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Published: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:49:42 GMT2017-12-16T04:49:42Z


Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to 119-117 triple-overtime win over Sixers

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:49:42 GMT2017-12-16T04:49:42Z

Russell Westbrook finishes with his 11th triple-double of the season.

Cops: Mayfair woman stole hundreds of neighbors' holiday decorations - wreaths, lights, lawn ornaments

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:06:57 GMT2017-12-16T04:06:57Z

The woman had Easter, Halloween and Christmas decorations in her house that appear to have been taken from neighbors' yards or patios, police said. She was in custody Friday and was expected to face theft charges.

Sixers-Thunder: Russell Westbrook battles Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and other quick thoughts from a 119-117 triple-overtime loss

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:47:48 GMT2017-12-16T03:47:48Z

Five quick observations from the 76ers' triple-overtime loss to the Thunder.

Man, machine, and Olaf magic in the hands of a Havertown dad

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:39:37 GMT2017-12-16T03:39:37Z

For this Havertown dad, putting a chainsaw on ice is the path to sanity in a digital age.

The Eagles were already worried about - and prepared for - a Carson Wentz injury | Bob Ford

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:31:10 GMT2017-12-16T03:31:10Z

Knowing Wentz's style of play, and the way the season was developing into one of real opportunity, the Eagles felt they had to study all angles of the what-if game.

'The Color Purple' at the Forrest Theatre: Climbing to a plateau of joy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:25:51 GMT2017-12-16T03:25:51Z

"The Color Purple," at the Forrest Theatre through Sunday, is a national tour of the enduringly popular Broadway musical. In many ways it's closer to the novel than was the beloved, somewhat overdone 1985 Spielberg movie. Act 1 is pretty good, if muted and (surprisingly) burdened with stereotype - but act 2 is an ever-loving triumph that will elevate a lot of people to a place of joy, suitable for the season.

On tapes of fatal blaze, firefighters report water problems

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:25:26 GMT2017-12-16T03:25:26Z

Shortly before the fire that killed four at the senior citizens facility, Aqua announced plans to replace the six-inch water main in front of the home. Firefighters complained about a lack of water pressure during the blaze.

Whimsical South Jersey estate is sold, though buyer won't get the dinosaurs, dragons, and cannons

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:23:36 GMT2017-12-16T03:23:36Z

The seller will be keeping the zany collection of creatures and figures, according to the auctioneer's website.

Grand jury report: Penn State failed to properly monitor frats, hazing

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:36:40 GMT2017-12-16T02:36:40Z

The long-awaited report on Greek life blasted the school for allowing the student-run Interfraternity Council to monitor and discipline fraternities.

Phillies trade Freddy Galvis to San Diego Padres

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:23:48 GMT2017-12-16T02:23:48Z

The Phillies moved their longest tenured player in order to create an opening at shortstop for J.P. Crawford.

'I thought you were the nurse,' and other tales of gender bias from 2 Penn doctors

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:09:28 GMT2017-12-16T02:09:28Z

Patients often assume that female physicians are really nurses, and look to male doctors as authority figures, even if they are less experienced. That kind of "male privilege" can have ripple effects.

Phillies sign first baseman Carlos Santana to 3-year deal; Rhys Hoskins could shift to outfield

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:03:52 GMT2017-12-16T02:03:52Z

The move could be a strong message to the big names - Manny Machado and Bryce Harper - that the Phillies hope to land next winter.

Snow? Again? Yep, and in time for the evening commute

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:46:11 GMT2017-12-16T01:46:11Z

Yet again, snow blanketed the region: 2.2 inches fell on Friday, making it the third time in a week we had accumulating snow. That qualifies as a meteorological rarity.

Will Smith joins Instagram and flashes his nipple

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:39:29 GMT2017-12-16T00:39:29Z

Actor and West Philadelphia native, Will Smith, joined Instagram. Now all of you 'grammers out there can catch a glimpse of Smith's life in little squares and double-tap on an adorable throwback baby picture.

Santa, Spider-man and cheer: For one final time, holiday party thrown in N. Philly woman's honor

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:32:22 GMT2017-12-16T00:32:22Z

"It's very meaningful in a child's life to have moments of unadulterated joy, and if we don't provide those, some of them will never get it," said Jeannine Payne, Richard Wright Elementary's principal. "What we get, more often than not, is children who have never experienced that."

Bill Nye talks science denial, conspiracy theories, and marijuana legalization ahead of film's Philly premiere

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:07:38 GMT2017-12-15T23:07:38Z

Bill Nye: Science Guy opens Dec. 15.

