PATCO’s Philly Ghost Station Just Got Closer to Reopening

Photo by Mike Williams/DRPA.

Beneath the depths of Franklin Square sits an idle PATCO station which last saw customers walk through its turnstiles in 1979 – the same year that ESPN launched and Michael Jackson released his breakthrough solo album, Off the Wall. The station at 6th and Race streets has an interesting history of operation: It opened in 1936 as part of (SEPTA predecessor) Philadelphia Rapid Transit’s Bridge Line service, but closed in 1939 due to inactivity. It then was revived for stints from 1943-1946, 1952-1953 and then finally 1976-1979 as a PATCO stop. Read more »

Philly Police Seek ATM Skimmer Fraud Suspects

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Via the Philadelphia Police Department

Police are searching for suspects who allegedly installed skimming devices at ATMs in Philly, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

In multiple instances, the suspects placed one gadget over an ATM reader and another gadget over the machine’s cash dispenser, according to the PPD. The latter device allegedly contained a tiny camera that recorded PIN entries from bank customers.  Read more »

Here’s How You Can Help Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

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A family helps clean the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, September 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Hurricane Maria plunged the already-pummeled Puerto Rico into total darkness on Wednesday, knocking out the island’s power grid with category 4 winds up to 155 mph.

In Philly, those with ties to the island prepared to ramp up support for its residents, who already suffered a devastating blow from Hurricane Irma just two weeks ago.

Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, executive director of North Philly’s Puerto Rico and Latino arts organization Taller Puertorriqueño, said people in Philly are reeling from the news and trying to get in touch with loved ones on the island.  Read more »

Chris Stigall Apologizes for DUI Arrest

Photo courtesy of the Tredyffrin Township Police Department.

This story has been updated with a statement from Chris Stigall.

As the host of 1210 WPHT’s morning show, it’s Chris Stigall’s job to poke fun at D-list celebs when they screw up – like he did when Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan was arrested for DUI in 2014:

But what happens now that the tables have turned? Read more »

City Commish: Nearly 100 Non-U.S. Citizens Voted in Philly

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L: City Commissioner Al Schmidt | R: Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt released a report on Wednesday claiming that hundreds of non-U.S. citizens have registered to vote in Philly, largely through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Schmidt’s office found that 220 non-U.S. citizens registered to vote in Philly between 2006 and 2017. Of those registrants, nearly half (41 percent) voted in at least one election in that time period, per the report. Read more »

Feds Slam Asplundh Tree Company Over Undocumented Workers

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File photo of Asplundh workers cleaning up after a 2016 snowstorm. Photo by Frank Eltman/AP

Willow Grove-headquartered Asplundh Tree Expert – one of the largest private companies in Pennsylvania, with an estimated annual revenue of $3.9 billion – has been charged by the feds with rehiring undocumented workers who were dismissed following a 2009 Homeland Security audit.

Federal prosecutors say a company official, who has not been named, and vice president and regional manager Larry Gauger of Wayne, instructed their employees to use false documentation after Homeland Security found more than 100 of Gauger’s employees working in the country illegally.  Read more »

Police Arrest Man for Child-Luring Attempts in the Northeast

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Philly police have arrested a man who they say is connected to several – but not all – child-luring attempts in the Northeast this month.

According to the PPD, 35-year-old Marwan Deeb of Oxford Circle has been charged with four counts each of luring a child into a motor vehicle and corruption of a minor.  Read more »

Driver Charged in Crash That Critically Injured Abington Teen

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L: Via the Montgomery County DA’s Office | R: Via Google Maps

The driver who allegedly struck and critically injured a teenage girl near Abington High School last month is facing charges.

Police say 32-year-old James Clark IV, of Abington, was traveling roughly double the 25-mph speed limit when he hit a 14-year-old, who was reportedly identified by her family as Kelly Williams, in a crosswalk.  Read more »

Could a Music Festival Produced By a Philly Attorney Actually Be Cool?

Ballard Spahr attorney and Philly Music Fest founder Gregory Seltzer in his firm’s photo.

This weekend, the first-ever Philly Music Fest kicks off at World Cafe Live, and an ambitious festival it is: Two days, two stages, 25 local bands (many of them solid Philly headliners), eleven local breweries and distilleries, and food and snacks by Michael Solomonov. And it turns out that the man behind the festival isn’t one of the usual music scene suspects. It’s Ballard Spahr business attorney Gregory Seltzer. We sat down with the 40-year-old Narberth resident to learn more. Read more »

All of You Equifax Haters Couldn’t Be More Wrong

Photo by Mike Stewart/AP

There are plenty of reasons to hate Equifax. But you shouldn’t.

Yes, it’s true that, because of the company’s poor safeguards and incompetent personnel (particularly its chief information officer and chief security officer, both of whom “retired” over the weekend), the private data of more than 140 million individuals was stolen by unknown hackers. And yes, that includes you. If you don’t believe me, then head on over to equifaxsecurity2017.com and check. When you likely find out that your social security number, credit data, home address and mother’s maiden name — information that can easily be used by hackers to gain access to your financial accounts or apply for credit and loans using your identity without your knowledge — has been stolen, you’ll likely hate Equifax. But don’t. Read more »

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