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Prison time for former cop

A former Philadelphia police officer has been ordered to serve six months in federal prison for his role in a multi-state steroid distribution ring orchestrated by a former police colleague.

The art of fire safety

Five local high school seniors who designed and painted safety-themed panels for a Bustleton firehouse were treated to some pizza, soda, hoagies and thanks.

Tires slashed in Somerton

More than a dozen Somerton residents woke up on Jan. 29 to discover that vandals had punctured the tires on their parked vehicles.

NE judges among 12 people charged in ticket-fix case

The Philadelphia Bar Association, a state Supreme Court justice and the majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate are all calling for continued reforms at Philadelphia Traffic Court after a dozen people associated with the troubled court were criminally charged last week.

Honors for a vet

A local veterans’ group has honored Ret. Army Lt. Col. Kathy Brill for her long and distinguished career.

Mum’s the word

— At St. Jerome Parish, no one wants to talk about the conviction of a priest and teacher in a sex-abuse scandal or how the church moves forward. Parishioners do have a lot to say about the good things going on at the church.

Tacony man convicted in fatal shooting over dog waste

Jurors on Friday convicted a Northeast man of third-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a neighbor in a dispute over dog droppings.

Somerton resident honored as Volunteer of the Year

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia affiliate credits volunteer Sally Rotenberg with changing the face of breast cancer with the love of a sister, the dedication of a fighter and the soul of a survivor. 

Words of wisdom

Eduardo Soares came to Philadelphia from Brazil in 1999 and managed to pick up a little English.