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 »
Paine’s Skatepark is a skateboarding park set next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Schuylkill River. Naturally, the two-year-old facility is popular with children, and now police have sent out an alert about an incident there involving a grown man and a child’s feet. Read more »
On Monday, we heard that ex-Temple football player Adrian Robinson had died over the weekend, but no cause of death had been reported. Then TMZ stepped up to the plate with a report that Robinson, who most recently played for the Washington Redskins, had been shot and killed in Harrisburg. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
On Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the derailment in Philadelphia, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released video of the Amtrak crash investigation it is conducting. Read more »
As the investigation continues into Tuesday’s deadly derailment of Amtrak 188 in Philadelphia, both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have issued statements about the Amtrak crash. Read more »