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Philadelphia Sheriff's Office Loses Track of 185 Guns

City comptroller suggests shoddy record-keeping is a factor

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office can't account for 185 missing guns. The jarring stat comes from a report released this week by the city controller's office, per the AP . Some of the missing guns were part of the sheriff's office's arsenal and others were confiscated from...

University Shaken by Acting President's Sudden Death

Joanne Epps collapsed on stage at Temple University event

(Newser) - Temple University has been shaken by the sudden death of acting president Joanne Epps, who collapsed on stage during an event at the Philadelphia university Tuesday. The 72-year-old collapsed at a memorial service for historian Charles Blockson, curator emeritus of the Blockson Afro-American Collection, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. University officials...

Boy, 12, 'Brutally Killed and Placed in a Trash Can'

Hezekiah Bernard of Philadelphia was shot in the head around Aug. 22

(Newser) - A body found in a dumpster in West Philadelphia last week is a 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head and wrapped in plastic. Police identified him Thursday as Hezekiah "Hezzy" Bernard, a homicide victim who'd been under the care of the Department of Human Services, per...

2 Weekend Mass Shootings, One on Each Coast

4 dead total, 14 others wounded in Seattle and Philadelphia incidents

(Newser) - Two more mass shootings rocked the US over the weekend, one on each coast. Details:
  • Seattle: Police responded to a hookah lounge in south Seattle around 4:30am Sunday to find casualties. Two men, ages 22 and 33, died at the scene, and a 30-year-old man died at a nearby

Philly DA: Teen Bomb-Maker Was 'Grave Danger to Everyone'

17-year-old nabbed in Philadelphia was allegedly testing devices, communicating with terrorists

(Newser) - A 17-year-old "aspiring terrorist" is facing multiple state felony charges in Pennsylvania after he was found to be communicating with a foreign terrorist group while building a weapon of mass destruction, officials said Monday. At a press conference, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the unnamed teen "was...

Philadelphia Archdiocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Case

Victim of now-deceased priest will get $3.5M

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will pay $3.5 million to settle a civil case alleging a now-deceased priest sexually assaulted a teenage boy nearly two decades ago, and church officials knew of similar reports about the priest dating back to the 1970s, attorneys for the victim announced Wednesday. The plaintiff...

Could Taylor Swift Keep Us Out of a Recession?

Federal Reserve gives nod to her Eras Tour, 'influx' of fans for their economic impact

(Newser) - Taylor Swift has been impressing fans and critics alike during her current Eras Tour, and ticket sales show no signs of slowing. But it's more than just her music that's been having an impact—the Federal Reserve says the singer has had a marked effect on the economy,...

This Is the Most Stressed City in America

Cleveland tops WalletHub's list, while Vermont's South Burlington chillaxes in last place

(Newser) - Between work, family issues, money, and life's other usual trials and tribulations, trying to tamp down on stress can seem a fruitless task. There may be some areas of the country, however, where you can surround yourself with a calmer, more carefree populace. WalletHub examined the 182 largest US...

One of Philadelphia Mass Shooting Victims Was Killed 2 Days Earlier

But his body wasn't found until after shooting spree left 4 others dead

(Newser) - Philadelphia authorities investigating a Fourth of July holiday shooting spree that left five people dead now say the gunman killed one of the victims almost two full days before the mass shooting, the AP reports. Kimbrady Carriker, 40, was arraigned Wednesday morning on five counts of murder, attempted murder, aggravated...

Report: Philadelphia Suspect Made Bizarre Claims to Cops

Alleged mass shooter Kimbrady Carriker said he was trying to fight gun violence, sources say

(Newser) - Philadelphia mass shooting suspect Kimbrady Carriker made some bizarre statements to police after he was cornered and arrested Monday night, sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer . Carriker, who was arraigned on charges including five counts of murder on Wednesday, claimed the mass shooting was an effort to help the city...

