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June 3, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A campaign is underway to keep Philadelphians in town for the Democratic National Convention. The action at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25-28 is closed to the public, but organizers will hold a food-truck festival, happy-hour events, watch parties, and deals at local restaurants and stores - all incentives announced Wednesday to keep people here. "We don't want people to go to the Jersey Shore, we don't want people to go to the mountains. This is not the pope," Mayor Kenney said.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
Police were investigating the slaying of a 77-year-old man found dead inside his home Tuesday afternoon in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. About 1:10 p.m. in the 6300 block of Theodore Street, police were called by a neighbor to check on the victim's well-being, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The man, who lived alone, was found unresponsive with head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. On Friday, the man was involved in a physical altercation with what he called "neighborhood kids," according to his son, Walker said.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
Man dies after falling onto I-95 An unidentified man died Tuesday morning after falling onto I-95 from a pedestrian overpass into Penn's Landing. The man, in his 40s, fell onto the highway from the South Street pedestrian overpass shortly after 9:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene 10 minutes later. Southbound traffic near the overpass was briefly shut down. - Emily Babay Man killed by train in Bucks An unidentified man was struck and killed by a CSX freight train at the Langhorne Train Station in Bucks County early Tuesday morning.
NEWS
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. PENSIONS Hard-earned benefit As a cop who rose through the ranks, I retired as a captain with 33 years of service to the citizens of Philadelphia. I receive a lucrative pension check every month. I accept it without guilt because I earned it. I worked three different shifts; worked Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; and missed birthdays, anniversaries, and family functions because of the profession I chose. I'm not complaining; I knew what I was getting into when I joined the department.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to stay a judge's order punishing prosecutors for not surrendering three cellphones for examination by lawyers in the civil case filed in connection with the Center City building collapse. The motion filed Friday contends that Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein had no authority to grant sanctions requested by lawyers for the Salvation Army, whose thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets was crushed when an unsupported three- to four-story brick wall toppled from an adjacent property.
NEWS
June 1, 2016
ISSUE | SODA VS. CONTAINER TAX Reform existing Phila. levies first City Council President Darrell L. Clarke lambasted Mayor Kenney's proposed 3-cents-an-ounce sugary-drink tax and pressed for a beverage-container tax instead ("Clarke calls 3-cent tax 'ridiculous,' " Thursday). This criticism came from a man who supports raising the egregiously high real estate transfer tax to create changes in neighborhoods that need improvements. It's interesting to hear one politician indicate the absurdity of another's tax plans when he hopes to see tax increases to fund his plans.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL Remember all victims Philadelphia's Holocaust Memorial should incorporate the five million non-Jews who were killed by Adolf Hitler's forces (" 'A uniquely Jewish experience,' " Monday). I take issue with the letter writer who implied that to do so would deny the Nazis' obsession with the Jews. These Polish Christians and other non-Jews were not some sort of collateral damage but were Nazi targets, too. As a Jewish American born in Amsterdam, I identified deeply with Anne Frank and took to heart that she cried watching Romani and Hungarian children being led to the crematoria.
NEWS
May 28, 2016
An unidentified body was found Thursday night on the west bank of the Schuylkill in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The body was discovered by a kayaker near 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue, police said. The gender or race of the body could not be determined at the scene. No further information was immediately available. - Robert Moran
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