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Pregnant woman, unborn child killed in Philadelphia shooting

Nov. 21, 2021 16:02 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pregnant woman unloading presents from her own baby shower in northeast Philadelphia was confronted by someone who shot and killed her and her unborn child, police said. The 32-year-old woman, who was seven months pregnant, was hit in the head and...

Philadelphia says city employees must get vaccinated

Nov. 19, 2021 12:15 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia city workers will be required to be vaccinated or get an exemption by mid-January, city health officials said Friday. The announcement reverses course from previous directives that allowed unvaccinated workers to wear double masks while...

Country's oldest Thanksgiving parade resumes in Philadelphia

Nov. 04, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The country's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade is returning to the streets of Philadelphia after taking a year off for COVID-19 restrictions. City officials announced this week that Philadelphians who mask and socially distance will be welcomed along...

Philadelphia bans traffic stops for minor infractions

Nov. 03, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor ordered police Wednesday to stop pulling over drivers for low-level offenses that critics say lead to disproportionate stops of minority drivers, making Philadelphia the largest city government in the U.S. to ban what are sometimes called pretextual stops. ...

Defense begins in trial of Philadelphia official, union boss

Nov. 02, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors put on sufficient trial evidence over four weeks to send corruption charges against a powerful Philadelphia labor leader and city council member to a jury, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The judge rejected a defense request to dismiss the...

Philadelphia police to get stun guns after Wallace shooting

Oct. 27, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will spend $14 million to equip all of its officers with stun guns, train them on how to use them and require officers to wear them while on duty. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the announcement Tuesday, the anniversary of the fatal...

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. ...