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Published: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:06:17 GMT2017-08-23T12:06:17Z


No quick answers expected in federal review of SEPTA train crash

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:06:17 GMT2017-08-23T12:06:17Z

None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening from the crash at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, officials say.

Drawing nears for Powerball jackpot that's climbed to $700M

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:04:40 GMT2017-08-23T12:04:40Z

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball lottery game has climbed to $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history.

Collegeville woman dies on hiking trip in Colorado

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:03:30 GMT2017-08-23T12:03:30Z

Susanna DeForest fell ill late last week. Authorities there had not released the cause of death but DeForest's mother said it was acute altitude sickness.

Norristown High Speed Line trains running on modified schedule day after crash

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:19:55 GMT2017-08-23T10:19:55Z

Local service only, no express trains.

Was Frank Rizzo racist, or just a product of his time?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:01:42 GMT2017-08-23T10:01:42Z

In the debate over Rizzo's statue, Philadelphia grapples anew with tough questions. Was he a jackbooted tyrant, or a blue-collar hero who maintained order and looked out for the little guy?

Philly airport gets $16.5 million federal grant for runway improvements

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:55:00 GMT2017-08-23T02:55:00Z

The funds from the Federal Aviation Administration will go toward extending PHL's main east-west runway.

Army-Navy football game will be in Philly five of the next six years

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:53:49 GMT2017-08-23T02:53:49Z

Officials added more games to this year's matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

Judge agrees to delay Cosby retrial into 2018

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:39:55 GMT2017-08-23T02:39:55Z

A day after announcing a new legal team that includes a lawyer who represented Michael Jackson, the defense asked to delay Cosby's retrial on sex-assault charges.

Was my grandfather the Dawn of Jawn? No, but it was fun to find out

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:38:41 GMT2017-08-23T02:38:41Z

My grandfather, Dr. John A. Nark, had the nickname "Jawn" when he went to college and medical school at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia.

Kenney says Art Commission will make the call on Rizzo statue

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:22:17 GMT2017-08-23T02:22:17Z

Get ready for more talk about whether the statue stays or goes. The final decision, according to the mayor, will rest with the commission after it holds hearings.

Susan K. Axler, 70, breast cancer survivor who helped others

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:07:07 GMT2017-08-23T02:07:07Z

As Mrs. Axler's breast cancer evolved, she learned to live with it and remain hopeful. Part of her mission became encouraging others to do the same.

Design within Reach scraps plans for big East Market project

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:42:56 GMT2017-08-23T01:42:56Z

In another blow to Center City retail, Design Within Reach, the home and office furniture seller, bailed out of the transformational East Market project.

State throws Cheyney University $30 million lifeline

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:51:32 GMT2017-08-23T00:51:32Z

State system agrees to forgive more than $30 million in loans to the university if it can maintain a balanced budget. Program and staffing cuts also are in the plan.

Notable SEPTA train accidents

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:48:13 GMT2017-08-23T00:48:13Z

Notable SEPTA train accidents

Suspect in Haverford Twp. killing arrested in Georgia

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:26 GMT2017-08-23T00:00:26Z

Derrick Rollins - accused of killing 29-year-old John Le - was taken into custody around 12:45 p.m. in Decatur, just outside Atlanta.

PR exec saved by human chain in Cape May: 'It was a herculean effort'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:57:33 GMT2017-08-22T23:57:33Z

Pete Peterson, a public relations executive who almost drowned in Cape May on Friday, was saved by a human chain of lifeguards and firefighters. He wants to warn others about the dangers of rip currents.

Most opioid users stay on drugs even after overdosing, Pa. Medicaid study finds

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:32:43 GMT2017-08-22T23:32:43Z

An overdose on heroin or prescription pain pills did increase the odds that patients would get medication-assisted treatment - by 12 percent.

She wanted to adopt her Philly kin, but was thwarted

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:03:08 GMT2017-08-22T23:03:08Z

The adoption is final, and the adoptive parents prefer no contact between their son and his great-aunt.

