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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...

'Head Hippie' Murderer of 1970s Dies in Prison

Ira Einhorn, a counterculture leader in Philadelphia, killed girlfriend and fled to France

(Newser) - A high-profile murderer known as the "Unicorn Killer" in the 1970s has died in a Pennsylvania state prison, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Ira Einhorn, 79, died of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak. Einhorn killed his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, in 1977, but police didn't find her remains...

Rapper Whose Music Touched on Her Addiction Dies at 25

Philly performer Chynna Rogers is gone

(Newser) - Chynna Rogers, the Philadelphia rapper who had breakout hits with 2013's "Selfie" and 2014's "Glen Coco," has died at the age of 25. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family wrote in a statement, per Pitchfork . Rogers' manager tells...

Kobe's High School Jersey Was Stolen—and Now Returned

He wore No. 33 as a teen

(Newser) - He was known as No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers, but when Kobe Bryant shot hoops at Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, he was No. 33. The jersey he wore back then was swiped from the Ardmore school in 2017, but now, in the wake of...

Officer Said Man Hurt Himself. The Video Shows a Beating

Philadelphia officer hit handcuffed man in the face

(Newser) - In his report, a Philadelphia police sergeant said a man he arrested hurt himself, slamming his head on the window of a police car over and over. That's not what the body camera footage showed. In the video, Jason Reid can be seen holding the man's head with...

Friends Say Football Player Accidentally Killed Twin Brother

A source says the teens were being taught how to handle a gun at the time

(Newser) - A star high school player in Philadelphia is accused of one of the rarest kinds of murder: the killing of his own twin. Fayaadh Gillard, 18, was arrested Monday and charged with the murder of his brother, Suhail Gillard, who was also a star player at Mastery Charter North High...

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven...

11-Month-Old Shot 4 Times as She's Driven in Philadelphia

Girl is in critical condition

(Newser) - A woman driving through Philadelphia on Saturday night heard gunfire, so in trying to flee, she kept driving. When she stopped after about 10 minutes, WCAU reports, she saw bullet holes in her car and realized her 11-month-old stepdaughter had been shot. She rushed the girl to a hospital, where...

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Starbucks Sees
No Bias in 'ISIS'
Cup for Muslim Man

Starbucks Sees No Bias in 'ISIS' Cup for Muslim Man

Drink order was for Niquel Johnson, aka Aziz

(Newser) - A man in Islamic dress believes he faced discrimination at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where an employee at another location last year called police on two black men , prompting nationwide racial bias training . Niquel Johnson gave his Islamic name, "Aziz" (ah-zeez), to a Starbucks barista on Aug. 25 but...

'Key Evidence' in 1991 Murder: Yellow Socks

Theodore Donahue charged in former girlfriend's killing

(Newser) - A single yellow sock found 28 years ago in the apartment of a man whose girlfriend had been discovered dead is now "a key piece of evidence" in the murder case against him. Theodore Dill Donahue immediately became a person of interest in Denise Sharon Kulb's killing after...

Old Navy Is Accused of 'Whitewashing' for Queer Eye

Workers say staff of color were pushed aside

(Newser) - Old Navy workers of color say the store "whitewashed" its staff before Queer Eye showed up for filming, NBC News reports. Monae Alvarado, who works at an Old Navy location in Philadelphia, says she and other employees stayed "overnight" to prep for the Netflix show. "My job...

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...

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, '...

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...

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...

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...

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