People who voted for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania say they remain enthusiastic or cautiously optimistic about the president-elect. Some said they have not been following the president-elect's transition or cabinet choices in the news but remain impressed by the real estate mogul. "He's going to select who he wants and who he thinks will be best for the country," said Joe Petrilla, a lifelong Democrat from the mountains of central Pennsylvania who voted for Trump. "No matter who he has, as long as it's going to benefit the people here, in the country, I'm all for it. But once it turns the other way - where it's benefiting them and ripping people off - then absolutely not." Read more
Reports of predatory towing have been pouring into City Hall, and officials there are now looking to overhaul how towing operators are licensed and regulated. The Police Department says some tow truck drivers will tow cars into illegal spots, take a picture and then take the car to an impoundment lot. Council this week is expected to pass legislation that would end the photo-based towing system; operators will only be able to tow vehicles after they have been ticketed. "Allowing private towers to be judge, jury, and executioner with regards to what is and what is not an illegally parked vehicle clearly does not work," Philadelphia Police Capt. Francis Healy said. Read more
About 300 juvenile lifers from Philadelphia – the largest such population in the country – are up for new sentences that could include immediate parole after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That means a new chapter for marriages, engagements and relationships that have endured in limbo for years or decades. "She's used to being in her house by herself. I can't just go in there like I automatically belong," said Haywood Fennell, 66, who was convicted of robbing and fatally stabbing a man in North Philadelphia. He has been in prison since 1968, with the same woman since 1979 and is now eligible for parole after getting a new sentence last month. "You can't just throw people together no matter how much they care about each other. We're talking about 50 years' separation." Read more
A rash of heroin overdoses left six people dead in Philadelphia on Sunday and sent others to the hospitals. Authorities are investigating what caused the deaths. A bad batch or batches could be circulating, or the drug could have been laced with a toxic substance like fentanyl. Read more
A little-known portrait of a Continental Army colonel from the American Revolution by famed artists James and Charles Willson Peale is returning to Philadelphia for the first time in more than 200 years. The brothers' painting honoring Benjamin Flower and commemorating his 1777 rescue of what later became known as the Liberty Bell will be on public display when the Museum of the American Revolution opens in April. "Our highest aspiration for the museum is that we create a feeling of empathy for these people who created our nation - even those like Flower who are not so well known," said R. Scott Stephenson, vice president of collections, exhibitions, and programming. Read more