William Bender is an investigative reporter who has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He also contributes to Clout, a column chronicling the underbelly of Philly's political scene.

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A student was late returning a textbook to Amazon, so the company took thousands from her dad

Her plan to save money by renting a textbook backfired when Amazon raided her father’s checking account. Eventually, the company admitted it had made a mistake.

How a control room ‘hero’ saved Philly from a catastrophe during refinery fire

As rescuers rushed in, a control room "hero" quickly siphoned toxic hydrofluoric acid away from danger.

Kenney: No health risk from refinery fire

The Kenney administration appointed a task force to study the blaze, and hearings in July were promised.

Council President Darrell Clarke backtracks on no-bid land sale statement after release of new emails

Newly discovered emails show that Council President Darrell Clarke's staffers were more closely involved in a controversial land sale than he'd previously acknowledged.

Blackwell political dynasty falls in West Philly, but incumbents dominate other City Council district races

Jamie Gauthier, a political newcomer who built a grassroots campaign, upset Jannie L. Blackwell, ending a 45-year reign of Blackwell representation of West Philadelphia.

‘These properties ... are mine to buy!’ Emails show confusion, backroom deal-making in North Philly public land sale.

The documents shed light on the types of deals that Mayor Jim Kenney and others have sought to eliminate to protect the interests of taxpayers when it comes to the sale of public land.

Charges dismissed against former Glen Mills counselor; another awaits trial

The district court judge disagreed with prosecutors that video shows Patrick Raquet, 35, assaulting a student from Philadelphia.

Flyers remove Kate Smith statue from Xfinity Live!

The bronze statue of the late singer Kate Smith has apparently been removed from outside Xfinity Live! as the Flyers looked into racist lyrics she sang.

Police: Fatal hit-and-run driver fled in white Lexus

Police are searching for the driver of a Chevy Camaro who caused an accident Saturday night in Bustleton that killed two people. He fled in a white Lexus. Five others were injured.

A Philly judge was fired after a politically connected law firm complained about her

Andrea McCormick, a workers’ compensation judge in Philadelphia, had infuriated the law firm of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. It may have cost her the job she had held since 2006.