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Published: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:45 GMT2018-02-18T00:26:45Z

 



In Philly suburbs, truck drivers - often using GPS apps - smash into bridges, causing accidents and snarling traffic

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:45 GMT2018-02-18T00:26:45Z

In December, the Inquirer and Daily News reported on a King of Prussia Road bridge hit by at least 43 trucks since 2008. But readers say these hazards aren't confined to Radnor. In emails and on a public survey posted to Philly.com, folks identified problematic bridges from Phoenixville to Feasterville to West Chester.



Snow will fall until midnight, but record-breaking warmth could be on the way

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:56:21 GMT2018-02-17T23:56:21Z

The snow will fall fast before the system passes around midnight.



Indictment charges in far-reaching Russian election interference effort

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:40:51 GMT2018-02-17T23:40:51Z

The Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, was named in the indictment as the hub of an ambitious effort to trick Americans online into following and promoting Russian-fed propaganda that pushed 2016 voters toward then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and away from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.



Tears of joy at opening of Bucks County medical marijuana dispensary

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:37:56 GMT2018-02-17T23:37:56Z

TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville was one of two medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the Philadelphia region Saturday. The other was Keystone Shops in Devon.



The next generation is done waiting for this generation to do something about guns

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:32:03 GMT2018-02-17T23:32:03Z

A generation of children who have experienced first-hand the tragedy of school shootings might be this country's only hope in gun reform.



What happened when New Jersey stopped relying on cash bail

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:02:57 GMT2018-02-17T23:02:57Z

One year into New Jersey's nationally-watched overhaul of its bail system, the state's pretrial jail population has dropped 20 percent. But some data is still missing - and money for the program is running out.



Sex and work: Don't expect TV characters to stop hooking up just because in real life it's complicated

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:57:33 GMT2018-02-17T22:57:33Z

As Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" doubles down on the romance in a new season, it acknowledges the complications, not just the comedy, in bringing its two main characters together in classic TV fashion.



Former Sixers point guard Mo Cheeks Hall of Fame finalist

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:47:26 GMT2018-02-17T22:47:26Z

Cheeks is one of 13 finalists.



Phillies' Gabe Kapler's desire for change is unorthodox, but effective | David Murphy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:24:59 GMT2018-02-17T22:24:59Z

The Phillies' new manager is remaking spring training in his own image, including the utilization of minor-league umpires during bullpen sessions.



Andy MacPhail says Phillies can't be 'impulsive' about free-agent pitchers

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:40:12 GMT2018-02-17T21:40:12Z

It continues to become likely that the Phillies will not add a free-agent starter to their rotation.



Phillies' Carlos Santana pushed cars to prepare for the season

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:38:25 GMT2018-02-17T21:38:25Z

Santana, under the guide of a personal trainer, pushed a Mercedes-Benz sedan by its hood for 120 yards. He would do it eight times in a row in the parking lot of a fitness center.



Chipotle's new loyalty program to woo back the burrito-loving bunch

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:46:17 GMT2018-02-17T19:46:17Z

Chipotle, known for its supersized burritos, will launch a loyalty program the latter half of this year to regain what it lost after a series of food scares tainted its reputation.



'Plowable' snowfall possible Saturday night

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:31:37 GMT2018-02-17T19:31:37Z

"The amounts and impacts are less certain at this time as this will depend on surface temperatures and snowfall rates," the weather service stated in its short term forecast this morning.



Keen evokes quirks of a classic, but isn't sharp enough

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:16:47 GMT2018-02-17T19:16:47Z

Keen takes aim at reviving a space made famous by the long-running Astral Plane. An epic number of kitchen issues, though, hold it back.



Pa. Democrats throw a gerrymandering elbow that could leave Delaware County without its own congressional district | Maria Panaritis

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:03:27 GMT2018-02-17T17:03:27Z

Pennsylvania's most gerrymandered congressional district is about to be redrawn. But will the new one give Delaware County Democrats the shaft?



Why white homeowners in Philadelphia can get federal mortgages meant for black neighborhoods

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:27:55 GMT2018-02-17T16:27:55Z

A federal community reinvestment act passed in 1977 didn't anticipate a day when historically black neighborhoods would be sought out by young white homebuyers.



Buyers guide to Pennsylvania medical marijuana products

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:38:38 GMT2018-02-17T13:38:38Z

The first Pa. dispensaries, six of which opened this week, aren't selling anything that looks like it was derived from a plant. There are no flower and no shake. There is nothing that you can put in a pipe and smoke - let alone roll-up into a spliff and fire up. Here's what you'll find.



