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Booby-Trapped Knife Nearly Kills Home Investor

'It's like Home Alone ... Philly style'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise—a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife, the AP reports. Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line... More »

Minutes Before Takeoff From London to Philly, Pilot Arrested

The 62-year-old appeared intoxicated right before the late-morning flight

(Newser) - If you were booked on Flight AA35 out of the UK's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning, you may have been annoyed at your last-minute rebooking. Reading the news Friday, however, should ease your mind that the right call was made. USA Today reports that the American Airlines flight to... More »

Fatal Punch Kills Dog-Walker During Argument

Philadelphia's Drew Justice fell and hit his head in dispute over unleashed pet

(Newser) - Philadelphia police have charged a 24-year-old man with throwing a punch to the head that led to the death of another dog walker. Matthew Oropeza surrendered to police Thursday, per the AP . He's charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person. Police say 38-year-old Drew... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

Bullet-Ridden NYPD Car Found in Philly

But it's not exactly what it seemed to be

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say they were startled to spot a bullet-ridden New York City police cruiser with a broken windshield on a city expressway early Thanksgiving morning, the AP reports. Police say they tried to stop the car only to have the driver flee. They say the cruiser was later found... More »

He Gathered Employees, Then Gave Them $20M

'I'm a lifelong employee now,' worker says of Bayada Home Health Care

(Newser) - Employees of Moorestown, NJ-based Bayada Home Health Care have an extra reason to be thankful this holiday. "I'm taking $20 million, dividing it up and giving it to everybody," Mark Baiada, chairman and founder of the $1.4 billion private nursing company, announced at a staff holiday... More »

Was Touching Story of Helpful Homeless Man a Scam?

Johnny Bobbitt to face charges along with NJ couple, NBC Philadelphia reports

(Newser) - It’s not only the founders of a disputed GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man who find themselves in hot water . NBC Philadelphia reports Kate McClure, Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly concocting a false... More »

Explosion Reduces Huge Mansion to Rubble

Empty Pennsylvania home was under renovation

(Newser) - An apparent gas explosion leveled an empty mansion in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia on Sunday, reducing the 9,000-square-foot home to rubble and frightening neighbors and others who felt the thunderous boom, the AP reports. The explosion at the Gladwyne mansion happened just after 8pm, and was felt as... More »

Mob Figure 'Skinny Joey' Has 2 Years to Get Buff

Merlino will spend them in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gambling

(Newser) - Reputed Philadelphia mob boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino says he plans to spend the next two years working out. Granted he won't have much else to do in federal prison. Merlino—who previously spent 12 years behind bars for racketeering, conspiracy, and assault (and was twice acquitted of murder)—... More »

Boy, 7, Dies in Fall From Subway Car

Philadelphia boy was selling candy on train

(Newser) - Police say a 7-year-old boy who was selling candy on a Philadelphia train with his brother fell between two moving subway cars and died. Authorities say the boy was with his 11-year-old brother and a 26-year-old man on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Broad Street Line subway in northern... More »

7K Bugs, Spiders Taken in 'Unprecedented' Heist

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion apparently got robbed

(Newser) - See a warty glowspot roach or six-eyed sand spider crawling around Philly? Consider calling the police, because those little creatures may be among 7,000 snakes, frogs, scorpions, spiders, millipedes, and bugs apparently stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion late last month, Vice reports. Museum owner John Cambridge... More »

GoFundMe: Homeless Vet Will Be 'Made Whole' in $400K Feud

Crowdfunding site says Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will get what he's due

(Newser) - What started out as an uplifting story has degenerated into a rather upsetting one for all involved. The Philadelphia couple that helped crowdfund more than $400,000 to help a homeless man is now being accused by that man of using the money as their "personal piggy bank,"... More »

Passengers on 2 Flights to Philadelphia Fall Ill

250 were held for medical review

(Newser) - There was a health scare at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday after two separate American Airlines flights from Europe arrived with sick passengers—the day after an Emirates plane was quarantined at JFK because of passenger illness. The Philadelphia flights arrived from Munich and Paris but as with the Emirates flight,... More »

Couple Ordered to Hand Over Homeless Man's Fund

Full accounting to be done by Sept. 10

(Newser) - "I hate that it came to this." That's what Philadelphia homeless man Johnny Bobbitt Jr. had to say Friday after a judge ordered a couple to hand over the remainder of more than $400,000 raised for him in a GoFundMe campaign, per ABC 13 . Bobbitt sued... More »

They Gave a Homeless Man a Place to Live. Now He's Suing

Johnny Bobbitt says couple is using donated funds as 'piggy bank'

(Newser) - The Philadelphia couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless veteran are using the fund as their "personal piggy bank," lawyers for Johnny Bobbitt Jr. write in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Though lawyers say Bobbitt is staying at a hotel during a third stint in rehab,... More »

Campaign to Help Philly Homeless Man Gets Nasty

Johnny Bobbit Jr says he didn't get everything he was promised

(Newser) - Johnny Bobbit Jr seemed like the luckiest homeless guy in the world, until big money got involved. Now the 35-year-old has a lawyer who's trying to help him recover up to $300,000 that a Good Samaritan couple raised on GoFundMe in Bobbit's name, CNN reports. The couple—... More »

Playboy Model Strangled in Philadelphia Apartment

Police investigating the murder of Christina Carlin-Kraft, 36

(Newser) - A 36-year-old who modeled for Playboy, Victoria's Secret, Maxim, and others has been strangled to death in her suburban Philadelphia apartment, reports local affiliate Fox 29 . Police found Christina Carlin-Kraft—her Facebook page is here —in the bedroom of her condominium in Ardmore about 9:15pm Wednesday, reports... More »

'She Died Doing What She Loved With the One She Loved'

Urban explorer mourned following Philadelphia drowning

(Newser) - An urban explorer and photographer known for her images of abandoned spaces is being mourned as a "queen" of her Philadelphia community days after she died doing what she loved. Rebecca Bunting, 30, was taking photos inside a storm drain with her boyfriend Saturday when she was swept away... More »

Peacock That Roamed From Zoo Found Dead on Highway

3 of its colleagues are still loose in Philadelphia

(Newser) - One of four peacocks that wandered away from the Philadelphia Zoo and created a traffic jam on a nearby highway was found dead on that stretch of road on Thursday. Zoo staffers had been working with authorities to try to locate the peacocks after they took a stroll along part... More »

Nurse Reveals Plea in Death of McMaster's Father

Christann Gainey, 30, is charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A nurse intends to plead not guilty in the death of President Trump's former national security adviser's father at a Philadelphia senior care facility, her lawyer says. Thirty-year-old Christann Gainey was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect, and records tampering in HR McMaster Sr.'s death, the... More »

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