Son of SEPTA police chief joins the family business

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:05:28 GMT2017-12-15T23:05:28Z

With his son's commencement, that means a family member has served the Philadelphia Police since 1902.

Possible culprit emerges in probe of racist fliers at Temple

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:03:03 GMT2017-12-15T23:03:03Z

Temple University police are trying to identify a person of interest captured on video surveillance in connection with the posting of three racist fliers around campus this week. The person, possibly a woman, is shown riding a red bicycle and wearing a dark-colored outfit and helmet.

Philadelphia Parking Authority names new executive director

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:53:41 GMT2017-12-15T22:53:41Z

The Philadelphia Parking Authority appointed Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Petri to head the organization in 2018.

For undocumented people, a wary, ICE-y Christmas season

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:22 GMT2017-12-15T22:41:22Z

Deportation would separate some from their families and end their carefully nurtured lives in the United States. For others, a return to their homelands could be dangerous or even fatal.

Aramark building to trumpet a new name on top: Jefferson

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:39:18 GMT2017-12-15T22:39:18Z

Administrative offices for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health will occupy 14 floors of the 32-story 1101 Market St. building, which will be renamed Jefferson Tower.

New Sanctuary Movement has been on a dead run since Trump's election

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:35:06 GMT2017-12-15T22:35:06Z

This week NSM made headlines when it helped an undocumented mother and her four children take sanctuary inside a church to avoid deportation to Mexico.

How one wayward Mexican bird in Berks County boosted the economy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:25:52 GMT2017-12-15T22:25:52Z

A study found that 1,824 people from 35 states, plus the United Kingdom and Canada, came to Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County for a few months earlier this year to catch a glimpse of one small bird from Central Mexico that shouldn't have been there.

When a foster child runs away, answers are hard to find | Helen Ubiñas

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:24:35 GMT2017-12-15T22:24:35Z

She and French's 13-year-old daughter had become fast friends, planning a big Thanksgiving dinner. They girls were going to make pies.

Wolf signs state CHIP bill, but still no federal action

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:22:52 GMT2017-12-15T22:22:52Z

Pennsylvania now has renewed its bill, but many state children stand to lose their health coverage by the end of January if Congress doesn't act.

Exit interview with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian: 'I was the adult in the room'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:21:01 GMT2017-12-15T22:21:01Z

After four tumultous years, the bow-tied, cerebral, gay Republican Don Guardian, perhaps the unlikeliest of Atlantic City mayors, will leave office Jan. 1, to be replaced by Democratic Councilman Frank Gilliam.

Council passes bill forgiving old Philly parking tickets

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:20:10 GMT2017-12-15T22:20:10Z

A bill passed Thursday forgives parking tickets issued before 2013 provided the car owner pays everything owed in penalties over the last four years.

Penn, CHOP, Moss Rehab, Cheyney get $4 million to study traumatic brain injury

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:16:28 GMT2017-12-15T22:16:28Z

The project, which also includes the University of Pittsburgh, will focus on improving diagnosis for brain injuries.

Former 'Today' show intern, a Temple grad, details alleged affair with Matt Lauer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:32:57 GMT2017-12-15T21:32:57Z

The former Temple gymnast is also a combat vet.

Trattoria Carina delivers polished, accessible Italian concept to a neighborhood crowd

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:32:08 GMT2017-12-15T21:32:08Z

The former Fitler Dining Room has been rebooted as a more accessible neighborhood restaurant.

Joe Biden and Meghan McCain's TV moment shows the way to nonpartisan empathy and cancer science

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:17:21 GMT2017-12-15T21:17:21Z

On TV's "The View," two friends, whose families are both touched by a devastating brain cancer, set an example of courage and hope for people all over the world impacted by cancer, writes the director of Penn's Abramson Cancer Center. Will Congress act on that example?

Projecting 1,250 overdose deaths for the year, the city considers safe-injection sites | Mike Newall

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:03:57 GMT2017-12-15T21:03:57Z

"It's the most comprehensive harm-reduction model I've ever seen," said David Jones, commissioner of the city department of behavioral health.

'American Ninja Warrior' is coming back to Philadelphia

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:25:49 GMT2017-12-15T20:25:49Z

The NBC competition will make a second visit to Philadelphia.

76ers' Ben Simmons takes 4 Philly families on a Christmas shopping spree

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:25:31 GMT2017-12-15T20:25:31Z

The Sixers star partnered with nonprofit Unity in the Community to check every box off of the kids' Christmas lists.

