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Philadelphia names street for controversial former mayor

Sep. 21, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., who led the city in 1985 when police dropped a bomb on a rowhouse and caused an inferno that killed 11 people and destroyed more than 60 homes, defended his legacy against shouting protesters Friday as the city named a street in his honor....

Philadelphia agrees to overhaul property seizure law

Sep. 18, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has agreed to overhaul its civil forfeiture laws as part of a proposed lawsuit settlement announced Tuesday, limiting what law enforcement officers can seize and how it can use the proceeds. The city's civil forfeiture law allows law enforcement officials to confiscate...

Queen Latifah to be honored with Marian Anderson Award

Aug. 22, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Queen Latifah will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera....

Philadelphia's Frank Rizzo statue to stay put for now

Aug. 10, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The planned relocation of a statue of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, a polarizing figure in the city's history, has been put on hold for at least two more years. Mayor Jim Kenney said it would cost the city $200,000 to take down the 10-foot statue and store it until it could...

Police commissioner calls deadly shootout 'absolute tragedy'

Aug. 6, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who apparently mistakenly thought his home was being broken into opened fire on police as they sought to serve an arrest warrant for his grandson, critically wounding one officer before he was killed by return fire, the police commissioner said. "This is an all-out, absolute...

The Latest: Police call deadly shootout 'absolute tragedy'

Aug. 6, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on a shooting that wounded a Philadelphia police officer serving a warrant (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Police say a shooting that left a Philadelphia homeowner dead and an officer critically wounded apparently stemmed from the homeowner's mistaken belief his home was being...

Boys say they put black doll in noose at playground as prank

Aug. 3, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two pre-teen boys say they pulled a prank by putting a black doll hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 black Philadelphia residents. The doll was discovered Thursday morning and prompted Mayor Jim Kenney to call it "a despicable...

Black doll found hanging by noose at playground, burial site

Aug. 2, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a black doll was found hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 black Philadelphia residents. The doll was discovered Thursday morning. Mayor Jim Kenney called it a "despicable act" and said the city will do everything it can...

Made Up in America? Philly mayor tweets photo with Jay-Z

Jul. 31, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia and Jay-Z have apparently made up after the Made In America Festival controversy earlier this month. Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted a photo of himself with Jay-Z before the rap mogul's show at the Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night. Jay-Z and wife Beyonce were...

No more 'Filthadelphia'? City tackles its litter problem

Jul. 29, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has been trying for decades to tackle its litter problem and shed itself of the nickname Filthadelphia. In June, the city and citizen groups tackled one small piece of the big litter puzzle: the posting of illegal signs. Citizens collected over 8,500 signs from around the...