South Jersey pharmacist convicted of selling opioids to drug users

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:40:54 GMT2017-08-22T22:40:54Z

A Burlington County pharmacist was accused of providing drugs to customers who had phony prescriptions.

Menendez bullish as jury selection begins in federal corruption trial

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:33:49 GMT2017-08-22T22:33:49Z

His arrival just before 9:30 a.m. set off a day in which U.S. District Judge William H. Walls, prosecutors, and Menendez's defense team continued to winnow a pool of about 200 prospective jurors.

Want city-owned land? It might already be reserved for someone else

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:29:22 GMT2017-08-22T20:29:22Z

Since 2013, the city has "reserved" land for 44 potential projects, many intended for affordable housing. And the number is growing, in a process that occurs largely behind closed doors.

Since Trump, more slurs, signs and discrimination in Philly

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:45:13 GMT2017-08-22T19:45:13Z

"We have never seen so many incidents," said Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

Video: Cambodian Buddhist Monks find religious sanctuary in Philadelphia

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:08:10 GMT2017-08-22T19:08:10Z

Philadelphia is home to Danh Tol, a Cambodian Buddhist monk and refugee from Vietnam who is determined to practice his religion freely and change the state of human rights in his home country for the better.

Muslim men in India could once divorce their wives by saying three words

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:16:44 GMT2017-08-22T18:16:44Z

A five-judge bench moved to block instant divorce for six months, pending a law banning the practice to be debated in parliament.

U.S. sanctions Chinese and Russian companies and individuals for conducting business with North Korea

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:48:38 GMT2017-08-22T17:48:38Z

The sanctions against 10 companies and six individuals are designed to disrupt the economic ties that have allowed Pyongyang to continue funding its missile and nuclear program despite strict United Nations sanctions prohibiting it.

Cosby hires Michael Jackson lawyer to defend him in sex-assault retrial

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:33:27 GMT2017-08-22T17:33:27Z

The 80-year-old entertainer said Monday that Tom Mesereau of Los Angeles will lead a team of three lawyers that also includes Sam Silver, a Philadelphia-based attorney who defended former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and ex-Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier.

'My actions were despicable': Catholic priest steps down after revealing he was a Ku Klux Klan member decades ago

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:00:32 GMT2017-08-22T17:00:32Z

The Rev. William Aitcheson wrote an editorial that was published Monday in the Arlington Catholic Herald describing himself as "an impressionable young man" when he became a member of the hate group.

Police in Lindenwold investigate possible attack with a machete

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:58:17 GMT2017-08-22T16:58:17Z

Authorities did not respond to requests for more information about the incident.

When you're rich, how do you know how to give your money away?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:14 GMT2017-08-22T16:39:14Z

Enviously dismissed as idle and frivolous, many affluent people confound stereotype by quietly championing the causes of impoverished others - in some cases literally going to school to learn how to give away their dollars.

At ages 9 and 11, boys are veteran health lobbyists

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:26:40 GMT2017-08-22T16:26:40Z

HANOVER, Pa. - Ask 11-year-old Jackson Corbin and 9-year-old Henry Corbin of Hanover why they are lobbying senators in Capitol Hill every week and they say, "We have to save our health care."

Pa. Senate leader: Freeze spending now

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:25:37 GMT2017-08-22T16:25:37Z

HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf should start freezing spending on various programs because the deficit-strapped state government soon will not be able to pay every bill on time, Pennsylvania's ranking state senator said Monday.

The moments that made Frank Rizzo Philly-famous

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:14:31 GMT2017-08-22T16:14:31Z

A primer on the life and career of the "Cop Who Would Be King" of Philadelphia, including his famous "crumb bum" video, the nightstick-in-the-cummerbund and his multiple attempts to regain the mayor's office.

Denmark: DNA test underway to see if body was reporter's

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:09:05 GMT2017-08-22T16:09:05Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Danish police say they have combed a Baltic Sea coast where a headless torso was found without finding new evidence in their investigation of a Swedish journalist who is believed to have died while on a privately built submarine.

