A Philadelphia Common Pleas judge has ruled that the city's controversial tax on sweetened beverages is legal. Judge Gary S. Glazer's decision dismissed a lawsuit filed by soda tax challengers in its entirety. The suit's dismissal is a major victory for Mayor Jim Kenney and clears the way for Kenney to implement one of his main campaign promise: universal prekindergarten. "Our kids can't wait," Kenney said. "They've waited too many generations for this. We're going to move forward to change the narrative of poverty and misery in this city." Read more
A glitch in Uber's computers has led to some users being charged improperly, including a Philadelphia customer who was wrongly charged more than $28,000. The Philadelphia woman said her bank flagged and blocked an Uber charge of $28,639.14. The ride-hailing company typically puts an authorization hold on an account when a person books a ride to confirm the payment method, but the glitch caused some authorizations to be much higher than normal. Read more
A Montgomery County pediatrician arrested on child pornography charges last month died in the county prison over the weekend. Authorities are investigating the death of 48-year-old David Kennedy, of Pennsburg. He was the owner and supervising physician of Personal Care Pediatrics in Pennsburg. Read more
Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday, ensuring he will become the 45th president in January. All 20 of Pennsylvania's electors voted for Trump, the winner of the popular vote in the state. "It's a very jubilant atmosphere for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania," said elector Richard Stewart of Cumberland County. "It's been a long time since we've taken the state for our candidate, and we're very proud to have put Donald Trump and Mike Pence over the top." Some Trump opponents had hoped electors would cast their ballots for someone else and hundreds of demonstrators filled the Capitol steps and grounds in Harrisburg as the electors met. Read more
Philadelphia will begin to enforce a four-year-old law that requires landlords to certify that properties are lead-safe before renting them to families with young kids. The move is part of a plan to prevent children from being exposed to the toxic metal, which can cause lifelong learning and behavioral problems. A recent Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com investigation found that landlords have largely ignored the law and the city has failed to enforce it. “Lead poisoning has affected generations of children here in Philadelphia and many adults in the city today are suffering from these effects,” Kenney said. "Today we are making a commitment that the next generation of children in Philadelphia will not have to face these same dangers." Read more