Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia are calling on state and city officials to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting at a graduation party.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A look at the winners in key races in Pennsylvania's primary:
Democrat Jim Kenney won the three-way Democratic primary in his bid for...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrat Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job as mayor of the nation's sixth largest city after fending off two challengers in Tuesday's primary who criticized his signature...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor (all times local):
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job after fending off...
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, unhurt by soda tax, easily fends off two challengers in Democratic primary
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, unhurt by soda tax, easily fends off two challengers in Democratic primary.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's primary election will decide nominees or officeholders for several high-profile offices, including mayor of the nation's sixth largest city and one of the...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says President Donald Trump's idea to ship detained migrants to so-called sanctuary cities shows the "contempt" his administration has for basic human...
APNewsBreak: 2026 MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a person familiar with the planning told The...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Free Library system is asking for an additional $15 million in city funding ahead of the mayor of Philadelphia's budget presentation.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia has signed off on legislation that would force city stores to take cash, banning so-called cashless stores.
US court: Feds can’t withhold funds from sanctuary cities
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Justice Department can't deny Philadelphia millions in public safety funding because of its status as a "sanctuary city."
The ruling echoes others that block the department from withholding funds to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.
Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful union boss with a tight grip on construction jobs in the Philadelphia region and outsized influence in city and state politics has been indicted in alleged schemes to embezzle more than $600,000 and have a councilman on the union payroll do his bidding at City Hall.
City to settle sexual harassment suit for $127K
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city of Philadelphia has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee at the Sheriff's Office for $127,500.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a lawyer for Sheriff Jewell Williams says the 61-year-old had no part in the settlement, and it "does not mean the allegations are true."
Philadelphia to offer bill payment flexibility amid shutdown
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says city departments and agencies will be offering flexibility in bill payments to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.
Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday that furloughed federal workers and those employees working without pay can contact the revenue department, water revenue bureau and Philadelphia Gas Works if they need "additional flexibility" in paying current bills or existing payment agreements.
After bloody 2018, Philadelphia unveils gun violence plan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Months after declaring Philadelphia's gun violence a public health emergency, the mayor presented a roadmap Thursday of broad goals to address the problem.
Philadelphia records most homicides in over a decade
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has seen more homicides this year than in any other in over a decade, as a particularly violent summer morphed into a deadly fall.
Police data show that there have been 333 homicides in the city as of Sunday, an 11 percent increase over the same period last year.
Even with two weeks left in 2018, this year's total is higher than any year's since 2007, which ended up with 391 homicides.
Philadelphia’s police union sues over problem cops list
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police union filed a lawsuit Tuesday over a list compiled by the district attorney's office that aims to keep certain officers off the witness stand because of alleged wrongdoing.
Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Richard Ross were all named in the suit filed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents about 6,500 officers.
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Mural of murdered black activist dedicated in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mural Arts has unveiled a new work dedicated to 19th century civil rights activist Octavius Catto, who was assassinated at age 32 while trying to rally people to vote in 1871.
The civil rights activist appears on the side of the Universal Institute Charter School in South Philadelphia, the neighborhood where he lived and died. Mural Arts says it worked for years to find a home for the mural.
Protesters use images of Flyers’ new mascot to decry Trump
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphians used the city's latest sports mascot to protest a visit by President Donald Trump.
About 100 protesters gathered Tuesday outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center where Trump addressed the National Electrical Contractors Convention. Several carried homemade signs of the Flyers' new mascot Gritty, a bearded orange monster.
Gritty drew mixed reactions when he was introduced last week, drawing comparisons to ZZ Top, Muppets and horror movies.
New Philadelphia facility to turn food waste into gas
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia refinery has announced it is building a new facility to turn food waste into methane gas.
Queen Latifah to be honored with Marian Anderson Award
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Queen Latifah will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer.
The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the rapper, singer and actress would be the latest recipient.
Philadelphia’s Frank Rizzo statue to stay put for now
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The planned relocation of a statue of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, a polarizing figure in the city's history, has been put on hold for at least two more years.
Mayor Jim Kenney said it would cost the city $200,000 to take down the 10-foot statue and store it until it could be moved, adding its relocation is not a priority for him.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two pre-teen boys say they pulled a prank by putting a black doll hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 black Philadelphia residents.
The doll was discovered Thursday morning and prompted Mayor Jim Kenney to call it "a despicable act."
The boys, one black and one white, told WCAU-TV they put the doll there because they thought it would scare people, and that it wasn't about race.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a black doll was found hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 black Philadelphia residents.
The doll was discovered Thursday morning.
Mayor Jim Kenney called it a "despicable act" and said the city will do everything it can to bring to justice those responsible.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia and Jay-Z have apparently made up after the Made In America Festival controversy earlier this month.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has been trying for decades to tackle its litter problem and shed itself of the nickname Filthadelphia.
In June, the city and citizen groups tackled one small piece of the big litter puzzle: the posting of illegal signs. Citizens collected over 8,500 signs from around the city in the action billed as the Bandit Signs Brigade. In the fall, the signs will be transformed by local artists and designers into something useful.
Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, saying the agency is misusing the information to conduct sweeps in which otherwise law-abiding immigrants are also being caught up. Federal officials said the decision puts U.S. citizens in danger.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Philadelphia's decision to stop giving ICE real-time arrest data (all times local):
The Department of Homeland Security says Philadelphia's decision to end U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to its real-time arrest data is irresponsible.
In a statement emailed Friday afternoon, Homeland Security says Philadelphia will end up "harboring criminal aliens" at the expense of the safety of American citizens.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Who's gonna run this town tonight? Jay-Z is.
