm

One casualty of Avian Flu: custard at Rita's Water Ice

First, this bird flu made our breakfast more expensive.Now it is threateningsummer itself.Rita's Water Ice says it will stop selling frozen custard because of a national egg shortage.The chain will substitute soft serve instead.Though the price of eggs has risen significantly because of the...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 5:15pm

Three wounded, one dead in overnight shootings in Gray's Ferry

Two separate shootings in the Gray's Ferry section of Philadelphia have left a six-year-old boy wounded, one man dead and two others wounded.The boy was shot in the foot at approximately 11 p.m. in 3100 block of S. 18th Street. He was behind his home in a driveway where several relatives were...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 6:14pm

Police announce arrest in Mt. Airy slaying

Philadelphia police have announced an arrest in the brutal slaying of an 85-year-old in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.Leroy Wilson, 37, is charged with murder, burglary, robbery, identity theft and related offenses in the homicide of Regina Brunner. Shewas found dead by her son in her home...

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:11pm

Philly Jesus responds to haters: ‘I love you’

He was just a former drug addict and born-again Christian who became a Jesus Christ imitator. Then an arrest for soliciting in LOVE Park catapulted Philly Jesus to international fame.The trials of Philly Jesus ended last December with a dismissal of all charges (he claimed he merely accepts...

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 4:07am

Philly Police to begin publicly releasing names of officers who fire their weapons

Philadelphia City Paper revealedtoday that the Philadelphia Police Department will begin to release the names of police officers involved in shootingsto the public within 72 hours, according to a new policy memo.From City Paper:Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, in a memo sent yesterday to the...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:21pm

Where is the job growth? Not in Philly

For years, we’ve heard that Philadelphia’s population has grown, thanks in large part to young people attracted by a vibrant and expanding arts scene.While it’s true that Philadelphia’s population has grown, a new analysis by a New York City public policy organization has cast doubt on whether...

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 2:23am

Two-year-old boy struck in West Philly hit and run

Philadelphia police are hunting for the driver of a car that hit a two-year-old boy in West Philadelphia Wednesday night.The driver hit the boy just before 9 p.m. on the 4100 block of Cambridge Street and did not stop at the scene.The toddler is listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 6:22pm

Bill signing paves way for Gallery redevelopment

Mayor Michael Nutter on Thursday signed a package of bills that paved the way for the $325 million renovation of The Gallery.The project, which is expected to begin this summer and open sometime in 2017, is the culmination of a years-long effort by city and business leaders to revitalize the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:47pm

Giant rubber duck has trouble inflating on test run

Is this a bad sign?The folks who are bringing that 61-foot giant rubber duck to the Delaware River later this month held a photo op Monday to promote Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden, the sailing festival at which the world’s largest rubber duck will appear.The eye candy was a smaller duck – just 10...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12:49am

Philly Earthship: 'More than just going green and creating a hippie fortress'

The idea to create the world’s first urban Earthship came to Rashida Ali-Campbell while she was sittingin a living room flipping through channels.It was 2007 and Ali-Campbell found herself “inspired and intrigued” after viewing the critically acclaimed independent documentary, Garbage Warrior, on...

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 11:07pm

Memorial ceremony to be held on building collapse anniversary

At 10 a.m. Friday, Mayor Michael Nutter and families of the victims of the 2013 Salvation Army collapse will gather at 22nd and Market streets, the future site of a permanent memorial garden, to mark the second anniversary since the collapse occurred.Nancy Winkler, the Philadelphia city treasurer,...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 3:49am

Gorillas in the mist: check out the Philadelphia zoo's new trail system for the greatest of apes

When it comes to gorillas, girls are more adventurous.That’s the caseat the Philadelphia Zoo at least, where two female gorillas have surprised their handlers with their enthusiasm for an elevated trail that gives them towering views of the patrons that are supposed to be looking at them.“Gorillas...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 4:40pm

Cops seek two men who took $42k from car

Philadelphia police are looking for two men who stole $42,000 from a vehicle in the city’s Fairhill section Friday around 11 a.m.The victims, two men aged 63 and 29, were filling an ATM inside a corner grocery store on the 1100 block of West Allegheny.Surveillance video captured images of two men...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:49am

Amtrak, SEPTA service to return at derailment site

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Philadelphia and New York and SEPTA's Trenton Regional Rail line are scheduled to resume service Monday morning, even as the investigation into the fatal train derailment that took place on those tracks last week continues.The U.S. Department of Transportation's...

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:32am