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Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett asks Obama for help ending Philadelphia transit strike

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Republican governor called on President Barack Obama on Saturday to intervene to end a transit strike in the greater Philadelphia area and force the two sides to negotiate. The move by Governor Tom Corbett came hours after about 440 engineers and electricians who…

Report: PA school aide fed pet treats to 4th grade students, called them ‘cookies’

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – An aide at a rural Pennsylvania school handed out pet treats to dozens of fourth-grade students and may have told them the food was cookies or crackers, according to local media reports. It was unclear how many children ate the pet treats, but the part-time worker at…

Philadelphia toddler kills older sister while playing with cocked and loaded handgun

A 2-year-old West Philadelphia boy shot and killed his 11-year-old sister Saturday morning while playing with a loaded handgun. Investigators said the girl’s 14-year-old brother found the gun, which had been left on top of the refrigerator by her mother’s boyfriend during a visit the night before, reported the Philadelphia…

Philadelphia teen suffers ruptured testicle and hit with misdemeanors during police patdown

A straight-A student suffered a ruptured testicle during a patdown by Philadelphia police and was then charged with resisting arrest. Darrin Manning told The Philadelphia Inquirer he got off the subway Jan. 7 on his way to play in a high school basketball game with a dozen teammates wearing their…

Two students injured in Philadelphia school shooting

Two teenage American high school students were shot and injured Friday by a student gunman who whipped out a handgun at the end of the school day, police said. Police said both the injured 15-year-old students, one girl and one boy, were in a stable condition in the hospital. They…

Building inspector linked to Philadelphia collapse dies in apparent suicide

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The city building inspector who checked a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has died of an apparent suicide, local media reported. The inspector died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing law enforcement sources.…

Catholic officials sentenced to prison for sexually abusing young boy

Two Catholic officials in Philadelphia were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing a young boy more than a decade ago. “This prison sentence sends a clear message to sexual assault victims in Philadelphia. If you come forward, you will be heard,” said District Attorney Seth Williams in a…

Demolition worker in Philadelphia building collapse was reportedly high on pot and pills

The crane operator believed to be responsible for a June 5 building collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured 13 was allegedly high on marijuana and codeine at the time of the accident. According to the Associated Press, city officials investigating the incident say that Sean Benschop, 42,…

Up to 10 trapped after four-story building collapses in Philadelphia

Several people were trapped in the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, rescue officials told local media. The structure, located centrally near 22nd and Market Street, was next-door to a building that crews were demolishing. It’s not immediately clear what caused the collapse. Philadelphia Fire…

Thousands march in Philadelphia to protest Trayvon Martin killing

Thousands of people marched in Philadelphia to protest the shooting in Florida of an unarmed black teenager, joining a growing national storm over racism. The unusually large demonstration for Philadelphia, which was comprised mostly of African Americans, followed protests in Florida and New York. The protests are dubbed “Million Hoodie…

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