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Democrat wins special election for state House seat in Delco

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:41:06 AM
Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky was elected Tuesday to fill a vacant Delaware County state House seat, defeating two other candidates, according to unofficial returns.

Controller: City's water billing needs better oversight

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:41:02 AM
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz is calling on the Water Revenue Bureau to increase oversight of its process for adjusting bills, arguing that its system invites abuse by employees.

Wolf, GOP still talking about budget - and not agreeing

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:40:58 AM
For the second time in a week, Gov. Wolf has met with Republican legislative leaders, but once again they failed to find common ground on a new budget, now more than a month overdue.

What happened to hitchBOT? No answers, only speculation

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:36:55 AM
The search for whoever assaulted hitchBOT over the weekend, tearing the little globe-trotting robot limb from limb, took a dark turn Tuesday on social media, where speculation grew that video of the attack may have been a prank - and, late in the day, two pranksters appeared to say as much.

Knights of Columbus: Mideast Christians,severely persecuted, desperate for aid

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:35:14 AM
Asserting that Christians are more persecuted today than at "any time since their early history," the Knights of Columbus announced here Tuesday a major expansion of its humanitarian aid efforts for Christian refugees in the Middle East, especially Syria and Iraq.

Christie makes cut for first GOP debate

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:35:00 AM
Republican voters won't cast actual ballots for months, but the winnowing of a historically large field of contenders for the party's presidential nomination began Tuesday afternoon - in the offices of Fox News.

An impassioned letter to the archbishop, a curt and unrelenting reply

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:34:46 AM
Susanne Cassidy caught a train downtown from Wynnewood, leaving enough time to make her way through the midday heat to the offices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She wanted to be there Monday to support her friend Margie Winters.

Craigslist murder trial ends with guilty verdict, life sentence

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:34:33 AM
The Willow Grove man accused of using Craigslist ads to set up victims in armed robberies - including the fatal 2013 shooting of a South Jersey man who had gone to West Oak Lane to buy an all-terrain vehicle - was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder.

Wawa moves closer to beer sales in Delco town

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:32:23 AM
Beer lovers and Wawa fanatics are one step closer to being able to carry out six-packs of beer with their hoagies and groceries from one Delaware County store.

Scholarships set for Catholic high school freshmen

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:32:21 AM
StoneMor Partners L.P. announced a scholarship program Tuesday that will aid an incoming freshman at each of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools.

Fryar, mother decline to take stand

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:32:17 AM
The lawyers defending former Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, against mortgage fraud charges rested their case in a Mount Holly courtroom Tuesday without calling any witnesses.

The Latest: New Jersey Turnpike reopens after fatal accident

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 03:31:56 AM
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - The latest in the New Jersey Turnpike truck accident (all times local):

Father fatally stabbed, son held in Bucks

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 02:25:55 AM
A 66-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Tuesday afternoon in Bucks County, and his son was being held as a suspect, police said.

No charges against officers in Berlin shooting death

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:27:22 PM
A Camden County grand jury has decided against indictments for six police officers involved in the shooting death of a 42-year-old Berlin, Camden County, man a year ago.

Christie on Catholicism and birth control

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 07:51:05 PM
Gov. Christie on Tuesday reflected on his Catholic faith and told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that he had used birth control, against the teaching of his church.

Police seek ID of woman found along Delaware River

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 07:42:28 PM Sam Wood
Composite sketches were released Tuesday of an unidentified woman found in January along the Delaware River near a solid waste disposal facility in South Jersey.

Lancaster Ave. in Powelton will be closed Thursday for "Night Market"

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 07:34:19 PM
Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets in Powelton will close Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. for the "Night Market" - the Philadelphia Food Trust event that celebrates up-and-coming neighborhoods with a food festival.

1 dead, 1 hospitalized in Chesco crash

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 07:26:38 PM
A 19-year-old man was killed and a woman injured Tuesday morning in a two-car accident in Chester County, police said.

Bracing for the 'Popenado'

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 04:07:52 PM
Current security plans have the feel of martial law.

Confident Fattah is dismissive of federal case against him

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 04:06:21 PM
The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it had opened its own investigation into the allegations surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.

Retrial of ex-cop's civil case against 2 cops in stop-and-frisk begins

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 03:54:39 PM
Herbert Spellman, who is black, claims that in the 2013 incident in West Oak Lane, the white cops refused to tell him why he was being stopped.

Daily News Pet of the Week: Sonny

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 03:38:42 PM
THE Daily News Pet of the Week is Sonny, a 6-to-12-month-old pit-bull mix at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Sonny is delightful and goofy and loves walks. He can live with other dogs and older children. He will need basic obedience training.

Tattoos help police ID burglary suspect

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 01:52:25 PM
Using surveillance videos and mug shots, police have arrested a tattooed 51-year-old man for a series of burglaries in North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port Richmond, officials said Tuesday.

Robot's overlord on hitchBOT's past - and future

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 01:50:41 PM Sam Wood

3 taken to hospital after police car-taxi crash

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 01:17:43 PM
A police car responding to a call of a person with a gun collided with a taxicab early Tuesday in West Philadelphia, police said.

