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GOP seeks end to traditional pensions, employee concessions

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:27:55 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican senators want to end Pennsylvania's debt-ridden pension plans for state and public school employees and require concessions from many current workers to provide immediate taxpayer savings, according to details released Wednesday.

Boy, 2, critical after being struck by car

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:09:37 PM
Two young boys were injured, one critically, when they were struck by a car while trying to cross Broad Street in Philadelphia's Logan section.

It's official: Trouble Delco town 'distressed'

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:09:01 PM
Deeply in debt, its tax base depleted, and its government in turmoil, tiny Colwyn Borough was declared "financially distressed" Wednesday by the state in an attempt to remedy the town's financial disarray.

Christie administration 'satisfied' with lottery performance

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 08:52:00 PM
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie's administration is "satisfied" with the performance of the private company that manages its lottery sales and marketing, the state treasurer said Wednesday as he defended the contract to lawmakers.

Former Philly cop charged with witness intimidation in familial dispute

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 08:34:30 PM
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested and charged a former Philadelphia police officer with witness intimidation for allegedly using his position to obtain information about and threaten his former sister-in-law.

Homeland Security agents arrest man targeted for 1998 plea

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 07:10:08 PM
Fidel Napier left home early Monday to drop off his daughter at school, his wife said. When he returned to his Pennsauken home, agents from the Department of Homeland Security were there to take him into custody.

Adwatch: Diaz releases first ad, targets Kenney and Williams

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 06:47:14 PM Brian McCrone
Nelson Diaz enters the fray on TV with his first ad of the mayoral campaign.

Defense: Doc's alleged killer confessed to 'something he didn't do'

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 05:54:41 PM
To prosecutors, he is an exterminator who extinguished the life of an independent woman who dedicated her life to caring for ill children and then set her body on fire to cover up the crime.

DA: Chesco massage therapist sexually assaulted client

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 05:40:59 PM
A Chester County massage therapist is accused of sexually assaulting a female client during an appointment. The Chester County District Attorney's Office said 63-year-old James Deiter inappropriately touched the victim during her appointment at Massage Envy, at 1107 West Chester Pike in West Goshen, on Saturday.

Pa. senators call for audits of VA offices

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 05:37:30 PM
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey launched a bipartisan call for an audit of regional Veterans Affairs facilities across the country Wednesday, in the wake of sharp questions and ongoing scrutiny of the agency's management.

Mother of girl shot in West Phila. road-rage wants answers

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 03:59:31 PM
Lakisha Robinson is imploring the person who shot her daughter, Aniyah Curry, to take responsibility for wounding the 8-year-old.

Could a new Pa. Supreme Court be better for public schools?

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 03:57:57 PM
With three vacancies on the seven-member high court there’s a chance future rulings adhere to constitutional mandates, including one on public education.

Wife of accused shooter, friend testify against co-defendants in slaying at North Philadelphia park

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 03:54:01 PM
Two of five defendants in the murder of Gerald Sawyer said they’ll plead guilty and testify against his alleged shooter.

Kenney called passionate, loyal to a fault, driven to do right

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:54:40 PM
Shumpert Caldwell was 14 when he first met Jim Kenney. The then-city councilman came upon the teenager spray-painting graffiti on a South Philadelphia wall.

The great church smackdown: Saving St. Laurentius

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:46:33 PM
A petition to the Historical Commission has temporarily halted demolition of St. Laurentius church in Fishtown. Supporters pray their hopes won't fall down.

Health-care workers helped save fallen Broad Street runner

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:40:33 PM
Before FBI agent and Philly cop arrived, about 12 people helped stabilize the injured man during Sunday’s race.

Philly bar kicks 21 candidates to judicial curb

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:22:11 PM
Philly bar backs 33 candidates for May 19 primary; 21 others get the boot.

3 hospitalized after freak SEPTA accident in S. Phila.

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:10:27 PM
SEPTA officials are trying to figure out how a Route 29 bus ended up diagonally in front of an idle freighttrain.

Girl, 8, shot in head while stepfather double-parks

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 02:06:54 PM
James Hall had just double-parked his car outside his Southwest Philadelphia home when he heard another car rush by his, and then a pop.

Medicine delivery van robbed in pharmacy parking lot

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:43:01 PM Thomas Rowan
Two men robbed a medication delivery van Tuesday morning outside an East Falls pharmacy, police said.

Hunt on for Kensington kidnapper rapist

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:32:52 PM
Police have released a sketch of a man wanted in the gunpoint abduction and rape of a 22-year-old woman in Kensington, as well as a video of the van used in the attack last week.

1 dead in Fairhill triple shooting

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:28:49 PM
An overnight shooting in Philadelphia's Fairhill section left one man dead and two others wounded. Police said officers on patrol heard the gunfire on the 3100 block of North 6th Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Senate floor, Toomey speaks out for police

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:19:13 PM
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey waded into the roiling debate over law enforcement Tuesday, defending most officers as honorable and dedicated, and worrying that "scapegoating" mobs were clamoring to punish police whether or not they are found guilty of wrongdoing.

