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Historic SS United States Is Getting Evicted

72-year-old ocean liner still holds transatlantic speed record

(Newser) - The SS United States, a historic ship that still holds the transatlantic speed record it set more than 70 years ago, must leave its berth on the Delaware River in Philadelphia by Sept. 12, a federal judge says. The decision issued Friday by US District Judge Anita Brody culminated a...

Philadelphia Journalist Shot Dead at Home
Man Sentenced for
Murder of Philly Journalist

Man Sentenced for Murder of Philly Journalist

20-year-old Robert Davis gets 15 to 30 years for murder of Josh Kruger

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for the murder of Philadelphia freelance journalist Josh Kruger. Robert Davis was arrested three weeks after Kruger, 39, was shot seven times in his home in October last year, the New York Times reports. He pleaded guilty...

University in Philadelphia Abruptly Announces Closure

University of the Arts has roots almost 150 years old

(Newser) - The University of the Arts, an institution with roots almost a century and a half old in Philadelphia, has abruptly announced it will close this week, citing declining enrollment and revenues as well as increasing expenses. University President Kerry Walk and the chair of the board of trustees, Judson Aaron,...

Mass Overdoses Linked to Deadly New Drug in the Supply

Dangerous animal tranquilizer medetomidine showing up in street drugs in numerous states

(Newser) - A dangerous chemical sedative is being added to fentanyl and other street drugs, triggering mass overdose events in cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. "The numbers reported out of Philadelphia were 160 hospitalizations over a three- or four-day period," the director of NPS Discovery, a group that...

These US Cities Are Heaven for Mosquitoes

Los Angeles tops Orkin's top 50 list

(Newser) - Time to break out the repellent: Mosquito season is bearing down upon us. Pest control company Orkin wanted to see which cities in America have the most issues with the flying pests, so it analyzed the numbers on how many customers it provided residential mosquito treatments to in major metro...

10 Best US Cities for Vacation Destinations

Atlanta takes the top spot on WalletHub's travel destinations list

(Newser) - Atlanta in July? That's the No. 1 pick by WalletHub for US cities that double as excellent summer vacay destinations. The site looked at 100 of the most populated cities in America, using more than three dozen metrics in six key areas: travel costs and hassles (including delays); what...

Cops Tell UPenn They're Not Touching Encampment

At least not yet, per the department, saying there's no 'imminent danger' from pro-Palestinian protest

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Palestinian protests happening at college campuses around the nation, "all eyes" in Philly have been trained on the encampment at the University of Pennsylvania, where protests and counterprotests about the war in Gaza have been taking place since last month. The demonstrators have said they won't...

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...

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

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

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