D.A. Seth Williams Charges Four With 2014 Election Fraud

From left: Alexia Harding, Gregory Thomas, James Collins and Sandra Lee

From left: Alexia Harding, Gregory Thomas, James Collins and Sandra Lee

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams wants poll workers on Election Day to know that his office takes election fraud very seriously, and so he’s sent a timely message to them, charging these poll workers with a variety of election law violations. Read more »

The Official Philadelphia Election Day Drinking (and Drugging!) Game

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It may seem difficult to believe, but there was a time when all bars in Philadelphia — actually, the entire state — were closed on Election Day. Thank goodness that’s not the case anymore. And thanks to a certain guy who may be mayor before too long, you can even light up a big old spliff in front of your polling place on Election Day and not get more than a written citation. In other words, it’s time to par-tay. So here, we bring your official guide to how to drink and otherwise get intoxicated on this pivotal day in Philadelphia’s history. Read more »

FBI Investigating Whether Amtrak Train Hit by Projectile

AP | Patrick Semansky

AP | Patrick Semansky

On Wednesday afternoon, the day after the devastating Amtrak crash that killed eight and injured scores, we reported that an Amtrak and SEPTA train may have been struck by projectiles in the vicinity of and within fifteen minutes of the derailment. Now, federal authorities have indicated that they are investigating whether the doomed Amtrak train was also hit by an object prior to the derailment. Read more »

Amtrak Crash Death Toll Up to Eight, All Passengers Accounted For

AP | Patrick Semansky

AP | Patrick Semansky

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer revealed that yet another body has been pulled from the wreckage of the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday night, bringing the death toll to eight.

He explained that the department received a call at 8 a.m. on Thursday to bring a cadaver dog back to the wreckage. Sawyer explained that the dog “hit on a couple of spots,” and that another body was “extricated” and transported to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

Later in the press conference, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter stated that all passengers and crew members have now been accounted for. “With the recovery and I.D. this morning, as this news conference was taking place, I just received final confirmation,” said Nutter, adding that 43 victims remain hospitalized. “We believe that we have now accounted for all 243 individuals that we believe were on Amtrak Train 188.” Read more »

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