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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:11:59 GMT2017-06-28T02:11:59Z


Philly FOP backs Republican Beth Grossman for DA

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:11:59 GMT2017-06-28T02:11:59Z

The lodge has been after being critical of Democrat Larry Krasner's campaign for district attorney.

Overhaul at the Mayor's Fund, including new leadership

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:08:45 GMT2017-06-28T02:08:45Z

The fund is replacing its executive director, board of directors, and chairwoman. The moves follow questions about fund spending and oversight.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ranked 2nd among U.S. News' best children's hospitals

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:03:18 GMT2017-06-28T02:03:18Z

CHOP also scored tops in care for diabetes and endocrinology, and pulmonology.

Wolf sees budget 'progress;' evidence wanting

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:56:10 GMT2017-06-28T01:56:10Z

He said state budget talks are going well, but legislators have yet to say how they will fill a gaping shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that ends Friday and raise the money to balance next year's.

Contract dispute slows construction around Philly

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:52:53 GMT2017-06-28T01:52:53Z

Unionized crane and elevator workers staged a work stoppage on Tuesday.

Workers uncover human remains in North Philly

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:37:59 GMT2017-06-28T01:37:59Z

A construction crew uncovered them at a work site Tuesday afternoon in the city's Tioga section.

Pennsylvania to set policy limiting release of police video

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:27:07 GMT2017-06-28T01:27:07Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state is poised to set a policy exempting police audio and video recordings from its public-records law and giving police departments broad discretion over when to refuse requests from people for copies of them.

Woody's owner at Philly DA Seth Williams' trial: 'I don't believe I bribed anyone'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:22:43 GMT2017-06-28T01:22:43Z

Jurors in Seth Williams' bribery and corruption trial were offered two lenses Tuesday through which to view the relationship between the cash-strapped district attorney and one of the wealthy businessmen who prosecutors say bankrolled his luxury life.

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:12:48 GMT2017-06-28T01:12:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords.

Readers respond: Whites make Brewerytown better

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:05:32 GMT2017-06-28T01:05:32Z

They will boost property values and make the neighborhood in North Philadelphia safer.

Marshall Edgar Freedman, 28, a Dresher native, dies in fall on Oahu

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:01:03 GMT2017-06-28T01:01:03Z

A rising restaurant manager, he loved "interacting with guests in their native language, traveling, learning new cultures and languages, and enjoying all kinds of food," his father said.

At summer school, teachers learn best methods to increase literacy

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:53:11 GMT2017-06-28T00:53:11Z

"By the end of third grade, [students are] at the point at which they need the foundation to master the more complex curriculum in fourth grade," said Diane Castelbuono, the school district's deputy chief of early childhood education.

Brewerytown letter was racist | Readers respond

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:39:34 GMT2017-06-28T00:39:34Z

The North Philadelphia neighborhood is vulnerable but does not deserve to be portrayed so harshly and falsely.

Counselor to use hip hop therapy to help victims of violence

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:18:30 GMT2017-06-28T00:18:30Z

Ronald Crawford fully expected that neighborhood residents would start flooding the counseling offices for Stop and Surrender Inc. after that graduation party shooting where 10 people were shot last month. Those offices, which offer drug and alcohol counseling as well as crisis intervention, anger management programs and other mental health services, are just blocks away from where the graduation party took place at 23rd and Huntingdon streets in North Philly. When that didn't happen, Crawford went on Facebook to grouse about it. That's when a counseling colleague pointed out, if the patients didn't come to him, then he should go to them.

Fugitive for 47 years is charged with Social Security fraud

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:17:57 GMT2017-06-28T00:17:57Z

Twenty years after escaping from prison, William Lewis filed for retirement benefits under two different names, prosecutors said.

Christie projects calm on budget despite impasse over tapping Blue Cross funds

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:05:13 GMT2017-06-28T00:05:13Z

He suggested he was confident the state would pass a budget by its Friday deadline, even as lawmakers squabble over the controversial proposal to tap reserve funds from the state's largest health insurance company.

