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SugarHouse Casino plans public arts display, film festival

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:57:38 PM
It seemed to Philadelphia Art Commission members Wednesday a curious notion: SugarHouse Casino was asking for approval to finance a documentary and annual film festival to meet its mandate to invest in public art.

DRPA panel OK's commuter bridge-toll discounts

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:49:34 PM
Commuters who use the four bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania are one step closer to paying less in tolls.

Philly420: Pa. medical marijuana becomes political circus

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:30:48 PM Sam Wood
Legislators in Harrisburg are making strange moves on medical marijuana. Since 2009, a number of active bills have languished in the General Assembly. Suddenly, the state reps have a match lit between their toes on the issue. But that has sent them running, full speed in the wrong direction.

Concerns raised by SAT snafu

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:19:29 PM
When Alexa Middleton finished taking the SAT on June 6, she flopped on her parents' bed: "I'm done. I did it." She would tell her mother later: "I don't want to take that test ever again."

PlanPhilly: Philadelphia streets under pressure

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:13:17 PM Sam Wood
Like so much else in Philadelphia, the city’s streets are a product of its past.

Bucks man charged with $1.8 million swindle

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:02:55 PM
A Bucks County man was charged Wednesday with swindling six people out of more than $1.8 million through an investment scheme that promised unusually high rates of return, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said.

Woman gets 5-to-10 year term for aiding murder

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:01:15 PM
A North Philadelphia woman who admitted helping her boyfriend identify and kill a 29-year-old bodega clerk he believed was a witness against him in another murder was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge.

Philly police to release names in police shootings

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:00:29 PM
The Philadelphia police will begin releasing the names of officers who fire their weapons in police-involved shootings, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday.

Vouchers set for free produce for low-income seniors

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:00:28 PM
Beginning Monday, elderly low-income Philadelphians can receive $20 worth of vouchers for fresh, locally grown produce from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PAC). The vouchers, which can be used at 59 farmers' markets citywide, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be valid until Nov. 30.

Controller: City schools a health threat

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:51:02 PM
In a sweep of Philadelphia public schools, investigators from the City Controller's office found a litany of health and safety threats including exposed electrical wires, cockroaches and wide-spread water damage.

Man wanted in Center City, S. Philly burglaries

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:41:26 PM
Police are looking for the man behind a series of burglaries, mostly at eateries, in sections of Center City and South Philadelphia.

Group sought in South St. attack

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:40:55 PM
Authorities are working to identify a group of six men who beat and robbed a pizza delivery man just off South Street 12 days ago.

Feds: Philly man robbed A.C. bank for a 2nd time

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:39:39 PM
When officers arrested Keith Ney for an Atlantic City bank robbery, he told them, "Yeah, I did it. I wanna go back to jail," according to court records.

Store for papal souvenirs opens online

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:07:16 PM
You don't have to wait until September for Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia to get souvenirs of his visit.

Cops find slain grandmother's stolen car

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 06:27:54 PM
Detectives make progress, but Regina Brunner Holmes’ killer is still on the loose.

Suspects captured fleeing Frankford bank heist

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 05:36:48 PM
The bank robbers got the cash, but they didn't get very far. Philadelphia police said a man held up the Wells Fargo branch at 5119 Frankford Ave. at gunpoint just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Christie picks up embattled Maine governor's backing

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 05:26:33 PM
PORTLAND, Maine - A day after declaring his presidential candidacy, Gov. Christie on Wednesday picked up what he said was the first endorsement in the 2016 race by a GOP governor - that of another brash Republican facing some drama at home.

City nets $2 million in sale of liens

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 05:04:48 PM
An online sale of liens on tax-delinquent properties has netted Philadelphia $2.1 million, city officials said Tuesday. More than a quarter of the 865 liens that were for sale were picked up by investors. The threat of the sale alone moved owners of an additional 1,414 delinquent properties to pay $5.5 million to clear back taxes owed. And a further 506 property owners enrolled in payment plans to cover $2.2 million in unpaid taxes.

'We Are' sculpture installed on Penn State's main campus

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 05:00:26 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The words "We Are" usually bring the response "Penn State" - and now those first two words have been installed in a 12-foot steel sculpture on the school's main campus.

Volleyball tournament Pottstown's best-kept secret

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 04:17:19 PM
Volleyball is often associated with sand and surf. So why is one of the sport's biggest annual tournaments held in a Philadelphia exurb, 100 miles from the nearest shore?

Jury acquits ex-cop of perjury charge

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 03:25:07 PM
Former police officer Steven Lupo was cleared of a charge related to testimony given about a 2011 arrest.

Mom's Moment

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 03:15:13 PM
Sometimes to get people to listen, some would say, you need a mother's touch. And a child's smile doesn't hurt, either.

Antidiscrimination bill's time is now, Daryl Metcalfe

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:43:45 PM
Daaaa-rryl. Growing up in Brooklyn, watching Mets games, that's what I would hear opposing fans shout at star slugger Darryl Strawberry. Thirty thousand fans at once. To let him know they were there - to get in his head.

Source: Pregnant woman shot, loses fetus in lover's quarrel

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:40:48 PM
West Oak Lane residents were horrified over a double shooting that claimed a woman’s fetus.

