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Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 02:32:21 GMT2017-05-24T02:32:21Z

 



Who killed Winnie Harris? Friends, family, police want to know

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:32:21 GMT2017-05-24T02:32:21Z

Police have no leads. Now friends and family are trying to get the word out to find the person who fatally shot the beloved West Philly community activist in her Powelton home.



For Shaurn Thomas, faith triumphed over 24 years of injustice

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:32:07 GMT2017-05-24T02:32:07Z

Shaurn Thomas refuses to be bitter about the Philadelphia cops and prosecutors who took 24 years of his life for a murder he didn't commit. That's a remarkable testament to his faith, and the faith of those around him.



Philly moms of young Ariana Grande fans rocked by Manchester terrorist bombing

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:31:57 GMT2017-05-24T02:31:57Z

"That could have been us"



PHA cop fires more than 12 shots in Kingsessing

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:31:26 GMT2017-05-24T02:31:26Z

A man was critically injured in the shooting, but city and PHA police can't confirm if it the PHA officer shot the man.



After hearing, inmate imprisoned 24 years released

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:30:52 GMT2017-05-24T02:30:52Z

Shaurn Thomas, 43, was exonerated Tuesday morning after the District Attorney’s Office agreed with his lawyers that the evidence against him did not support his 1993 conviction for a 1990 murder..



S. Jersey nuclear plant alert sent in error

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:30:02 GMT2017-05-24T02:30:02Z

Television viewers in South Jersey got a scare Tuesday night when an alert about a nuclear power plant emergency was transmitted in error, officials said.






Cosby lawyers: Prosecutors are excluding blacks from jury

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:07:59 GMT2017-05-24T02:07:59Z

Five additional jurors were selected Tuesday in Pittsburgh in the sexual-assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby. The total number to seated panelists is now 10.



Report: Blacks still main targets of stop-and-frisk initiative

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:56:17 GMT2017-05-24T01:56:17Z

Philadelphia police are still more likely to frisk black men and women than any other ethnic group, but city officials contend they are not more likely to be stopped, according to new reports filed Tuesday.



Help us, plead the Narcan-administering Needle Park librarians

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:15:02 GMT2017-05-24T01:15:02Z

The librarians didn’t have to do any of this. They could have just closed their doors, or called the cops every time someone overdosed.



Accused Kensington killer says shotgun slaying of 3 was self-defense

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:56:07 GMT2017-05-24T00:56:07Z

James Elijah Dickson, 45, testified that the victims and several other house guests were planning to kill him.



South Philly pet doc gets local pup out of a jam

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:41:10 GMT2017-05-24T00:41:10Z

Sticking her head in tire rim may have seemed like a good idea to Jade the puppy, but not for long. Enter an overnight veterinary practice.



Real ID close to coming to a PennDot near you

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:11:48 GMT2017-05-24T00:11:48Z

The legislature is expected to pass, and Gov. Wolf to sign, a bill that would bring Pennsylvania in compliance with federal Real ID standards. Pa. is among a handful of states that have resisted implementing the standards.



Wolf eyes Pa. insurance commissioner to head new Pa. health dept.

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:08:09 GMT2017-05-24T00:08:09Z

Gov. Wolf says he plans to nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to head his proposed Department of Health and Human Services.



Woman, 25, fatally stabbed in Kensington

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:57:42 GMT2017-05-23T23:57:42Z




Local lawmakers slam Trump's budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:54:25 GMT2017-05-23T23:54:25Z

Mayor Kenney on Tuesday slammed President Trump's budget, saying it would hurt low-income and middle-class Philadelphians with its planned cuts to social services and Medicaid over the next decade.



