Northern Liberties Resident Says FedEx Driver Strangled Him

Left: Northern Liberties resident Ned Sonstein says the FedEx driver strangled him, leaving these marks. Right: Sonstein took this photo of his alleged attacker.

Left: Northern Liberties resident Ned Sonstein says the FedEx driver strangled him, leaving these marks. Right: Sonstein took this photo of his alleged attacker.

If you drive a car in Philly on the regular, you’ve no doubt had the following experience: Someone is double-parked in the middle of the street in front of you even though there are actual parking spots or spaces not far away. You can’t get by. That’s where the problems began for Ned Sonstein. Read more »

Rittenhouse Apple Store Racially Profiles Black Customers, Says Former Employee

The Rittenhouse Square Apple Store on Walnut Street. (Photo by Sophia Pizzi)

The Rittenhouse Square Apple Store on Walnut Street. (Photo by Sophia Pizzi)

Every day, hundreds of people visit the Rittenhouse Square Apple Store on Walnut Street to check out new products, pick up an emergency charger, or just check their email. And according to one former employee, black customers are handled differently than white customers. Read more »

Tony Luke’s Son Dies Suddenly at 35

Left: Anthony Lucidonio III. Right: Tony Luke and his son at a family wedding. (Photos courtesy Tony Luke)

Left: Anthony Lucidonio III. Right: Tony Luke and his son at a family wedding. (Photos courtesy Tony Luke)

Anthony James Lucidonio III, son of the co-founder of the popular Tony Luke’s brand of cheesesteaks, died on Monday. He was 35. Read more »

Just Who Is This Lawyer That Seth Williams Can’t Afford?

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Seth Williams is having some problems. Oh, not just that pesky little arrest and all those federal charges. He’s also having lawyer issues. Williams enlisted the assistance of in-demand Center City attorney Michael Diamondstein, but now Diamondstein is begging off the case, citing ethical issues as well as the fact that Williams can’t afford to pay up. A judge has given Williams until this Friday to sort it all out, and in the meantime, we got to wondering, who the heck is Michael Diamondstein? Read more »

I Love My Job: Lew Blum

Philly tow guy Lew Blum (center) with artist Marc Brodzik (left) and Philly performer Darren Finizio (right).

Philly tow guy Lew Blum (center) with artist Marc Brodzik (left) and Philly performer Darren Finizio (right).

Is Lew Blum the most hated man in Philadelphia? It’s possible. The 61-year-old owner of Lew Blum Towing is the public face of Philly tow-truck companies, the guy who gets the call when you park your Honda in front of a driveway you didn’t even realize was there. (Or at least you claimed you didn’t.)

Blum is a guy who likes to keep to himself, but he recently came out of the woodwork thanks to a new Philly “ticket to tow” law that he says puts the stranglehold on the towing industry. Business may not be good, but Blum says he still loves it. Read more »

Police Looking for South Philly Arsonist

The South Philadelphia arson suspect walks through the Sunoco gas station at 18th and Oregon.

The South Philadelphia arson suspect walks through the Sunoco gas station at 18th and Oregon.

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man wanted for arson in South Philadelphia. Read more »

The Cutest International-Organized-Crime Drug-Bust Story You Will Read All Day

The monkey and the marijuana. (Photos courtesy the Berks County Animal Rescue League and the North Coventry Township Police Department)

The monkey and the marijuana. (Photos courtesy the Berks County Animal Rescue League and the North Coventry Township Police Department)

If you’ve been buying your marijuana from a guy with connections in Chester County, your source may have just dried up. On Tuesday morning, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that a major pot-growing operation in North Coventry Township has been busted. And it’s all thanks to a hunter. Read more »

One of Us: John Kruk

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … John Martin Kruk. I was named after my grandfather.

I grew up … mostly in West Virginia, in a tiny town.

These days, I live in … Naples, Florida. We sold our house in Mount Laurel eight years ago. I had never had a summer because of baseball and work, so we had to figure out a way to make winter into summer. Read more »

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