Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Monday, January 5, 2015, 9:47 AM

John Baer considers the message of Pope Francis on the woes of Vatican leadership and sees many of the same problems in the General Assembly in Harrisburg.

A New Jersey family tries to understand an explosion of violence from a loved one.

And Joey Merlino reports to prison -- again -- this afternoon.

POSTED: Friday, January 2, 2015, 9:14 AM

Camden cops form human net to save a mom and her two children from a house fire. This family ended up in good hands after their Camden home caught fire. Vinny Vella was at the scene. 

Mummers! Parade has new route but old controversy. David Gambacorta covered the day's events. 

New evidence in pre-holiday hit-and-run: Theresa Pozzi was fatally struck in Northeast Philly just two days before Christmas. A new find may help lead cops to their suspect. 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 5:34 PM
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey ( RON CORTES / Staff Photographer ).

Joe Jaskolka knows all too well about an ugly urban tradition on New Year’s Eve.

He caught a stray bullet in the head that very night almost 20 years ago, when someone fired their gun off in the air to celebrate the coming year. What the gunman forgot was Newton’s laws of physics – that what goes up must come down.

Jaskolka, now confined to a wheelchair, has undergone 33 brain surgeries since he was a teenager totaling more than $15 million.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 9:23 AM

Entering 2015, things are looking up for Camden and this youngster. Like chrysalises, a young boy and Camden long to be butterflies. Jason Nark helps demonstrate that there is hope, and help

Family, smiles and 'the passion of mummery' explained by Dan Geringer. 

Baer goofs: Errors of note for 2014. Mistakes? I've made a few, writes John Baer. 

POSTED: Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 8:54 AM

To our old pal 2014: thanks for one wacky year. Stephanie Farr spent countless hours compiling some of the weirdest stories from the last year, where things from your wildest dreams made the news. 

Cops: jockey very unstable. Shot after busting into homes and doing other crazy things, Angel Suarez is in it deep. Dana DiFilippo has the story. 

Palmer Charter School parents male last-ditch plea to state. Solomon Leach reports. 

POSTED: Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:29 AM

Nativity seat: It's boy to the world as transit cops help deliver a Market-Frankford miracle. It's an El of a Christmas delivery and transit cops helped along the way. Vinny Vella was underground when it happened. 

Christmas mourning: family spends holiday together remembering victim of hit-and-run from Tuesday. Wendy Ruderman has the story. 

Muslim groups plan to rally, march against police brutality. The demonstration is set to begin tomorrow at Love Park at noon. 

POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:58 AM

Chamden charity saves Christmas for needy young mothers and their kids in this report by Jason Nark. 

Traffic court judge faces new charges: Judicial board accuses aquitted Traffic Court Judge Michael Sullivan of new violations, after a federal grand jury cleared him of conspiracy and fraud in July. Vinny Vella reports. 

Ex-real estate agent imprisoned in $1 million mail-fraud scam. Dana DiFilippo was there for the sentencing. 

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:02 AM

We have a long list of questions that really need some answers. Clarke: in or out of the mayor's race? Fattah's future? Among others, Chris Brennan breaks it down. 

Leap in the dark: Froggy Carr's clubhouse gets ransacked; Mummers outfits pilfered. Dana DiFilippo explains how a dozen Froggy Carr suits were stolen earlier this week out of the group's South Philly clubhouse. 

Vets Court: 'At a loss to explain' slayings: They say gunman in six Montco killings had no violent tendencies. David Gambacorta has the story. 

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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