An in-depth City and State PA investigation into several legal cases handled by district attorney candidate Tariq El-Shabazz during his time as a private defense attorney has uncovered a string of clients who claim that he mishandled their cases – and, in one case, two federal judges who ruled that El-Shabazz’s conduct contributed to a man’s conviction. Read more »
SEPTA to Discontinue Magnetic-Stripe Transit Passes
There's no turning back from SEPTA Key now.
Trump’s Holding a Rally in Pa. This Weekend
The president's celebrating his first 100 days in office.
Judge: Trump Can’t Cut Funds From Sanctuary Cities
The president's executive order is temporarily halted.
Toomey, Christie Rate Trump’s First 100 Days
They both gave the president satisfactory grades.
SEPTA will discontinue magnetic-stripe Transpasses and One Day Convenience Passes starting June 1st.
It’s part of the transportation organization’s push to get riders on board with the new SEPTA Key Card system. Read more »
After going 1,300-plus days without a new contract – and still counting – members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are pissed. So pissed that they’ve hired a pilot to fly their message of displeasure over the Parkway before tonight’s NFL Draft without remorse for how bad of a look it will be for the city.
“You know what, it will be an embarrassment,” George Bezanis, PFT’s building rep for Central High School and the man behind the airplane banner, told Philly Mag. “But what should be an embarrassment is how the city is neglecting its teachers.” Read more »
With the NFL Draft mega-event — sold to us with promises of great exposure, a tourism bump, and a revenue jolt — already underway in Philadelphia, we would have expected hotel availability to be scarce. We would have thought that getting a table at a great restaurant would be downright impossible. But that’s simply not the case. Read more »
For months now, I’ve been listening to city VIPs and the kind of guys who spend their free time playing fantasy football go on and on about how awesome it is that the NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia. Well, now it’s here. And ain’t it great? Read more »
We’re pretty sure that no one has ever written a story before about the art program at Penn State’s Abington campus, but when there’s a crucified frog involved, well, obviously we took notice. Read more »
Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.
O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Read more »
A Pennsylvania Senate Committee has voted in favor of a bill that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood in the state.
The Finance Committee, which is comprised of 11 men, one woman and mostly Republicans, approved the bill in a 7-5 vote today. The legislation, Senate Bill 300, would dictate which types of health service organizations are prioritized to receive funding through the state’s Department of Human Services. Read more »
Academy Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme has died at age 73 from complications stemming from esophageal cancer.
Demme, who took home the Oscar for Best Director for his 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs, is perhaps best known in this city as the director behind 1993’s Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay Center City lawyer who is unjustly fired after disclosing that he contracted the virus that causes AIDS. Read more »
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested on child pornography charges yesterday.
Officials said Emmanuel Folly, a 25-year-old officer assigned to the 18th District, surrendered himself to police following a child pornography investigation by the department’s Special Victims Unit. Read more »