Tag Archives: Philadelphia

Philly Residents Guard Target Store Against Looters

Philadelphia’s ABC News reports: Officials in Philadelphia closed off much of Center City after peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death turned into a weekend filled with destruction, with store windows smashed, merchandise taken from stores and police vehicles and structures set afire. And while looters continued to break into stores across the Philadelphia area on Sunday, it was a much …

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NYC & Philly Flight Paths Issued For Tuesday Flyovers

The New Jersey Advance reports: The first of the two flyovers — a 40-minute flight — will start around noon at the George Washington Bridge before the planes fly south along the Hudson River and over parts of Bergen, Hudson, Union and Essex counties. The flyover will then turn east toward New York City and continue above parts of Connecticut …

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Terror Charge For Woman Who Spat On Philly Shopper

The New York Post reports: A woman was busted for allegedly spitting on a fellow shopper during a squabble over social distancing at a high-end Italian market in Philadelphia, according to a new report. Shopper Alexis Danilo told KYW-TV that she was shopping at Di Bruno Bros. in Center City Sunday when Jacqueline McBride, 27, got a little too close …

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Pope Replaces Right Wing Anti-Gay Philly Archbishop

The New York Times reports: Pope Francis sought to shift the ideological balance of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on Thursday, replacing one of his most prominent conservative critics as the archbishop of Philadelphia. Pope Francis announced in a statement that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia was retiring, and that Bishop Nelson J. Perez of Cleveland, …

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Philadelphia Inquirer Endorses Impeaching Trump

From the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump has severely disrespected his office and the document he swore to protect and uphold. Should this process end with a trial and a Senate vote to remove him from office — a prospect that seems highly unlikely — it’s not hard to imagine that he would insist that the process was …

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Poll Worker Threatens To Shove Voter’s Phone “Up Your Ass” When Asked Why Bible Is On Polling Station Table

The Philadelphia Weekly reports: “I have asked these poll workers nicely why the Bible is displayed at the polling place. I have tried to explain to them that they cannot leave it out after they are sworn in because it is intimidating to non-Christian voters,” says a Philly resident and self-described “middle-aged white woman” who goes by Veronica. When Veronica …

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At Least Five Philly Police Shot In Chaotic Scene, Temple University On Lockdown, Shooter Still Active [VIDEO]

CBS Philadelphia reports: At least five Philadelphia police officers were shot in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital, where dozens of officers have surrounded the hospital. Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital. Police say the shooting happened on …

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Seven Philly Cops Quit In Racist FB Posts Scandal

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Seven Philadelphia police officers whose racist or otherwise offensive Facebook posts were catalogued in an online database have resigned in the last two weeks, the Police Department said Wednesday. Capt. Sekou Kinebrew, a police spokesperson, said labor law restrictions prevented him from confirming whether those seven officers were among the 13 whom Police Commissioner Richard Ross …

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PHILADELPHIA: 13 Cops Fired For Racist And Anti-Gay Facebook Posts, Many Others To Be Suspended [VIDEO]

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: At least 13 Philadelphia police officers will be fired as a result of racist, homophobic and violent social media posts revealed last month by the Plain View Project, Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday. These officers were found to be the worst offenders among 328 local cops identified in the project’s national database. One of …

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72 Philly Cops Probed For Racist Social Media Posts

CBS News reports: Philadelphia police confirm more than 70 officers have been taken off the streets and placed on desk duty while authorities investigate hundreds of officers’ alleged racist and violent social media posts, reports CBS Philly. The social media posts were unearthed by the Plain View Project, an initiative started in 2017 by a group of attorneys in Philadelphia. …

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PHILADELPHIA: Gay Sheriff’s Deputy And LGBT Liaison Found Dead At Office Desk Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A Philadelphia sheriff’s deputy who was a leader in the city’s gay community, and who a state legislator said “lifted up every room he ever stepped foot in,” was found dead at his desk in his Center City office Friday morning. Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin, 27, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the office …

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Biden Chooses Philadelphia As Campaign Headquarters

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is choosing Philadelphia to base his 2020 presidential campaign, opting for his native Pennsylvania over the state of Delaware that sent him to the Senate for 36 years. The choice is both practical and symbolic for Biden. Philadelphia is convenient to his homes in Wilmington, Delaware, and northern Virginia. The site …

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Temple University Mumps Outbreak Continue To Grow, 86 Suspected Cases, School Changes Vaccine Policies

NBC News Philadelphia reports: As a mumps outbreak continues to grow at Temple University, school health officials said Thursday they will offer free vaccinations to students and staff. At least 86 people are tied to the mumps outbreak at the North Philadelphia university which has some 40,000 students and 4,500 staff members. The Philadelphia health department said Thursday that 16 …

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Philadelphia City Council Bans Cashless Stores

The Wall Street Journal reports: Philadelphia is the first major U.S. city to ban cashless stores, placing it at the forefront of a debate that pits retail innovation against lawmakers trying to protect all citizens’ access to the marketplace. Starting in July, Philadelphia’s new law will require most retail stores to accept cash. A New York City councilman is pushing …

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Charges Filed In Viral $400,000 GoFundMe Campaign: Couple Conspired With Homeless Man To Invent Story

NBC News Philadelphia reports: A New Jersey couple accused of scamming a homeless good Samaritan out of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of an online fundraiser that went viral a year ago had initially conspired with him to concoct a “fictitious story,” prosecutors allege. A complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia says couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure made …

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PHILADELPHIA: Comcast Fires Proud Boys Member

Philadelphia Magazine reports: Comcast on Wednesday fired Andrew Kovalic, a 10-year employee who earlier this week became the target of a viral petition alleging that he is a member of a hate group. The petition that called for Kovalic’s termination, which had garnered 373 signatures by Wednesday morning, was created and sponsored by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Media Mobilizing Project, which …

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Philadelphia Names City Block For Edith Windsor

Pink News reports: A street sign in honor of lesbian campaigner Edie Windsor was unveiled on October 7. “‘Don’t Postpone Joy’ today and take a stroll The Edie Windsor Way,” Windsor’s widow Judith Kasen-Windsor—her second wife—wrote on Facebook on Sunday, quoting one of the campaigner’s mantras. Windsor died in September 2017 aged 88 after spending most of the past decade …

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SCOTUS Denies Anti-LGBT Catholic Foster Care Agency

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Thursday to force the city of Philadelphia to resume the placement of children in need of foster care with a Catholic agency that refuses to accept gay couples as foster parents. In a decision that Catholic Social Services had said would force its foster care program to close, the justices refused the …

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PHILADELPHIA: Handmaids Turn Out To Protest Pence

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s second visit to Philadelphia this summer was again met with protests, this time with a dystopian theme. People dressed as handmaids from the novel-turned-Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale joined protesters outside of the Union League Monday evening. Pence was hosting a fund-raiser at the club for fellow Republican Lou Barletta, who is …

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PHILADELPHIA: $52K County Settlement For Woman Fired Over Web Comments About Convicted Gay-Basher

The photo above is of convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott. The Philadelphia Intelligencer reports: The Bucks County Commissioners approved a settlement agreement Wednesday with a Norristown woman who claimed the county District Attorney’s Office retaliated against her because of disparaging comments she made on social media. Commissioners Charles Martin and Diane Marseglia voted in favor of a $52,207.50 cash payment to …

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