Discovering an art deco Kresge's behind a Center City storefront

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:16:23 GMT2018-02-17T13:16:23Z

Such small commercial buildings are what give Center City's shopping streets their distinctive character.



Yuengling wants 'Philly Special' trademark for its beer

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:08:06 GMT2018-02-17T13:08:06Z

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. recently filed a trademark application for "Philly Special" and is considering applying the phrase to one of its beers. It is the sixth company or person to seek the trademark since the Super Bowl.



'The Process' was on display with Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid in NBA's Rising Stars Game

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:57:45 GMT2018-02-17T11:57:45Z

Joel Embiid called being able share his Rising Star experience with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric "amazing."



'America is at war' with 'violent criminal aliens,' says GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:04:29 GMT2018-02-17T11:04:29Z

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta declared that "America is at war" over illegal immigration in a new mailer, painting a picture of dangerous, violent criminals flooding the country as he campaigns for U.S. Senate. The language shows how President Trump's rhetoric on a signature issue has filtered down to fellow Republicans, while Democrats accused Barletta of extremism. "I won't sugarcoat it … "America is at war," says a Barletta fund-raising solicitation that landed in some mailboxes this past week, just as the Senate took up an immigration debate (the emphasis in this quote and others in this story from the original document). Barletta, a longtime hard-liner on illegal immigration, is the leading Republican seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and his mailer is one demonstration of how Trump's rhetorical style has filtered down to fellow Republicans, experts said. Democrats pointed to it as an example of what they say is Barletta's extremism.



Philly man claiming innocence moves a step closer to vindication

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:04:06 GMT2018-02-17T11:04:06Z

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office vacated Dontia Patterson's conviction and his life sentence, agreeing that his trial lawyers were ineffective and that he deserves to be retried.



College students' free speech trampled at Philly City Hall's front yard | Clout

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:03:41 GMT2018-02-17T11:03:41Z

The park in front of Philadelphia City Hall should be a shining beacon of free speech. But it isn't always treated that way.



The Ardrossan Estate: Last surviving gem of the Main Line, a 'Philadelphia Story' looking for a future

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:03:18 GMT2018-02-17T11:03:18Z

The old Main Line is almost all gone, but the Ardrossan Estate in Villanova, mansion of the Montgomery family, stands. The Main House is exquisitely preserved, and despite continuing development of the surrounding acres, both house and land have a pristine, inviting quality.



What happened to Republican fiscal responsibilty?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:14:13 GMT2018-02-17T10:14:13Z

A trillion-dollar deficit could arrive as early as next year.



1938 Montgomery County home is transformed for modern living

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:13:32 GMT2018-02-17T10:13:32Z

The design, featuring a new kitchen, mudroom, playroom, entry and garage, has transformed the way the five-member family lives in the house, says Jenkintown architect Josh Otto.



Philly area Muslim students memorize Quran - 6,200 verses - for a place in paradise

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:05:43 GMT2018-02-17T10:05:43Z

Twenty years ago, after-school classes for Quran memorization were difficult to find in the Philadelphia region. If they wanted their children to learn the holy book by rote, Muslim families often had to send them away to boarding schools. That is no longer the case.



'It crashed': Upgrade slows TD Bank

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:06:36 GMT2018-02-17T04:06:36Z

"Something's not working quite right"



Flyers finally win in Columbus on Sean Couturier's overtime goal

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:49:14 GMT2018-02-17T03:49:14Z

It was going to take a Herculean effort for the Flyers to emerge with two points at nationwide Arena Friday night. And that's exactly what they got.



Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:18:07 GMT2018-02-17T03:18:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.



FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:00:04 GMT2018-02-17T03:00:04Z

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI's director to resign because of the missteps.



The Bogleheads celebrate 20 years of low-cost index funds with patron 'Saint Jack' Bogle

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:49:22 GMT2018-02-17T02:49:22Z

Adherents of Vanguard founder John Bogle share investment knowledge, flinty bargains and tips for the low-cost lifestyle. The group turns 20 this year.



Overhaul of White House security clearance process could threaten Kushner's access

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:34:58 GMT2018-02-17T02:34:58Z

A senior administration official with knowledge of Kelly's thinking said that the chief of staff has been frustrated with Kushner's high level of access without a final clearance and that he was aware the new policies announced Friday could jeopardize Kushner's ability to carry out his duties in the West Wing. The move puts a "bull's eye" on Kushner, the official said.



