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July 15, 2016 | By Sarah LeBlanc, STAFF WRITER
New Jersey-based Webcomic Factory, an online hub of comic treasures, just launched its 30th webcomic entitled " Scumbag Cop . " Written by Tony DiGerolamo and drawn by Ricardo Enguita Palomar, the comic features a corrupt Philadelphia detective who develops a distortedly positive moral compass after years of abusing his power. "I've been developing this project for a long time," DiGerolamo said in a press release. "It's kind of a film noir, where all the characters are bad, but Trevor Baker is the best person in a mess of bad ones.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the immediate Philadelphia area from noon Thursday until 8 p.m. Friday with heat indices of 100 or better possible. Elsewhere a "heat advisory" is in effect for most of New Jersey and much of eastern Pennsylvania from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. The afternoons will be steamy with highs well into the 90s, but the weather service warns that the nights also will be dangerously oppressive, with temperatures perhaps not getting below 80 in parts of the city.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Jason Nark, STAFF WRITERS
After a turbulent week of Black Lives Matter protests, rallies to support Philadelphia police were held Wednesday evening in Roxborough and Mayfair. Meanwhile, a planned Black Lives Matter march in Center City late in the afternoon fizzled when only a dozen people showed up. In the evening, at Cottman and Frankford Avenues, several hundred people participated in a "Back the Blue" demonstration, waving U.S. flags and urging passing motorists to honk their horns in support of the police.
SPORTS
July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Philadelphia School District would receive a portion of receipts generated by Uber and other ride-sharing services in the city under language that budget negotiators have inserted in a fiscal bill. The bill, passed by the House and the Senate on Wednesday, also would let companies such as Uber and Lyft operate legally in the city at least until Sept. 30. Uber already had secured that permission in an agreement announced last week. Under the measure, which awaits Gov. Wolf's signature, ride-sharing services would pay 1 percent of their gross receipts from fares that originate in the city to the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
SPORTS
July 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - As Odubel Herrera buttoned his dress shirt late Tuesday, the young Phillies outfielder said his goodbyes to the National League's stars, and the second half of the season started. Herrera, in the season's first 90 games, achieved status as one of the more interesting Phillies as the team embarks on its rebuilding process. The team was far more competitive than expected. Herrera was far from the only captivating player. What's next? "Keep making adjustments," Herrera said.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are asking for help identifying a gunman who robbed a Northeast Philadelphia store Monday night. The man entered the Abreu Mini Market, at 948 Sanger St. in the Summerdale section, at about 8:25 p.m. After getting a drink, he went to the counter and pointed a black semiautomatic pistol at the cashier behind the store's plastic partition, police said Wednesday. "Do you want to die?" the robber threatened the other man. In the video, the gunman is seen going behind the partition and struggling with the male cashier.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
When Meg Saligman describes the artwork that she's creating for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, it is the sense of the unknown that excites her. Some protesters could vandalize her piece or set it on fire, she mused. That, she said, is the unpredictable part of interactive art. Saligman is a prolific Philadelphia-based muralist who has left her mark on the city through iconic paintings such as Common Threads , which rises over the intersection of Broad and Spring Garden Streets.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER martha.woodall@ phillynews.com 215-854-2789 @marwooda
A teacher at beleaguered Delaware Valley Charter High School has asked the Philadelphia School District's top financial official to reconsider withholding $820,000 in payments to the school this summer. The district said the charter school in Logan owes the money for overbilling for students in past years and failing to make required pension payments for teachers. But Matthew Black, 27, who has taught math at the school for two years, said it's the teachers and other staffers who were hurt when the charter could not make payroll last week.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Cynthia Figueroa took the lectern Wednesday as the new head of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services - an agency under sanctions, overwhelmed with an increase in children, and struggling with depleted employee morale - and let out a loud, "Woo-hoo!" "I'm excited. I'm so excited!" Figueroa, 43, said to energetic applause from the crowd gathered in the Mayor's Reception Room. "I know it's a huge challenge, but I don't care. I'm excited. There's a lot of work for us to do, and our interests of children have to be first and not the politics of the work.
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