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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:10:25 GMT2017-07-21T10:10:25Z


Bucks County officials shed light on how and why Cosmo DiNardo's gun charge was dismissed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:10:25 GMT2017-07-21T10:10:25Z

Police said the calls did not result in charges. DiNardo, who confessed last week to four killings, was arrested in February for having a gun, which state law forbids for those involuntarily committed for mental treatment.

Philly 420: Abington arresting fewer white people for weed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:08:52 GMT2017-07-21T10:08:52Z

The second largest town in Montgomery County is 79 percent white. So why, in 2015, did its arrest records show a noticeable flip in the racial makeup of those being arrested for marijuana possession?

A taste of South Philly - in the middle of nowhere

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:33:17 GMT2017-07-21T09:33:17Z

Mike "Big Mike" Stasiunas, from 21st and Mifflin, has owned the Forksville General Store in Sullivan County, Pa. since 1999. He also hosts a raucous dinner show every Saturday night, where he cracks jokes and plays music with his local musicians, including his daughter, Michele

Clout: Sorry, Seth, no pension for you

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:28:47 GMT2017-07-21T09:28:47Z

Welcome to the We Can Never Retire Either club, Seth.

Missing N.J. environmentalist found dead in N.H. mountains

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:07:49 GMT2017-07-21T03:07:49Z

Authorities on Thursday located the body of Gregory Auriemma, an Ocean County environmentalist who went missing while hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Lester who? Comcast-owned NBC News woos younger audience with Snapchat

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:03:24 GMT2017-07-21T01:03:24Z

Comcast-owned NBC News sees a generational divide in news consumption. Snapchat may be one way to bridge it.

New office to police $60 million Philly spends on antiviolence programs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:24:02 GMT2017-07-21T00:24:02Z

Despite the tens of millions of dollars the city spends each year on antiviolence programs, homicide and shooting victims are on the rise in Philadelphia.

Police say 2 who drowned in South Jersey lake were brothers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:20:43 GMT2017-07-21T00:20:43Z

The bodies were pulled from Crystal Lake in Vineland.

SEPTA cops release body cam footage of police-involved shooting

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:06:54 GMT2017-07-21T00:06:54Z

SEPTA Chief Thomas Nestel III said three of his officers fired. Philadelphia police have not said how many of their responding officers fired at the man or if the man fired at police.

Parents sue bar, Drexel frats over son's brain injury; say no one called 911

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:02:19 GMT2017-07-21T00:02:19Z

A Narberth couple is blaming members of two Drexel University fraternities and the bar that served some of them for their son's severe brain injury, sustained after he was punched during an altercation and no one called 911 to get him help for 10 hours.

Kelley Hodge, a former city prosecutor, is selected interim DA

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:37 GMT2017-07-21T00:00:37Z

A top deputy at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and two former city prosecutors were the front runners Thursday to take over the office.

Maurice B. Dabney Jr., 93, pharmacist in Philly

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:52:48 GMT2017-07-20T23:52:48Z

His extended family helped Mr. Dabney operate some of his pharmacies. "They had a soda fountain and a grill that made hamburgers and hot dogs at 15th and South," said a daughter.

Rare tiger cub born in Philly to be adopted in Oklahoma

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:42:54 GMT2017-07-20T23:42:54Z

The Amur tiger cub born this month at the Zoo was sent to join a tiger cub litter there.

Kenney, Hite announce Block by Block Party with Minecraft

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:33:39 GMT2017-07-20T23:33:39Z

They learned how to play Minecraft from Philadelphia children. The Block by Block Party is a gaming event where 1,500 children will gather to raise money for the School District.

Police on 'walk-through' at DiNardo property in Bucks County

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:32:08 GMT2017-07-20T23:32:08Z

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says a large number of Philadelphia police personnel and cadets - along with horses and dogs - were at the DiNardo property on Thursday.

