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January 23, 2016
An unidentified man was struck by a vehicle and critically injured Thursday evening in South Philadelphia, police said. Just after 5:30 p.m., the man was in the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Tasker Street when he was hit, police said. He was transported by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The vehicle remained at the scene. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Nearly a week after Vice President Biden visited Philadelphia to announce a new federal "moon shot" to battle cancer, the heads of six leading Pennsylvania cancer centers and other experts gathered in Center City on Thursday to discuss treatment and prevention developments, and sort the promise from the hype. The six directors were panelists at "Cancer Precision Medicine, Big Ideas in Research, Treatment and Prevention," a half-day conference at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
West Tavern, a little hole-in-the-wall taproom tucked unceremoniously next to a highway exit ramp, poured a lot of beers Wednesday. The old-school bar at 15th and Callowhill Streets in Philadelphia was packed with nurses from Hahnemann University Hospital celebrating a record-setting union win. "I was very excited, especially since it was such a landslide," said Susan Bowes-Wirsch, a radiology nurse from Doylestown, one of about 50 who lifted...
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Police in New York have taken into custody a man who an anonymous tipster said was planning to kill officers there and in Philadelphia. The tip, however, has not been verified, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Wednesday. His department, Ross said, was working with the New York Police Department and federal authorities on the case. The man has not been charged. Thomas Galati, chief of the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, said at a news conference earlier Wednesday that his department had first received news of a possible threat to officers from the Philadelphia police.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The School District of Philadelphia and Imhotep Institute Charter High School said Wednesday that they had reached a settlement over allegations that the former charter administrators fraudulently billed the district for two special-education students. Imhotep, which has replaced its board and brought in new management, denied any wrongdoing. The charter has agreed to repay the district nearly $16,100 for inaccurate invoices. Investigators in the district's charter office and the city Inspector General's Office found evidence that the charter in East Germantown had billed the district for the entire 2013-14 academic year for a student who attended for only one semester.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Born in Cambodia, raised in two refugee camps after her family escaped Pol Pot's dictatorship, Leendavy Koung is a master of Asian arts and culture in Philadelphia. In November, she sat for a videotaped interview as part of Article 13 , a fiery French-Mexican multimedia production about migration, scheduled for its U.S. premiere in Philadelphia in April. Despite the strain of refugee life, Koung, 43, said she learned from her parents to appreciate and promote Khmer classical music and folk dance.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A nine-year Army veteran who said he suffers from service-related post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced Tuesday to 18 to 36 years in prison for strangling a woman in 2012 during a night fueled by drink and crack cocaine. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi told Larry Rodriguez that although officials were not able to access his military records, she did not doubt he suffered from PTSD. But DeFino-Nastasi said it was equally clear Rodriguez knew he became very violent when using alcohol and crack, because in 2008 he tried to strangle his mother.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
Gasoline prices continued to fall in the region last week, though the average retail price of $2.08 per gallon in Philadelphia is still well above the national average of $1.90 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. But nothing can match the madness taking place in Michigan, where a price war has broken out among some retailers. One station in Houghton Lake on Sunday lowered its price to 47 cents per gallon, according to Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. The retailer's price did not even cover the cost of taxes -- the combined state and federal gasoline tax in Michigan is 48.94 cents per gallon, according to the American Petroleum Institute (taxes are 68.8 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania and 32.9 cents per gallon in New Jersey)
NEWS
January 19, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
When Honduran police found Maria Erlinda's uncle dead in a ditch, his nose and one of his ears had been cut off, a finger severed - hallmarks of "Los Peludos," a notorious gang. There was no investigation of the murder, which family members believe was retaliation for his having reported an earlier crime. Then a gang member held Maria at knifepoint and said she would have to become "his woman," either willingly or by force. Her tears drew attention on the street and she broke free.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
As Mayor Kenney's official black SUV rolled up, high-pitched cheers erupted from the steps to Southwest Philadelphia's Penrose School and the rat-tat-tat of the drum line started inside the building. "He's here! He's here!" Kenney shook hands with the second-grade welcoming party, standing in a line with "Welcome, Mayor Kenney" signs and shy smiles. "Thank you for having me," he said. "Should we go inside?" The mayor has said he will visit one school a week as a nod to his focus on education and two big promises: making pre-K education available to every child in Philadelphia, and putting in place "community schools" - campuses that offer residents access to health, counseling and social services, and community development programs.
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