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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 »

Chelsea Clinton to Join Mom on Day 4

Former first daughter's speech bound to draw comparisons to Ivanka Trump

(Newser) - As the Democratic National Convention heads into its final night, viewers may experience a subtle sense of deja vu from last week's RNC event : the presidential nominee being preceded by an intimate speech from a daughter. It's Chelsea Clinton's turn to "sell Mrs. Clinton to the... More »

Sarah Silverman: The DNC Said 'No' to One Joke

She acknowledges she can be a bit 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman drew one of the biggest cheers of Monday night at the Democratic National Convention when she told Bernie Sanders diehards they were "being ridiculous." But there was one line the Democratic National Committee informed the comedian she couldn't deliver during her speech, she tells the... More »

Hillary Clinton Has Officially Made History

She became 1st woman nominated for president by major party on Tuesday

(Newser) - As she did in the primary, Hillary Clinton got all the delegates she needed during Tuesday's roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to officially became the Democratic nominee for president, ABC News reports. It's the first time a woman has been the presidential nominee of... More »

Bill Clinton to Battle 'Bernie or Bust' on DNC's 2nd Night

Plus, mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner speak on gun violence

(Newser) - The name organizers hope will be on everyone's mind during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday—besides Hillary Clinton's, of course—is that of her husband. Bill Clinton will headline the evening four years after giving what CBS News calls a better pitch for... More »

Susan Sarandon Looked Absolutely Miserable in Philly

She's not denying it, either

(Newser) - It's no secret that Susan Sarandon, like Sarah Silverman and Rosario Dawson , is one of the Hollywood luminaries who've been stumping for Team Bernie, not Team Hillary. So it wasn't totally surprising the actress was captured on camera Monday night at Philly's Democratic National Convention with... More »

Bernie's 5 Best Lines

Clinton 'must become the next president,' he says

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' first appearance before his delegates in Philadelphia early Monday was met with boos as he implored them to vote for Hillary Clinton. At the start of his Monday night speech at the Wells Fargo Center, it took Sanders several minutes to calm down the cheering, chanting crowd. He... More »

Michelle Obama: 'When They Go Low, We Go High'

'I'm with her,' she tells DNC

(Newser) - Michelle Obama appeared on the periphery of the GOP convention last week when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a speech the current first lady made in 2008. Monday night, Obama took her own place in the spotlight at Philly's Wells Fargo Center, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton... More »

Cory Booker Brings 'Church' to Philly

NJ senator takes on Trump's 'twisted hypocrisy' in DNC speech

(Newser) - Some talked about immigration reform at Monday's Democratic National Convention; others talked about the Bernie or Bust crowd . But New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker had one thing on his mind at Philly's Wells Fargo Center: love and equality for all. With a rapt Bill Clinton watching in the... More »

Silverman to Bernie Diehards: 'You're Being Ridiculous'

Listen up, Bernie or Bust crowd

(Newser) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and comedian Sarah Silverman introduced Paul Simon before his performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with Silverman giving an impassioned speech about how she was a Bernie Sanders supporter, yet how Hillary Clinton had "heard the passion of the people" and incorporated it... More »

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