City Employee Indicted in Child Pornography Case

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Earlier this week, Grant Shea was the Health and Human Services Program Manager at Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. Today, he is the defendant in a federal child pornography case.

Shea, 29, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury and charged with receipt of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The FBI obtained a search warrant for his home in South Philadelphia in May, but it is unclear when that search warrant was executed.

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Guns N’ Roses Sucked or Was Awesome, Depending On Who You Ask

Axl Rose and Slash performing "It's So Easy" at the Guns N' Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

Axl Rose and Slash performing “It’s So Easy” at the Guns N’ Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

I told my editor that I would go down to Lincoln Financial Field and write a Guns N’ Roses review. So last night, I sweated my face off with the tens of thousands of other fans, voyeurs, and children of the 80s (and their children) as Axl Rose, Slash, Duff and some hired guns brought the Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour to Philadelphia. Read more »

Former Philly Black Panther Serving Life Sentence Wins $99K Settlement

Russell Shoatz III and Theresa Shoatz celebrate with their father, convicted cop killer Russell Shoatz Jr.

Russell Shoatz III and Theresa Shoatz celebrate with their father, Russell Shoatz Jr.

Just as the New Black Panther Party is enjoying a newfound surge in publicity, a former member of the old Black Panther Party is enjoying a legal victory against Pennsylvania.

Way back in 1973, Russell Shoatz was sentenced to life in prison for the 1970 murder of Frank Von Colln, a sergeant in the Fairmount Park Police Department, later folded into the Philadelphia Police Department by then-Mayor Frank RizzoRead more »

Accused Pedophile Alex Capasso Asks Judge to Let Him Out of Jail

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It has been nearly one year since renowned Rittenhouse Square chef Alex Capasso was arrested on child pornography charges, and he has remained in federal detention awaiting trial. In June, Capasso’s lawyer filed a motion asking the judge to allow the accused pedophile to move into his parent’s house in Collingswood, and Capasso showed up in Camden’s federal courthouse on Monday to learn his fate. Read more »

Black Lives Matter Protest Sweeps Through Center City

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Less than 24 hours after a dozen people were arrested in Philadelphia while they were protesting the shooting by police of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, Black Lives Matter protesters and others took to the streets of Center City once again on Thursday night following the shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota. Demonstrators also gathered in New York and Washington D.C., among other American cities. Read more »

Main Line Teen Goes Public With Her Rape, Calls Problem “An Epidemic”

Wynnewood's Lizzie Schnarr. (Photo courtesy Lizzie Schnarr.)

Wynnewood’s Lizzie Schnarr. | Photo courtesy Lizzie Schnarr

When Wynnewood’s Lizzie Schnarr was home on winter break during her freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh in January, the Lower Merion High School graduate says she was raped by an acquaintance. But unlike most rape victims, who choose to remain anonymous — and the press, as a rule, does not report their identities — Schnarr decided to go public with her story. She did so through the University of Pittsbugh’s “Breaking Out” initiative, modeled after a 2013 Duke University campaign that encourages survivors to talk openly about their assaults. Here, Schnarr, who is 18, tells us why she decided to share her story and what she thinks parents should tell their sons to prevent the continuation of what she calls an “epidemic.” Read more »

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