Day by day: Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:43:19 GMT2017-05-23T23:43:19Z

Dozens of women have stepped forward since 2014 to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct dating back decades. But the allegations of only one threaten to send him to jail. On June 5, Cosby will stand trial for an alleged 2004 assault on Andrea Constand, a former Temple University athletics employee. Click here for for the latest developments



Everything you need to know about the case against Bill Cosby

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:38:04 GMT2017-05-23T23:38:04Z

Dozens of women have stepped forward since 2014 to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct dating back decades. But the allegations of only one threaten to send him to jail. On June 5, Cosby will stand trial for an alleged 2004 assault on Andrea Constand. Click here for everything you need to know in advance.



1 dead, 2 wounded in East Germantown shooting

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:19:57 GMT2017-05-23T23:19:57Z

Gunfire erupted just after 5:20 p.m. in the 5500 Heiskell Street, police said. A 37-year-old man who was shot once in the chest was taken by medics to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m.



Girl, 17, hit by SEPTA train in South Philly

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:48:10 GMT2017-05-23T22:48:10Z

The teenager was in critical condition after she was hit near the Broad Street Line's Ellsworth-Federal Station on Tuesday morning.



N.J. Democrats and Republicans blast Trump plan for flood-insurance hikes

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:37:04 GMT2017-05-23T22:37:04Z




Should Trump fandom end Congreso leader’s job?

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:33:29 GMT2017-05-23T22:33:29Z

Shouldn't we be beyond guilt by association?



Did Creato kill son or is there reasonable doubt? Case now in jurors' hands

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:14:42 GMT2017-05-23T22:14:42Z

In closing statements Tuesday, prosecutors said D.J. Creato likely smothered his 3-year-old son with a pillow. The defense raised doubt about the investigation.



Toddler shot in Kensington needs our love and support

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:55:16 GMT2017-05-23T21:55:16Z

A 2-year-old boy is shot, and where is our righteous outrage?



Homeowner shoots intruder in Kensington

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:45:47 GMT2017-05-23T21:45:47Z

A Kensington homeowner shot a 47-year-old man who was breaking into his residence Tuesday afternoon, police said. Just before 1:20 p.m. in the 2000 block of Albright Street, the intruder was shot in the chest by the homeowner, who was not described further.



Trump's proposed budget cuts stirring alarm

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:30:03 GMT2017-05-23T21:30:03Z

Health-care advocates predicted devastating consequences for the elderly — and their caregivers, often adult children — as they awaited a budget proposal from President Trump that’s expected to slash billions of dollars in aid to health and social-service programs.



Video: 2 men on bikes wanted in shooting of father, toddler in Kensington

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:06:13 GMT2017-05-23T21:06:13Z

Both the father and son are in stable condition now. Police are seeking the public's help finding the gunmen.



Roundhouse cops parked illegally with impunity

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:30:58 GMT2017-05-23T20:30:58Z

Signs, signs, no-stopping signs everywhere — but if you've got blue privilege, you can ignore them.



After wage-equity law stalled, women’s advocates call May 23 Unequal Pay Day

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:26:15 GMT2017-05-23T20:26:15Z




July 4 weekend parade, fireworks, 50 free events announced

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:24:21 GMT2017-05-23T20:24:21Z

The 25th anniversary of the city’s Wawa Welcome America festival will include four fireworks shows spanning six days.



Ten jurors chosen so far in Cosby sexual-assault trial

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:09:21 GMT2017-05-23T20:09:21Z

A third of the 100 prospective jurors said they already had an opinion of his guilt or innocence, and 86 said they had knowledge of the case against the 79-year-old entertainer.



Repairs completed to Ben Franklin's grave

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:22:52 GMT2017-05-23T19:22:52Z

Just in time for the summer tourist rush, Christ Church will unveil Ben Franklin's restored grave marker.



Vigil at City Hall tonight for victims of Manchester concert bombing

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:02:50 GMT2017-05-23T16:02:50Z

The solidarity event outside Philadelphia City Hall will include a moment of silence to mark 24 hours since the explosion in Manchester, England, that left 22 dead.



