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Blocks away from South Philly refinery explosion, residents saw what looked ‘almost like a nuclear disaster’

For some, the three-alarm fire and shelter-in-place messages from the city felt like the nightmare they’ve feared for years. The oil refinery is the largest on the East Coast, and is essentially wedged into the backyards of several residential neighborhoods.

12 people shot, 2 killed during violent weekend in Philly

From West Philadelphia to the Northeast, the number of shooting and murder victims in the city continued to climb over what proved to be a violent weekend.

NJ Transit River Line returns to regular service

Service on the river line was severely disrupted late last week, after hairline cracks were discovered on wheels belonging to some of the light rail line's cars.

Dog dies in multi-alarm fire in Frankford section

Firefighters were battling a four-alarm fire Saturday night in the Frankford section. No injuries or evacuations were reported.

Columbine survivor’s death a reminder of the lingering trauma of gun violence

Austin Eubanks’ death of an apparent drug overdose underscores the depth of trauma that gun violence survivors can carry with them forever.

For less than $300, powerful figures can muzzle your free speech

For the cost of a small filing fee, public figures can use the courts to silence their critics. A pair of bills can make a difference in Pennsylvania.

Gun violence victims still feel forgotten. Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Dwight Evans hope to change that.

Following a 2018 Inquirer report on the struggles faced by gun violence victims in the U.S., two lawmakers are cosponsoring a Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

Time after time, Trump’s team refused to follow his orders to undermine the Mueller probe

On at least a half-dozen occasions, President Trump encountered stiff resistance to his efforts to undermine the Mueller probe from members of his senior staff. We explore some of the more memorable examples.

This Philadelphia police inspector was accused of sexual harassment. Now he is head of the Special Victims Unit.

The Police Department put Inspector Anthony Washington in charge of the Special Victims Unit, despite past sexual-harassment complaints. Advocates for rape victims are dismayed, but Washington’s supporters say his past isn’t problematic.

Jim Nicholson, 76, legendary Daily News obituary writer and military officer

Daily News readers counted on Jim Nicholson to tell authentic stories about the lives of everyday people. They probably didn't realize he had a second life as a counterintelligence officer in the Army.