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

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For latest round of coronavirus restrictions, officials are counting on Philadelphians to do the right thing

Stay at home this Thanksgiving, and save lives: It’s the latest warning from public health officials. But largely, it’s up to individuals to see the restrictions through.

Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia School District to help with asbestos, lead abatement

“This tremendous gift will not only help us to ensure these safe spaces for every student, it will free us to direct our focus to investing," said School Board President Joyce Wilkerson.

For the second time in five months, the National Guard has left Philadelphia

The Guard — stationed in a dozen locations across the city — began to depart Sunday and into Monday, a spokesperson said, 10 days after coming to the city.

Two Philly officials and brothers, one who oversaw the Broad Street Run and Mummers Parade, have been charged with embezzlement

Leo Dignam, who worked in the Managing Director’s Office, faces two counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement. His brother Paul Dignam, a former Parks and Recreation manager, is also charged.

President-elect Joe Biden observes Veterans Day in Philadelphia

President-elect Joe Biden stopped in the city for a more solemn celebration Wednesday, laying a wreath at the Korean War Memorial at Penn’s Landing in honor of Veterans Day.

No, not that Four Seasons. How Team Trump’s news conference ended up at a Northeast Philly landscaping firm.

The Trump campaign’s hastily called Saturday news conference outside a Holmesburg landscaping firm captured the public’s imagination and offered a fitting end to an at-times slapdash campaign.

‘Look at us now’: Philly women, and especially Black women, celebrate Kamala Harris’ election to America’s second-highest office

Many women celebrating in Philadelphia said this projected win means they can finally see themselves represented in the White House.

Trump lawyers vow fight is not over in Philly and pledge new lawsuits, as Biden is declared victor

But legal experts increasingly agree that the vote margins have grown too wide for even a few favorable rulings to tip the balance in the president's favor.

Philadelphians cheer in the streets for President-elect Joe Biden

”I feel like a fog has been lifted from my soul," one woman said outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.

An eagle moves through Philadelphia as the city celebrates a Biden-Harris win

A giant bald eagle puppet, created by Donna Oblongata, moves through Philadelphia as the city celebrates a Biden-Harris win.