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Charges reinstated in officer's pepper spray use in protest

Oct. 19, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has granted a prosecution request to reinstate charges against a former Philadelphia police officer seen on video lowering the face covering of at least one protester before dousing a group with pepper spray as they knelt on a city interstate during a...

Tensions persist between legacy of Columbus, native people

Oct. 11, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

Monday's federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus is highlighting the ongoing divide between those who view the explorer as a representative of Italian American history and others horrified by an annual tribute that ignores native people whose lives and culture were forever changed...

Court ruling allows covering to remain over Columbus statue

Oct. 10, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A state court ruling will allow a plywood box to remain — for the moment — over a statue of Christopher Columbus that the city has been trying to remove from a south Philadelphia park since the explorer became a focus amid nationwide demonstrations against racial...

Covering ordered removed from Philadelphia Columbus statue

Oct. 09, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ruled that Philadelphia must remove a plywood box covering a statue of Christopher Columbus that the city has been trying to remove from a park since the explorer became a focus amid nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice. ...

Bribery trial opens for Philadelphia union boss, city leader

Oct. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful Philadelphia labor leader kept a city council member on the union payroll in a no-show, $70,000-a-year job so he would do his bidding at City Hall, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as a long-awaited corruption trial began. The sweeping...

Police: Nurse kills hospital co-worker, later shot himself

Oct. 04, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A nurse shot and killed a co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital early Monday before fleeing and being shot in a subsequent exchange of gunfire with police that wounded two officers, authorities said. The 55-year-old nurse was wearing scrubs when he...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 11, 2021. Editorial: A lawsuit built on hypocrisy Fourteen Republican members of the state House have filed a legal challenge to the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting — a law that 11 of those esteemed...

New Philadelphia police contract grants raises, some reforms

Sep. 14, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police announced a new three-year contract with the city Tuesday that offers raises, along with a $1,500 bonus, but lets the city make some of the disciplinary reforms it sought. The more than 6,000 city officers will see raises of...

Searches, sorrow in wake of Ida's destructive, deadly floods

Sep. 03, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Police went door to door in search of more possible victims and drew up lists of the missing as the death toll rose to 49 on Friday in the catastrophic flooding set off across the Northeast by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The disaster...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 01, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Aug. 31, 2021. Editorial: Afghans are welcome here On Friday, Afghan refugees began arriving at Philadelphia International Airport, and elected officials, including Mayor Jim Kenney, have rightly expressed “solidarity with...