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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:29:05 GMT2016-10-21T00:29:05Z


Before launch of medical marijuana, City Council to weigh where dispensaries can open

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:29:05 GMT2016-10-21T00:29:05Z

In preparation for the launch of the state's medical marijuana program, a member of Philadelphia City Council on Thursday introduced zoning restrictions to limit where growing operations and dispensaries can open.

Man hit by Amtrak train in Bucks

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:21:14 GMT2016-10-21T00:21:14Z

A man was struck by an Amtrak train Thursday evening in Bucks County, causing a temporary halt to rail service between Philadelphia and Trenton, officials said.

Witness Basciano breaks down, 'brokenhearted' over deadly building collapse

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:20:06 GMT2016-10-21T00:20:06Z

Richard Basciano, the 91-year-old owner of the Center City demolition site that collapsed and crushed an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store more than three years ago, broke down in sobs on the witness stand Thursday, "brokenhearted" over the six people killed.

City awards pre-K program money; enrollment opens

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:16:12 GMT2016-10-21T00:16:12Z

Enrollment is officially open for the city's pre-K program. The Mayor's Office of Education announced Thursday that 61 providers, operating 78 sites across Philadelphia, will receive $10.2 million to enroll more 3- and 4-year-olds in pre-K.

Vegas debate unlikely to boost Trump

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:06:39 GMT2016-10-21T00:06:39Z

Donald Trump needed a huge moment to turn things around in the presidential race, and Wednesday's third and final presidential debate did not provide one.

GOP Rep. Meehan says he'll snub Trump, vote for Pence

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:06:26 GMT2016-10-21T00:06:26Z

In a sharp break with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan said Wednesday that he plans to cast his presidential vote next month for Trump running mate Mike Pence.

Pa. top election official: Vote won't be rigged

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:05:34 GMT2016-10-21T00:05:34Z

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggesting to supporters that the presidency could be stolen from him, Pennsylvania's chief election official assured voters Thursday that the state's elections process will be fair and the counts accurate.

Before launch of medical marijuana, City Council to weigh where dispensaries can open

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:01:35 GMT2016-10-21T00:01:35Z

In preparation for the launch of the state's medical marijuana program, a member of Philadelphia City Council on Thursday introduced zoning restrictions to limit where growing operations and dispensaries can open.

Primary challenger calls on DA Seth Williams to release his taxes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:55:19 GMT2016-10-20T23:55:19Z

Joe Khan, a former federal prosecutor challenging Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in the 2017 Democratic primary, on Thursday called on Williams to release his federal tax returns.

Activists high on 'Pop-Up Weed Garden' on Parkway

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:51:56 GMT2016-10-20T23:51:56Z

The grass really is greener on the other side of marijuana decriminalization in Philadelphia, according to hundreds of enthusiasts Thursday who celebrated the second anniversary of decriminalization by smoking en masse at a "Pop-Up Weed Garden" near the Art Museum.

Will strike worsen Pa. university system enrollment woes?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:35:23 GMT2016-10-20T23:35:23Z

Cheyney University had something to celebrate this year. After losing more than half of its enrollment in five years, the historically black university saw a 35-student or 4.9 percent increase this fall, while most of the other 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education had declines.

Atlantic City reveals how it will pay off its choking casino tax debt

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:33:11 GMT2016-10-20T23:33:11Z

ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian released a plan Thursday to pay off the crushing casino tax-appeal debt that has all but strangled his city, but it was unclear what terms it may have reached with its largest taxpayer, Borgata Hotel and Casino.

New chair of the board for Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:29:10 GMT2016-10-20T23:29:10Z

Leslie Anne Miller, 58, lawyer, collector, and trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been unanimously selected chair of the museum's board of trustees, succeeding Constance H. Williams, who has stepped down after two three-year terms, the museum announced following its October board meeting Thursday.

Judge preserves Fattah corruption conviction, overturns other parts of June verdict

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:27:35 GMT2016-10-20T23:27:35Z

A federal judge on Thursday overturned a jury's guilty verdicts on some charges against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah but preserved the conviction on the most serious count the former congressman faced in his corruption trial.

Philly Judge Angeles Roca found guilty of ethics violation

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:22:43 GMT2016-10-20T23:22:43Z

The Court of Judicial Discipline on Thursday found that a Common Pleas Court judge caught in an FBI probe of the Philadelphia court system unethically intervened in a tax case involving her son.

