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CSX freight train partially derails in South Philadelphia

Saturday January 31st, 2015 05:03:25 PM Alex Wigglesworth
A CSX freight train carrying crude oil partially derailed near 11th Street and Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphiat.

E-mail stirs 'fat shaming' controversy at Bryn Mawr College

Saturday January 31st, 2015 04:28:24 PM
Sometimes you just can't win for losing. Bryn Mawr College students are planning a demonstration next week to protest what some described as an insensitive e-mail sent to women with "elevated BMIs" - that is, a little overweight.

DUI suspect dies in Philadelphia police custody

Saturday January 31st, 2015 04:27:34 PM Alex Wigglesworth
A man arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence died suddenly after becoming unconscious at the Philadelphia Police Detention Unit, located at 750 Race St.

Mom to the rescue

Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:31:50 PM
When Comcast screws a customer, who better to complain to than the CEO’s mother, Suzanne Roberts?

Windy City wing king

Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:31:18 PM
Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago unseats reigning champ, breaks record at Wing Bowl 23.

Lower Merion digging into snow-shoveling flap

Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:05:27 PM
At issue is an ordinance that dates to an era when salesmen hawked vacuum cleaners and cosmetics door-to-door. Lower Merion Township police said the 50-year-old ordinance - not racial profiling - was behind the questioning of five African American men soliciting snow-shoveling jobs in a wealthy neighborhood.

Bolaris: Less snow expected for Philly region

Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:00:30 PM Frank Kummer
I know what you're thinking as you read this forecast for snow Sunday night: How can anyone trust forecasters again after the "Bust of the Century 2?"

McCord steps down, signals he will plead guilty

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:37:20 PM
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord will plead guilty to federal charges that he used his office to strong-arm political contributors during his failed gubernatorial bid last year, his lawyers said Friday.

Ruff justice?

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:35:00 PM
Philly police sergeant says he’s being fired, arrested as retaliation for lawsuit controversy

Audubon man slain, suspect in custody

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:34:40 PM Alex Wigglesworth
Steven Johnston, of Audubon, was shot and killed inside an apartment on the South White Horse Pike, and police have arrested a suspect in connection with his death, Camden County prosecutors announced.

St. Hubert's BambieBotz girls build recycling robot

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:28:01 PM
NE Philly's BambieBotz create 6-foot robot that takes out the trash.

Biden to Dems: Be proud!

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:26:54 PM
The vice president, in Philly, urged congressional Democrats to talk up the party's economic victories.

Lisa Deeley anounces candidacy for city commissioner

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:26:18 PM
If being the candidate of the Democratic establishment counts for anything, Lisa Deeley ought to be a shoo-in for city commissioner.

Ancient bling is just one of his things

Saturday January 31st, 2015 02:24:57 PM
Like lots of guys, Clark Erickson has his mind on presenting a special shiny gold something this February. The difference is that his is more than 1,000 years old.

Agency and utility under scrutiny for proposed Pinelands gas pipeline

Saturday January 31st, 2015 12:30:12 PM
The Pinelands Commission's policy committee voted Friday to seek nearly three years of communications between commission staff and lawyers for South Jersey Gas as the utility sought a waiver to build a nonconforming pipeline through protected forest.

DRPA files charges against toll collector in thefts

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:40:58 AM
The Delaware River Port Authority has filed charges against a part-time toll collector who allegedly stole $3,200 at the Walt Whitman Bridge this month.

Biden tells Democrats to be proud of their work

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:17:25 AM
Vice President Biden, speaking in Philadelphia on Friday morning, urged fellow Democrats to be proud of the work they did to dig out of the financial crisis, saying they should use the burgeoning recovery as proof that their policies worked - and Republicans' didn't.

Pa. Supreme Court disbars prominent black lawyer

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:16:03 AM
A once-prominent Philadelphia African American lawyer has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after failing to respond to professional and ethical complaints.

Lyft cars in defiant Philly debut, PPA pushes back

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:13:22 AM
Is "U" for Uber? Or undercover? The Pennsylvania Utility Commission, in permitting ride-share operators like Uber and Lyft in most of Pennsylvania, has required the hail-by-app cars to be marked, so they are easily identifiable.

Braille Tails: Helping the blind to read

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:08:24 AM
Elijah English's fingers swept over the raised braille dots, imprinted on the clear plastic film pasted over the words in a children's picture book.

North Philly man, 29, sentenced to life for murdering 2 teens

Saturday January 31st, 2015 11:07:14 AM
Zaiee Talbert was convicted of killing cousins Jonathan Stokley and Dexter Bowie over a drug-territory dispute.

Friend: S. Philly fire victim was 'sweet person'

Saturday January 31st, 2015 10:59:30 AM
Carmen Vargas remembers Marsha Shear fondly. The two grew close as neighbors on Daly Street, where Shear died Thursday.

Mapping neighborhood change in Camden

Saturday January 31st, 2015 10:58:07 AM
As Camden leaders tout a budding renaissance in the city, one Rutgers-Camden project will be keeping an objective eye by tracking neighborhood changes in the Cramer Hill section.

Francis H. Sterling, 80, endocrinologist and professor

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:36:04 AM
Francis H. Sterling, 80, of Havertown, a respected endocrinologist, brilliant lecturer, and passionate operagoer, died Sunday, Jan. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of a tear in the aortic artery.

Colleen McCullough | 'Thorn Birds' author, 77

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:36:04 AM
Colleen McCullough, 77, author of the bestselling novel The Thorn Birds, died Thursday. She had suffered from ill health in recent years and died in a hospital on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.

