Tag: Philadelphia (Pa)

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $8 Billion Jury Verdict in Risperdal Suit

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday hit Johnson & Johnson with an $8 billion verdict over its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, siding with a Maryland man who argued that the health care giant downplayed risks that the drug could lead to breast growth in boys. The verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas […]

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Wrongly Convicted, They Had to Choose: Freedom or Restitution

PHILADELPHIA — Outside of Jimmy Dennis’s house, on a quiet block, it was one of those perfect summer days. But Mr. Dennis preferred to stay inside, behind drawn shades, where there was little risk anyone would misinterpret what he was up to. Twenty-five years on death row can do that to a man. Since being […]

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A New Wave of Caregivers: Men

Third of three articles. Read the first article, on paid family leave, here, and the second, on state child support, here. When you hear the word “caregiver,” what image comes to mind? Most likely it is a woman in her 40s — someone tucking her children in with a phone call to her aging mother […]

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Meek Mill’s Criminal Case Ends With a Misdemeanor Guilty Plea

The Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who has become a symbol of criminal justice reform, as well as an outspoken advocate, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from a 2007 arrest, ending a legal saga that has sent him to prison multiple times during more than a decade of probation and appeals. […]

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Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Resigns as Officers Accuse Colleagues of Harassment

Richard Ross Jr., the Philadelphia police commissioner, abruptly resigned on Tuesday after what the city’s mayor described as a failure to stop harassment and discrimination in the department. “New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention,” Mayor Jim Kenney […]

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When Cities Try to Limit Guns, State Laws Bar the Way

A day after six Philadelphia police officers were wounded in a long, tense standoff with a gunman, the city’s mayor angrily called for tougher restrictions on guns. “I say to our state and federal lawmakers: Step up — or step aside,” Mayor Jim Kenney said, hours after the surrender of the suspect, who the police […]

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A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

Don’t call the real estate development company Venn a developer. Its founders prefer “neighboring start-up.” And don’t call the company’s tenants, who are scattered across 20 buildings in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, renters. They are “members” or “Venners.” “We describe ourselves as a new way of living,” said Or Bokobza, the chief […]

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How a Shooting Unnerved Philadelphia: ‘Our Collective Hearts Were in Our Throats’

PHILADELPHIA — Trapped in a bathroom on the second floor of a three-story Philadelphia rowhouse, the two police officers huddled together. They could hear the gunman roaming downstairs, shouting and shooting at them through the ceiling. The officers needed help. But sending more police into the home would be too dangerous. “You will possibly encounter […]

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Several Philadelphia Police Officers Injured in a Standoff Near Temple University

Several Philadelphia police officers were injured in a rapidly escalating standoff on Wednesday afternoon with at least one active shooter at a home in the city’s northern section, the authorities said. One officer was described by local media outlets as being in critical condition. The conditions of the other officers were not immediately known. S.W.A.T. […]

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These 3 Cities Are Destinations for Democrats. They’re Not in Iowa.

MILWAUKEE — An energized crowd of 500 packed into a mixed-use space here on a summer Sunday afternoon to hear a rousing stump speech from Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who was making the final stop in a 12-day campaign blitz in a state that won’t hold its primary until April. “A Democratic victory […]

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Second Judge Dismisses Criminal Charges in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

For the second time in two years, a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against an Amtrak engineer who was driving a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people. Brandon Bostian, 36, faced more than 200 charges in the May 2015 derailment, including one count of causing catastrophe, a felony, and […]

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8 Day Trips From New York, No Car Needed

When it comes to day trips, the journey can matter as much as the arrival. One or two hours on a train provides the time to get lost in a summer book, have an unhurried conversation and moon over the passing scenery as everyday anxiety ebbs away. These eight regional getaways have recently been road-tested, […]

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Philadelphia Wakes Up to Huge Fire After Oil Refinery Explosion

An orange fireball filled the sky in Philadelphia early Friday after an explosion at an oil refinery in the southwest part of the city. From Pennsylvania to New Jersey, there were reports of homes shaking, as people awoke to a smoke-filled sky and orders to shelter in place. No significant injuries were reported, according to […]

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72 Philadelphia Officers Benched After Offensive Social Media Posts

The Philadelphia police commissioner pulled 72 officers from the streets and the top prosecutor in St. Louis said she would no longer accept cases from 22 officers as outrage grew this week over a catalog of bigoted social media posts by members of several American police departments. The benching of the Philadelphia officers, announced Wednesday […]

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London Fire Survivors Sue in Unlikely Place: Philadelphia Court

LONDON — Hundreds of survivors and relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London have sued makers of the flammable cladding and insulation that fed the blaze in an American court, trying despite steep legal obstacles to hold the firms liable as the two-year anniversary of the fire nears. For a disaster that […]

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