City officials say Philadelphia’s public library system has a green light to hire dozens of new employees by year’s end and extend service hours at a dozen branches, but advocates maintain that the system needs a more dedicated and robust funding stream to help it grow and ...
If you were considering going on a social media diet, new research backs up the benefits.
According to a paper in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology’s December issue, tightening Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat use can lower loneliness and depression.
If you can feel the tips of your fingers right now, congratulations. You’re one step ahead of many of us.
It’s cold. And we’re not talking about how it feels on the way to the office.
How a Philadelphia developer made $165,000 flipping city-owned lots with help from his friend, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
Felton Hayman has done it again.
With the backing of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, a childhood friend, the Point Breeze developer sidestepped a thicket of city policies and made a killing in September by reselling two of three properties he purchased from the city just a ...
The leader of a violent robbery gang was sentenced in Philadelphia federal court to life plus 207 years in prison, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said Monday.
Khalil “Lil” Smith, 35, of Philadelphia, ran a gang of 20 individuals who targeted victims from October 2012 to ...
A Glenside man accused of hitting a city police officer and resisting arrest during Saturday’s counter-protest of what critics called a right-wing rally at Independence Mall was released Monday pending a trial in federal court.
Brian Glantz, 23, was one of four people ...
Could your dog have dementia? Here’s what you need to know about pet senility
Chester was the pup of his pack back in the day.
“He was a spunky little thing,” said his owner Lucie Greco, a Malvern dog groomer. “Always on the go. Just a happy soul.”
Son of Taiwanese celebrities to be released, deported after Delco school shooting threat
The son of an A-list Taiwanese celebrity couple will be released from federal custody and deported, nine months after he threatened to carry out a shooting at the Delaware County high school where he was studying as a foreign exchange student.
During a hearing Monday in ...
A Philadelphia judge on Monday dismissed all charges against two former police officers who were arrested and charged in September with illegally detaining a man in East Mount Airy five months earlier.
Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gehret dismissed the charges against former ...
Four people have been found fatally shot, execution-style, in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia, police said Monday afternoon.
Two women and two men in their 20s or 30s were found in the basement of a building in the 5100 block of Malcolm Street, all with gunshot ...
Hey, the police officer says. What’s your name? Show me your ID.
Carlos Trinidad freezes. He looks around, unsure of his next move.
Arianna Conover remembers when Gritty memes “were so pure.” In the beginning, which was not even two months ago, many of the memes mused about Gritty’s drugs of choice (meth), placed his furry orange head on a Liberty dime or carved it on Mount Rushmore, or set him in the ...
5,000 inmates with hepatitis C sued Pa. prisons. Now, they’ll get treatment
In 2013, a cure for hepatitis C — a chronic viral infection that, if untreated, can lead to fatal liver disease — was brought to market. But who would get the $100,000 lifesaving treatment? That’s been a subject of political and legal battles ever since.
In May 2017, the ...
Can being nice to cows save the world? A Hindu man in the Poconos would like to believe so
JACKSON TWP, Pa. — Every day, a joyful man in dung-covered boots tries to balance the world’s karma by dishing out love, compassion and the occasional fried Indian delights to his ragtag herd of cows.
Sankar Sastri loves Sri, the shaggy Scottish highlander with eyes like ...
Alleged mob ties kept Lombardi’s out of Parx, Eagles lose to Saints in a big way | Morning Newsletter
Well, the Eagles made history Sunday. It just wasn’t the good kind. We’ve got everything you want to know (or absolutely do not want to know) about their embarrassing loss to the Saints this morning. If you would like to think about literally anything else, my colleague Andrew ...
Youth voter turnout was higher in midterms. But hardly ‘historic’ for youth vote
Brendan Stec, 22, who has voted in past elections, decided to sit out the 2018 midterms. The Drexel University senior said he wasn’t motivated to vote, and, besides, he had other things on his plate — such as trying to find a job after college.
“I feel disconnected to the ...
Comcast co-founder says Ralph Roberts had an “iron fist in a velvet glove”
A serial entrepreneur and showman, Ralph Roberts spun drama and advertising around golf putters and men’s fashion lines for belts, suspenders, wallets, cuff links, tie pins and cologne. The well-dressed businessman married a local actress, the former Suzanne Fleisher, and led a ...
