Oona Goodin-Smith covers breaking news and civil courts in and around Philadelphia.

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Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid wave of child sexual abuse lawsuits

The Scouts said the goal is to “equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come,”

Philadelphia Orchestra couple hits all the right notes in on-stage Valentine’s Day proposal

An unexpected pre-concert duet that stole the show at the Philadelphia Orchestra on Valentines Day, as second trumpet Tony Prisk got down on one knee to propose to first violin Julia Li.

Philly's Free Library officially ends late fees for overdue books

Philadelphia’s library system has officially closed the books on charging fines for overdue materials.

What you should know about the Chicago firm that’s taking over the South Philly refinery site

Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has experience repurposing old industrial properties for new uses elsewhere, has vowed to move quickly to clean up the site of the South Philadelphia oil refinery.

6 things to know about the future of the South Philly refinery site

After months of uncertainty following a massive explosion and subsequent bankruptcy, the site of the shuttered South Philadelphia refinery complex is getting a new life.

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s immigration lawsuit against New Jersey

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state of New Jersey Monday, alleging the Garden State is flouting federal law by limiting local law enforcement’s cooperation with immigration officials.

Philadelphia jazz great John Coltrane’s house ‘at risk,’ preservationists say

The house is the first Philadelphia landmark to make Preservation Pennsylvania’s "at risk" list since 2017.

Costly presidential campaign rallies leave cities wondering who’s paying the bill

Across the country and party lines, candidates have racked up unpaid tabs — an issue bound to plague Pennsylvania ahead of the 2020 election as politicians flock to the swing state.

Man indicted in slaying of 10-year-old boy at Pleasantville football game

An Atlantic County man has been indicted for murder and other charges related to the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old boy who was sitting in the bleachers of a playoff high school football game in Pleasantville, N.J. last fall.

Investigators release dramatic video of wreckage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

The video of the crash site where Philadelphia native and Lower Merion graduate Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed shows the magnitude of the scorched wreckage.