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Philadelphia will stop keeping a portion of defendants' bail

Oct. 11, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city of Philadelphia will no longer keep a portion of defendants' bail deposits even if they appear for court hearings, officials said Thursday. The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which covers the Philadelphia County court system, announced the change at a news conference....

More than 50 arrested in drug ring bust

Oct. 4, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three top members of a well-known Philadelphia drug trafficking organization are facing 689 charges after a collaborative enforcement effort dismantled the heroin, fentanyl and cocaine ring, the city's top prosecutor announced Thursday. District Attorney Larry Krasner said 57 people...

Mural of ex-inmates seeks public input on mass incarceration

Oct. 4, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For nearly two decades, Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building has been home to a bronze sculpture of Frank Rizzo, the polarizing, tough-on-crime former mayor and police commissioner. Now, a temporary art installation highlighting formerly incarcerated men and women who are working...

Mural of murdered black activist dedicated in Philadelphia

Oct. 4, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mural Arts has unveiled a new work dedicated to 19th century civil rights activist Octavius Catto, who was assassinated at age 32 while trying to rally people to vote in 1871. The civil rights activist appears on the side of the Universal Institute Charter School in South...

Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort

Oct. 3, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the effort to open Philadelphia's and possibly the nation's first supervised drug injection site— saying Wednesday that he would support the effort even if it meant facing federal charges. The 74-year-old Rendell joined the board of...

Protesters use images of Flyers' new mascot to decry Trump

Oct. 2, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphians used the city's latest sports mascot to protest a visit by President Donald Trump. About 100 protesters gathered Tuesday outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center where Trump addressed the National Electrical Contractors Convention. Several carried homemade signs of...

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...

New Philadelphia facility to turn food waste into gas

Aug. 28, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia refinery has announced it is building a new facility to turn food waste into methane gas. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports RNG Energy Solutions said Monday it formed a joint venture with Philadelphia Energy Solutions to build a $120 million digester that will be able to...