Williams: Ramsey's out if I'm elected

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:18:29 PM
The six candidates met last night at 6ABC’s studios for the final televised debate of the mayoral primary. It was cordial.

Broker is pushing health-care stocks

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 01:07:19 PM
Two of the four drug companies he likes are big firms with products in early development.

Traces of drilling fluid found in wells

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 12:31:44 PM
Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.

N.J. hit-and-run victim's kin seek help finding driver

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 12:18:44 PM
Investigators and relatives of an Audubon, Camden County, man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident one month ago handed out fliers Tuesday in hope of finding the driver, who has eluded authorities since Christopher Dean was found lying on the side of a road.

City legal eagles want more for nests; mayor says no

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:55:20 AM
D.A., top judge tell city council that mayor’s budget for their offices won’t cut it.

Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:54:47 AM
FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.

4 mayors support Councilwoman Quinones Sánchez' reelection bid

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:54:10 AM
Four Philadelphia mayors stood side by side Tuesday to back Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez's reelection and denounce her challenger as an embarrassment to the party.

Abraham releases more of her tax returns

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:52:37 AM
Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham made good on a pledge at Monday night's debate and released three more years of her personal tax records Tuesday.

After mayoral candidates, Williams says Ramsey must go

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:38:16 AM
The final televised debate in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor ended Tuesday evening with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams going negative - on Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

Commencement speakers named at Villanova, Widener

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:15:44 AM
Villanova and Widener Universities have announced their commencement speakers. Madeline Bell, president and chief operating officer of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is to address Villanova graduates at 4 p.m. May 15 in the school stadium. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be in the Pavilion.

Bucks' Ricci named Pa. principal of the year

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:13:53 AM
FALLS TOWNSHIP A middle school principal in the Pennsbury district was announced this week as 2015 state principal of the year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.

Montco third graders win national contest

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 11:13:36 AM
LOWER MERION Three Lower Merion third graders won first in the nation last month at ExploraVision, billed as the world's largest science competition for kindergarten through 12th grades.

Phila. lawyer helping to save Muhammad Ali's boyhood house

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:58:24 AM
Three years ago, when George Bochetto read in his morning paper that Muhammad Ali's boyhood home was for sale, he put down his coffee and picked up the phone.

Pedestrian killed in Mount Laurel crash

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:55:54 AM
Police have identified a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a car in Mount Laurel over the weekend. Police said 53-year-old Warren Coleman was hit when he crossed Route 73 near Rogers Walk against a red traffic light about 8:20 p.m. Sunday.

Woodbury man convicted of murdering Sabrina Bullock

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:54:11 AM
Harry John Neher, a 35-year-old man who ran a computer repair business from his home in Woodbury, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the death of Sabrina Bullock.

Ex-college cop sentenced for dealing pills

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:53:29 AM
A former police officer at Stockton University was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for selling hundreds of oxycodone pills in Camden County.

Montco school board candidate denounced for racist posts

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:48:59 AM
A Methacton school board candidate is under fire and has lost the Republican endorsement after parents drew attention to what they said were racist and anti-Semitic posts in his name on social media.

Nutter, Booker tapped to help minority males

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:46:19 AM
WASHINGTON - A new organization backed by President Obama has turned to Mayor Nutter and Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) for support as it aims to help young minority men thrive, and perhaps shape the president's legacy after he leaves office.

Chesco's Downingtown East wins state competition

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:45:40 AM
DOWNINGTOWN Downingtown High School East defended its title at the Pennsylvania State Academic Competition last week to become state champion for the second straight year. It is the first back-to-back championship in the Downingtown Area School District's history, district officials said.

Could a pay-by-phone parking app mean fewer tickets - and less school revenue?

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:30:20 AM
City says it has appetite for PPA app although it may mean less money for schools.

Lawyers clash in closings in police corruption trial

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:15:15 AM
Lawyers on both sides of the federal corruption trial of six members of an elite Philadelphia Police Department narcotics squad finally found on Tuesday - the day they began their closing arguments - a point on which they could agree:

At Roxborough High, Nutter touts plan for more school funding

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:06:06 AM
The mayor is making a series of visits to garner support for a tax hike that would raise $105 million for the school district.

Domb Bomb

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 10:04:37 AM
Domb triggers increase in donations that can be accepted by at-large Council candidates

Grace Lee Whitney | 'Star Trek' actress, 85

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:55:46 AM
Grace Lee Whitney, 85, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original Star Trek series, died of natural causes Friday at her home in Coarsegold, Calif.

Ellen Albertini Dow | 'Wedding Singer' rapper, 101

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:54:09 AM
Ellen Albertini Dow, 101, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in The Wedding Singer, died Monday.

Doris B. DeAngelis, 93, nurse in South Jersey

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:52:16 AM
During World War II, Doris Bourgeois wanted to serve in the military. But Navy recruiters rejected her because of weak eyesight.

Philly lawyer buys into Muhammad Ali childhood home

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 09:39:00 AM
George Bochetto plans on a dignified, authentic restoration, then perhaps a museum

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