N.J. Assembly passes bill to allow terminally ill to end lives

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:17:39 GMT2016-10-20T23:17:39Z

TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday again gave narrow approval to a bill that would let terminally ill people end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor.

Former Penn St. coach recalls learning of Sandusky complaint

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:06:13 GMT2016-10-20T23:06:13Z

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators.

Ex-mayoral candidate Katz caught carrying weed at airport

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:47:05 GMT2016-10-20T22:47:05Z

Sam Katz, the documentary filmmaker and three-time mayoral candidate, was caught carrying marijuana Thursday morning at Philadelphia International Airport preparing to depart for a weekend fishing trip in Florida.

Suit: Philly cops improperly issuing speeding tickets on highways

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:37:21 GMT2016-10-20T22:37:21Z

A lawsuit claims that Philadelphia police officers have been improperly issuing speeding tickets on Interstates 95, 76 and 676, which are under State Police jurisdiction.

N.J. Senate passes bill shaking up who probes killings by police

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:22:05 GMT2016-10-20T22:22:05Z

The New Jersey Senate approved a bill Thursday that would stop county prosecutors from investigating deaths at the hands of police and require the state Attorney General's Office to do so instead.

'They'll just shut off': New Montco police radios have problems

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:12:42 GMT2016-10-20T22:12:42Z

Montgomery County's $36.4 million upgrade of its police-radio system has encountered a glitch: Some of the new emergency radios are faulty and are being sent back to the manufacturer, officials said Thursday.

PAFA says Thomas Eakins' ghost may be in their machine

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:09:47 GMT2016-10-20T22:09:47Z

For months a machine tried to conjure Thomas Eakins' ghost at PAFA. Friday, something happened.

Service workers' pay will increase under wage law expansion

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:05:54 GMT2016-10-20T22:05:54Z

Scores of Philadelphia service workers, such as janitors and security guards, will get better pay under a law expanding the city's prevailing wage regulations that Mayor Kenney signed on Thursday.

Man shot in arm by police is charged with assault

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:03:41 GMT2016-10-20T22:03:41Z

Police on Thursday identified a 55-year-old man who was shot in the arm by officers after he allegedly threatened them with a rifle in the city's Mayfair section.

Philly Clout: Uber driver 'Thomas' is better known as Milton Street

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:24:17 GMT2016-10-20T21:24:17Z

Former hot dog vendor, former state senator, and two-time mayoral candidate T. Milton Street Sr., 75, is now an Uber driver. But he's no longer endorsing Donald Trump.

Philly schools' bond deal to yield $140 million in savings

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:46:45 GMT2016-10-20T20:46:45Z

The Philadelphia School District's improved credit outlook is already paying dividends. As part of a $1.4 billion bond deal Wednesday, the district refinanced $1.15 billion of existing bonds at lower rates to save the district $140 million over the next 17 years.

Pa. Education Dept.: School performance scores wrong

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:39:03 GMT2016-10-20T20:39:03Z

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's 2016 School Performance Profile (SPP) scores, an annual measure of academic progress at the state's 2,860 public schools, contain inaccurate data.

Delco DA drops assault case against Haverford headmaster

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:33:17 GMT2016-10-20T20:33:17Z

The Delaware County District Attorney's Office on Thursday announced it was dropping charges filed last week against the headmaster of a prestigious Main Line school who was accused of assaulting his teenage son after finding marijuana in the boy's backpack.

Passenger: Plane had mechanical problem before crashing into neighborhood

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:30:03 GMT2016-10-20T20:30:03Z

The plane that crashed into a Lindenwold neighborhood experienced an unknown mechanical problem before going down, a passenger told police, according to a statement released Thursday.

A portrait of Rittenhouse Square, 24 hours after a shooting

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:27:40 GMT2016-10-20T20:27:40Z

Transit agency: Judge overstepped in bridge paint award

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:13:36 GMT2016-10-20T20:13:36Z

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The bistate transit agency that operates bridges between New Jersey and Philadelphia says it's appealing a federal ruling that overturned a $17.9 million contract award for bridge painting.

Penn State Children's Hospital hires full-time facility dog

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:59:12 GMT2016-10-20T19:59:12Z

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) - Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey has hired what officials say is the first full-time facility dog at a children's hospital in the state.

Was wrong man convicted in '06 Strawberry Mansion shooting that paralyzed boy?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:58:55 GMT2016-10-20T19:58:55Z

Ten years ago, 6-year-old Jabar Wright was sitting in the back of a car when a group of men standing on a Strawberry Mansion corner fired on the Pontiac Bonneville, hitting the boy with the sunshine smile and chunky cheeks in the back of his head, paralyzing him from the neck down.

