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Bones of Black Children Killed By Police Are Used in Class

Families of MOVE bombing victims haven't given permission

(Newser) - Five children, ages 7 to 14 were among the 11 MOVE members killed in 1985 when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb from a helicopter onto the group's house. The city apologized for the attack last November, with the mayor saying, "This year we saw the pain and trauma...

Remains Found Decades Ago Are Those of Missing Wife

Body of woman killed in 1977 in Delaware is identified as Marie Heiser

(Newser) - Four decades ago, a 50-year-old Philadelphia wife and mother of two named Marie Petry Heiser vanished. Police say husband William Heiser told their children that she "packed her bags and left" and that he had no idea where she'd gone, per the Philly Voice . One part of the...

7 Shot Outside Philadelphia Train Station

71-year-old man is in critical condition

(Newser) - Police say a suspect is in custody after a "very brazen" shooting outside a train station in north Philadelphia. Seven people were wounded by gunfire in the shooting outside the Olney Transportation Center Wednesday afternoon, including a 71-year-old man who was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot once...

Vandals Go After Home of Trump Impeachment Lawyer

Driveway of Michael van der Veen's Philly residence spray-painted with the word 'TRAITOR'

(Newser) - Former President Trump's impeachment trial is over , but not for one of his defense attorneys, who says he's been the target of harassment, intimidation, and vandalism since taking on Trump as a client. "My home was attacked," van der Veen said Saturday, per a pool report...

Off-Duty Cop Crashes Into Home, Faces DUI Charge

Philadelphia police commissioner says 'appalling' incident will be investigated

(Newser) - A Philadelphia police officer is facing multiple charges after crashing his car into a home, injuring both occupants and killing one of their dogs. Police say 27-year-old Gregory Campbell was driving drunk in northeast Philadelphia around 8:20pm Saturday when he lost control of his 2014 Dodge Dart, the Philadelphia ...

Philadelphia Cuts Ties With 'Whiz Kid's' Vaccine Startup

Philly Fighting COVID got off to a promising start, then issues crept up

(Newser) - Less than two weeks ago, a 22-year-old named Andrei Doroshin landed on the Today show, which featured the "whiz kid" and the company he created. His Philly Fighting COVID landed a contract to manage the largest mass-vaccination site in the city—and it didn't go well. The Philadelphia...

Another Positive Test Hits Trump's Inner Circle

Corey Lewandowski has been involved in contesting the election results

(Newser) - Another adviser to President Trump who's been working on his fight against the election results has tested positive for the coronavirus. Corey Lewandowski got his diagnosis Wednesday, ABC reports, after appearing in Philadelphia to contest the count there. David Bossie , who was coordinating the Trump legal efforts, tested positive...

Armed Men Arrested at Counting Location

Philadelphia officers followed up on a tip about the suspects' plans

(Newser) - Two armed men were arrested Thursday near the Philadelphia convention center, police said, where an ongoing vote count could decide the presidential election. The men traveled to the city in a Hummer and did not have permits to carry the weapons in Pennsylvania, police said. They were arrested after police...

Bodycam Footage Out in Police Shooting of Philly Black Man

Cops who shot Walter Wallace Jr. weren't equipped with Tasers

(Newser) - Police officers fired 14 shots, killing Walter Wallace Jr. , just 41 seconds after arriving at his family's West Philadelphia home last week. Wallace's pregnant wife repeatedly shouted that Wallace—who was walking toward the officers with a knife—was "mental," according to bodycam footage released Wednesday,...

For 2nd Night, Unrest Grips Philly Over Black Man's Killing

Clashes erupt between cops, demonstrators over death of Walter Wallace Jr.

(Newser) - Philadelphia protested for a second night Tuesday after the fatal police shooting of a Black man the day prior. The Inquirer reports that police asked residents of certain neighborhoods to remain inside after clashes between protesters and police, looting, and violence including debris thrown by protesters and pepper spray and...

