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Jim Sanders, 49, web designer

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 05:57:36 PM
In June 1989, Jim Sanders was 22 and down the Shore in Longport with his fellow Temple University seniors, celebrating the end of the school year.

Byko: What was wrong in Al Capone's cell?

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 05:46:10 PM
An antique buff caught a surprising historical error

Expanded gaming on the table for budget talks

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 05:27:19 PM
HARRISBURG - If proponents of expanded gambling have their way, Pennsylvania may fill part of its looming budget gap with income from round-the-clock cocktails in casinos, slots machines in airports, and wagers made legally on phones and laptops.

The new destination on NJ Turnpike? Exit 6A- Florence

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 03:55:54 PM
As a boy growing up in Florence Township, Craig Wilkie knew that the New Jersey Turnpike ran through farmland on the east side of town, the Pennsylvania Turnpike began west of the Delaware River, and neither was easy to access.

Charlie Gracie and his guitar, still "Fabulous" after all these years

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 03:15:20 PM
Before he played the first of three Friday night sets at the Riddle Ale House in Media, Charlie Gracie worked the crowd, stopping at each table to hug, kiss, and chat up his fans, some of whom have loved him since his 1957 rockabilly hits, "Butterfly" and "Fabulous."

Delco high schoolers fish for answers to food questions

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 02:26:50 PM
Students at Interboro High School in Prospect Park have been known to turn to tech-ed teachers Joe Fisher and Tom Speer with one of life's elemental questions: "Where do cheeseburgers come from?"

A Memorial Day banquet ends in fire at American Legion post

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 01:06:56 PM
The banquet was wrapping up — the annual Memorial Day gathering at the American Legion hall in the city's Bridesburg neighborhood — when the post commander suddenly ordered everyone out of the building.

Pioquinto Voluntad Jr., 85, restaurateur, civic leader

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 10:40:16 AM
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 18, for Pioquinto "Skip" Voluntad Jr., 85, a restaurateur and civic leader, who died Tuesday, April 26, from renal failure at Suburban General Hospital.

Mercita Brett Kane, 101, speech educator

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 10:40:04 AM
Mercita Brett Kane likely spent more years at what is now the campus of Immaculata University than most students, her family says.

Beyond bathrooms: Colleges look to recognize trans students' name, housing preferences

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 10:08:20 AM
It turns out it's not that easy to change your name in college systems: There's no one record.

On Memorial Day, gathering to honor many who sacrificed

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 10:03:26 AM
Under a canopy of trees, a solemn crowd gathered Monday in Washington Square Park to celebrate Memorial Day, not by reading a book on the benches or dipping their feet in the fountain, but by honoring America's first fallen soldiers.

Mosque nearing completion in North Philly

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 10:01:16 AM
JUST MORE than a mile north of Temple University, a 21,000-square-foot mosque is rising next to a struggling neighborhood in North Philadelphia.

Proposed new town hall unsettling to some in Cherry Hill

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 09:48:01 AM
The out-of-the-blue knock on the door came on a Sunday afternoon in March, Carmen Argentina recalls. His wife, Sonia, was preparing pasta at their gracious Cherry Hill home.

Kane aide cancels Porngate news conference

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 09:41:32 AM
Declaring himself dissatisfied with the work of a special prosecutor assigned to investigate "Porngate," the top aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Monday abruptly canceled a news conference that had been scheduled for Tuesday for the prosecutor to present his report.

Police kill one of four dogs attacking child

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 09:12:07 AM
4-year-old attacked by dogs in N. Phila. Police shot and killed one of four dogs attacking a 4-year-old girl Monday afternoon in North Philadelphia.

Man dies apparently trying to rescue dog in Pennypack Creek

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 05:31:12 AM
A 67-year-old man died Monday after he apparently went into the rain-swollen Pennypack Creek in Northeast Philadelphia to rescue his dog, police said.

Police: Man shot to death in SUV

Monday May 30th, 2016 11:37:18 AM
A 39-year-old man was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle early Sunday morning in Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

Why few bills become law in Harrisburg

Monday May 30th, 2016 11:19:10 AM
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky claimed a seat in the House nearly nine months ago with the hope of being a voice for the people.

Open or closed for Memorial Day

Monday May 30th, 2016 11:15:08 AM
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Philadelphia keeps stormwater out of sewers to protect rivers

Monday May 30th, 2016 11:13:11 AM
Tropical Storm Girard unleashed a torrent of water on West Philadelphia in March. Missed that news? It was not a real storm, but it might as well have been.

Recycled artists go public with 'Live at the Dump'

Monday May 30th, 2016 11:11:47 AM
From the front gate, Revolution Recovery looks like any other dump. Trucks are constantly pulling off I-95 and unloading mini-mountains of junk - about 350 tons a day.

Brennan: On Fattah's spending, context was worth wait

Monday May 30th, 2016 09:47:42 AM
Chaka Fattah wanted context. And he didn't care if the people he represents in the Second Congressional District had to wait until after his primary election and during his federal trial to get it.

Jane Fawcett; WW II British codebreaker, 95

Monday May 30th, 2016 05:33:15 AM
Jane Fawcett, 95, a British codebreaker during World War II who deciphered a key German message that led to the sinking of the battleship Bismarck - one of Britain's greatest naval victories during the war - died May 21 at her home in Oxford, England. She was 95.


Monday May 30th, 2016 05:31:46 AM
Lucille "Lou" Richards, 90, a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League immortalized in the 1992 film A League of Their Own, has died. Jon Richards said his mother died May 20 at the Cape Royal Nursing and Rehab Facility in Buzzards Bay, Mass. He said she died of complications from hydrocephalus.

Clearing the record

Monday May 30th, 2016 05:31:39 AM
An article Sunday about Holly Thi Werth misstated the date of her memorial service. It will be Sunday, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Amado Recital Hall of Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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