Forget Amazon HQ2. QVC is our e-commerce giant

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:21:28 GMT2017-12-15T20:21:28Z

QVC is slated to become the third-largest e-commerce retailer in the country. Here are 10 things to know about the West Chester-based company.

Contractors sought for southern piece of Delaware River walking, cycling trail

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:46:14 GMT2017-12-15T19:46:14Z

The 940-foot-long expanse would run south from Tasker Avenue to the Pier 68 recreational site.

Sheriff's fund established to benefit deputy who lost 2 sons in Schwenksville fire

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:31:17 GMT2017-12-15T19:31:17Z

Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Lukens' two sons, Bryan Jr., 11, and Parker, 6, died in the Dec. 13, 2017, blaze at the family's Schwenksville home, which was destroyed. The Sheriff's Office set up a fund to benefit the family.

Will the Eagles finally play the Jay Ajayi card?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:04:07 GMT2017-12-15T19:04:07Z

With Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in at quarterback, it may be time for the Eagles to feed new running back Jay Ajayi, or to just rely more on their formidable ground game.

Was Black Thought's 10-minute verse the greatest hip-hop freestyle of all time?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:31:47 GMT2017-12-15T18:31:47Z

The Philly rapper amazed with his performance on a New York radio show.

Why I will veto the anti-choice Senate Bill 3 | Gov. Tom Wolf

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:54:44 GMT2017-12-15T17:54:44Z

"These politicians are sending the message that women are less than full partners in our civil society and that they should not have the right to make their own health decisions."

Josh Harris' Apollo buys slag giant Phoenix, proving there's money in scrap

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:16:18 GMT2017-12-15T17:16:18Z

Phoenix counts steel makers such as ArcelorMittal, which runs the former Lukens Steel plants in Coatesville and Conshohocken, U.S. Steel and Nucor among its clients.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $15M in vaginal mesh case

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:36 GMT2017-12-15T17:15:36Z

The case, heard in Bergen County Superior Court, was one of 9,000 pending cases involving Ethicon pelvic mesh devices.

Blatstein's Wawa proposal ignores pedestrian-friendly goals along Delaware waterfront

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:59:46 GMT2017-12-15T16:59:46Z

Bart Blatstein's proposal for a gas station would just perpetuate the autocentric conditions along Columbus Boulevard.

Are you one of more than 200,000 people paying too much in property taxes?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:51:24 GMT2017-12-15T16:51:24Z

In Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, more than 210,000 homeowners could be overpaying their taxes, based on state standards, according to the Inquirer and Daily News' analysis. Chances are, most homeowners don't know.

Roy Moore's Alabama loss shows that voters want more | Editorial

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:28:16 GMT2017-12-15T16:28:16Z

The election demonstrated that motivated and informed voters from both parties are needed to save the country from the current state of chaos and dysfunction.

Best Movies of 2017: 'Lady Bird', 'The Big Sick,' and the other must-see big-screen offerings of the year

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:25:18 GMT2017-12-15T16:25:18Z

Our best movies of 2017.

City Council OKs bill that could force beer deli owners to remove safety windows

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:10:53 GMT2017-12-15T16:10:53Z

Despite strong opposition from Asian American beer deli owners and their supporters, Philadelphia City Council voted 14-3 Thursday to approve a bill that most members said would enhance neighborhoods, but that the merchants fear could jeopardize their safety and livelihood. Mayor Kenney's office said he'll sign the bill.

Flyers continue dramatic reversal, nip Sabres for 5th straight win

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:55:25 GMT2017-12-15T15:55:25Z

Rookie Travis Sanheim scored his first NHL goal to tie it. Val Filppula's goal ended up winning it.

Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:29:25 GMT2017-12-15T15:29:25Z

At least six clinical labs are mired in bankruptcy court after Medicare alleged they improperly billed the government for unnecessary urine, genetic or heart disease tests expected to cause hundreds of millions dollars in losses to taxpayers. As the nation's bill for drug and genetic tests has climbed to an estimated $8.5 billion a year, there's mounting suspicion among health insurers that some testing may do more to boost profit margins than help treat patients.

Eagles have the miracles; Giants own all the Lombardi trophies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:14:00 GMT2017-12-15T15:14:00Z

The Eagles have dominated their NFC East rivalry with the Giants during the Super Bowl era, but New York has a 4-0 advantage in Lombardi trophies.