Atlantic City Could Run Out of Money By the End of Month

Atlantic City’s government could be out of money by the end of the month.

The declaration by the city’s attorney came in response to the Borgata’s announcement that it would not pay its first-quarter real estate taxes.

Atlantic City owes the city $62.5 million after the Borgata successfully appealed its property taxes several years in a row. The government of Atlantic City missed a deadline in December for the $62.5 million payment, which is for 2009 and 2010. The city owes the Borgata an additional $88 million in tax refunds for 2011 through 2015. Read more »

Court Denies Reinstatement of Kathleen Kane’s Law License

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Kathleen Kane isn’t getting her law license back right now.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Kane’s attempt to have her law license reinstated when it rejected her appeal today. The court suspended her law license in September after she was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury. Read more »

Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr. Is Appealing His Conviction

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014 file photo Chaka Fattah Jr., walks from the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Chaka Fattah Jr., walks from the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia in 2014. | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

Chaka Fattah Jr. is not giving up his freedom without a fight. The 33-year-old son of U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah announced that he is appealing his conviction just three days after being sentenced to five years in prison and getting taken into custody, the Inquirer reports. Read more »

Assessing SEPTA’s Suicide Prevention Pilot Program

13th Street Station|Mariam Dembele

13th Street Station | Mariam Dembele

Since 2011, there have been 66 deaths along SEPTA’s train, trolley and subway lines. Forty of those deaths have been ruled suicides.

After a high of 10 suicides in 2011, SEPTA started looking into ways to prevent more. In September of 2014, SEPTA began working with Montgomery County Emergency Service to install suicide prevention signs within its stations. It started as a pilot program at the Norristown Transportation Center, then was expanded into 290 of SEPTA’s regional rail, subway stations, and trolley stations and along the Norristown High Speed Line. The bold red, black and blue signs display both the national suicide prevention lifeline number and website. At the bottom they urge, “With help comes hope.” Currently, there are approximately 1,000 up. Now almost one year since the last sign was posted, statistics tell a couple of different stories about how effective they’ve been. Read more »

Pa. State Police Investigating Alleged Cheating by Cadets

Pennsylvania State Police logo - patch

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police’s current class of cadets could be in a lot of trouble.

Yesterday state Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker confirmed what ABC 27 and the Inquirer reported earlier in the week: Perhaps dozens of cadets of the 144th class, scheduled to graduate in March, are under investigation for cheating on an academic exam. Past graduates of the state police academy are suspected of giving the answers to current cadets.

“At the end of December 2015, Internal Affairs at the State Police promptly initiated a full and comprehensive investigation into suspected cheating at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy,” Blocker said in a statement. “This investigation has already included dozens of interviews and an extensive collection of evidence through all available means.

“As the leader of this agency, I assure the people of Pennsylvania that we will leave no stone unturned and those who engaged in such behavior face swift and certain discipline. I will make sure that each and every person involved is held accountable on behalf of our Troopers — active and retired — who have built the Pennsylvania State Police into the respected organization it is today.”
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One Dead After Tree Smashes Into Elderly Couple’s Delco Home

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: The person who died in the incident has been identified as 77-year-old Marjay Cooper. Her husband Alan Cooper, 79, was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Authorities say that it may have taken more than two hours for the trapped couple to be discovered.

ORIGINAL: One person has died after a tree crashed into their home in Delaware County just after 8 a.m. Friday morning, “trapping an elderly couple in their bed,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“One person, who was in a rear bedroom on the second floor of the split-level home, died,” Inquirer staff writer Mari A. Schaefer wrote. “Another was hospitalized with unknown injuries.” The house is located on the 200 block of James Road in Broomall. Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Philly’s 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic

A series of illustrations depicting the development of yellow fever. | By, CC BY 4.0,

A series of 19th-century images depicting the development of yellow fever. | Images courtesy of Wellcome Images via Wikimedia Commons

The summer of 1793 was unusually dry and hot in Philadelphia. The city founded by William Penn — the largest in the nation, with some 50,000 residents — was still the capital of the United States, pending completion of the new city of Washington being built to the south. On the Continent, the French were at war with a number of countries, including Great Britain, Spain and Austria; Napoleon Bonaparte had just been appointed artillery commander of the Republican forces at the siege of Toulon. The American people largely supported the Republican cause, though President George Washington hewed to neutrality.

John Adams would later write that 10,000 citizens were marching in Philadelphia’s streets, threatening to drag Washington from his house and force him to “declare war in favor of the French Revolution.” Adams was convinced that only the arrival of the yellow fever prevented complete political chaos. If so, the cost of prevention was fearfully high. Here are 11 things you might not know about the four months of deadly terror that swept our city: Read more »

Morning Headlines: Attackers Back on Schuylkill Trail

Good morning, Philadelphia. The snow is beginning to fall and stick across the region. We’re not expected to get a lot — about an inch — but please be careful out there. Here’s what else you need to know:

Attacks return to the Schuylkill River Trail, arrests made.

The young men on bikes who have been robbing joggers, walkers and riders on the Schuylkill River Trail are back after going into hiding when police stepped up patrols on the trail. Trail users were relieved of cash and possessions in three separate incidents on two days this week, according to a 6ABC report. In the most recent incident on Wednesday, things got violent when the victim refused to unlock his cell phone and the young men began to punch and kick him. Police arrested four young men a few minutes after that incident, while other incidents reportedly remain under investigation. Residents living near the trail have been concerned about the attacks for months, and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has formed a task force to come up with ways to make the trail safer. Read more »

Tomorrow’s Morning Rush Hour Will Probably Be Snowy

Snow - forecast - feb 4th to 5th

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Just after most of it was washed away, the snow is coming back.

The snow won’t be anything like the storm we got in late January, but things are going to be messy tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service predicts about 2 inches will fall on Philadelphia tomorrow, with totals higher in New Jersey. Parts of the Jersey shore could get about 4 inches of snow. Read more »

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