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Gunfire Erupts at Event Celebrating End of Ramadan

Three people are shot in Philadelphia, one by police

(Newser) - Hundreds of parents and children fled and three people were shot—one by a police officer—when gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon at an event celebrating the end of Ramadan outside a mosque in Philadelphia. The city's police commissioner said that two factions in the park where the Eid al-Fitr...

6 Presumed Dead in Shooting, Fire Near Philadelphia

Man who opened fire on officers is believed to be among the dead in East Lansdowne

(Newser) - Authorities say a gunman who injured two police officers in a community near Philadelphia on Wednesday is presumed dead, along with five of his relatives, including three children. In what Delaware County DA Jack Stollsteimer described as a difficult, "gruesome," process, three sets of human remains and a...

Curator of 'Macabre' Museum Gets Macabre Package in Mail

Anonymous mailing of 2 preserved fetuses prompts Philly's Mutter Museum to call the cops

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Anna Dhody, the curator of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum—known for its "macabre curiosities" —received a package at work addressed to her, with no return address. What she found inside has now started a police investigation: two preserved fetuses floating in fluid in glass jars, with...

White House Calls Protest Antisemitic

Demonstrators chanted 'genocide' outside falafel shop

(Newser) - White House officials on Monday denounced a pro-Palestinian demonstration at a Jewish-owned restaurant in Philadelphia in which the protesters chanted accusations of genocide. Axios reports video shows demonstrators outside Goldie beating drums and waving Palestinian flags while chanting—including through a loudspeaker—chant: "Goldie, Goldie you can't hide!...

These Are the Most Sinful Cities in America

Las Vegas ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list, while Pearl City, Hawaii, proves most virtuous

(Newser) - Christian teachings have long warned against the seven deadly sins, yet since the beginning of time, humans just can't seem to lick their related vices. WalletHub wanted to see which US cities are rife with people acting "illicitly," so it examined more than 180 of the largest...

Ex-Cop Who Sexually Assaulted Dozens Hears His Fate

Former Philly police officer Patrick Heron, 54, is sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls—often while in uniform and in the back of his police vehicle, per the AP . Patrick Heron, 54, entered his pleas Friday after reaching an...

Philadelphia Journalist Shot Dead at Home

Josh Kruger advocated for city's most vulnerable

(Newser) - Josh Kruger, who went from being homeless and struggling with addiction to advocating for Philadelphia's most vulnerable as a journalist in the city, was fatally shot in his South Philadelphia home early Monday. Police arrived around 1:30am to find the 39-year-old in the street outside his home with...

'Criminal Opportunists' Blamed for Philadelphia Looting Spree
Looting Continues
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Looting Continues in Philadelphia

Six more arrested after at least eight businesses were hit

(Newser) - The looting in Philadelphia continues. At least eight businesses were burglarized overnight, resulting in six more arrests, say police, per NBC News . That brings to nearly 60 the number of arrests when combined with Tuesday night. The businesses raided Wednesday night included a Walmart, a Family Dollar, and an Auto...

Police Say Death of Flight Attendant Is Suspicious

Woman was found dead in Philadelphia airport hotel

(Newser) - Police in Philadelphia are investigating the death of a flight attendant whose body was found in a room at an airport hotel two days after she was supposed to check out. A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson tells USA Today that the 66-year-old American Airlines flight attendant was found with a...

Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Philadelphia Cop

Mark Dial shot driver Eddie Irizarry through rolled-up window

(Newser) - A judge dismissed murder and other charges Tuesday against a Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a driver through a rolled-up driver's side window, agreeing with defense attorneys who said the officer could have feared for his life because he thought the driver had a gun. Police body...

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...

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