Dry run: Rains unlikely to erase deficits

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:40:06 GMT2016-10-20T19:40:06Z

No crisis yet, but rains have been scarce lately.

What's hidden in the Great Clown Panic of 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:32:08 GMT2016-10-20T18:32:08Z

Stop the stampede now

TV debate: If three's not a charm, it's at least less of a circus

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:58:15 GMT2016-10-20T16:58:15Z

Chris Wallace won big in Vegas on Wednesday night. The Fox News anchor and commentator presided over the least circuslike of the three presidential debates, eliciting answers to questions about the Supreme Court, immigration, the economy, and other issues that could conceivably show still-undecided voters where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on matters many of us claim to care about.

Chaput offers theory on why Clinton isn't trouncing Trump

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:46:23 GMT2016-10-20T16:46:23Z

Chaput, who doesn't like either of the candidates, said Clinton's lead should be widening in the wake of Trump's aggressive and divisive statements. But it's not, he said, and therein lies a lesson.

Government winter outlook has warm look

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:29:27 GMT2016-10-20T16:29:27Z

Feds: Odds favor above-normal temperatures in most of the nation.

How Philly plans to cut recidivism 25 percent in 5 years

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:32:43 GMT2016-10-20T14:32:43Z

Mayor Kenney isn't big on religion, he told a group assembled at Broad Street Ministry on Wednesday morning. But he does have a favorite biblical parable: the prodigal son.

Why the opioid epidemic is helping more people in Philly region get new organs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:17:38 GMT2016-10-20T14:17:38Z

Transcript: Chaput's remarks at Notre Dame University

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:01:15 GMT2016-10-20T14:01:15Z

Cops: Teen tried to rob couple he knew in Rittenhouse Square, then shot man who intervened

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:46:27 GMT2016-10-20T13:46:27Z

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 17-year-old boy who shot a Good Samaritan on a bicycle in Rittenhouse Square five times Tuesday night after the cyclist tried to stop the teen from robbing a couple at gunpoint, according to police.

Activist blackmailed after he criticized Aspira on Facebook

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:27:07 GMT2016-10-20T13:27:07Z

When Gilberto Gonzalez read the letter threatening to expose to the world the "skeletons" in his closet, he flipped out.

Penn State ex-official denies coach lost job over Sandusky

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:18:19 GMT2016-10-20T13:18:19Z

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jurors in a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit were read testimony Wednesday by a former Penn State athletic director who denied a claim by a main witness against Jerry Sandusky that he was terminated as an assistant football coach because of his role in the child molestation case.

Robert 'Big Sonny' Edwards, 77, original member of soul/R&B group the Intruders

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:04:03 GMT2016-10-20T13:04:03Z

In his mind's eye, Jerry Blavat can see the members of the 1960s and '70s soul and R&B quartet the Intruders. They are still passing time in Philly arcades, using their last bits of pocket change listening to jukeboxes and playing pinball and learning to harmonize for the first time.

Pennsylvania trio indicted on gun charges in New Jersey

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:47:53 GMT2016-10-20T11:47:53Z

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Three Pennsylvania residents have been indicted on multiple charges after they were stopped in New Jersey trying to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons.

A nun on the run in South Jersey? No, just a sister selling calendars

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:34:27 GMT2016-10-20T11:34:27Z

A South Jersey police department alerted residents that a "suspicious person" dressed as a nun was soliciting donations. The Hammonton Police Department issued a warning Wednesday after it was notified that the culprit was walking around town soliciting donations for different causes. It asked residents to contact police if they spotted the person.

FactChecking the Final Presidential Debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:34:56 GMT2016-10-20T09:34:56Z

Jailed for life as teen, Chesco man re-sentenced to life term

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:33:40 GMT2016-10-20T05:33:40Z

A Chester County man sentenced to life in prison 20 years ago as a juvenile for killing his neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal priest, in order to steal his car was again given a life term at a re-sentencing hearing Wednesday.

Property owner Richard Basciano denies fleeing scene of deadly 2013 Center City building collapse

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:33:34 GMT2016-10-20T05:33:34Z

For more than three years, he has been the silent, elusive witness who was at the scene on the morning that the remains of one of his buildings on Market Street toppled, crushing an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store and killing six people inside.