Analysis: Once a unifier, undoing Obamacare now an albatross around GOP's neck

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:59:30 GMT2017-06-27T23:59:30Z

The effort to make good on a seven-year promise has cost the Trump administration precious months of its first year in office, with tax restructuring backed up somewhere in the legislative pipeline, infrastructure idling somewhere no one can see it, and budget deadlines looming.

Cosby rejects 'sexual assault tour' idea floated by reps

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:54:07 GMT2017-06-27T23:54:07Z

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Supreme Court to hear New Jersey sports betting case

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:49:01 GMT2017-06-27T23:49:01Z

The announcement comes months after an appeals court ruled against the state on the issue, saying its attempt to legalize sports betting breached federal law.

Lacking support, Republicans postpone vote on health-care bill

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:37:11 GMT2017-06-27T23:37:11Z

The failure to muster a vote was at least a temporary setback for Republicans, still angling for their first major policy victory since winning control of the White House and Congress.

Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting in Burlington City

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:22:36 GMT2017-06-27T23:22:36Z

A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday for a shooting last year in Burlington City that left a bystander dead. Samuel James, of Burlington City, must serve 30 years in prison without parole as part of his plea deal.

Comcast in talks with Sprint

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:03:49 GMT2017-06-27T23:03:49Z

With rumors of big telecom deals, Comcast and Charter Communications are talking with Sprint about its wireless network.

Christie won't 'light' self on fire over GOP health proposal

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:34:57 GMT2017-06-27T22:34:57Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's not going to Washington to "pour gasoline" on himself and "light" himself on fire to register his concern over the Senate GOP's health care overhaul bill.

With Rebuild coming, city unveils diversity partnership with building trades

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:09:47 GMT2017-06-27T22:09:47Z

Under an agreement released for the first time Tuesday, the trades and the city will launch a pre-apprenticeship program for the initiative, which is expected to involve renovations at upward of 150 parks, recreation centers and libraries over the next six or more years.

Teen shot to death in South Philly

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:23:01 GMT2017-06-27T21:23:01Z

The 18-year-old man, wounded in the chest and back, died later at a hospital.

Execution order signed for Philadelphia man

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:03:00 GMT2017-06-27T21:03:00Z

On Tuesday, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel signed a Notice of Execution for Omar Sharif Cash for Aug. 15. However, that order will be subject to a moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania.

Cops: Teen girls robbed cabbies, tourists at gunpoint

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:46:30 GMT2017-06-27T20:46:30Z

"They may be teens but I don't even classify them as girls, I classify them as violent predators," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

Protests planned at Gettysburg battlefield this weekend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:28:50 GMT2017-06-27T20:28:50Z

Officials at the park are aware other groups on social media have planned rallies but they have not applied for permits.

Philly gets money from DAR for semiquincentennial trees

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:28:34 GMT2017-06-27T20:28:34Z

Trees are a symbol of life and strength, they manufacture oxygen for us and provide a home for birds and other critters. They are pleasing to the eye. There's a lot to like.

Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:25:53 GMT2017-06-27T20:25:53Z

NEW YORK (AP) - When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country.

2 Villanova dive bars to close: Erin Pub and Maloney's Pub

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:24:35 GMT2017-06-27T20:24:35Z

The bars will shut their doors at different times this summer.

Trump bashes CNN after retweeting 'Fox & Friends' four times

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:34:30 GMT2017-06-27T19:34:30Z

If it were any other president, Trump's posts on Twitter Tuesday morning would be creating shockwaves.

N.J. log cabin built in 1638, among oldest in U.S., up for sale

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:32:59 GMT2017-06-27T17:32:59Z

The asking price is $2.9 million.

Shore zoo's tiger is euthanized

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:11:25 GMT2017-06-27T17:11:25Z

Rocky, the 16-year-old Siberian tiger, had been suffering from spine, hip and leg problems.