Penn study says placebos could prolong drugs' effectiveness

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:47:10 PM
The long-term treatment of chronic illnesses is challenging on many levels. Among other issues, how can physicians manage dosing over many years, when some drugs can be habit-forming or become less effective over time?

Regional Rail papal passes could still be available

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:20:54 PM
SEPTA's papal pass lottery attracted a steady stream of buyers Monday, but it appeared there would be unsold Regional Rail passes left when the lottery closed just before midnight.

Montco official loses on appeal in mortgage-registry case

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:19:47 PM
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday overturned a ruling that could have brought tens of millions of dollars in unpaid records fees to Pennsylvania counties.

Should hitchBOT live on?

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:09:25 PM
As Philadelphians rally around the Canadian hitchhiking robot found beheaded in Old City, prankster claims video shows attack.

North Camden Little League boosted by anonymous donor

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:03:21 PM
One day early in 2012, Bryan Morton found himself giving a tour of North Camden's baseball fields to a man he'd never met before. All Morton knew was that the man had money, and that he was thinking of donating to Morton's fledgling Little League.

Independent candidates file nominating petitions

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:42:19 AM
The deadline for independent candidates to file petitions for the November election passed Monday with a handful of candidates saying they hoped to beat the odds in a city with a virtual one-party rule.

As violent crime rises in Philly, cops seek connection with businesses

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:23:48 AM
Philly police will launch SafeGrowth, a crime-prevention project, in commercial corridors this week.

23,000 sign petition for Catholic teacher's reinstatement

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:21:26 AM
Margie Winters, accompanied by about 50 supporters and carrying a box of petitions signed by 23,000 people who want her reinstated as a Catholic school educator, could not get in the front door.

Arts group and Woodbury in tiff bad for both

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:12:27 AM
To understand what the arts can do for a place like Woodbury, visit the city's "American Quilt" bridge. The once-drab span near downtown was transformed into a beauty spot 15 years ago, thanks to the late painter Narcissa Weatherbee's grassroots mural-making project.


Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:11:08 AM
BURLINGTON The first art gallery in Burlington City's newly created arts district opened last month in a former shoe factory built in the 1860s.

SEPTA: Papal-pass lottery went 'really well'

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 11:03:55 AM
The transit agency expects that winners will be notified by Sunday.

Ex-teacher brings petition to Archdiocese

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:59:26 AM
Margie Winters, the Waldron Mercy Academy teacher fired because she was in a same-sex marriage, hand-delivered a request for reinstatement.

Barricade over, suspect in shooting death not found

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:55:12 AM
A 45-year-old man was shot to death late Monday afternoon inside an auto-repair garage where he worked in North Philadelphia, police said.

Delco college to host adult student seminar

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:46:48 AM
DELAWARE COUNTY College to host information seminar for adult students UPPER DARBY Adults who are considering going back to school but who may be apprehensive about the process are invited to attend a back-to-school night this month hosted by Delaware County Community College.

Pa. state rep to hold public sessions in Chesco

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:46:06 AM
CHESTER COUNTY State rep to hold public sessions WEST CHESTER Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Truitt (R., Chester) is to host a series of legislative breakfasts in Chester County this month.

Jury deliberations to continue in Craigslist killing case

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:45:16 AM
The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury weighing the case of a man who allegedly used Craigslist to lure and shoot a South Jersey man will continue deliberations Tuesday.

Wolf nominates Tyree Blocker as state police chief

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:42:52 AM
Gov. Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Chester County to be Pennsylvania's next police commissioner.

App available for New Hope parkers

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:34:23 AM
Street parking often is tight in New Hope, and although that situation isn't likely to change, paying for parking has become easier.

Toll increases on Burlco bridges?

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:33:02 AM
Tolls on the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges could double for many motorists as early as next month, under a proposal the Burlington County Bridge Commission is considering to pay for a $110 million capital improvement plan.

Money for train crash victims is stuck in limbo

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 10:27:15 AM
WASHINGTON - A plan to help the victims of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment will be stuck in limbo for weeks - maybe months - as Congress heads to its summer break, leaving open the question of how much money could be available for those who suffered devastating injuries and the families of passengers who were killed.

Home renovation turned historical preservation

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 09:40:17 AM
When Michael Manerchia, a heavy-equipment operator, found pieces of a broken plate under the flooring of a home he was renovating in Marcus Hook, he had no idea that he had opened a treasure chest of history.

Violence denies Philly children their summer rituals

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 09:26:52 AM
Some neighborhoods struggle to find peace in the summer.

Jury begins deliberations in Craigslist robbery-murder case

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 07:24:25 AM
Thomas Coffee is accused of robbing four people, three of whom responded to Craigslist ads, and killing one of them.

Robert A. Lucas, Donkey's cheesesteak king

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 05:35:29 AM
With dedication and stubbornness, Robert A. Lucas spent his life serving up cheesesteaks and drinks in a Camden bar whose reputation seemed to draw attention to the city for all the right reasons.

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