Articles by Sam Newhouse

Ex-Lt. Josey’s acquittal a ‘true smack in the face’

City officials and members of the Puerto Rican community and beyond said they were outraged and disappointed by the Feb. 26 acquittal of the former Philadelphia police officer charged with simple assault. Ex-police Lt. Jonathan Josey had been caught on video striking a woman in the face in Kensington during September’s Puerto Rican Day celebration, at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue.

Wild car chase ends in Northern Liberties

Charges were filed in New Jersey against the couple Wednesday, reported. Bills is charged with attempted murder, carjacking, eluding, aggravated assault and assault by auto, and Sykes is charged with conspiracy to commit theft of a car and joyriding.

Port Richmond Books thrives, even if it is ‘haunted’

Greg Gillespie is the king of a castle of books — about 200,000 of them, to be exact.

‘New Kensington Parents’ group fights for schools in 19125

When Jorge Santana moved to Fishtown two years ago, he said he was struck by what he perceived as the lack of many quality schools in the neighborhood. 

Wynn’s Fishtown casino: the River Wards’ reaction

Last week, Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn presented his plans for a $900 million casino and hotel dubbed “Wynn Philadelphia” on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown, on land north of the SugarHouse Casino.

Fishtown man spearheads national anti-bullying movement

Fishtown man Syboll — who has no last name since he legally changed it in 1998 — is nothing if not full of personality.

Henon holds outreach meeting for Bridesburg’s controversial Coke lot

City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) held the first meeting of a working group to develop a plan for the former Philadelphia Coke Company factory site last Wednesday evening.

Fishtown’s charitable church

Ryan Egli, of Fishtown’s Liberti Church East, said that he meets many people who need help with big problems — parents laid off from full-time jobs, older people living without access to good meals, or single mothers struggling with five or six children.

Fishtown’s charitable church

Liberti Church East is planning its annual Easter outreach program, which raised $40,000 last year to distribute 1,200 Easter meals to River Ward families in need. This year, it plans to raise $50,000 and dig two drinking water wells in Southern Sudan.

Fishtown ball player heads to spring training

He’s putting Fishtown on the map.