William J. Labbree; aided Gloucester City

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:36:03 AM
William J. Labbree, 80, of Gloucester City, who owned a real-estate firm there and who was named 2003 Citizen of the Year by his hometown, died of complications from pulmonary problems on Monday, Jan. 26, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

William McDowell, housing architect

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:36:00 AM
William W. McDowell Jr., 85, an architect from Chestnut Hill, died Monday, Jan. 19, of complications from dementia at Springfield Residence in Wyndmoor, where he had lived for seven years.

Judge Rendell to take on 'senior status'

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:35:47 AM
Marjorie O. Rendell, a federal appellate judge and the wife of former Gov. Ed Rendell, said Friday that she plans to leave her spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this summer and devote more time to her foundation for the civic education of area youth.

Cheltenham police seek 7-11 robber

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:35:41 AM
Cheltenham Township police are seeking a man who they say robbed a 7-11 store early Friday morning.

Judge to decide whether Brown can stand trial

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:33:41 AM
The question of whether charter school magnate Dorothy June Brown is competent to be retried on charges that she defrauded her schools of $6.3 million now lies with a federal judge.

Chester Rite Aid murder trial begins

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:33:41 AM
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester.

Source: About a dozen involved in Fire Dept. sex allegations

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:33:39 AM
A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex - including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors - over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman's account.

Activist files charges against officer who fatally shot Bridgeton man

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:33:37 AM
Charges filed in Bridgeton shooting A civil rights activist filed charges Friday in Municipal Court in Bridgeton, N.J., against a local police officer, saying the officer disobeyed traffic laws before stopping a vehicle - and then fatally shooting its passenger - in December.

Romney's decision not to run favors Bush and Christie

Saturday January 31st, 2015 06:33:31 AM
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's declaration Friday that he would not run for president in 2016 boosts at least two other Republican candidates vying for the support of the party's establishment wing.

Hard Rock professes interest in Revel, A.C.

Saturday January 31st, 2015 05:30:49 AM
ATLANTIC CITY - The head of Hard Rock International, a company owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida, said Thursday that his company remains interested in Atlantic City and has had "unofficial conversations" with Glenn Straub, the anticipated incoming owner of the closed Revel Casino.

A Link to History

Saturday January 31st, 2015 05:30:49 AM
Thousands flock to Western Pennsylvania each year for a spectacle involving top hats and a furry celebrity - a tradition that forecasts whether to brace for more weeks of bitter cold, or instead expect spring's relief.

Briefly... CITY/REGION

Saturday January 31st, 2015 05:26:56 AM
Ex-Traffic Court admin out on bail A federal judge yesterday granted a motion by former Philadelphia Traffic Court administrator William Hird to remain out on bail pending an appeal of his prison sentence to the Third Circuit.

Police watchdog: Where's DOJ report?

Saturday January 31st, 2015 05:26:56 AM
Police Advisory Commission wants to know whatever happened to a promised public report.


Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:50:06 AM
23 titles that Braille Tails has translated into braille. 2,165 books in braille supplied to schools by Braille Tails.

Charter school founder diagnosed with mild brain damage

Saturday January 31st, 2015 03:21:38 AM
Dr. testifies that Dorothy June Brown has symptoms consistent with early stages of Alzheimer's.

Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

Saturday January 31st, 2015 01:37:00 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Thirty-five years after the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy in Manhattan ushered in an era of protectiveness for America's children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping.

Two Montco men face child porn charges after unrelated stings

Saturday January 31st, 2015 12:39:45 AM Alex Wigglesworth
Joseph Sowers, of Hatfield Township, and Brian Tiberio, of Pottstown, are accused of downloading child pornography through peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

U.S. panel hears testimony on guard charged over involvement with inmate

Saturday January 31st, 2015 12:21:06 AM
At a daylong briefing on immigration detention Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington heard testimony on a range of issues, including "institutional sexual assault" and the criminal charges filed recently against a guard at the Berks County Residential Center.

N.J. man convicted in assault on officers

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:46:34 PM
A Westville man accused of dragging a New Jersey state trooper with his car and plowing into a State Police captain's vehicle was found guilty Friday of aggravated assault and other charges relating to the 2012 incident, during which he eluded arrest even amid gunfire.

Man convicted after dragging state trooper with his car

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:45:29 PM
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been convicted of aggravated assault after dragging a New Jersey state trooper with his car during a traffic stop.

Police: N.J. teen burglarized 13 cars in three weeks

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:41:44 PM Alex Wigglesworth
A Mays Landing, N.J. teen is accused of burglarizing 13 cars in less than three weeks, according to the Township of Hamilton Police Department.

Wolf says he'll act quickly to nominate new Pa. treasurer

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:00:46 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll act quickly to nominate a successor to Rob McCord, who announced he's resigning as Pennsylvania state treasurer amid a federal investigation.

Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher's killing

Friday January 30th, 2015 09:37:13 PM
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home.

Police: Traffic stop along Del. highway yields 10 pounds of pot

Friday January 30th, 2015 09:36:54 PM Alex Wigglesworth
George Bolzoni, of Union City, was arrested after Delaware State Police pulled him over for speeding along Sussex Highway but found more than 10 pounds of marijuana inside his car, according to investigators.

New Jersey mayors join opposition to drilling in Atlantic

Friday January 30th, 2015 08:55:18 PM
Mayors of several New Jersey shore towns are joining with members of Congress from the state to oppose allowing oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

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