Philly Erupts in Protest After Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man

Cops say Walter Wallace Jr., 27, wouldn't drop knife when ordered to

(Newser) - A police vehicle was set on fire, businesses were looted, and at least a dozen cops were hurt Monday night in Philadelphia after a 27-year-old Black man died during a police shooting earlier in the day. The Washington Post and the AP report that Walter Wallace Jr. was shot dead...

At Spot Where He Rallied for Clinton, Obama Rallies for Biden

No. 44 will do first in-person 2020 event for former VP at drive-in event at Independence Mall

(Newser) - Former President Obama is returning to Philadelphia on Wednesday for his first in-person 2020 campaign event for Joe Biden. In 2016, the man known as one of the Democratic Party's strongest orators delivered Hillary Clinton's closing argument in the same place—at a rally for thousands the night...

ATM Blows Up in Restaurant
ATM Blows Up in Restaurant

ATM Blows Up in Restaurant

The Golden Chinese/American takeout restaurant gets an unwelcome surprise

(Newser) - Three men blew up an ATM in a Chinese takeout restaurant in Philadelphia while the establishment was still open but were unable to get any cash, the AP reports. The men entered the Golden Chinese/American takeout restaurant in northwest Philadelphia shortly after 9pm Friday and ordered food, police said. They...

Philly Mayor Gets Grief for Dining Inside a Restaurant

Jim Kenney has barred the practice in his city, ate in Maryland on Sunday

(Newser) - Do as he says, not as he does, apparently? Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has found himself on the receiving end of plenty of scorn after a photo was snapped of him dining inside a Maryland restaurant on Sunday. Kenney has banned indoor dining in restaurants in his city due to...

COVID-19 Is Bad News for Naked Bikers

This year's Philly Naked Bike Ride is no more

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on this year's Philly Naked Bike Ride. The annual event, which usually draws thousands of nude cyclists for a trip around Philadelphia and its tourist sites, had been set for later this month. But organizers who had been gearing up for it...

Babysitter Charged With Killing Toddler, Abusing Corpse

She claimed to have returned 2-year-old Philadelphia boy to his mother

(Newser) - The family of a missing Philadelphia toddler has been told that police believe the boy was murdered—but his body might never be recovered. Tianna Parks, described as an acquaintance of King Hill's stepfather who was babysitting the boy, faces charges including murder and abusing a corpse, CBS Philadelphia...

She's Accused of Torching Cop Cars. An Etsy Review Did Her In

FBI finds, arrests Philly woman via creative internet sleuthing

(Newser) - "Every Internet user leaves a digital trail." That's how, per Ars Technica , law enforcement tracked down a woman accused of torching two police cars after a peaceful George Floyd protest in Philly last month. ABC News reports that, per a criminal complaint, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, was arrested...

Editor Resigns Over 'Buildings Matter' Headline

'Philadelphia Inquirer' journalists complain about equity, diversity issues

(Newser) - A Philadelphia Inquirer architectural critic's column, headlined "Buildings Matter, Too," stirred a staff walkout, a fiery internal debate about newsroom diversity, and has now cost the top editor his job. Stan Wischnowski's resignation was announced Saturday, the New York Times reports. He and other editors had...

Goodbye to Controversial Philly Statue

Statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, accused of discriminating against minorities, taken down

(Newser) - Workers removed the statue early Wednesday of controversial former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, which was recently defaced during a protest following George Floyd's death. As National Guard troops deployed in the wake of recent protests watched, a crane lifted the 10-foot-tall bronze statue, and workers shook it from its...

Bodies Were Sent From Hospital in Back of Pickup

Unacceptable, Philadelphia authorities say

(Newser) - Pandemic or no pandemic, bodies should not be moved from hospitals to the medical examiner's office in the back of a pickup truck, say officials in Philadelphia—who confirmed that very thing happened. A Philadelphia Inquirer photographer saw the truck arrive Sunday with seven bodies in the back. The...

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