Two years ago as Joe Biden was preparing to leave the White House, Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, enlisted him to lecture at the school and run a Washington D.C.-based center on diplomacy and global engagement.
But as a Harvard-educated ...
As an attorney, Tom P. Monteverde sought justice for clients prominent and unknown.
He was a skilled advocate, a mentor, teacher, friend, father and husband, and all who knew and loved him in those roles are now mourning his passing.
A Philadelphia native and senior at the University of Pennsylvania, who lost both her parents while she was in high school and college, has won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England.
Anea B. Moore, a senior, is a sociology and urban ...
Pedestrian struck and killed crossing Columbus Boulevard
A 40-year-old man who was struck by a car while crossing Columbus Boulevard in Society Hill early Sunday morning has died from his injuries.
According to police, the pedestrian was standing on a median along Columbus Boulevard, about 40 feet north of where it intersects with ...
Weekend marked by violence across Philly, Eagles are historic underdogs vs. Saints | Morning Newsletter
Counter-protestors greatly outnumbered rally attendees at Saturday’s “We the People” rally of self-described conservatives on Independence Mall. Four people were arrested, and though online hype raised concern that the event would attract violence-prone hate groups, calm —and ...
Haverford YMCA bustling after ‘blood-curdling screams’ accompanied toddler’s death
With a bouquet of canary-yellow chrysanthemums tucked under one arm, Mary Strenchock grabbed the hand of a stranger in the Haverford Area YMCA parking lot Sunday morning and began to pray in front of an occupied parking space.
It was here in this parking spot, she said, ...
Think GOP’s losses in Philly suburbs are Trump’s fault? It’s more complicated.
The midterm election was devastating for Republicans in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Losses piled up everywhere on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River: Two seats in the U.S. House, four in the state Senate, and 12 in the state House went down the drain.
BALTIMORE — As the nation’s Catholic bishops scrambled last week to portray a unified response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis, it was one of the younger members of their hierarchy who offered perhaps the frankest assessment of their problem.
“We do sometimes act as a good ...
Philly man tied up, assaulted during a home invasion; attackers posed as PGW workers
Two men, at least one wearing a PGW hard hat, according to police, told a Philadelphia homeowner Saturday afternoon they were checking on a gas leak in the area and needed to see his basement.
Once inside the home in the 4500 block of Higbee Street in the city’s Wissinoming ...
‘I can’t get my brother back’: Hammer attack part of deadly day in Philly
Damon Hunter stood outside his grandmother’s house in West Oak Lane on Saturday night, and lowered his head as he pointed at crimson splotches that peppered the front steps. He looked away quickly, the way a person does when they glance at the sun.
“That’s his blood,” he ...
Haverford Township police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child killed Saturday when she was reportedly struck by a car in the parking lot of the Haverford Area YMCA after getting away from her mother.
Without providing details, the YMCA in an emailed letter to ...
In less than a 12-hour span, three people – including a man who police say was attacked by a group – died early Saturday morning in separate incidents across Philadelphia.
In North Philadelphia, police are investigating an attack that took place around 10:20 a.m. Saturday ...
Conservative rally, and counter-protest, expected on Independence Mall Saturday morning
A gathering of self-described conservatives and a group of counter-protesters are expected to meet on Independence Mall Saturday morning amid claims on social media that the event could also draw white supremacists or members of other hate groups.
The so-called “We the ...
It was a crisp late November morning in South Philadelphia’s sports complex, and the ballpark and stadiums were dark and silent.
This rare moment of tranquility in the normally hectic district was interrupted by a commotion in the parking of lot of Xfinity Live!, where ...
A Burlington County doctor was arrested Friday and charged with participating in a fraud conspiracy that cost health-care programs $20 million, federal prosecutors said.
Bernard Ogon, 45, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He appeared ...
NASA is set to launch its Northrop Grumman Antares rocket Saturday morning in Virginia, but Philadelphians won’t have to go far to see a piece of the action.
If skies remain clear, NASA predicts the craft carrying supplies to International Space Station will be visible in ...
A 35-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend after an argument, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said Friday.
William E. Hines Jr. was convicted in September of murder and related offenses for killing Scott ...
Philadelphia school board to consider three new charters
The Philadelphia School Board will consider three applications to open new charter schools this year — all affiliated with at least one school already operating in the city.
