Joseph A. Gambardello is online breaking news editor. A former wire service foreign correspondent and New York City newspaper journalist, he joined the Inquirer in 1995 and has worked on the city, South Jersey, features, and online desks.

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Violence in South Philly neighborhood leaves 2 dead, 4 wounded

The violence included a stabbing followed by a pair of deadly shootings 90 minutes apart.

2 critically injured in West Philly fire escape collapse

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Bucks woman, 73, kills cobra on her patio with a shovel

Wildlife officials say this is not something anyone should do.

Refinery fire investigations begin: The latest on what we know

The fire was extinguished over the weekend. Now the work begins to determine the cause of the explosions that have impacted the largest oil refinery on the East Coast.

Explosions rip through South Philadelphia refinery, triggering major fire and injuring 5

A series of explosions at the PES refinery lit up the night sky and has sparked environmental concerns in the close surrounding neighborhoods.

Flooded areas in South Jersey spared heavy rains overnight, waterways subsiding

Still, a flood warning remained in place for the north branch of the Rancocas Creek near Pemberton, an area prone to flooding.

Man slashes tires of police cars in broad daylight near City Hall

Police say the vandal struck two days in a row.

Venomous snake bites Pa. woman doing laundry in basement

The copperhead snake may have gone to woman's basement to find a dry place during all the rainy weather, state wildlife officials say.