Not only are developers kicking black people out of Philly’s gentrifying communities. They’re teaming up with big shots to open drug houses for mostly white addicts. Former Mayor Ed Rendell is getting a free lease from a major developer to open a city-sanctioned drug house at Kensington and Allegheny. Mayor Jim Kenney and DA Larry […]

Officers facing criminal charges are being assigned to monitor security cameras in a unit which happens to sit squarely in the midst of a highly sensitive, federally funded, Homeland Security intelligence-sharing center. The location seems to have become the department’s holding place of choice for officers on “restricted duty,” having been deemed, at least temporarily, […]

In his first in-court attack on his federal indictment, labor leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty has urged a judge to dismiss charges that he bought Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon’s vote on key issues with a union salary, calling the allegations a “feeble attempt at criminalizing the legislative process.” Prosecutors may claim to have […]

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez talks to Solomon Jones on Praise 107.9 about her resolution to study the effects of Philadelphia’s controversial soda tax and her bill that could phase out the tax in the city. Click the link below to hear the interview with Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez Click here to read more […]

Solomon Jones interviews Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Praise 107.9 on a wide range of criminal justice issues–from the death penalty to cash bail and Safe Injection Sites. Listen now!

With all that’s going on in the world—from climate change to wanton violence and political turmoil—I simply don’t have the energy to watch Saturday Night Live. But President Donald Trump, who apparently has much more free time than most of us, is a regular viewer and critic of the show. How else to explain Trump’s […]

Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose. Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play. Police […]

Tonight State Sen. Tony Williams will formally announce his candidacy for mayor at a West Philly art center that offers free children’s programs, with fewer than 50 people expected. “We’ve intentionally selected and invited opinion shapers from around the city, most of whom are supportive but some of whom are just wondering what it means,” […]

The first lawsuits targeting elite universities and individuals charged by federal prosecutors in a sweeping college admissions scandal were filed by a student and parent Wednesday in California. In her suit, Stanford University undergrad Kalea Woods claimed to be damaged because of the time and money she wasted on applications to other schools implicated in […]

At least 49 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured after mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, in a carefully planned and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press […]

A dozen Republicans joined Senate Democrats on Thursday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, arguing that the president had exceeded his powers in trying to build a border wall over Congress’s objections. The 59-to-41 vote on a measure already approved by the House set up the first veto […]

One person was critically injured in a double shooting on Wednesday, police say. It happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the 7200 block of Limekiln Pike in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood. Police say a 49-year-old man was shot multiple times throughout his body and is in critical condition. A 21-year-old man was shot once […]