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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:33:39 GMT2016-09-30T05:33:39Z


Good Sundays have everyone living on Wentz Street

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:33:39 GMT2016-09-30T05:33:39Z

A steady rain fell on tiny Wentz Street in Olney on Thursday morning, but Som Kim barely noticed, beaming with pride over his beloved football team.

'Running from his own demons': Was drug use behind man's violent rampage?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:33:37 GMT2016-09-30T05:33:37Z

On Sept. 8, Christopher Sowell proudly posted on his Facebook page a photo of his 8-year-old son heading back to school.

Pa. auditor: State paid welfare benefits to 2,000 dead people

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:33:36 GMT2016-09-30T05:33:36Z

HARRISBURG - The state paid several hundred thousand dollars in public assistance in a 12-month period to the accounts of more than 2,000 recipients who had died, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

Free Beyoncé tickets for some Philly kids

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:33:34 GMT2016-09-30T05:33:34Z

At first, Richard Gordon didn't believe it. Free tickets to Thursday's Beyoncé concert for some of the hardworking students at Robeson High, where he is principal?

Councilman wants new fund for criminal justice reform

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:31:24 GMT2016-09-30T05:31:24Z

Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. introduced legislation Thursday that would direct some leftover money from the Philadelphia Prison System budget to a new fund for anti-recidivism programs. Jones said he wants to see such programs funded "in a methodical manner that won't shift with the winds."

Some gains for Pa. students on state tests

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:31:24 GMT2016-09-30T05:31:24Z

Across Pennsylvania, students posted "modest gains" on standardized tests in 2016, Department of Education officials said Thursday. State standards tightened in 2015, and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) that year was a reset, officials said.

Safety system cited in Philly Amtrak derailment faces new scrutiny after Hoboken crash

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:31:23 GMT2016-09-30T05:31:23Z

The deadly train crash in Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday renewed questions about the long-delayed rollout of Positive Train Control, the government-mandated rail safety system that came into the spotlight after eight people died in the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

Cyber charters in Pa. struggle on state tests

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:31:23 GMT2016-09-30T05:31:23Z

Standardized tests continue to pose challenges for students at Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools. The state Department of Education released test results Thursday that show students at many of the 13 cyber charters operating in 2015-16 were performing far below grade level in both language arts and math.

Convicted contractor Campbell is relaxed, laughing, in video deposition

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:31:21 GMT2016-09-30T05:31:21Z

Former North Philadelphia demolition contractor Griffin Campbell spent Thursday as he has spent every day since Jan. 8 - serving a 15- to 30-year prison term for his role in the deadly 2013 collapse that crushed a Salvation Army store in Center City.

N.J. high court: Judge wrong to impose insanity defense on alleged stalker

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:16 GMT2016-09-30T04:00:16Z

A Colorado woman obsessed with a New Jersey mental-health therapist had the right to reject an insanity defense that was imposed on her by a judge when she stood trial in Ocean County for stalking, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision released Wednesday.

NJ political surprise: A front-runner in governor race drops out

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:16 GMT2016-09-30T04:00:16Z

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, once considered a favorite for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2017, announced Wednesday that he would not run, jolting a race that has been underway at least since Gov. Christie won reelection in 2013.

Parking Authority board reverses itself: It was told of 2006 sexual harassment complaint

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:12:58 GMT2016-09-30T03:12:58Z

Since Tuesday, the Philadelphia Parking Authority board had contended that it was never notified of a 2006 sexual harassment complaint against the authority's then-executive director, Vincent J. Fenerty Jr.

Man arrested in fatal December 2014 hit-run in Holmesburg

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:46:21 GMT2016-09-29T22:46:21Z

Gov. Wolf to address opioid epidemic; backing legislation with child prescription limits

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:41:05 GMT2016-09-29T22:41:05Z

Kids shouldn't be prescribed bottles full of addictive opioids, Gov. Wolf said Tuesday, adding to his legislative to-do list ahead of a major speech Wednesday on the overdose epidemic.

