Pa. Turnpike Shut Down in Bucks County

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A truck fire early this morning has slowed traffic to a halt on the Bucks County section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While no injuries were reported, the incident has triggered a hazmat situation requiring extensive cleanup. All eastbound lanes between Bensalem and Delaware Valley are closed, and drivers are being detoured around the cleanup site. Read more »

Philly Lawyers Lead the Baylor Investigation That Cost Kenneth Starr the Presidency

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Pepper Hamilton’s Gina Maisto Smith (left) and Leslie Gomez (right).

An investigation by two leading Philadelphia lawyers has resulted in top-level personnel overhaul at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Head Football Coach Art Biles has been “suspended with intent to terminate,” according to Baylor’s website. The university’s board of regents has also voted to remove Kenneth Starr as president. He will continue working as a professor at the university’s law school and transition to the role of chancellor. Starr is best known as the prosecutor whose investigation served as the basis for President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment in 1998Read more »

Auditor General: 42,000 Unanswered Calls to State Child Abuse Hotline

Eugene DePasquale

Eugene DePasquale

A troubling interim report released yesterday by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale shows that nearly 42,000 calls to Childline, the state hotline for reporting child abuse, went unanswered in 2015. Those calls account for 22 percent of total calls, up from just four percent in 2014.

“Any single one of those calls could have led to a life or death situation for a child,” said DePasquale during a press conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Read more »

Shrine to Victims of Illegally Purchased Guns Pops Up in South Philly

Photo | Brian Thomas

Photo | Brian Thomas

Hanging on a fence around a parking lot right outside the Ellsworth-Federal stop on the Broad Street Line, more than 50 t-shirts flap in the wind. They bear the names of victims of gun violence, along with their ages and the date of their death. The memorial, organized by the neighboring National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia and a group called Heeding God’s Call, focuses specifically on those who died from illegally purchased firearms. The groups will hold a dedication ceremony on May 25th at 12:30 p.m. at the site.   Read more »