The rap mogul's Made in America music festival will stay in the heart of Philadelphia after Mayor Jim Kenney reversed course on his decision to move the event.
Kenney and Roc Nation's chief operating officer said Monday the festival would remain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as they work out operational issues.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are inviting Jay-Z to bring his Made In America music festival to the city next year because Philadelphia no longer wants the event at a location it has been held since 2012.
Alderman Khalif Rainey says in a letter to Jay-Z's company, Roc Nation, that Milwaukee is known as a city of festivals because it hosts dozens of events annually, including Summerfest. The letter Thursday is signed by four or Rainey's Common Council colleagues.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z said Wednesday he's disappointed that Philadelphia is booting his annual music festival from the city's grandest boulevard, accusing the mayor of having "zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's district attorney said Wednesday that he will not support renewing a contract allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to Philadelphia's real-time arrest database.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia protesters angry over federal immigration policies have shifted their protests to City Hall a day after police cleared out their encampment of tents, canopies and umbrellas outside federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.
Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney says he sympathizes with the demonstrators and calls ICE policies "cruel."
School district gets $15.6M to remove mold, asbestos
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State and local leaders say The School District of Philadelphia will get $15.6 million to remove lead, mold and asbestos at 57 school buildings around the city.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf made the funding announcement Friday. He was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and other officials.
Hite says, "The health and safety of our students is critical."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has reach a settlement of nearly $10 million with a man who spent 25 years in prison before being acquitted in a retrial in the rape and murder of a 77-year-old woman.
Anthony Wright was sentenced to life in prison in the 1991 slaying of his neighbor, Louise Talley, who was raped and repeatedly stabbed. The conviction was reversed in 2014 after DNA evidence pointed to a former crack addict who died in a South Carolina prison.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Philadelphia's legal dispute with the Trump administration over its "sanctuary city" policy (all times local):
Philadelphia's mayor is hailing a ruling that says the Trump administration can't block the flow of federal grant money over the city's handling of illegal immigration, calling it a "total and complete victory."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of splattering red paint on an Israeli flag in Philadelphia has been taken into custody.
Laura Frank, an employee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer she saw a man standing near the flag with a paint gun on Tuesday and called police.
Settling an outstanding warrant is traditionally a lengthy, time-consuming process that could involve being taken into custody, throwing someone’s family life and job into turmoil.
But a program will offer a three-day window to potentially cut that process down into hours.
“Warp speed,” is how Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield described the potential for someone with an outstanding warrant to settle a case during the upcoming Philadelphia Safe Return program.
The School District of Philadelphia will expand the Maintenance Apprenticeship Program, Mayor Jim Kenney and Superintendent William Hite announced Thursday morning.
“The Maintenance Apprenticeship Program gives our graduates the opportunity to put their skills to use with a steady career right out of school,” Hite said.
Team USA Olympic Champions visits Penrose School
Comcast recently surprised students at Penrose School with an afternoon of activities, games and conversation with four Team USA Olympic Champions from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Philadelphia National Cemetery Civil War Memorial honors Black soldiers
The unveiling of the new Civil War Memorial took place Saturday, April 21 at the Philadelphia National Cemetery.
The memorial honors Black Civil War soldiers with a new monument information panel recognizing the troops that are buried there.
The unveiling ceremony speakers included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Dwight Evans (D-2nd District) and Charles L. Blockson Curator Emeritus of Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.
Could Philly’s progressive mayor face political backlash from Starbucks arrests?
When video of two black men being arrested while waiting for a friend at Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia spread like wildfire across the Internet this weekend, Mayor Jim Kenney said he was “heartbroken.”
In a carefully worded statement, he quickly announced that the police department would review its policies and the city’s Human Relations Commission would examine the company’s procedures.
The Latest: Mayor says Starbucks ‘contrite’ over arrests
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local):
Philadelphia officials have wrapped up a meeting with Starbucks executives to discuss the arrests of two black men who were denied use of a store's bathroom and refused to leave.
Strawberry Mansion Apartments create 55 affordable housing units
Danielle Supplee believed she was living in a dream.
But as the single mom stood inside her newly constructed, three-bedroom affordable housing unit in Strawberry Mansion, she knew it was real.
“Deep inside, it seems like a fantasy. I’m still surprised it actually happened. I’m still in shock,” said Supplee, who will soon be living in the two-story row house with two of her three children, Nia, 12, and Makai, 11.
The Latest: Mayor calls for probe of Starbucks policies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local):
The mayor of Philadelphia has ordered a city commission to review policies at Starbucks after the arrest of two black men prompted social media users to accuse the company of racial discrimination.
Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown Philadelphia establishment on Thursday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hey, it's Rocky. and Rocky?
Sylvester Stallone had passersby doing double takes and chanting "Rocky! Rocky!" on Friday as he made a surprise visit to the statue of his iconic Rocky Balboa character in Philadelphia.
The 71-year-old Stallone has played the underdog boxing champ in seven "Rocky" films since 1976 and is currently in the City of Brotherly Love making the sequel to the 2015 hit "Creed."
Mayor Jim Kenney announced his selection of nine people who will serve on Philadelphia’s new Board of Education on Wednesday.
The members of the new board are Joyce Wilkerson, Wayne Walker, Chris McGinley, Angela McIver, Leticia Egea-Hinton, Julia Danzy, Maria McColgan, Lee Huang and Mallory Fix Lopez.
They are expected to begin training this month that will be led by the Kenney administration and the School District.