Leaders praise humility, kindness of George H.W. Bush as he lies in state
WASHINGTON — The casket of President George Herbert Walker Bush was laid on a platform in the rotunda of the Capitol on Monday afternoon in a solemn ceremony honoring his decades of service as a Navy combat pilot, congressman, vice president, and president.
Vice President ...
Bob Brady aide Smukler found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in campaign finance case
A federal jury Monday found U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s top political strategist, Ken Smukler, guilty of nine of 11 counts of repeatedly flouting campaign finance laws in a case that once threatened to ensnare the congressman himself.
Smukler, 58, who has helped dozens of ...
HARRISBURG — Days after being sentenced for bribery and other crimes, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has refused to resign — even though Pennsylvania’s constitution prohibits convicted public officials from serving in the legislature.
The Philadelphia Democrat, 52, was ...
‘My voice went unheard’: Official testifies N.J. Gov. Murphy campaign, administration ignored sexual assault allegation
TRENTON — An official in the Murphy administration described in harrowing terms Tuesday how high-ranking members of Gov. Murphy’s campaign and staff, including the governor himself, failed to act when she tried to alert them about a campaign aide who she says raped her.
Reviving North Broad; drum corps’ failure to protect | Morning Newsletter
North Broad Street could be in for a renaissance. A stretch has been chosen for a federal program that aims to encourage development in low-income areas. While it may sound great on the surface, some believe it could spell disaster for long-time residents. In Allentown, the famed ...
Tiny home village could come to Philly; drug ring busted in Bucks | Morning Newsletter
You may have seen the “tiny house” phenomenon on TV: families or couples drastically downsize, some with the hopes of traveling the country in their new little home. Could the trend help solve homelessness in Philadelphia? We could be the next U.S. city to try it out, reporter ...
Sea rise threatens ancient N.J. trees; how to keep your gut happy for the holidays | Morning Newsletter
The ancient trees in a primeval New Jersey forest have seen some things. They’re 400 to 500 years old, after all. But now, thanks to sea rise, they’re under threat. My colleague Frank Kummer’s report on the trees’ troubles is a fascinating look at how climate change is impacting ...
Best of 2018: music, movies, and more; tax collector chaos in Pa. town | Morning Newsletter
Can you believe it’s already December? The year has flown by, but luckily our movie, music, TV, and theater critics have been reflecting on the past 12 months to compile their Best of 2018 lists. Rediscover your favorite cultural moments of the year, find out what our critics ...
Queen of cannabis: Pa.’s biggest weed dealer is a brash and bold entrepreneur
Chris Visco was once a major buyer for a department store. She has taught serial killers how to make lamps, run several political campaigns, and operated a bakery.
Now, Visco is Pennsylvania’s dominant retailer of medical marijuana. The 47-year-old mother of three is the ...
Under the Atlantic City Expressway, Pine Barrens critters have their own roads
Why do Pine Barrens critters cross the Atlantic City Expressway? And how do the little guys, like raccoons and snakes, get to the other side?
They walk right underneath, said Nick Marchese, a project manager at the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
Eagles suffer ugly loss in Dallas; meet Pa.’s Queen of Cannabis | Morning Newsletter
If the city seems a little down today, we know why: the Eagles suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Cowboys Sunday that may very well have ended their season. For fans who can handle it, we’ve got a look back at last night’s game and how it fell apart. For those who can’t, we’ve ...
Eagles take on Cowboys in need of a win; what a ‘Fair Workweek’ means for workers | Morning Newsletter
It’s game day, and you know what that means. The Eagles head into a major matchup with the Cowboys in Dallas this afternoon as both teams vie for division dominance ahead of the playoffs. But before kickoff, we’ve got a conversation with reporter Juliana Feliciano Reyes following ...
Overtime fight among Philly police; new Philly Census figures detail inequality | Morning Newsletter
Is it cold enough for you? Well, this morning’s top stories are more likely to send a chill through the air than warm you up. My colleagues David Gambacorta, Helen Ubiñas, and Dylan Purcell report that there’s a fight over overtime in the Philadelphia police homicide unit as ...
At 93, Holocaust survivor still teaches lessons from the Torah - and his life
For almost half a century, Jewish students in Bucks County have been learning the intricacies of chanting the Torah from a man who, when he was their age, was running for his life.
Sidney “Sid” Moszer was 13 when the Cologne synagogue where he had stood on the bimah for his ...
More murders, fewer cases solved; now Philly police are fighting about overtime
In a darkened corner office on the second floor of Philadelphia Police headquarters, more than 80 detectives are squeezed into the cramped, occasionally flea-ridden confines of the department’s most elite division: the homicide unit.
The expectations for the job have long ...
‘My voice went unheard’: N.J. Gov. Murphy staffer testifies campaign, administration ignored rape allegation
TRENTON — A staffer in the Murphy administration told lawmakers Tuesday that high-ranking members of Gov. Murphy’s campaign and administration, including the governor himself, failed to act when she tried to alert them about a fellow campaign aide who she says raped her.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Philadelphia), who has been found guilty of bribery and other crimes, has refused to resign her office even though Pennsylvania’s constitution prohibits convicted public officials from serving in the state legislature.
WASHINGTON — People lined the streets as the hearse bearing President George Herbert Walker Bush’s body rolled in a solemn procession to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state as national leaders began a series of ceremonies honoring his life of service.
Lawmakers from ...
Bob Brady aide Smukler found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in campaign finance case involving $90K payoff of congressman’s rival
A federal jury Monday found U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s top political strategist Ken Smukler guilty of nine of 11 counts of repeatedly flouting campaign finance laws in a case that once threatened to ensnare the congressman himself.
This is a developing story. Check back for more ...
Wentz candles and tiny Buddhas; readers share their Eagles good luck charms
The Carson Wentz prayer candle was sitting in the dining room, not lit since the Super Bowl. Something told Stephanie Ricci not to bring it back out. But last week, it was do or die for the Eagles, who at 4-6 were facing the Giants and needed some help.
Desperate times call ...
On a walk through the streets of Chinatown with Chenlin Cai, he points out the stuccoed side of the Friends Senior Care Center at Ninth and Arch, marred by graffiti, or the wall across the street, the boundary between a parking lot and the China King, so drab it’s nearly an ...
Cause revealed of the boil-water advisory in Bucks
“Mechanical control issues” within the treatment plant has led to the increased turbidity — or cloudiness — level in water being delivered to parts of central and lower Bucks County, necessitating the boil-water advisory that remains in effect, Pennsylvania American Water said ...
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday night at the age of 94, family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Associated Press.
Bush was a World War II veteran who led the country through the end of the Cold War and was known for his humanitarian work ...
To combat gerrymandering, N.J. Democrats propose drawing maps to entrench their power
Bucking a national trend toward fighting gerrymandering by removing partisan politics from the process of drawing political maps, New Jersey Democrats are seeking to amend the state Constitution in a way that would entrench their power in Trenton.
The proposal has drawn ...
More ‘errors’ found in records of city land sales to Point Breeze developer
City officials recently blamed a clerical error, in part, for allowing a friend of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to secure two city-owned lots without bidding this summer and then flip them for a cool $165,000 profit at taxpayers’ expense.
The Inquirer and Daily News have ...