I met the family who lived in my South Philly rowhome before me - and got 70 years' worth of history | Mike Newall

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:09:44 GMT2018-02-17T02:09:44Z

The Cammaratas were coming over, and we were nervous. After all, our new home in South Philadelphia had been theirs for nearly 70 years.



Sixers' Joel Embiid to compete in Rising Stars, Skills Challenge and All-Star Game

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:07:03 GMT2018-02-17T02:07:03Z

The Sixers center wants to enjoy the moment during NBA All-Star Weekend.



Pa. State Rep. Bill Keller is not running for reelection | Clout

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:18:46 GMT2018-02-17T01:18:46Z

"It's time to step aside and allow the next generation to lead," Pennsylvania State Rep. Bill Keller, a Philadelphia Democrat, said Friday as he announced he would not seek reelection to the seat he has held for a quarter century.



Philly leaders ask Puerto Rico's governor to help release aid for evacuees

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:16:18 GMT2018-02-17T01:16:18Z

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló urged Philadelphia faith and civic leaders on Friday to put their political power behind relief efforts for the hurricane-ravaged island and to discuss help for evacuees who have come to Pennsylvania.



Just how much did Philadelphia wine, spirits sales spike during the Super Bowl?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:09:43 GMT2018-02-17T01:09:43Z

Wine and spirits sales in the Philadelphia region spiked 22.3 percent between the week before Super Bowl LII and Super Bowl week.



Concerned about safety, Caesars to check 'Do Not Disturb' rooms daily

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:30:38 GMT2018-02-17T00:30:38Z

Concerned about worker safety, one of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob.



Christine Agnes James Wilson Bass, 87, longtime Philadelphia schoolteacher

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:15:07 GMT2018-02-17T00:15:07Z

Family described Mrs. Bass as "a fierce advocate for students."



Confederate flag is banned from the Burlington County Farm Fair

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:13:17 GMT2018-02-17T00:13:17Z

Confederate flag is banned from the Burlington County Farm Fair.



Dranoff's One Riverside penthouse sells to local buyer for $7 million

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:00:49 GMT2018-02-16T23:00:49Z

The penthouse features two roof decks, an in-unit elevator, and hardwood floors throughout. If the deal closes, Dranoff will come close to selling out the condo tower.



Black History Month is a failure | Harold Jackson

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:59:59 GMT2018-02-16T22:59:59Z

School districts across the nation should follow Philadelphia's lead, which since 2005 has required students to take an African American history course to graduate.



Could one Philly man's exoneration prompt Krasner to examine other decades-old murders?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:46:02 GMT2018-02-16T22:46:02Z

Two Philadelphia men have been fighting for decades to prove they were wrongfully convicted of murder. The release of documents in an unrelated civil case may have helped their cause.



Fox News host wants LeBron to 'shut up and dribble.' That upset Eagles defender Chris Long.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:20:12 GMT2018-02-16T22:20:12Z

Is LeBron James less qualified to talk about sports than Curt Schilling? That seems to be the view of at least one Fox News host.



City has housing aid for hurricane evacuees but won't use it

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:01:15 GMT2018-02-16T22:01:15Z

The Kenney administration was empowered under a housing authority plan to refer up to 50 families for emergency rental assistance through a "Special Preference" program. Aside from two families who arrived shortly after the hurricane, the administration has not referred anyone else. The administration doesn't think it is fair to make use of the program when there are thousands of people on a public housing wait list.



Does anyone care that 'safe injection sites' are neither safe nor legal? | Stu Bykofsky

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:52:51 GMT2018-02-16T21:52:51Z

That the (not) safe injection sites are illegal is something the CUES proponents ignore or brush off.



Valentine's Day massacre: Time to take action | Opinion

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:52:42 GMT2018-02-16T21:52:42Z

The majority of Americans favor measures that will keep us safer. Yet, time and again, Congress fails to act. We're told to wait, it's not time, it's unseemly to talk about legislation during a tragedy.



The futile 'work-arounds' we use to deal with our massacre problem | Ronnie Polaneczky

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:50:30 GMT2018-02-16T21:50:30Z

Our laws, trainings and prayers will never match the power of a weapon that releases 30 shots between reloads.



Who are Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and is it their local ties that give them their edge?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:46:23 GMT2018-02-16T21:46:23Z

The pair are getting some major recognition for everything from their chemistry and analysis to a wardrobe that's propelled them into internet meme-dom.