Hurricane Matthew could become threat to U.S.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:34:15 GMT2016-09-29T22:34:15Z

Latest tropical storm expected to become hurricane on Friday.

Wolf: Time for Pa. to 'take a stand' against opioid crisis

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:18:56 GMT2016-09-29T22:18:56Z

HARRISBURG - In a sometimes personal speech, Gov. Wolf urged legislators Wednesday to help him enact a half-dozen measures that he hopes would slow the opioid epidemic that last year took nearly 3,500 lives across the state.

Police officer injured in West Philly crash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:11:58 GMT2016-09-29T22:11:58Z

No light matter: Sun is getting up later and later

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:07:25 GMT2016-09-29T22:07:25Z

We are in the peak days for day-to-day light loss.

Pennsylvania mayor asked to resign for racist Facebook posts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:07:08 GMT2016-09-29T22:07:08Z

YORK, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of a small central Pennsylvania town is being asked to resign over racist posts on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family, and one referring to lynching.

Springsteen at the Free Library: What do you say to the Boss?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:50:47 GMT2016-09-29T21:50:47Z

Joe Brooks waited all his life for a chance to meet Bruce Springsteen, and when that moment finally arrived on Thursday, he leaned close and said:

Woman charged in Wilmington blaze that killed 2 firefighters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:05:52 GMT2016-09-29T21:05:52Z

A tree in Salem is now N.J.'s largest white oak

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:05:36 GMT2016-09-29T21:05:36Z

Man accused of trying to hide crash that killed girlfriend

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:55:40 GMT2016-09-29T20:55:40Z

VERNON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana authorities have brought charges against a Pennsylvania man who was injured in a crash that killed his girlfriend earlier this month, alleging that he initially tried to conceal that the crash even happened because he may have been trying to avoid being arrested.

Baby found alive in western Pennsylvania dumpster

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:54:57 GMT2016-09-29T20:54:57Z

Paramedics in Westmoreland County found a newborn in a dumpster.

Man shot dead in Wissinoming is ID'd

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:54:22 GMT2016-09-29T20:54:22Z

Bodybuilder Bill Pettis found dead along Pennsylvania creek

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:53:30 GMT2016-09-29T20:53:30Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bodybuilder from California whose biceps were bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger's has been found dead along a creek in Pennsylvania.

Widener prof creates website about Nat Turner

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:40:05 GMT2016-09-29T17:40:05Z

SLAVE insurrectionist Nat Turner has never really gotten his rightful place in American history. But then again, he was a strong black leader willing to kill for the cause of freedom.

A state policeman's crusade to stop digging up the long dead

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:28:01 GMT2016-09-29T15:28:01Z

WILKES-BARRE - At the foot of a gentle slope dotted with small American flags, a backhoe scraped at the coarse soil until it hit stone.

Newborn found alive in trash bin inside gas station restroom

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:02:13 GMT2016-09-29T14:02:13Z

NORTH BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a newborn baby has been found alive in a trash bin inside a gas station restroom in Pennsylvania.

Parking boss resigns over scandal — and he has a big pension coming

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:40:45 GMT2016-09-29T11:40:45Z

The head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority resigned Wednesday after two sexual-harassment scandals and mounting criticism of how the agency handled the complaints.

Police fatally shoot stabbing suspect who had attacked five people in West Philly

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:53:56 GMT2016-09-29T10:53:56Z

Philadelphia police fatally shot a man Wednesday night during a confrontation that came after two boys - one a son of his - were stabbed inside a West Philadelphia home.

10 Philly, suburban schools win national honor

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:27 GMT2016-09-29T10:15:27Z

Confetti cannons rained blue paper on 550 eager boys and girls as Principal Michael Farrell trumpeted the news Wednesday: Penn Alexander, a West Philadelphia K-8, had been named one of the best schools in the nation.