What is SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:07:42 GMT2017-08-22T16:07:42Z

Fast facts on the line, still known to some as the "trolley," that was involved in a crash in Upper Darby on Tuesday.

SEPTA rail accident at 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:01:45 GMT2017-08-22T16:01:45Z

NTSB and SEPTA inspect Norristown High Speed Line train carrying passengers that ran into unoccupied train early Tuesday inside the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, injuring 42 people, officials said.

Bill Cosby at Montgomery County Courthouse for pre-trial hearing.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:56:56 GMT2017-08-22T15:56:56Z

Bill Cosby’s new defense lawyers asked a Montgomery County judge to delay his retrial. This is the beginning of the retrial of Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, for allegedly drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in Cheltenham in 2004.

On a familiar battlefield, Marines prepare for their next chapter in Afghanistan

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:51:34 GMT2017-08-22T15:51:34Z

Task Force Southwest represents what could be the next chapter of the United States' longest war, which President Donald Trump vowed in a speech Monday to continue fighting.

Philadelphia region under heat advisory

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:44:50 GMT2017-08-22T14:44:50Z

The mix of heat and humidity could make it feel hotter than 100 degrees.

Reader Poll: Most want Rizzo statue moved, but where?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:43:04 GMT2017-08-22T13:43:04Z

In total, nearly 60 percent of voters opted to keep Rizzo in a place of honor. Another 35.5 percent voted to demote, recontextualize, or dispose of the statue entirely.

42 hurt in SEPTA train crash at 69th St. Terminal in Upper Darby

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:51 GMT2017-08-22T11:08:51Z

None of the injuries appear to be life threatening, officials say.

Spreading joy through stones

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:31:07 GMT2017-08-22T05:31:07Z

SOMERSET, Pa. - When Angi Tennant arrived at her office on Friday morning, she spotted a small blue rock that read, "Shoot for the Stars."

False assault accusation charged

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:48:08 GMT2017-08-22T01:48:08Z

The woman who accused a North Braddock, Pa., police officer of sexual assault had previously threatened to do so when the officer didn't call her back after the two met in a Cranberry Township hotel in April, according to court records.

David Armand Sprenkle, 65, retired music professor at West Chester University

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:31:00 GMT2017-08-22T00:31:00Z

"Students absolutely loved him," said a West Chester University official. "He was a very accomplished musician on his own, but also a perfect blend of the teacher-scholar."

Penn State students return to new frat rules

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:13:28 GMT2017-08-22T00:13:28Z

The university will hire new monitors to check fraternity parties for violations, and a moratorium on alcohol at social events continues until new members get educational programming.

A man accused of killing a journalist on his private submarine 'buried her at sea,' police say

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:59:45 GMT2017-08-21T23:59:45Z

Police in Denmark reported late Monday that the body of a woman had been found in the Baltic Sea near where Kim Wall is believed to have died.

Eclipse day: Here's how Philly saw the big event

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:35:14 GMT2017-08-21T23:35:14Z

Even a 75 percent eclipse was impressive to the many people who poured into the streets to see the show Monday afternoon.

South Jersey seller of hate music says he is shutting down to find 'self peace'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:52:44 GMT2017-08-21T22:52:44Z

The Cherry Hill man is among the largest purveyors of white supremacist music and merchandise in the country.

Trump squints at eclipse before putting on protective glasses

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:05:01 GMT2017-08-21T22:05:01Z

The president was joined by wife Melania, son Barron and top aides Monday afternoon to view the spectacle from the portico overlooking the South Lawn.

From the archives: Group lays groundwork for Rizzo monument

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:58:28 GMT2017-08-21T21:58:28Z

This story was originally published on March 2, 1992. It was reposted as debate ensued over whether Frank L. Rizzo's Center City statue should be changed or removed.

Ohio judge shot in ‘ambush’ carried out by father of man convicted in rape case, officials say

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:55:49 GMT2017-08-21T21:55:49Z

Police said a man apparently waiting for Judge Joseph Bruzzese, who sits on the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas, ran up to the judge and began shooting when he approached the courthouse.