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  • Rizzo statue egged, N.J. man arrested

    08/16/2017 4:03:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News ^ | August 16, 2017 — 1:58 PM EDT | Adia H. Robinson
    Philadelphia police arrested a 25-year-old Maplewood, N.J. man Wednesday after he was spotted throwing eggs at the Center City statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo. The man, whose name was not immediately released, fled from the scene after egging the statue outside the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall. He was caught and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police said. The vandalism was captured by 6ABC cameras on the scene. Authorities did not cite a motive. But particularly in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville protest, the statue has drawn new scrutiny of the former mayor and...
  • Police: Flash Mob of 500 Teens Throw Bottles, Taunt Officers in Philadelphia

    07/19/2017 1:18:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 17, 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A flash mob of an estimated 500 teens threw bottles, jumped on cars, and taunted police officers in Philadelphia Sunday night, police say. Police told CBS Philadelphia that a large crowd — mostly made up of children between the ages of 12 and 17 — appeared in the street and on the sidewalk outside of the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown around 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Flash Mob Of 500 (Black) Teens Confront Philly Police

    07/17/2017 10:53:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 17, 2017
    More than 500 teens in a flash mob confronted police outside the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown Sunday night. Police say it all began a little bit after 6 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the large crowd on the sidewalk and in the street, as most were estimated to be between 12 and 17-years-old. Officers said glass bottles were thrown at them. Publicly available videos on social media show the teens surrounding officers in their vehicles, hopping on top of cars and generally taunting police. Police commanders made the decision not to make any arrests, as to not...
  • 'The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!' protest planned in Philly this weekend

    07/15/2017 11:24:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Philly Voice ^ | July 13, 2017 | Patricia Madej
    A protest organized by Refuse Fascism, a national group against President Donald Trump and his administration, is planned in Philadelphia on Saturday, joining sister marches like it across the United States. "The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! Nationwide Protest" is scheduled to take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and will begin at Thomas Paine Plaza, according to its Facebook event page. "The Trump/Pence Regime daily escalates its fascist attacks on immigrants and Muslims, on health care, on the disabled, and the poor, on Black and Brown people, on women and LGBTQ folks, on the media, on the...
  • Cue the Protests: Philly Theater Company to Stage Musical Comedy About Abortion

    07/08/2017 7:49:31 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 7/05/17 | By Victor Fiorillo
    Normally, when we get a press release from a local theater company about its latest work, the press release includes, you know, the name of the play. But Philly theater company Lightning Rod Special bucked that trend this week went they sent us a notice announcing its musical comedy about abortion, which debuts in August at the Painted Bride. “We were going with ‘Fetus Chorus,’” explains co-creator Alice Yorke, pictured below. “But there were a lot of mixed feelings about it. The best comment we got was, ‘I understand you want to provoke your audience, but do you want to...
  • Anti-Trump rally focuses on travel ban; several arrested in attack on pro-Trump supporters [photos]

    07/03/2017 7:51:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Newsworks ^ | July 2, 2017 | Alan Yu
    A Philadelphia group was part of what was billed as a nation-wide series of protests against President Donald Trump, six months into the 45th president's term. The group was small. Around 60 protesters marched from the Liberty Bell to Thomas Paine Plaza on Sunday, calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached. They chanted "lock him up," which Trump supporters used against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also call his regime "corrupt" and "fascist," and accuse him of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits him from accepting gifts or benefits from foreign leaders. There was a smaller...
  • Philly’s Soda Tax Is Shaping Up to Be an Epic Flop

    06/14/2017 11:43:06 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 06/13/2017 | ERNEST OWENS
    It’s been six months since the city’s soda tax (or, more accurately, the sugary beverage tax) was implemented — and it’s off to a rocky start. The city is currently $20 million short of its projected $46 million goal to close out the 2017 fiscal year, and based on the most available month’s numbers, it doesn’t appear as though they will reach it. But I’m not surprised by any of this. By the time last June when Mayor Kenney pulled a fast one on City Council to strike the deal, I had already warned about the consequences in lower-income communities.
  • Angry protester hit a police horse with a flagpole that had a nail sticking [trunc]

    06/12/2017 11:18:18 PM PDT · by blueplum · 88 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 112 June 2017 6:04pm | Greg Hadley
    Full Title: Angry protester hit a police horse with a flagpole that had a nail sticking out, police say A Pennsylvania woman is facing multiple criminal charges for resisting arrest and assaulting a police horse after a protest and counter-protest at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, became heated. {snip} According to police reports, a state police corporal mounted on a police horse, Sampson, was trying to move the crowd from the protest onto the sidewalk when Simon hit Sampson with a flagpole that had a half-inch silver nail sticking out of the top, per the Philly Voice.
  • Amid social media unrest, Lower Merion police say they didn't help ICE arrest man

    06/04/2017 12:35:37 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 06/03/2017 | Julie Shaw
    In response to misconceptions and some outrage on social media, Lower Merion police said Friday they were not involved in detaining a Honduran man outside his Haverford apartment last month. ---SNIP--- ICE agents said they were going to call Lower Merion police to break open one of the car’s windows since her husband wouldn’t get out. “They were using Lower Merion police as a threat tactic,” she said. “It was a very traumatic time for me. … They were putting a lot of resources into detaining someone who was trying to adjust his status and who had no criminal record,...
  • Suspect in Philly councilman's stabbing surrenders to police

    06/03/2017 1:53:07 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    PhillyVoice ^ | 06/03/2017 | staff
    The man who had been sought this week in the stabbing of City Councilman David Oh turned himself in to police Saturday morning, according to multiple reports. Shawn Yarbray, 24, surrendered to Southwest Detectives and is set to be arraigned late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Lt. John Walker told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Philadelphia Keeps Criminals on Its Voting Rolls – Why?