Dozens of stranded tubers rescued on Susquehanna

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:09:29 GMT2017-06-27T17:09:29Z

Rescue efforts were slowed when some of the event participants who had allegedly been drinking became uncooperative.

Philly court-appointed lawyers get first fee hike in 20 years

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:24:36 GMT2017-06-27T16:24:36Z

The new fee schedule was the work of a committee formed last September by the city courts. The previous fees had become so outmoded some lawyers were refusing to accept court-appointments to represent poor criminal defendants.

Kenneth C. Trotter, Lower Merion teacher

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:20:24 GMT2017-06-27T16:20:24Z

"Wherever you are, Mr. Trotter, I'm sure things are 'solid and groovy,' as you used to say in class," recalled one of his students.

3 out at CNN in wake of Trump/Russia story retraction

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:19:21 GMT2017-06-27T16:19:21Z

CNN is making changes in how it handles stories involving Donald Trump's possible connections to Russia following the high-profile retraction.

Black and Nobel book store launches GoFundMe campaign, may have to close, owner says

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:12:11 GMT2017-06-27T16:12:11Z

It was the young people who frequently gather at Black and Nobel who came up with the idea of a GoFundMe page, which launched June 22.

Teacher admits having sex with student

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:31:04 GMT2017-06-27T15:31:04Z

A 33-year-old male teacher pleaded guilty Monday to engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in Atlantic County.

TRUMPadelphia: The travel ban goes to court and more

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:14 GMT2017-06-27T15:06:14Z

The GOP's latest healthcare bill is (maybe) in dire straits, the President's latest travel ban was (sort of, temporarily) upheld, and I'm terrified to type another sentence in the event this all changes in the next 15 minutes. 2017!

Senate health plan will increase uninsured by 22 million, CBO says

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:48:42 GMT2017-06-27T13:48:42Z

The Republican health plan speeding toward a vote as early as this week would increase the number of uninsured people to that level by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, delivering a projection that will weigh on the unfolding debate. The report from Congress' nonpartisan scorekeeper also estimated that the Senate plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade. The savings come largely from slashing expected Medicaid spending by $772 billion, though much of those savings would be consumed by tax cuts for the wealthy and insurers

Pennsylvania offers a new 'smart on crime' approach. But does it actually work?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:36:14 GMT2017-06-27T12:36:14Z

Parents should be consistent in punishment - that logic, some believe, should guide the criminal justice system.

Pennsylvania's top court just made it way harder to sentence kids to life in prison

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:33:20 GMT2017-06-27T12:33:20Z

The court ruled that there is a presumption against life sentences for juveniles - and that, in order to sentence a minor to life, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he or she is incapable of rehabilitation.

LOVE sculpture's base, designed by Philly cop, is being auctioned

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:21:17 GMT2017-06-27T12:21:17Z

Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you the base that held up the "LOVE" sculpture at LOVE Park for the last three decades.

Asked if he bribed Philly DA Williams, owner of iconic gay bar answers with a shrug

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:43:53 GMT2017-06-27T11:43:53Z

Michael Weiss - co-owner of the Center City gay bar Woody's - led off the second week of the government's bribery case and made him the second wealthy benefactor to tell the jury that he showered the city's top prosecutor with gifts hoping to solicit favors from him in return.

Comcast killed Texas cable owner's business, suit says

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:58:10 GMT2017-06-27T10:58:10Z

When Comcast Corp. contractors came to this Texas town, a potential competitor saw his cable lines repeatedly cut, suit says.

Philly DA Seth Williams' trial: Day-by-day updates

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:55:07 GMT2017-06-27T10:55:07Z

The latest developments and daily recaps from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams' federal bribery and fraud trial.

Philly police official: Union League confab arranged by Philly DA Seth Williams 'didn't feel right'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:39:41 GMT2017-06-27T09:39:41Z

Federal prosecutors called Deputy Commissioner Joseph Sullivan as their lead-off witness for the second week of their bribery and corruption case against Williams.