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Students get a lesson from city’s Crime Scene Unit

Things aren’t always what they seem when police show up at a crime scene. And the people running away aren’t always the bad guys.


Tire torture

City streets plagued with more than 11,000 potholes.

You’d think that, with 15 storms this winter that together dropped more than 5 feet of snow, Philly would have set a new snowfall record, but, no, it didn’t. There’s still time, of course, to move up to No. 1. Spring doesn’t show up until the afternoon of March 20. Try to think warm thoughts until then.


Neilson nominated for City Council

Members of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee on Tuesday nominated state Rep. Ed Neilson to run for the at-large City Council seat that Bill Green recently left to head up the School Reform Commission. It was unanimous, said U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, city Democratic Party chairman.


Power outage in Frankford

The lights went out in the Frankford branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia about 6:15 p.m. Monday as patrons were checking out books and PhillyRising was conducting a session in the library’s basement meeting room.


Around Town: March 12, 2014

Hibernians to party on Sunday


History event at Sankofa

Frankford resident Leon Brantley will present a black history and women’s history program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sankofa Freedom Academy’s upper school (formerly St. Joachim’s), Penn and Church streets.


Child advocacy nonprofit helps sexual abuse victims

“What happened?” the little girl was asked.


Celtic Confections

Saints and begorrah, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! It’s time for leprechauns, fairies and rainbows, and a pot of gold. Mix shamrocks and shenanigans along with some green beer (oh no!), a little blarney, and you’ve got to have some fun, or craic (pronounced crack), as they say in Ireland. That’s the truth, or my name isn’t Donna O’Zitter McBordelon.


Benefit set for NE native battling cancer

A benefit is being planned for Holmesburg native Jerry Hartman, a liver and colon cancer patient known to many as a friend, coach, mentor and teacher.


New businesses to move into Cottman Ave. vacant store property

A long-vacant Northeast Philadelphia department store property will be occupied and open for business by the Christmas shopping season.