Judges want assurance of elevator safety at Criminal Justice Center

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:54:14 GMT2016-09-29T09:54:14Z

Almost two months after a sheriff's deputy was partially paralyzed in an elevator crash at the Criminal Justice Center, the judges who work there have hired an attorney and an independent expert to evaluate the elevators' safety.

Blind man falls off subway platform, killed by train

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:19:23 GMT2016-09-29T09:19:23Z

A blind man who fell off of a platform at SEPTA's Race-Vine Station this afternoon in Center City was struck and killed by a Broad Street Line train, according to police.

Michelle Obama: Vote! 'It's not enough to come to a rally and post some selfies'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:32 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:32Z

Michelle Obama urged young people to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton during a speech Wednesday at La Salle University, telling them their votes could be crucial for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Law unfairly gave shale drillers 'special' treatment, Pa. Supreme Court rules

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:09 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:09Z

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided that Act 13, the state Legislature's 2012 attempt to accommodate the shale gas industry, is an unconstitutional "special law" that benefits specific groups or industries.

Council bill would bar employers from seeking salary history

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:24 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:24Z

Aiming to close the pay gap between men and women, Philadelphia City Council will consider barring employers from asking applicants how much they made in previous jobs.

Two weeks after toddler shoots himself, father is charged in death

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:24 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:24Z

Two-year-old Benjamin Smith told his father he was going to watch Winnie the Pooh. He went into a bedroom to turn on the TV. A few minutes passed.

Ex-manager accused of bilking $600K from Philly nonprofit for troubled children

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:23 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:23Z

A former manager at a Northwest Philadelphia mental-health treatment facility was accused Tuesday of embezzling more than a half-million dollars in public funds meant to help children suffering from trauma and behavioral disorders.

Witness recants statement in 2014 North Philly murder

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:23 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:23Z

In April 2015, police said Shyreem Jones told them that he had seen the October 2014 killing of Ernest Tisdale from a convenience store about 50 feet away.

For Wolf, opioid crisis offers chance to flex political muscle

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:22 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:22Z

HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf has called it a public health crisis and an epidemic, crisscrossing Pennsylvania for more than a year to participate in roundtables and work sessions on how to combat prescription drug and heroin addiction.

Salvation Army lawyer attacks credibility of retail expert

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:21 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:21Z

A lawyer for the Salvation Army on Wednesday attacked the credibility of a retail management expert who testified that charity executives failed in their duty to protect employees and shoppers killed in the 2013 Center City building collapse.

Federal judge overturns DRPA contract, questions the secrecy of bid process

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:12 GMT2016-09-29T04:00:12Z

A federal judge has overturned a $17.8 million contract to paint the Commodore Barry Bridge, calling the Delaware River Port Authority's decision to hire a contractor an "undocumented process shrouded in mystery and obscured from public scrutiny."

Ronald J. Tallarida, pharmacology expert at Temple, 79

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:50:40 GMT2016-09-29T01:50:40Z

Ronald J. Tallarida, 79, of West Deptford, a renowned pharmacologist and expert on drug combinations, died of lung cancer Friday, Sept. 23, at his home.

Unfounded reports of gunman shake Willow Grove mall

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:04 GMT2016-09-29T00:00:04Z

The calls to Abington police Tuesday night were the kind to send officers scrambling: a report of a man with a gun at the Willow Grove Park mall.

Philly man gets 8 years for sex trafficking 15-year-old girl

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:47:03 GMT2016-09-28T22:47:03Z

A Philadelphia man who forced a 15-year-old girl into two weeks of prostitution was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Trenton to eight years in prison, authorities said.

Professor, wife sentenced on convictions of defrauding NASA

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:27:05 GMT2016-09-28T22:27:05Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A university professor in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on a conviction of defrauding NASA by letting graduate students and researchers do all the work on a $700,000 project.

Teacher charged with sending sex video of herself to student, 17

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:00:02 GMT2016-09-28T22:00:02Z