    05/09/2017 6:52:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | Robert Knight
    In the City of Brotherly Love, you can retain your voter registration no matter what crime you commit. That’s because election officials refuse to take convicted felons off the voter rolls even if they’re still serving time in jail. One potential voter is convicted baby murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell. In May 2013, in a case that shocked the nation, Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for killing fully developed babies born alive at his abortion clinic by severing their spines with scissors. He got three life terms, the latter for killing a baby that he joked was so large it...
  • Cops: 'Summer of Rage' anarchists cause at least $100K in vandalism in Philly

    05/02/2017 10:45:06 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 05/02/2017 | Stephanie Farr, William Bender, Jason Nark & Chris Palmer
    As many as 50 protesters believed to be with the anarchist group “Summer of Rage” caused at least $100,000 in damage to new buildings and high-end vehicles in a developing part of North Philadelphia Monday night, police said, in an apparent attempt to protest what they regard as gentrification in the area. --SNIP-- In Suchocki’s backpack, police said, they found a mask, a scarf, a device used for shattering windows, and a “mission statement on how to disrupt capitalism.”
  • Coca-Cola: Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks is hurting

    04/29/2017 6:16:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 10:46 PM EDT
    Coca-Cola says Philadelphia’s new tax on sweetened drinks is seriously hurting their business in the city. According to a story on the beverage company’s website, the company’s volume in Philadelphia is down 32 percent from a year ago. Fran McGorry, president and general manager of the local bottler known as Philly Coke, says because of the lost sales, the company’s workforce has been reduced by about 40 positions. The company has more than 700 workers in the region. …
  • Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

    04/26/2017 10:27:35 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2017 | Bruce Weber
    Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock ’n’ roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73. His publicist, Leslee Dart, confirmed the death. Mr. Demme disclosed that he had cancer in 2015. Mob wives, CB radio buffs and AIDS victims; Hannibal Lecter, Howard Hughes and Jimmy Carter: Mr. Demme (pronounced DEM-ee) plucked his subjects and stories largely from the stew of contemporary American subcultures and iconography. He created a body...
  • Several Cars Damaged After Rocks, Steel Rebar Were Thrown On Pennsylvania Turnpike

    04/07/2017 7:50:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | April 3, 2017 | Anita Oh
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–A Sunday drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike nearly turned deadly for Tracy Andrews.“I noticed a guy standing near the concrete barrier with a rock, throwing it across the barrier. He hit my windshield,” said Andrews.The damage left behind: a sizable crater, shards of glass and shock.“I was horrified,” Andrews said. “It could’ve killed me very easily.”Corporal Steven Ranck with the Pennsylvania State Police confirms around 5 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 357, at least two men hurled rocks and steel rebar at passing cars in the westbound lane.Photo/ Anita Oh The two were reportedly standing at ground level behind...
  • Delaware River Turnpike Bridge to Reopen Late Tonight (reopened early in March)

    04/01/2017 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | March 9, 2017 | Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    Delaware River Turnpike Bridge to Reopen Late Tonight Crossing was closed for seven weeks as fractured truss member was repaired. Officials from the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) today announced that they expect to reopen the jointly owned Delaware River Bridge sometime late tonight. The 1.25-mile-long bridge, which carries traffic between the two states, first closed Jan. 20 when a complete fracture was discovered in the superstructure beneath the westbound lanes on the Pennsylvania side in Bristol Township, Bucks County. “Many people were greatly inconvenienced by this closure over the last seven weeks, and...
  • Philly soda tax: Pepsi tells grocery stores it won’t offer 2-liters or 12-packs

    03/22/2017 9:12:10 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 38 replies
    BillyPenn.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Mark Dent
    Philadelphians will soon no longer be able to purchase 2-liters or 12-packs of Pepsi soda products at local stores, according to grocers. Managers of two independent Philly grocery stores confirmed they’d received letters from Pepsi saying the company would no longer distribute 2-liters or 12-packs to Philadelphia stores, as of March 20.
  • D.A. Seth Williams indicted on corruption, bribery-related charges [Philly]

    03/21/2017 1:08:36 PM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 43 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | Jeremy Roebuck
    Federal authorities accused Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday of accepting travel to the Dominican Republic, a custom sofa and other gifts in exchange for offers to fix cases and ease law enforcement troubles for a friend and business owner.
  • ICE targets 'sanctuary city' Philadelphia in arrest of 248 criminal illegals

    03/16/2017 6:35:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 16, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    "In the Philadelphia area, ICE arrested several at large criminal aliens in which the agency had issued detainers but the City of Philadelphia failed to honor them and released the individuals from custody — a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk. ICE will continue to conduct targeted enforcement operations, whether local jurisdictions intend to cooperate with ICE or not," said Ritchey.
  • 40% of households in Philadelphia can't pay their water bill

    03/08/2017 9:45:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 06 March 2017 | Cory Doctorow
    America is in the midst of an "invisible water crisis" as the post-war water infrastructure reaches the end of its duty-cycle and cash-strapped public utilities struggle to find the money to rebuild it. The estimated bill for upgrading the end-of-lifed American urban water infrastructure is $1 trillion. Cities that have tried privatization as a means of pushing the bill onto investors have been shocked by the bills: in Atlanta, the private water provider charges $325.52 a month, which only qualifies as "affordable" if your household income tops $87K.