The applications were due Thursday and made public Friday. They are from String Theory Schools, which ...
What Betsy DeVos’ new sexual misconduct regulations mean for victims, the accused, and schools
The Trump administration on Friday announced an overhaul to how schools deal with allegations of sexual misconduct, drastically narrowing the pool of complaints that institutions of higher education will be required to investigate under Title IX.
The rules — proposed by ...
Philly DA Larry Krasner withdraws office from statewide prosecutors group
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has withdrawn his office from Pennsylvania’s largest prosecutors’ association, saying the advocacy group supported regressive or overly punitive policies and represented “the voice of the past.”
Krasner, whose first 11 months in ...
Staff Report, By Staff
It’s Philadelphia Marathon weekend and there will be street closures Saturday for the Half Marathon and the Rothman 8K and on Sunday for the Marathon.
The Philadelphia Police Department has issued the following schedule of street closures.Friday
Police seek public’s help in identifying suspects in Tacony abduction, robbery
Philadelphia Police rereleased video footage Friday hoping to find someone who might recognize two people allegedly involved in an abduction and robbery of a 21-year-old man two months ago in Tacony.
Police said the victim was abducted at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 14 on the 6700 block ...
A sawmill opens in heart of South Jersey’s Pine Barrens
Mullica Township, N.J. — When Colin McLaughlin cut white cedar deep in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, he’d truck it down to a North Carolina sawmill, losing money every mile the timber rolled south.
So McLaughlin, 47, of Pittsgrove, Salem County, doubled-down on a career gamble ...
Rare is a word that is rarely used properly these days, but it is an appropriate one in the case of Thursday’s snowstorm.
The 3.6 inches measured officially at Philadelphia International Airport not only was a record for a Nov. 15 for Philadelphia, it was the biggest ...
Rotting homes in Southeastern Pa., Johnny Bobbitt saga’s latest twist | Morning Newsletter
Having a new home built is a dream come true for many families. Unfortunately, not all dreams end well. Families across our region are finding their homes are rotting from within. Former Philly students are coming forth to share their nightmare, raising new allegations of sexual ...
Winter storm aftermath: SEPTA Paoli-Thorndale line suspended, I-78 slowly reopens
The winter storm that ambushed the Philadelphia region with more than expected snow is gradually moving away from the area. Here’s the latest of what you might need to know.Mass Transit
Service on SEPTA’s Paoli-horndale Line remains suspended while Amtrak crews to work to ...
After being sued by its former director for more than a half million dollars in severance and back pay, Allentown’s Cadets drum corps has fired back with a counter suit seeking more than $1.5 million in losses allegedly incurred because of that director’s sexual misconduct ...
Can the arts create better people? This Philadelphia Orchestra musician thinks so.
Marquise Bradley is a clarinet player, a 17-year-old with talent, good grades, and a dream to play in a top orchestra someday.
But no one in Bradley’s family is a professional musician, and none of his neighbors in Olney could tell him the steps he should take to realize the ...
Could Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey be V.P. picks in 2020? | Clout
With the midterms (mostly) over, Clout turns to the 2020 presidential election, just 718 short days from today. And who better to light that spark than former Vice President Joe Biden?
The Delaware Democrat headlined a fundraiser in Philadelphia Tuesday for U.S. Rep. Bob ...
New misconduct claims emerge against former renowned Masterman chess coach
Eleven former students at Philadelphia’s Julia R. Masterman School say nationally acclaimed chess coach Stephen Shutt acted inappropriately around students, at times touching them or walking around naked or partially naked in front of them when they were in middle or high school ...
A 56-year-old Chester County man already facing state child sex charges was indicted Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia with making child pornography.
In March, Pennsylvania State Police made a public plea for any alleged victims of Robert Dean Caesar to contact ...
The truth about the GoFundMe campaign for a homeless veteran: It was all a scam
It began like a scene from an urban fairy tale, a perfect, intriguing blend of fear and reassurance. A pretty blonde, alone late at night, stuck in a car that sputtered to a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood, approached in the darkness by a haunted face in tattered ...
The Bobbitt Saga: From Feel-Good Story to Criminal Charges
John Duchneskie, STAFF
A chronology of the GoFundMe campaign set up by Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., based on the indictment by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and contemporary news reports.2017
Oct. 16: Kate McClure, 27, texts boyfriend Mark D’Amico ...