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Wolf's $30B budget: tax hikes, school relief

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:30:07 PM
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes, but use much of that new money to give school districts almost $4 billion for property tax breaks.

ICE agent charged with stealing from immigrants

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:21:07 PM
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported.

Free loan workshop for Bucks business owners

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:18:29 PM
BUCKS COUNTY Free loan workshop for business owners WARRINGTON Bucks County Commissioner Robert G. Loughery will serve as the keynote speaker at a March 21 workshop to help owners of local businesses apply for small business loans.

Dem fundraiser pleads guilty in court corruption probe

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:16:53 PM
A Democratic fund-raiser and midlevel player in city politics became Tuesday the second defendant to plead guilty in a federal probe aimed at rooting out corruption in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Wildwood: A beach too wide?

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:43:54 PM
City officials are at odds with Morey’s Pier over what role the government should play on the beach.

Illinois governor says New Jersey is 'going down the drain'

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:36:21 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Republican governor of Illinois has some harsh words for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned hard for his election last year.

N.J. unions to sue Christie over 2016 pension payment

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:31:33 PM
More than a dozen public-sector unions said Tuesday that they would sue Gov. Christie over his proposed payment to the pension system for public workers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Bill Green not surprised he lost SRC chairmanship

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:23:39 PM
Bill Green was not shocked when Gov. Wolf removed him as School Reform Commission chair, he said Monday, drawing a straight line from his ouster to the governor's perceived alliance with the teachers' union.

L.A. developer interested in Revel Casino Hotel

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:23:13 PM
A Los Angeles developer wants to buy Atlantic City's closed Revel Casino Hotel out from under Florida developer Glenn Straub.

Five things to know about Gov. Tom Wolf's first budget

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:10:07 PM Emily Babay

Snow, sleet rain on the way to Philadelphia region

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 05:08:40 PM
What the National Weather Service is calling a "complex weather system" is bringing a mix of snow, sleet and rain to the Philadelphia region and could leave up to six inches of snow by the time it departs Thursday.

Nelson Diaz touts progressive stance for Millennial votes

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 04:34:18 PM
Sitting in a 12th floor office building overlooking City Hall, two of Nelson Diaz's staffers prepared him on how to pitch a room full of Millennials that evening.

New SRC chair: I don't expect huge changes

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 04:01:03 PM
Marjorie Neff, a career educator, said she does not plan to change the strategy in negotiations with the teachers' union.

Neuroscience journal bans Penn team from publishing for errors

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 03:53:56 PM
A leading neuroscience journal has barred a pair of prominent University of Pennsylvania scientists from publishing in its pages for two years, citing mistakes in a paper on Alzheimer's disease that they helped write four years ago.

Ruling against AG, judge orders hearing in Bucks fraud case

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:58:48 PM
A judge ruled Monday that members of a politically connected Bucks County family charged with $20 million in insurance fraud will have a preliminary hearing - a step that prosecutors had sought to skip.

UbiƱas: Without trust between cops and citizens, we're just running in circles

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:46:47 PM
Crime reduction is worthless without trust between police and the community.

Ramsey: Presidential panel's report a 'step in the right direction'

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:42:08 PM
COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country.

Ahead of Netanyahu speech, Menendez hails U.S.-Israeli ties

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:41:24 PM
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey's Robert Menendez, said he will "be proud" to escort Benjamin Netanyahu into the House Chamber for the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress on Tuesday, even as some Democrats recoil at an event they see as a political jab at President Obama.

Wolf's budget may need a big push

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:36:29 PM
HARRISBURG - Though Gov. Wolf has been working behind the scenes for weeks on his first budget blueprint for the state, legislators and others say his real work is only just beginning.

Moorestown's most joyful invention: the Flexible Flyer sled

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:32:25 PM
My favorite Flexible Flyer story involves a boy's bravado, an icy hill, and a chipped tooth. On a snowy afternoon in 1964, as I commanded my younger brothers to watch how fast I could go, my smile collided with a crusty chunk of Massachusetts winter.

Fire destroys Burlco church building

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:29:08 PM
A two-alarm fire has destroyed the office wing of a church in Burlington County. No injuries were reported in the blaze early Tuesday at the Easton Bible Church on Fostertown Road in Hainesport.

Church sues developer over Metropolitan Opera House on N. Broad St.

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 02:21:45 PM
Suit says Holy Ghost Church had owned the historic structure free and clear, but partnership with Eric Blumenfeld put the title in his control while the church is “gutted and in shambles.”

Fashion shows to benefit Delco SPCA

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 01:41:04 PM
DELAWARE COUNTY Fashion shows to benefit SPCA NEWTOWN SQUARE Dogs, cats, and people will be strutting their stuff at the Delaware County SPCA "Rescued on the Runway" fashion show on March 28 to 29.

DA: Immigration agent accused of stealing from prisoner

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 01:28:35 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities in Philadelphia say a federal immigration agent is facing charges alleging that he stole from a prisoner he was assigned to transport.

All-City ensemble orchestrates a stirring send-off for its director

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 01:23:44 PM
If there was a certain energy in the air Monday night at the Kimmel Center, it wasn't only to be found in triumphant Verdi or euphoric Saint-Saëns. More than 400 students from the School District of Philadelphia's All-Philadelphia High School Music Festival performed onstage in Verizon Hall, even as officials continued their work behind the scenes to reinvigorate the program.