Officer hurt, 3 teens arrested in brawl near SEPTA station

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:42:03 GMT2017-05-23T15:42:03Z

The incident broke out near the Erie-Torresdale El station after school let out.



Jennifer Lin, former longtime Inquirer reporter, discusses new book on WHYY'S Radio Times

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:21:16 GMT2017-05-23T15:21:16Z

Jennifer Lin talked to host Marty Moss-Coane about the book, a result of stories written for the Inquirer in the late 1990s and early 2000s.



Witnesses: Tension, taunts, and gay slurs, and then a rampage that left 3 dead

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:21:10 GMT2017-05-23T14:21:10Z

James Elijah Dickson, 45, is charged with the shotgun slayings of 3 people on April 17, 2016, during a get-together in his Kensington rowhouse.



Philly lawyers take on NYC and win for the homeless everywhere

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:50:26 GMT2017-05-23T12:50:26Z

This is one of those David vs. Goliath stories -- everybody loves those, right? -- but in this case, David is a tiny Philly homeless advocacy group you've probably never heard of, and Goliath is New York City, because come on, of course it is.



Shark Watch: Mary Lee heading north toward Jersey Shore

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:45:34 GMT2017-05-23T12:45:34Z

Tracking data shows the great white shark Mary Lee is heading quickly northward toward the Jersey Shore. Check back with us throughout the summer as we track Mary Lee's travels.



Coalition of immigrant advocacy groups demands resignation of Congreso leader for applauding at Trump rally

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:39:53 GMT2017-05-23T12:39:53Z

Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio appeared at a rally for President Trump in Harrisburg last month.



Locked up for 24 years, another Philly man to get murder rap tossed

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:23:23 GMT2017-05-23T12:23:23Z

Shaurn Thomas spent 24 years trying to convince the world that he was somewhere else when Domingo Martinez was murdered in Philly in 1990. Thanks to dogged work by an ex-cop-turned-lawyer and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the DA's Office finally came to agree. Another story of Philadelphia injustice.



Philly teacher, 'sweetheart,' remains critical with bus-crash injuries

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:47:28 GMT2017-05-23T11:47:28Z




In wake of frat death, Penn State hints at 'drastic' changes

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:55:30 GMT2017-05-23T10:55:30Z




Firefighters rescue 14 people stuck hours in A.C. casino elevator

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:54:58 GMT2017-05-23T10:54:58Z

The elevator stalled over the weekend. Rescue crews hoisted each of the passengers 100 feet up the elevator shaft.



Small South Jersey town, big heart: Barrington celebrates 100

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:19:27 GMT2017-05-23T10:19:27Z

What the Camden County borough lacks in landmarks is made up for in volunteerism and community spirit.



Man, 44, critical after Frankford shooting

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:16:10 GMT2017-05-23T10:16:10Z

The victim was shot once in the chest about 8:35 p.m. outdoors in the 1800 block of Harrison Street. Responding officers took the man to Temple University Hospital, where he was placed in critical condition.



Nearly two dozen arrested in Pa. Capitol protest

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:07:59 GMT2017-05-23T03:07:59Z

They were part of the “March on Harrisburg” group, some of whom had walked 100 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand an end gerrymandering and a ban on lobbyists’ gifts to legislators.



Is 'White Trash' finally taboo?

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:04:33 GMT2017-05-23T03:04:33Z

If you're white, you're supposed to make it in this world. If you don't, you're "trash."



Christie: I wouldn't let Flynn 'in the White House'

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:16:13 GMT2017-05-23T01:16:13Z

“This election is not going to be on my back,” Christie, a Republican serving in the last year of his second term, said at his final Statehouse news conference Monday.



PA State Sen. Daylin Leach may run for Pat Meehan's congressional seat

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:06:14 GMT2017-05-23T01:06:14Z

Leach, an outspoken liberal who once called President Trump a “fascist, loofa-faced, s-gibbon,” is considering a challenge next year.