Deer Carcass Found Hanging in Bucks County School’s Football Stadium

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The War Memorial Field at Central Bucks High School West | Image via Google Maps

Officials at a Bucks County school found a deer carcass hanging in their football stadium on Thursday morning.

The carcass was discovered inside the War Memorial Field of Central Bucks High School West. Staff removed the carcass immediately, according to a statement released by Central Bucks School District superintendent John J. KopickiRead more »

Philly Is the Worst City for Trick-or-Treating, Claims Some Stupid Report

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Instacart just ranked the best and worst U.S. cities for trick-or-treating, and Philly is apparently the worst. Ludicrous!

We probably shouldn’t even feature the same-day grocery delivery service’s list, which may or may not be a marketing ploy and is, like, totally a bunch of bologna, because last year — just last year — Zillow ranked Philly number one for trick-or-treatingRead more »

OPINION: I Hope Amazon HQ2 Doesn’t Come to Philly

Today is the deadline for cities to place their bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters. Philadelphia, along with Chicago, Houston, Boston and more than 50 other municipalities, are taking their shot at convincing the e-commerce giant to enter their city. Amazon claims it will invest $5 billion in the new venture, with hopes that this will eventually provide 50,000 jobs. Predictions for Philadelphia being Amazon’s top pick have been very favorable, and the city government is full of optimism and fervor about the possibility.

But I’m not enthusiastic about any of this. I don’t want Amazon to colonize Philadelphia and jumpstart massive gentrification, industrial congestion, and cultural erasure. As the poorest big city in the nation, Philly can’t withstand any drastic economic changes right now. Instead, we should strive to fix the problems we already have. Read more »

Police Investigating Rash of Armed Robberies in Fairmount

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The 2200 block of Brown Street, where an armed robbery was reported on Sunday evening. | Image via Google Maps

Philly police are investigating a recent string of armed robberies in Fairmount.

Residents are worried after four incidents allegedly took place in the neighborhood this week. Police say residents reported two armed robberies on Sunday night, first at 8 p.m. on the 2200 block of Brown Street, then shortly before 9 p.m. on the 2500 block of Poplar Street.  Read more »

Bucks County Principal Sleeps on School Roof for Good Cause

Principal Tim Long (Image courtesy of Long) | Newtown Middle School (Photo courtesy of Council Rock S.D.)

Bucks County principal Tim Long spent a night out on his school’s roof this week, making good on a pledge to do so if the Newtown Middle School community was able to raise $8,000 for a Houston school impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“Visualize someone going camping … with a tent and [a] circle of chairs,” Long said with a laugh while describing his rudimentary rooftop setup to Philly Mag. With temperatures dipping to the low 50s Tuesday night, Long came prepared by wearing a heavy camouflage coat and Eagles knit hat. “It wasn’t so bad,” he said on Wednesday morning. “The coldest part was early in the morning right before the kids started to arrive.” Read more »

Feds: Ambler Man Used Mom’s Shore House to Steal $250K in Sandy Funds

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Hurricane Sandy left ruins behind along the New Jersey coast. | AP File Photo

An Ambler man has been charged with using phony documents to steal more than $250,000 in FEMA funds that were supposed to go toward aiding his mother in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Nicholas Ochs, 54, was charged on Wednesday in federal court in Camden with one count of disaster benefits fraud, five counts of mail fraud, and one count of theft of government funds.  Read more »

The Schuylkill River Trail Just Got Its First Security Cameras

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Crews install the first of 21 security cameras under the Walnut Street Bridge on Thursday morning.

Just one week after a South Philly woman said multiple teens assaulted her on the Schuylkill River Trail – and that passersby saw and did nothing – City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Parks and Rec have fast-tracked plans to install much-anticipated security cameras along the popular path.

Parks and Rec contractors began the process of installing cameras near the Walnut Street Bridge on Wednesday. They’re the first of 21 cameras coming to the trail, to be set up at eight entrances from Arch Street to just north of the South Street Bridge, where the harassment incident allegedly occurred last week.

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SEPTA Launches New Express Bus Service This Weekend

Photo courtesy of SEPTA.

How does having to sit through 80-odd stops on a SEPTA bus before finally reaching your destination sound? Pretty damn awful, right? Well, for some geographically unfortunate riders of the 14 bus in Northeast Philly, that was a daily nightmare.

But SEPTA has now announced that this Sunday, October 22nd, will serve as the launch date for the first route in the transit authority’s new “Direct Bus” plan. Supplementing the 14 bus, the Boulevard Direct will make just eight stops as it shuttles riders the 10 miles between the Neshaminy Mall in nearby Bucks County and Frankford Transportation Center. Read more »

Delco Man Accused of Liberian War Crimes Convicted of Fraud, Perjury

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In this AP file photo, an intoxicated young rebel with the United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO) shouts while walking along the highway leading to Tubmanburg, 40 miles northwest of the capital Monrovia in 1996.

Mohammed Jabbateh – the East Landsdowne resident accused of committing atrocious war crimes in Liberia under the name of “Jungle Jabbah” – was convicted of immigration fraud and perjury on Wednesday,

Jabbateh, who was arrested last year, has lived in the Philly suburbs for about two decades. His trial, which was watched closely in Liberia and around the world, lasted roughly three weeks.

During that time, more than a dozen Liberians accused him of committing or ordering public rape, murder, torture and sexual enslavement as a high-ranking captain of the United Liberation Movement for Democracy in Liberia, a rebel group during the First Liberian Civil War in the 1990s.

According to philly.com, Jabbateh “showed no reaction” as the verdict was read on Wednesday, just two days after it went to the jury.

The 51-year-old father of five, who has maintained his innocence, now faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors have said they will seek to deport him.

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Spitting in Philly’s Face, NFL Decides to Hold Next Draft in Dallas

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Unable to resist capitalizing on the most viral moment in NFL Draft history, the league announced on Wednesday that its premier offseason event will head to Dallas instead of making a return to the City of Brotherly Love in spring 2018.

The only problem? Cranky old Drew Pearson’s rant was heavily propped up by the willingness of Eagles fans to let him have it like only we know how. And those folks who serenaded the old Cowboy with that sweet chorus of boos, you know, reside in Philadelphia – a true football town – mostly. What’s going to happen when we send Brian Dawkins or Seth Joyner up to the podium to give Dallas a taste of their own medicine? Read more »

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