Timeline: Cosmo DiNardo's troubled past, and the search for his alleged victims

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:31:39 GMT2017-07-20T23:31:39Z

A timeline of Cosmo DiNardo's troubled past, the search for four missing men and the grisly discovery of their bodies on the DiNardo family estate in Bucks family.

Former Owl City musician gets probation in underage sex case

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:28:52 GMT2017-07-20T23:28:52Z

He engaged in a lewd act with an underage girl in Atlantic City in 2013.

Delco man gets 33 to 100 years for shooting at police

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:22:46 GMT2017-07-20T23:22:46Z

Donte Brooks Island shot Officer Christopher Dorman seven times in June 2016 and fired at, but missed, another officer.

In chilling detail, cold-case key witness recalls night Bucks teen was raped and killed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:06:37 GMT2017-07-20T23:06:37Z

Robert Sanders, whose grand-jury testimony led to a breakthrough in an investigation that lasted more than 30 years, testified in Bucks County Court that he was in defendant George Shaw's living room the night 14-year-old Barbara Rowan was killed.

Severe-thunderstorm watch as heat wave approaches crest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:55:00 GMT2017-07-20T22:55:00Z

As what looms as the first potentially dangerous heat wave of the season ripens, a severe-thunderstorm watch is in effect.

5 dead, 3 critical after 8 days of attacks on women

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:54:11 GMT2017-07-20T22:54:11Z

Four of the women were killed or gravely wounded in incidents of domestic violence.

Elon Musk promises NY-Philly-DC hyperloop; but Philly knows of no such thing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:09:07 GMT2017-07-20T22:09:07Z

It's not immediately clear who or where Musk's claim of "verbal government approval" comes from. But a Philadelphia spokesman said they've had no conversations with him.

Philadelphia is seeing unusual spike in violent attacks against women

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:43:27 GMT2017-07-20T20:43:27Z

So far, five women have been killed and four others wounded since July 12.

Who gets to decide what belongs on the gay pride flag?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:16:11 GMT2017-07-20T20:16:11Z

Adding colors and religious symbols to the flag has sparked debate from Philadelphia to Chicago.

Excessive heat warning in Philly for next 2 days

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:44:35 GMT2017-07-20T19:44:35Z

The mercury is set to reach the mid-to-high 90s on Thursday and Friday.

Penn State board proposes tuition hike for '17-'18 school year

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:40:13 GMT2017-07-20T19:40:13Z

In a statement, the board explained that the drafting and proposal of the budget comes at a time when the school is unsure of what their future state endowment will look like, given the state legislature's failure "to establish appropriations for state-related universities, such as Penn State" during the budget impasse at the end of June.

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:12:12 GMT2017-07-20T19:12:12Z

CHICAGO (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

After big promises, Republicans run into Obamacare repeal reality

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:11:07 GMT2017-07-20T19:11:07Z

The first six months of the Trump administration have served up a reminder of the gap between opposing laws and proposing them, of attacking other people's plans and trying to enact your own, with all the resulting real-world impacts.

St. Joseph's University receives $50 million Maguire gift

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:50:55 GMT2017-07-20T18:50:55Z

It will let the school expand scholarships, boost its endowment, support a risk and insurance management program, and provide leadership training for Catholic- and independent-school teachers.

In the heartland, a different take on Trump | Readers respond

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:48:27 GMT2017-07-20T18:48:27Z

Alleged collusion with Russia is far outweighed by concern over the GOP health-care plan.

Your responses: White privilege is why there's resistance to changing the LGBT flag

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:44:16 GMT2017-07-20T18:44:16Z

"Privileged people always feel excluded in equality movements because it's the first time they don't have the loudest voice."

What's up with the pond at Haverford College?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:20:27 GMT2017-07-20T18:20:27Z

Parts of the pond has gotten as shallow as 12 inches.

John McCain to receive 2017 Liberty Medal

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:09:10 GMT2017-07-20T18:09:10Z

The Republican senator from Arizona will receive the award in an Oct. 16 ceremony at the National Constitution Center.

