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We the people. Really?

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 03:48:17 PM
Far too many of us opt out of the democratic process; and our government’s complicit in helping us do so.

Civil War Museum transfers collection to Gettysburg with Constitution Center exhibit planned

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 03:43:04 PM
The homeless Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, steward of what scholars regard as one of the finest collections of Civil War materials anywhere but possessing no place to display them, reached an agreement Monday to transfer ownership of its roughly 3,000 artifacts to the Gettysburg Foundation, the private, nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.

Officer's jaw broken protecting students near Northeast High

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 02:59:07 PM
A school police officer's jaw was broken and a colleague also was injured Monday when they tried to stop a group of adult men from fighting with students near Northeast High School in Rhawnhurst, Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said.

Gloucester Twp. police target new 'organized crime' - shoplifting

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 01:50:15 PM
Some traveled from as far as the Bronx. Others made their way to the Gloucester Premium Outlets from Philadelphia or Atlantic City.

Haas estate in Villanova to be preserved as public garden

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 12:24:54 PM
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public.

Dean Pappas, owner of food processing firm, philanthropist

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 11:20:30 AM
In the early 1960s, Dean C. Pappas, a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was inspired when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak there.

Hilary Strauss, 88, businessman, athlete

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 11:17:20 AM
Hilary Strauss, 88, of Haverford, a businessman, athlete, and volunteer, died Friday, April 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital.

Afeni Shakur, 69, Tupac's mothr

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 11:14:52 AM
Afeni Shakur, 69, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy after he was slain in a 1996 drive-by shooting, died Monday at her home in Sausalito, Calif., of an apparent heart attack.

Opposition spends big to block sugary-drinks tax

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 11:13:14 AM
The American Beverage Association poured $1.5 million into the fight against Mayor Kenney's proposed sugary-drinks tax during the month after the plan was introduced in early March, lobbying reports released Tuesday show.

For one job seeker, the sweet sound of success

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:33:23 AM
For months, Tiesha Smith had dreamed of ringing the bell. Sometimes, a week would pass without the sound of it. Then, while sitting in one of her job- training classes at the workforce development agency Philadelphia Works, she would hear it peal.

Kenney rejects U.S. request to reverse 'sanctuary city' status

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:33:16 AM
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson came to Philadelphia on Tuesday with a big ask: Persuade Mayor Kenney to flip the script on Philadelphia's status as a "sanctuary city."

Videographer finally hands over graduation DVDs

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:31:32 AM
For several years, Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion hired Advanced Media to tape its eighth-grade graduation ceremonies and give each family a commemorative DVD.

DHS chief: Overtime and workloads up, staffing down

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:31:31 AM
The city's Department of Human Services is paying high overtime costs to keep up with hotline calls and investigations as it deals with staff vacancies and a growing number of children in its system, its acting commissioner said Tuesday.

N.J. police seek bandit with British accent

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:31:28 AM
New Jersey state police are seeking a man who spoke with a British accent during a gunpoint robbery in Burlington County.

Irregularities, lax oversight in N.J. online tax sales

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 05:31:28 AM
The State of New Jersey has permitted a single contractor to dominate the marketplace for online tax-lien auctions without requiring competitive bidding or conducting any meaningful oversight, an independent investigation has found.

Daily News staffers in the Spotlight again

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 04:31:08 AM
THE DAILY NEWS won several awards in the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest. Ronnie Polaneczky and Helen Ubiñas finished 1-2 in Commentary.

Jury selected for Fattah's federal corruption trial

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 12:11:46 AM
A jury of six men and six women was seated Tuesday to weigh the federal corruption case against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) later this month.

Phoenixville force

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 10:52:48 PM
Barbara Cohen, all 5 feet of her, stood tall at the front of the charter bus, the teacher who would educate a fresh crop of teachers about the history of Phoenixville.

Bloomberg joins the sugary-drink-tax campaign

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 04:22:55 PM
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing a campaign to pass a sugary-drinks tax in Philadelphia. Bloomberg, who tried to ban over-sized sodas in New York as mayor, and provided millions of dollars to support successful soda-tax initiatives in Mexico and Berkeley, Calif., has contributed to the pro-tax nonprofit Philadelphians for a Fair Future, said the group's spokesman, Kevin Feeley.

Cops who speak up against their own should be celebrated not intimidated

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 03:45:26 PM
When cops speak up against their own, we all win

Daniel Aaron Scholar and historian, 103

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 12:24:46 PM
Daniel Aaron, 103, a literary scholar and historian who helped develop the multidisciplinary academic field of American studies and who helped launch the publishing project of literary classics known as the Library of America, died Saturday at a hospital in Cambridge, Mass.

Susan Schmader, lawyer for Labor Department

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 12:23:45 PM
Susan M. Jordan Schmader, 57, of Newtown Square, a U.S. Labor Department lawyer for more than three decades, died Thursday, April 28, of ovarian cancer at home.

Tom Morea, 68, Cherry Hill radiologist

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 12:19:35 PM
G. Tom Morea, 68, of Mount Laurel, former owner of a radiology practice in Cherry Hill, died Saturday, April 30, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania following a fall.

Man hopes pair of Kanye's kicks turns his luck around?

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 11:28:13 AM
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Charred and soggy shoes sit in a pile on the back deck of Dante Holley's home in South Jersey, the left-behind debris of a sneaker-head who was down on his luck.

Judge is skeptical about Sandusky case legal move

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 05:33:23 AM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's effort to get his child sex-abuse convictions thrown out ran into tough questioning Monday from a judge who voiced doubt about whether defense lawyers are entitled to question witnesses, including some of the former coach's victims.

News in Brief

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 05:31:49 AM
Man robs police-fire credit union in N.E. Anyone brazen enough to rob a police credit union branch should know his image will soon be in the hands of scores of law enforcement officials.

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