For the SRC, she's a matter of principal

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 01:04:27 PM
New SRC chair Marge Neff knows firsthand how budgets affect kids and communities.

Outcry against Evesham mayor who forbade questions at meetings

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:39:26 PM
The heated exchange between a proud mayor with a football career and an elderly resident who wanted to question town policies sorely needed a referee that bitter December night.

5-alarm fire guts Willow Grove sheet metal plant

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:35:45 PM Thomas Rowan
An explosion erupted inside a sheet metal plant in Montgomery County earlier this evening and quickly engulfed the entire facility in flames, according to fire officials. A plume of black smoke could be seen for miles from the blaze that was upgraded to five alarms at about 6:30 p.m.

Permit granted to Chesco townhome development

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:21:50 PM
EAST CALN A controversial 70-townhome development in East Caln moved a step forward Monday when the township approved a conditional use permit.

Cop testifies in attempted-murder trial of man who shot him in 2013

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:14:29 PM
The officer spent 3 weeks in a coma and couldn’t walk for months.

Slaying victim's kin help track down suspect

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:13:18 PM
When Wilfredo Rojas' son was fatally shot in Philadelphia in January, the Gloucester County NAACP official and his family decided to take an active role in investigating who killed him.

Dad: Victim's kin were 'relentless' in search for alleged killer

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 12:10:41 PM
Alejandro Rojas-Garcia’s family scoured social media for clues that led to a suspect who turned himself in to police Friday.

Ramsey says he supports all of police task force report

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 11:59:43 AM
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that he plans to implement an independent process to investigate officer-involved shootings, as recommended by a presidential task force he chaired.

22 years for Ronald Galati in hit on daughter's friend

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 10:44:45 AM
Former Philadelphia auto shop owner Ronald Galati, convicted last fall of sending hitmen after his daughter's boyfriend in a failed murder-for-hire plot in Atlantic City, was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison.

Porn-site videos lead cops to peeping tom who filmed nude women in mall fitting rooms, apartments

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 10:12:24 AM
Radnor Police arrested Sean Moses, 37, for allegedly secretly filming women and posting the videos online.

'Black Madam' is hospitalized with chest pains

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 10:04:05 AM
The trial of Padge-Victoria Windslowe did not continue on schedule yesterday because the defendant became ill.

Firefighter Joyce Craig to be honored posthumously

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 10:04:05 AM
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will celebrate people who fight discrimination and promote tolerance.

Sentencing in murder-for-hire

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 10:04:05 AM
A SOUTH PHILLY auto-shop owner convicted of orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting of his daughter's boyfriend in Atlantic City was sentenced yesterday to nearly 23 years in prison.

Narberth man arrested for secretly filming women

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:37:22 AM
Sean Moses allegedly liked to record video of girls and women at the beach and sports events. He also did it secretly in store dressing rooms and homes - even of women in bed with him, police say.

Man hurt in 2d gas explosion at Shore

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:37:12 AM
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - A natural gas explosion has rocked a house at the Jersey Shore for the second time in less than a week.

Thomas W. Vahey, 79, petroleum blender

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:37:10 AM
Thomas W. Vahey, 79, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1999 as a petroleum blender at the Arco refinery in South Philadelphia, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday, Feb. 27, at a relative's home in Havertown.

James N. Clark, ad executive, activist for homeless, AIDS

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:36:59 AM
James N. Clark, 77, of Philadelphia, an advertising executive and compassionate activist, died Monday, Feb. 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Shot officer on surgeries: 'I look like Frankenstein'

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:36:40 AM
A Philadelphia police officer described the controlled chaos in the crowded aisle of a Feltonville grocery as he and two other officers tried to subdue a struggling suspect.

Black Madam hospitalized with chest pains

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:36:37 AM
After two grueling days last week testifying in her murder trial in the silicone-injection death of a dancer, "Black Madam" Padge-Victoria Windslowe has been hospitalized complaining of chest pains.

PNC to cut back financing of mountaintop removal

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:49 AM
PNC Bank will substantially cut its financing of coal companies that practice mountaintop-removal mining, according to a new policy included in a bank report released Monday.

Store owner stabbed in face in robbery

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:47 AM
A Northeast Philadelphia store owner was in stable condition Monday night after being stabbed in the face during a robbery, police said.

Negotiations to settle city's forfeiture suit fail

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:46 AM
Efforts to settle a lawsuit that challenges the city's use of state civil forfeiture laws have failed, lawyers told a federal Judge Monday.

4 former N.J. governors urge rejection of Pinelands nominee

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:43 AM
Four former New Jersey governors have written an open letter to the state Senate urging members to reject Robert Barr's nomination to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

MacArthur demands FEMA chief step down

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:43 AM
A New Jersey congressman is asking for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the resignation of its top official after reports that FEMA was aware that insurance companies fraudulently denied full payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims.

Valley Forge tourism chief stepping down

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 06:34:42 AM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Valley Forge tourism chief stepping down for hotel job VALLEY FORGE Bill Fitzgerald, president of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, is stepping down this month to take a job in the hotel industry.

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