A modern intruder lands in Philadelphia's most iconic landscape. Is that such a bad thing?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:35:48 GMT2017-07-20T17:35:48Z

The Philadelphia art museum wants to install a James Turrell Skyspace on the famous Fairmount hilltop.

Cops: Woman, 65, steals cab, picks up fares

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:26:00 GMT2017-07-20T15:26:00Z

She had originally hailed the cab to go to a casino, police say.

In death, Phillip Clay finally returns to U.S. legally

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:28:27 GMT2017-07-20T14:28:27Z

He was adopted from Korea in 1983 by a family in Philadelphia, but never became a U.S. citizen. He was deported in 2012 and took his own life in May in South Korea.

Ex-TV news producer who ranted at Philly cop pleads no contest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:18:33 GMT2017-07-20T14:18:33Z

Colleen Campbell, 28, will enter a pretrial diversion program, with anger-management counseling and continuing mental-health treatment.

Mother killed, daughter wounded in double stabbing in South Philly

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:56:58 GMT2017-07-20T13:56:58Z

Police are seeking the 21-year-old daughter's ex-boyfriend.

Man fatally shot with assault rifle in Southwest Philly

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:55:53 GMT2017-07-20T13:55:53Z

The man was shot in his head and torso outside a housing project.

Cosmo DiNardo: No-show on Bensalem drug board

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:13:10 GMT2017-07-20T13:13:10Z

A woman who served on the drug and alcohol board with Cosmo DiNardo said he was not an active participant in the drug advisory board's meetings.

Did a U.S. Surgeon General come up with the idea of the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiment?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:40:42 GMT2017-07-20T12:40:42Z

For 40 years, American government doctors treated hundreds of black men with syphilis as if they were human guinea pigs. But whose idea was the Tuskegee Syphilis Study? A Philadelphia author says documents point to the future Surgeon General of the United States.

Boy struck by freight train, loses leg, in Frankford

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:56:28 GMT2017-07-20T11:56:28Z

A juvenile male lost a leg when he was struck by a freight train Wednesday afternoon in the city's Frankford section.

Philly EPA region could take major hit in buyout plan

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:23:02 GMT2017-07-20T11:23:02Z

Region 3, which includes a large Philadelphia office, is targeting a maximum of 159 workers for buyouts and early retirements, or nearly one-fifth of its approximately 795 employees.

Small plane crashes in Burlington County

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:52:18 GMT2017-07-20T03:52:18Z

A small plane crash-landed Wednesday evening in a cranberry bog in Pemberton Township, Burlington County. The plane, described as a cropduster, crashed about 6:45 p.m. along Sheep Pen Hill Road near Magnolia Road.

Police open fire at shooting suspect in Kensington

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:01:11 GMT2017-07-20T03:01:11Z

Police fired shots at a man suspected of shooting a woman Wednesday evening in the city's Kensington section.

Parents sentenced to up to 7 years in 'gifted' girls case

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:17:47 GMT2017-07-20T00:17:47Z

Savilla and Daniel Stoltzfus were sentenced to up to 7 years in jail Wednesday. In addition to his oldest daughter, then 14, Daniel Stoltzfus, also "gave" his wife and two younger daughters to Lee Kaplan.

Man who killed ex, shot at police was released from prison in June

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:04:16 GMT2017-07-20T00:04:16Z

The suspect turned the gun on himself after a seven-hour standoff with police Tuesday.

Cops: Duo on drugs with young kids crash truck into 3 cars

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:59:25 GMT2017-07-19T23:59:25Z

"I'm shocked they didn't kill somebody," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "They put an entire community in harm's way because of their drug use."

Rowan R.A.I.S.E. takes high schoolers to med school

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:47:18 GMT2017-07-19T23:47:18Z

Mini-med programs, like this one, allow high school students to experience medical school before they even apply to college.

Man fatally shot in Frankford robbery

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:25:52 GMT2017-07-19T23:25:52Z

The victim was identified as Jose Reyes, who lived on the block where he was gunned down.