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Once a Nutter critic, now kinder words

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:55:53 AM
One of Mayor Nutter's sharpest former critics on City Council met privately Thursday with the lame-duck mayor he'd once trashed and bashed, and both men came out smiling.

Friends or foes, Nutter and Kenney put on a show

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:47:30 AM
The mayor welcomed his possible successor back to City Hall following the former councilman’s landslide win in Tuesday’s primary.

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:46:37 AM
DENVER (AP) - Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements.

Broken rail disrupts service on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale line

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:44:34 AM
Service has been halted between the Thorndale and Malvern stations on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line because of a broken rail.

More parking at Delco SEPTA station

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:41:37 AM
DELAWARE COUNTY More parking at Secane station CLIFTON HEIGHTS Commuters who drive to and from SEPTA's Secane Station in Clifton Heights have more space to park their cars before boarding trains and buses.

Man guilty in death of aspiring rapper

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:39:33 AM
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - An Atlantic City man was convicted Thursday of aggravated manslaughter in the death of an aspiring rapper in what the judge likened to a Wild West gunfight.

Pennridge student wins Regional Spelling Bee

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:39:11 AM
BUCKS COUNTY Pennridge student wins Regional Spelling Bee PERKASIE Pennridge Central Middle School seventh grader Bill Jerdan outspelled 53 others at the recent Scripps 2015 Regional Spelling Bee.

Suit: St. Joe's softball rookies forced to drink, simulate sex.

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:38:46 AM
When St. Joseph's University suspended play for its women's varsity softball team earlier this month - amid allegations of hazing and bullying - the school declined to detail those allegations.

Henon withdraws bill to purchase land for Holmesburg prison

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:37:33 AM
Councilman Bobby Henon withdrew a bill to explore purchasing a parcel of land adjacent to the House of Correction in Holmesburg.

SRC approves new KIPP charter, transfers another to Mastery

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:34:44 AM
KIPP West will open in 2016 after a revised application was approved. Mastery will take over Young Scholars Frederick Douglass next year.

Montco may use eminent domain for radio tower site

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:34:08 AM
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County is prepared to take the last parcel of land by force, if needed, to complete the network of towers for its new countywide emergency-radio system.

Area Boy Scouts leaders noncommittal on gay scoutmasters

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:33:44 AM
While the president of the Boy Scouts of America made national news Thursday by saying that the organization should allow gay scoutmasters, local scout leaders were noncommittal about the idea.

Temple physics prof, 47, is charged in alleged fraud scheme

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:31:10 AM
World-renowned expert Xiaoxing Xi gave technology to his native China, prosecutors allege.

Dancing 'til you're 100

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:08:23 AM
Mayor Nutter celebrates Philly’s centenarians

A new home for Flourtown Farmers Market

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:06:03 AM
After a three-month scramble of scouting, negotiating, zoning, designing, and funding, the Flourtown Farmers Market is getting ready to move to shiny new digs in August.

They preserve monuments then share the stories behind them

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:51:56 AM
Eugene Hough pulls out a toothbrush and wax to restore honor to the World War I-era statue tarnished by years of exposure to sun, snow, and rain.

Temple Physics Dept. chair accused of selling sensitive information to China

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:50:53 AM
The chairman of Temple University's physics department was charged Thursday in an alleged scheme to provide sensitive U.S. defense technology to entities in China, including its government.

DN Editorial: Losers but winners

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:42:20 AM
Some of the Council candidates who did not win still sent a powerful message

Feds order Amtrak to improve safety on dangerous curves

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:31:16 AM
Responding to last week's deadly wreck of Amtrak Train 188, the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday ordered Amtrak to improve safety on the Northeast Corridor's dangerous curves.

Home valuation takes a leap

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:30:01 AM
Following the city’s AVI program, one side of a block gets a 60 percent increase in value, while the other side is untouched. How come?

Shore businesses gear up for a predicted busy summer

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:14:03 AM
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Joey Fisher answered a call from behind an upstairs counter at Seashore Ace in downtown Stone Harbor. It was 1 p.m. Wednesday, and it seemed as if the phone had not stopped ringing.

N.J. state troopers to prowl in 'ghost cars'

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:12:27 AM
Speeders and reckless drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike have a new, less easily identified police car to watch out for.

City sues Chinatown eatery where lawyers were sickened

Friday May 22nd, 2015 10:04:29 AM
The city has filed a lawsuit threatening to shut down Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown mainstay where nearly 100 attorneys and law students were sickened in February in one of Philadelphia's largest reported outbreaks of foodborne illness.

Gay candidates lost, but blame politics, not prejudice

Friday May 22nd, 2015 09:54:26 AM
The defeat of two gay City Council candidates, including one endorsed by Democratic City Committee, was the product of renegade party members, including those in Mayor Nutter’s ward.

New roller rink brings the beach to the Delaware

Friday May 22nd, 2015 09:32:30 AM
Some free advice from rapping, rhyming Skatewoman: Hold the magic table to keep you stable, bend your knees to absorb the G's.

At Rutgers-Camden, graduates hear passionate messages, one in song

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:39 AM
As more than 1,700 students at Rutgers-Camden graduated Thursday, a civil rights lawyer encouraged them to change the world, while a rock star urged them - in song - to "touch the sky."

