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Philly Cops Review Pursuit Policy After Dirt Bike Accident

Rider of bike allegedly hit girl and her aunt while fleeing police

(Newser) - A man fleeing Philadelphia police on a dirt bike struck a 6-year-old girl and her aunt, resulting in serious injuries to both as well as himself, police say. The girl was in serious condition and her 44-year-old aunt was in guarded condition, while the bike rider, 32-year-old Caliph Douglass, suffered... More »

Guy Who Turned in $15K He Found Gets to Keep It

Philly transit worker spotted bag in road

(Newser) - A suburban Philadelphia transit worker who found $15,000 and turned it in to police has been given the cash. Bob Tracey was driving home from work last March when he spotted a black bag in the middle of the road. When he opened it, he saw dozens of $100... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Vandalism 'Beyond Belief' at Jewish Cemetery

Cops say at least 100 headstones toppled

(Newser) - Cops in Philadelphia have vowed to track down the vandals who toppled large numbers of headstones in a Jewish cemetery over the weekend. Initial estimates put the number of graves vandalized in the Mount Carmel at around 100. CBS Philadelphia reports that the estimate has risen to 300. "It'... More »

Intruder Spent 11 Hours at GOP Policy Retreat

Woman allegedly leaked recordings of meetings

(Newser) - Private conversations among Republican lawmakers during a policy retreat last week at a Philadelphia hotel were secretly recorded and shared with media outlets. But the leak isn't upsetting lawmakers so much as the circumstances around it. A woman posing as the wife of a member of Congress managed to... More »

The 10 Best Cities for Football Fans

Green Bay is No. 1: WalletHub

(Newser) - Come Sunday, the best US city for football fans will undoubtedly be Houston. But that's not the case during the rest of the year, according to WalletHub . The site checked out 244 cities with at least one college or professional team to determine the best places for football fans... More »

Philadelphia Bans Asking About Salary History

Mayor says he wants to end wage discrimination

(Newser) - Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the measure, saying he's confident... More »

Oldest Lion in US Zoo Euthanized

Zenda was 25 years old

(Newser) - America's elder stateslion has died. CBS News reports Zenda, a 25-year-old African lion at the Philadelphia Zoo, was euthanized Thursday. The zoo says Zenda was the oldest African lion in an American zoo "by several years," according to NBC Philadelphia . The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Zenda was in... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

Retiring Manager Gives 2,000+ Employees a Piece of His Mind

'They asked for an honest exit interview...'

(Newser) - A retiring Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission manager filled out the exit survey workers are given when they leave the job—and sent his less-than-pleased answers to the questionnaire to all 2,000+ employees at the Commission. "When they asked for an honest exit interview, I gave them one," a... More »

ATF Agent: Philly Package Bomb Unlike Anything We've Seen

Jim Alden appears to have been targeted: cops

(Newser) - It looked like one of the manila envelopes that sometimes arrive on Jim Alden's doorstep with asthma medication, but the moment he tried to open it, it exploded. Alden, 60, of Philadelphia suffered shrapnel wounds to his face and chest and lost portions of fingers on his left hand... More »

Our Pennies Have Ruined Ben Franklin's Grave

And now it needs about a million more of our pennies to fix it

(Newser) - For decades, visitors to Philadelphia's Christ Church Burial Ground have thrown pennies at the flat gravestone of Benjamin Franklin as a tribute to the man who coined the phrase "a penny saved, is a penny earned." Now officials need 1 million pennies to help fix it, reports... More »

Patient Claims Doctor Kicked Her Out After Political Argument

Encounter illustrates the lingering political animosity after election

(Newser) - A teacher says she went to her doctor for a physical but instead got booted from the office by her Donald Trump-supporting physician after she disagreed with him, the AP reports. Heidi Kravitz Dunn tells the Philadelphia Inquirer it happened Friday in Broomall. She says Dr. Joseph LaBricciosa ranted about... More »

NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof Stops 'Wimpish' Hotel Thief

He fought with the suspect and held him down for police

(Newser) - New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fought with and restrained an intruder he found in his Philadelphia hotel room early Saturday, the AP reports. Kristof said in a message on Twitter that there had been "big excitement" when he "interrupted an intruder" in his room at the Franklin... More »

How a Philly Transit Strike Could Affect the Election

Workers walked out just after midnight Tuesday

(Newser) - Transit workers went on strike early Tuesday in Philadelphia, shutting down bus, trolley, and subway services that provide about 900,000 rides a day and raising fears a prolonged walkout could keep some voters from the polls on Election Day. A union representing about 4,700 workers went on strike... More »

10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

Police: Philadelphia Man Ambushed Cop, Killed Civilian

Police found a rambling letter after he was fatally shot

(Newser) - A wild chase and shootout through the streets of West Philadelphia left a civilian dead, two police officers and three civilians wounded, and a suspect fatally shot. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says Sgt. Sylvia Young was ambushed late Friday night and shot a number of times in the arm... More »

Philadelphia Will Start Using Urine-Repelling Paint

City is fighting back against public urination

(Newser) - The city's main transit agency plans to try urine-repelling paint to combat smells and complaints about cleanliness, the AP reports. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will run a trial this fall of a product called Ultra-Ever Dry, a surface coating that makes urine spray back on the offender. SEPTA... More »

Catfish Falls From Sky, Hits Woman on City Street

Bird probably dropped fish over Philadelphia

(Newser) - Falling catfish weren't generally considered to be one of the hazards of life in Philadelphia—until now. Lisa Lobree tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that she was walking near the city's art museum on the morning of Labor Day when she heard a "rustling" in the trees above... More »

Feds Arrest Dozens of 'Old School' Mob Suspects

Defendants include Philly crime boss 'Skinny Joey'

(Newser) - Declaring that the Mafia is not just the stuff of movie scripts, federal prosecutors charged nearly four dozen people Thursday with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate, including an old-school mobster in New York and a reputed mob chieftain in Philadelphia who has been pursued by the government... More »

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