COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country.
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey's Robert Menendez, said he will "be proud" to escort Benjamin Netanyahu into the House Chamber for the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress on Tuesday, even as some Democrats recoil at an event they see as a political jab at President Obama.
An explosion erupted inside a sheet metal plant in Montgomery County earlier this evening and quickly engulfed the entire facility in flames, according to fire officials. A plume of black smoke could be seen for miles from the blaze that was upgraded to five alarms at about 6:30 p.m.
If there was a certain energy in the air Monday night at the Kimmel Center, it wasn't only to be found in triumphant Verdi or euphoric Saint-Saëns. More than 400 students from the School District of Philadelphia's All-Philadelphia High School Music Festival performed onstage in Verizon Hall, even as officials continued their work behind the scenes to reinvigorate the program.
An 18-year-old man was wounded in a shooting Monday night in West Philadelphia, police said. About 8:15 p.m. in the 5800 block of Arch Street, the man was shot once in the left thigh, police said. Medics took him to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that he plans to implement an independent process to investigate officer-involved shootings, as recommended by a presidential task force he chaired.
New Jersey school districts on Monday began administering highly debated new standardized tests but faced relatively little protest.
A New Jersey congressman is asking for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the resignation of its top official after reports that FEMA was aware that insurance companies fraudulently denied full payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims.