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Philly Police Head Quits After Mayor Reads Lawsuit

Women say they faced harassment, discrimination

(Newser) - Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., but in light of... More »

Alleged Cop Shooter Surrendered After 4-Way Phone Call

Maurice Hill has a long criminal history—and a newborn daughter

(Newser) - During a seven-hour standoff with police, Maurice Hill called his lawyer. "[He] was like, 'I'm in a situation, I need your help,'" Shaka Johnson tells CBS Philadelphia of the suspect accused of shooting six police officers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. "I told him, '... More »

Gunman in Custody After 6 Officers Shot in Philadelphia

Long standoff followed Wednesday shooting

(Newser) - At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, authorities said. Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an... More »

Man Makes Daring Escape From Burning High-Rise

He scaled down 15 stories

(Newser) - He apparently saw one way to escape. And so a man grasped the side of a 19-story high-rise that had caught fire in Philadelphia on Thursday and started descending. The unidentified man, spotted by news helicopters, climbed down 15 stories to reach the ground in a little less than three... More »

Man Allegedly Takes Car With Kids Inside, Onlookers Kill Him

Angry mob took him down, police say

(Newser) - A man allegedly carjacked a car with three kids inside—and ended up dead. The incident happened in Philadelphia Thursday night, while the mother took the children to a pizza store where the father of two of the kids was working, police say. She left the car running as she... More »

Outfielder Gets Suspended for the Season

Odúbel Herrera says he is 'disappointed' in himself

(Newser) - Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera accepted a suspension for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, the AP reports. The commissioner's office announced his decision Friday, two days after domestic assault charges against Herrera in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were dismissed. He... More »

Ship's Cargo Was $1B in Cocaine, Feds Say

Officials call it one of the biggest busts in US history

(Newser) - Federal authorities have made what they called one of the largest cocaine busts in US history: 16 tons of the drug, worth more than $1 billion. The haul was seized Tuesday from a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, at the Port of Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported. "This amount of... More »

1 Killed, 7 Wounded in Graduation Party Shooting

4 teenagers among the injured in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Authorities in Philadelphia say one person was killed and at least seven others were wounded in a shooting at a graduation party Sunday night, the AP reports. CBS Philadelphia reports that the shooting occurred shortly before 10:30pm near South 70th Street and Reed Bird Place in the southwest of... More »

She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

America Has a New 'Best Restaurant'

The James Beard Foundation awards Zahav

(Newser) - Mazel tov! A renowned Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia just won a top culinary prize and added to the city's growing reputation for fine food, Bloomberg reports. The 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards—known as the Oscars of the food world—named Zahav outstanding restaurant at Lyric Opera in Chicago... More »

Coming Soon: Nation's First Esports Arena

$50M arena to be built in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The US has a lot of sports arenas, and now it's about to get its first esports arena. Comcast Spectator is building the nation's first video gaming arena in Philadelphia, Philly.com reports. The arena will be home to the Comcast-owned Philadelphia Fusion , a professional esports franchise competing... More »

Booby-Trapped Knife Nearly Kills Home Investor

'It's like Home Alone ... Philly style'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise—a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife, the AP reports. Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line... More »

Minutes Before Takeoff From London to Philly, Pilot Arrested

The 62-year-old appeared intoxicated right before the late-morning flight

(Newser) - If you were booked on Flight AA35 out of the UK's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning, you may have been annoyed at your last-minute rebooking. Reading the news Friday, however, should ease your mind that the right call was made. USA Today reports that the American Airlines flight to... More »

Fatal Punch Kills Dog-Walker During Argument

Philadelphia's Drew Justice fell and hit his head in dispute over unleashed pet

(Newser) - Philadelphia police have charged a 24-year-old man with throwing a punch to the head that led to the death of another dog walker. Matthew Oropeza surrendered to police Thursday, per the AP . He's charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person. Police say 38-year-old Drew... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

Bullet-Ridden NYPD Car Found in Philly

But it's not exactly what it seemed to be

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say they were startled to spot a bullet-ridden New York City police cruiser with a broken windshield on a city expressway early Thanksgiving morning, the AP reports. Police say they tried to stop the car only to have the driver flee. They say the cruiser was later found... More »

He Gathered Employees, Then Gave Them $20M

'I'm a lifelong employee now,' worker says of Bayada Home Health Care

(Newser) - Employees of Moorestown, NJ-based Bayada Home Health Care have an extra reason to be thankful this holiday. "I'm taking $20 million, dividing it up and giving it to everybody," Mark Baiada, chairman and founder of the $1.4 billion private nursing company, announced at a staff holiday... More »

Was Touching Story of Helpful Homeless Man a Scam?

Johnny Bobbitt to face charges along with NJ couple, NBC Philadelphia reports

(Newser) - It’s not only the founders of a disputed GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man who find themselves in hot water . NBC Philadelphia reports Kate McClure, Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly concocting a false... More »

Explosion Reduces Huge Mansion to Rubble

Empty Pennsylvania home was under renovation

(Newser) - An apparent gas explosion leveled an empty mansion in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia on Sunday, reducing the 9,000-square-foot home to rubble and frightening neighbors and others who felt the thunderous boom, the AP reports. The explosion at the Gladwyne mansion happened just after 8pm, and was felt as... More »

Mob Figure 'Skinny Joey' Has 2 Years to Get Buff

Merlino will spend them in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gambling

(Newser) - Reputed Philadelphia mob boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino says he plans to spend the next two years working out. Granted he won't have much else to do in federal prison. Merlino—who previously spent 12 years behind bars for racketeering, conspiracy, and assault (and was twice acquitted of murder)—... More »

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