A retired Philadelphia police officer has been charged with civil rights violations for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while on duty more than two years ago, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Thomas O’Neill, 47, is accused of assaulting the woman inside his squad car on July 3, 2016, court documents show. The woman, who is black, […]

The Eagles’ locker room was a dejected place when Sunday turned into Monday and the players started to realize the stunning reality of a 27-20 loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. What pained and perplexed them even more was that they have felt that way too often during a season in danger of escaping them. […]

A Philadelphia police officer was shot in a thigh Wednesday morning when he and his partner “interrupted a shooting” in Kensington and got into a gun battle with at least one of the suspects, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. Officer Paul Sulock, 31, was in stable condition and in good spirits at Temple University Hospital […]

A former Philadelphia police officer pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiring with corrupt Baltimore police officers who funneled illegal drugs to him to sell in Philadelphia. Eric Snell, 34, who was a Baltimore officer before he joined the Philadelphia force, had originally pleaded not guilty and was in the middle of a jury […]

A teenage suspect was in custody this morning in the the shooting death of Kristian Marche, an 18-year-old Imhotep Institute Charter High School graduate and standout track and football athlete, according to a police source, and investigators were searching for another teen they believe was involved in the crime. The source said the investigation into […]

Kristian Marche, a standout track and football athlete who graduated earlier this year from Imhotep Institute Charter High School in East Germantown, was to begin his freshman year this week at Pennsylvania State University, where he was given a track-and-field scholarship, authorities said Wednesday. Police believe the 18-year-old was targeted when he was shot in […]

A 2-year-old boy was fatally mauled by several pit bulls late Wednesday afternoon inside a rowhouse in the city’s Port Richmond section, police said. Around 5:15 p.m., police responded to reports that a child was being attacked by dogs inside a two-story rowhouse in the 3000 block of Agate Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. […]

The man accused of fatally stabbing a city developer near Rittenhouse Square last month will not be charged with first-degree murder, opening the possibility for him to be released from jail while awaiting trial and all but eliminating the potential of a life sentence. Assistant DA Lou Tumolo told Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden on Wednesday that […]

I firmly believe that black lives matter, but I’m beginning to wonder if America shares that conviction. If black lives mattered, would the Washington Post have found that in America’s largest cities, nearly three- quarters of the unsolved murders over a decade involved black victims. Would they have found that in Philadelphia, where we’ve had […]

Mayor Kenney won’t renew a controversial city contract that allows federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to access a key law-enforcement database, known as PARS, and use that information against undocumented but otherwise law-abiding immigrants in Philadelphia. “I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue,” the mayor said. The decision, announced Friday, follows […]

The Made in America dust-up that embroiled hip-hop mogul Jay-Z mounted in a public relations war against the Kenney administration was about much more than the festival being held on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It was about the ongoing fights that are driven by gentrification, race, and class. In communities across the city and the nation, black residents […]

The image from Table Rock Lake that onlookers say they will never forget is the heads, one after another, bobbing in the dark water. One would pop up on the surface and then disappear. As a boat packed with tourists capsized during a storm in a popular summertime region of southern Missouri, Table Rock Lake […]