DA: Philadelphia Mass Shooting Was Apparently Random

Attacker killed 5, wounded 2

(Newser) - The death toll from the mass shooting in Philadelphia Monday night now stands at five, with two children seriously injured—and authorities say the killing appears to have been random. "At first look, it seems to bear the characteristics of a lot of random mass shootings that occur in...

4 Dead in Philadelphia Mass Shooting

2 boys, ages 2 and 13, were also injured

(Newser) - A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on the streets of Philadelphia on Monday night, killing four people and wounding two boys in the latest outbreak of gun violence in the United States, police said. The victims were apparently random, with no connection immediately known between them and the...

Philadelphia Celebrates Quick Reopening of I-95
'Civic Pride' Reopens I-95 Early

'Civic Pride' Reopens I-95 Early

Philadelphia celebrates as traffic flows again less than two weeks after elevated section collapsed

(Newser) - Interstate 95 reopened Friday less than two weeks after a deadly collapse in Philadelphia, a quicker-than-expected rebuild to get traffic flowing again on a heavily traveled stretch of the East Coast's main north-south highway. Workers put the finishing touches on an interim six-lane roadway that will serve motorists during...

She Danced Across Stage, Was Denied Her Diploma

Hafsah Abdul-Rahman eventually received it, but she is upset the moment was spoiled in Philadelphia

(Newser) - A high school graduation in Philadelphia is making headlines for the wrong reasons: Hafsah Abdul-Rahman, 18, danced across the stage after her name was called at Philadelphia High School for Girls, and the principal then refused to hand over her diploma because of the display, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The...

Biden Kicks Off Campaign With Economic Populism

Wealthy need to pay their share in taxes, president tells Philadelphia rally

(Newser) - President Biden delivered an unapologetically economic populist message Saturday during the first rally of his reelection campaign, telling an exuberant crowd of union members that his policies had created jobs and lifted the middle class. Now, he said, is the time for the wealthy to "pay their fair share"...

'Extraordinary Work' to Have I-95 Stretch Open in 2 Weeks

Governor credits federal help and 'civic pride' for quick restoration of collapsed highway

(Newser) - The collapsed stretch of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia will reopen within two weeks, Pennsylvania's governor said Saturday after joining President Biden on a helicopter tour over the critical stretch of highway closed to East Coast traffic since last weekend. "We are getting it done here in Philly,"...

Collapsed I-95 Section Will Be Rebuilt With Glass Nuggets

'We’re going to get this job done as quickly as possible,' governor says

(Newser) - Pennsylvania will truck in 2,000 tons of lightweight glass nuggets to help quickly rebuild a collapsed section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and crews will work 24 hours a day until they can reopen the critical commercial artery, officials said Wednesday. By using the recycled glass to fill in...

Rhode Island Officials Under Fire After 'Bizarre' Visit to Philly

'Offensive' behavior on work trip included racism, sexism, demands for Diet Coke, per allegations

(Newser) - Two Rhode Island officials who traveled to Philadelphia on a work trip are now the subject of two investigations within their own state—one by the state police, another by the governor's office—for behavior on that trip that's being described as "offensive" and "bizarre."...

Truck Driver's Body Found in I-95 Wreckage

Repairs to interstate will take months, governor says

(Newser) - The body of the driver of a tanker truck that burned under an I-95 overpass in Philadelphia, apparently causing its collapse , was found Monday in the wreckage. Family members identified the remains of Nathaniel Moody, 53, WTXF reports. State police said the driver lost control of the truck on the...

Section of I-95 Collapses After Tanker Burns Below
Tanker Fire Brings Down
I-95 Bridge

Tanker Fire Brings Down I-95 Bridge

Fuel runoff reaches Delaware River

(Newser) - An elevated section of I-95 in Philadelphia collapsed Sunday after a tanker truck carrying gasoline caught fire below it. The interstate was closed in both directions while crews battled the fire, CNN reports. "It looked like we had a lot of heat and heavy fire underneath the underpass,"...

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