Hench and Diana leaving Pennsylvania Ballet

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:28 AM
A season of change at Pennsylvania Ballet will be topped off by one more: Zachary Hench and Julie Diana are leaving.

Jihad Jane's alleged partner wins battle to avoid extradition

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:10 AM
The Algerian-born terror suspect accused of recruiting Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Montgomery County into a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist won a two-year legal battle Thursday in Ireland to avoid extradition to the United States.

Anthony Greco, 94, apparel manufacturer

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:04 AM
A graveside service with full military honors is to be held Friday, May 22, for Sgt. Anthony Greco, 94, of Ambler, a World War II veteran and retired apparel manufacturer. He died Saturday, Feb. 21, of unclear causes at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mary Gillin Williams, 62, social worker

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:02 AM
Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant.

Toomey to Obama: Scrap police weapons ban

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:36:00 AM
Sen. Pat Toomey has taken his defense of police to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments - and saying that the task force which recommended the change had made "insulting" assumptions about police.

Philadelphia Parking Authority picks vendor for parking mobile-payment system

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:34:06 AM
By late July, drivers in Philadelphia will be able to pay for parking with their cellphones and other mobile devices, under a contract announced Thursday by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Upper Darby schools to Wolf: We need help

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:53 AM
Visiting one of the state's most financially challenged school districts Thursday, Gov. Wolf heard a simple message: We need money.

Population grows in Chesco, Montco, less so in Camden

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:52 AM
Towns in Chester and Montgomery Counties recorded the biggest one-year population gains among Southeastern Pennsylvania communities last year, while just four places in Camden County - including the city of Camden - added any residents at all.

Thieves take 19 weapons from Delco gun shop

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:52 AM
Police and federal officials are investigating an early-morning robbery at a Delaware County gun store in which thieves made off with 19 weapons.

Nutter official pitches property-tax hike. Council not swinging

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:51 AM
A top Nutter administration official Thursday made his best pitch to City Council: The mayor's proposed property-tax increase is the clearest way to get city schools the $105 million they desperately need.

City Council postpones plan to buy land for new prison in Northeast Philly

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:51 AM
A bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections was put on hold Thursday after push-back from the city Planning Commission and Northeast Philadelphia residents.

SRC approves another charter school

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:50 AM
The School Reform Commission approved a new charter school Thursday, bringing to six the number it has signed off on this year.

Maple Shade 10-year-old, a frequent runaway, is found again

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:48 AM
A 10-year-old Maple Shade boy who has expressed interest in being a survivalist - and has disappeared from his apartment complex at least five times this month - was found again Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Brandywine Y opens pools to public this weekend

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:47 AM
CHESTER COUNTY Brandywine Y opens pools to public WEST CHESTER The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will open its outdoor pools to the public and offer free swim evaluations and water safety clinics over Memorial Day weekend.

Bob Belden | Jazz musician, 58

Friday May 22nd, 2015 05:33:44 AM
Bob Belden, 58, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday.

Welcome back, A.C. welcome sign

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:30:36 AM
ATLANTIC CITY - See, Atlantic City does want you. The saga of the A.C. Expressway Welcome Sign - yanked down abruptly by the South Jersey Transportation Authority last week over permits - reached an amicable conclusion Wednesday as a new sign was installed - on orders of the state Department of Transportation.

At Green Valley, many happy returns

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:30:36 AM
The novelist Joe Samuel Starnes forsook Philadelphia's Fishtown so he could live closer to Westmont's Green Valley Tennis Club. "I live about a mile from here," Starnes, 48, says. "I'm very fortunate to have found this place. I've made the best group of friends here, on and off the court."

Pilots hone skills with live rounds at Fort Dix

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:30:35 AM
JOINT BASE - First came the distant whining of jet engines, then shrieking attack dives and the whirring growl of 30mm rotary cannons.

A.C. proposal eyes bringing in gas utility HQ, medical school

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:30:34 AM
ATLANTIC CITY - A new nonprofit development corporation, first proposed by Gov. Christie's Atlantic City advisory commission, is in talks to bring the South Jersey Gas headquarters and a Rowan University medical school to struggling Atlantic City.

Paulsboro curfew is back, with exceptions

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:30:34 AM
Seven months after eliminating its juvenile curfew, fearful of the prospect that legal challenges could arise, Paulsboro officials have instituted a new policy.

Son gives him an optional proposition

Friday May 22nd, 2015 04:27:23 AM
Investing partnership would delve into puts and calls and that sort of stuff.

Protest follows altercation in North Philadelphia

Friday May 22nd, 2015 03:48:21 AM
Several people were arrested Thursday night after an altercation between "black lives matter" protesters and police at a bus stop in North Philadelphia, police said.

Coming and Going

Friday May 22nd, 2015 02:47:07 AM
Here are the fastest-growing and slowest-growing communities in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs for the one-year period ending in July 2014. The resident count as of July 2014 is in parentheses:

Be a wise giver

Friday May 22nd, 2015 02:28:04 AM
AGREAT MANY people who have a giving heart, and unfortunately they are frequently the targets of scammers. In an astounding case announced this week, the Federal Trade Commission and law-enforcement officials from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four cancer charities with bilking donors out of $187 million between 2008 and 2012. The case


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