Report: 3-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Uncle Near LOVE Park

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A man was reportedly shot multiple times by his 3-year-old nephew shortly before noon on Friday near LOVE Park.

According to NBC10, police believe the incident occurred near 16th and Arch streets when the 3-year-old boy got hold of a gun while sitting in the back seat of his uncle’s car. The victim was in the driver’s seat when the boy fired the gun, police told the news organization.  Read more »

Prepare for a Ton of Road Closures in Philly This Weekend

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Driving in Philly this weekend might be a bit hectic (more than usual, at least).

A number of festivals, parades and runs will shut down various streets on Saturday and Sunday. Areas to look out for include Chinatown, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and roads near Penn’s Landing.

Here a list of events and road closures, per the city:

Saturday

Asian Americans United Mid Autumn Festival and Parade

Asian Americans United will hold a festival and parade. At 8 a.m., southbound 10th Street will be closed at Race Street and will reopen by 10 p.m. At 6 p.m., the parade is scheduled to start. The parade will begin at 10th & Arch streets and proceed west on Arch Street to 11th Street, north on 11th Street to Race Street, east on Race Street to 9th Street, north on 9th Street to Winter Street, west on Winter Street to 10th Street and south on 10th Street to Cherry Street.

There will be police officers assigned to the area; however, motorists should expect delays.

Ratha Yatra Parade

On Saturday,the Ratha-Yatra Parade will take place along the Parkway between 16th Street and Eakins Oval. The 1600 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed at 9 a.m. for set-up. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at 17th Street and proceed west on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Logan Circle (north side), continuing west onto the inner drive of the Parkway,until reaching the dispersal area inside Eakins Oval. The 1600 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed at 9 a.m. for set-up. The parade will conclude by 1:30 p.m. However, the festival will continue inside Eakins Oval until 7 p.m.

There will be a detail assigned to this event, but traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

PRO-ACT Recovery Walk

At 9 a.m., the walk will start on the Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, turn west on Chestnut Street to Front Street, south on Front Street to Walnut Street, west on Walnut Street to 7th Street, north on 7th Street to Chestnut Street, and east on Chestnut to Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. The walk will conclude by 12:00 PM.

Traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

Opera on the Mall

On Saturday, the Opera Company of Philadelphia will hold an event from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. The 500 block of Chestnut Street will be closed for setup at 10 a.m. and will reopen at 12 a.m. on Sunday.

There will be a detail assigned to this event, but traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

Sunday

Parkway Run

On Sunday, the Parkway Run will take place along the Parkway between Logan Circle and Eakins Oval and on Martin Luther King Drive, with a turn-around at Sweet Briar. The roads will be closed for set-up beginning at 4 a.m. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 11:30 a.m. Once the run concludes, the setup will begin along the Parkway and Eakins Oval for the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

There will be a detail assigned to this event, but traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

Global Energy Run

The Global Energy Run/Walk run will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday inside the Penn’s Landing Walnut Street parking lots. The run/walk will proceed left onto South Columbus Boulevard from Walnut Street, south on South Columbus Boulevard to Washington Avenue, left onto the Delaware River Trail and east on Delaware River Trail before turning around behind Walmart and coming off the trail. Runners and walkers will then continue north on Delaware River Trail to South Columbus Boulevard, north on South Columbus Boulevard to Spring Garden Street, north on Delaware Avenue just past Shackamaxon Avenue and turn around just before Marlborough Street to follow same course south (on Delaware/Columbus Boulevard) towards Penn’s Landing. They’ll finish inside Penn’s Landing at the Walnut Street parking lots.

Roads will close for setup at 6:30 a.m. and reopen at 10 a.m. Traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

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The Inquirer’s Parent Company Gets $1M to Fund Investigative Journalism, Diversity Efforts

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The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News newspapers sit on display on a newsstand in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The recently established Lenfest Institute for Journalism has announced the recipients of its first set of grant awards.

The nonprofit will distribute $2 million in funding to support diversity, innovation, and sustainability among journalism platforms and entrepreneurs in Philly, New York, California, Austin, and Cambridge, Mass. Half the money will benefit the institute-owned Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, Philly.com and Daily News.

“We’re really trying to help build a renaissance of journalism across the ecosystem, not only PMN,” said Jim Friedlich, executive director of the Lenfest Institute. “We think there’s a digital news renaissance happening in Philadelphia, and we want to be very much a part of it.” Read more »

Philly Police Seek ATM Skimmer Fraud Suspects

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Via the Philadelphia Police Department

Police are searching for suspects who allegedly installed skimming devices at ATMs in Philly, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

In multiple instances, the suspects placed one gadget over an ATM reader and another gadget over the machine’s cash dispenser, according to the PPD. The latter device allegedly contained a tiny camera that recorded PIN entries from bank customers.  Read more »

Here’s How You Can Help Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

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A family helps clean the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Hurricane Maria plunged the already-pummeled Puerto Rico into total darkness on Wednesday, knocking out the island’s power grid with category 4 winds up to 155 mph.

In Philly, those with ties to the island prepared to ramp up support for its residents, who already suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Irma just two weeks ago.

Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, executive director of North Philly’s Puerto Rico and Latino arts organization Taller Puertorriqueño, said people in Philly are reeling from the news and trying to get in touch with loved ones on the island.  Read more »

City Commish: Nearly 100 Non-U.S. Citizens Voted in Philly

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L: City Commissioner Al Schmidt | R: Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt released a report on Wednesday claiming that hundreds of non-U.S. citizens have registered to vote in Philly, largely through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Schmidt’s office found that 220 non-U.S. citizens registered to vote in Philly between 2006 and 2017. Of those registrants, nearly half (41 percent) voted in at least one election in that time period, per the report. Read more »

Feds Slam Asplundh Tree Company Over Undocumented Workers

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File photo of Asplundh workers cleaning up after a 2016 snowstorm. Photo by Frank Eltman/AP

Willow Grove-headquartered Asplundh Tree Expert – one of the largest private companies in Pennsylvania, with an estimated annual revenue of $3.9 billion – has been charged by the feds with rehiring undocumented workers who were dismissed following a 2009 Homeland Security audit.

Federal prosecutors say a company official, who has not been named, and vice president and regional manager Larry Gauger of Wayne, instructed their employees to use false documentation after Homeland Security found more than 100 of Gauger’s employees working in the country illegally.  Read more »

Police Arrest Man for Child-Luring Attempts in the Northeast

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Philly police have arrested a man who they say is connected to several – but not all – child-luring attempts in the Northeast this month.

According to the PPD, 35-year-old Marwan Deeb of Oxford Circle has been charged with four counts each of luring a child into a motor vehicle and corruption of a minor.  Read more »

Driver Charged in Crash That Critically Injured Abington Teen

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L: Via the Montgomery County DA’s Office | R: Via Google Maps

The driver who allegedly struck and critically injured a teenage girl near Abington High School last month is facing charges.

Police say 32-year-old James Clark IV, of Abington, was traveling roughly double the 25-mph speed limit when he hit a 14-year-old, who was reportedly identified by her family as Kelly Williams, in a crosswalk.  Read more »

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