5 robbers hit Chestnut Hill bank

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:39:38 PM
Five men armed with at least one gun robbed a bank in the city's Chestnut Hill section Tuesday evening and got away with $7,000, authorities said.

Bill seeks to prohibit N.J. buys of Palcohol

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:38:39 PM
The powder looks harmless enough. But when added to water, the packet of Palcohol creates an adult beverage with the same alcohol content of a standard mixed drink.

Car found in E. Mt. Airy murder

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:28:35 PM
Investigators have found a car belonging to the 85-year-old East Mount Airy woman who was killed this week, Philadelphia police said Tuesday.

On time - and just in time - city leaders sign new 5-year airport lease

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:07:46 PM
Under the agreement, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers.

The two Christies: 'Destructive' to some, 'refreshing' to others

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 01:49:39 PM
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Even as 1,000 supporters cheered on Gov. Christie as he announced his candidacy for president on Tuesday inside Livingston High School, the scene outside was remarkably different, as hundreds denounced his policies in New Jersey.

Dear Pope: Check out these hosts for the hospitalized

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 01:48:12 PM
The World Meeting of Families is using every hotel room for miles. Where will the loved ones of folks in hospitals stay?

3 killed in fiery Schuylkill Expressway crash

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 01:14:48 PM
Three people are dead and a fourth person has been hospitalized after their car crashed and burst into flames on the Schuylkill Expressway overnight.

SEPTA plans to divide Bus Route 23

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 01:13:53 PM
The long and busy route will be split into northern and southern routes — the 23 and the 45 — starting in the fall.

SRC adopts $2.8 billion budget, but with a caveat

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:54:07 PM
The budget relies on $159 million in new but unlikely state funding to close an $18 million shortfall and make new investments.

Weather service probing possible tornadoes in Chester, Lehigh

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:36:47 PM
The National Weather Service is investigating whether Tuesday night's storms brought tornadoes to Chester and Lehigh counties. The weather service is examining reports of funnel clouds and wind damage in those areas, meteorologist Walter Drag said.

Montco road closed due to mudslide

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:44:54 AM
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN Balligomingo Road in West Conshohocken is closed indefinitely, following a mudslide Saturday. The weekend's heavy rains caused mud and debris to slide from the slope above the road. Crews were working to remove mud from the the road on Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation said. PennDot will also work with West Conshohocken Borough to stabilize the slope and prevent future erosion.

Christie's in: Can he stay afloat?

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:04:44 AM
N.J.’s once-rising governor seeks to rise again. But his stock is down, and others must fail if he is to succeed.

Pope Francis' complete schedule in the United States

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:01:34 AM
Pope Francis will visit the United States Sept. 23 - Sept. 27.

Papal pathways: Pope's stops in Philly to include prison, Independence Hall

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:00:25 AM
Pope’s visit to Philly will include stops at prison, Independence Hall

Francis' plans to speak about immigration, visit prison confirmed

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:59:24 AM
During two whirlwind days in Philadelphia in September, Pope Francis will speak about immigration and religious liberty outside Independence Hall and visit inmates at the city's largest prison.

All customers expected to have power back

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:39:35 AM
Less than five customers in Gloucester County whose power went out during a storm June 23 remained without electricity as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, an Atlantic City Electric spokesman said.

Bucks contractors sentenced for corruption

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:37:22 AM
Two Bucks County businessmen were sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge in Camden for promoting corruption through their construction company during a project at Fort Dix military base in Burlington County, according to prosecutors.

Bill on cyber bullying sent to Wolf

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:35:10 AM
A bill that would make cyber bullying of children a punishable crime is awaiting Gov. Wolf's signature. The legislation passed the state Senate unanimously Monday. A spokesman for Wolf said Tuesday that the governor would sign the bill.

Celebrating our family's financial rock

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:22:27 AM
I OFTEN JOKE to my husband that I wish he had been my father. My father has never been in my life. My maternal grandparents raised me. But my grandfather, although a good man at heart, had a drinking problem. Many of my recollections of him as a young child involve my grandmother Big Mama piling my two brothers, two sisters and myself into our station wagon to search for Papa on Fridays before he could drink away his week's pay.

Wolf vetoes entire GOP budget, says 'math doesn't work'

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:15:55 AM
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget in its entirety Tuesday night, a move that leaves Pennsylvania without a spending plan and sets the stage for a partial government shutdown.

James Nolan. 59, of title insurance firm

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:58:13 AM
James A. Nolan, 59, of New Hope, who worked in the family title insurance company his entire adult life, died Sunday, June 21, of liver cancer.

New Commission on Universal Pre-K launched

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:28:38 AM
The commission, which voters approved in May, will develop a plan to expand high-quality pre-K and fund it.

Judge acquits man of assaulting cop

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:28:38 AM
Frederick Thomas and two other family members were charged with assault after an incident at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

New bill would modify background checks

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:20:52 AM
HARRISBURG - Changes to child-protection laws mandating background checks that passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal may be among the few bills Gov. Wolf signs this budget season.

Handgun-shaped smartphone case alarms police

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:16:45 AM Thomas Rowan
A South Jersey prosecutor is warning residents that carrying a controversial new pistol-shaped cellphone case is not smart.

SRC adopts budget, but questions remain

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 05:35:43 AM
With no end in sight to budget debates in Harrisburg, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a spending plan Tuesday that guarantees little else beyond schools opening on time in September.

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