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Man in custody for vandalism of Israeli flag in Philadelphia

May. 15, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of splattering red paint on an Israeli flag in Philadelphia has been taken into custody. Laura Frank, an employee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer she saw a man standing near the flag with a paint gun on Tuesday and called...

Jury awards $10M to Philadelphia man over wrongful arrest

May. 11, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man locked up for more than three years based on a police officer's false testimony has been awarded $10 million. The jury's verdict Thursday was handed down in the case of Khanefah Boozer, a 33-year-old man who languished in jail while he awaited trial for allegedly...

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with the company

May. 2, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the world's biggest coffee-shop chain Wednesday for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. Separately, they reached a deal with the city for a symbolic $1 each and...

The Latest: Starbucks pact with 2 men includes free college

May. 2, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the case of two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Starbucks says a settlement it reached with two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia shops includes an offer of a free college education. The coffee shop chain says the two...

Meek Mill: People going through same ordeal depending on him

Apr. 25, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill said Wednesday that now that he's out of prison, a lot of people facing similar battles with the criminal justice system are depending on him. "I got a lot of responsibility," he said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News. He said the men counting on him...

Rapper Meek Mill freed after high court order

Apr. 24, 2018 9:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill walked out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania's highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions. Following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed...

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Apr. 20, 2018 1:19 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if...

Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

Apr. 18, 2018 7:32 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a surreal scene that is part of daily life for many black Americans and minorities, an everyday moment gone wrong, ending in complete humiliation. Two black men were handcuffed and arrested at a Starbucks, setting off a national uproar after the incident was captured on video. A...

The Latest: Mayor says Starbucks 'contrite' over arrests

Apr. 16, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Philadelphia officials have wrapped up a meeting with Starbucks executives to discuss the arrests of two black men who were denied use of a store's bathroom and refused to leave. Mayor...

Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

Apr. 16, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests...