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A man died after assault in Philly jail, where violence has surged under pandemic lockdown

It was the second homicide in a Philadelphia jail in six months and came as prisoner assaults have increased during lockdowns instituted to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In Harrisburg and Trenton, ‘a collective sigh of relief’ as few pro-Trump loyalists show up following FBI warning

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were prepared for violence Sunday, but the streets remained quiet and largely clear of Trump loyalists protesting the election of Joe Biden.

The first bail fund in the Philly suburbs raised $100K. But that was the easy part.

"We're in hostile territory," said the head of the Reuniting Families Bail Fund of Montgomery County, the first community bail fund to serve Philadelphia’s suburbs.

A decade after wrongful arrests by rogue Philly police, fight for compensation drags on

“Eleven years later, I’m still trying to snap out of it and get back to reality. Every day I have to relive this is a nightmare.”

Federal judge: Philly jails must relax extreme COVID-19 lockdown measures for sake of mental health

“The current shelter-in-place policy... keeps incarcerated people in their cells for nearly 24 hours a day," Judge Berle Schiller wrote, calling it harmful to mental and physical health.

Gab, a Pennsylvania-based social network, is the new online hub for the far-right fringe

Gab says it's picking up thousands of new users. It's also drawn scrutiny of lawmakers, who say it hosted planning and live streaming of the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Montgomery County illegally double-bills defendants for court costs, ACLU alleges in lawsuit

The ACLU alleges that, in about 1,500 cases each year, Montgomery County assessed various costs and fees for each individual charge, rather than once per case as the law allows.

Latest outbreak in a Pennsylvania prison infected more than a thousand, killing 9

More than 900 men have COVID-19, and nine have died, as Dallas becomes the latest epicenter of the pandemic that’s raged through Pennsylvania state prisons this fall and winter.

Donald Outlaw, cleared of murder, is Philadelphia’s 17th exoneree in 3 years

“If it wasn’t for the fact that he was so adamant, and pushed so hard for his innocence, then he’d still be [in prison]. He never quit."

Randy Alexander, publicist who worked with Gamble & Huff, the Hooters and Disco Biscuits, dies at 62

An ebullient and insatiable networker, with nostalgic tastes and deep love for the Philadelphia sound, Alexander ran a one-man public relations firm, Randex Communications.