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Free Saturday parking is back for the holidays

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s an annual gift to holiday shoppers — free limited, metered street parking in Philadelphia on Saturdays. The free parking initiative began many years ago in an effort to attract holiday shoppers to the city. Before 11 a.m. on Saturdays, you have to pay the meter or kiosks for a parking […]

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Criminal courts present long process for families of victims

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Weaving through the criminal court system for many victims’ families is a long, arduous and painful process — sometimes taking more than a year and a half for murder cases to be resolved.  One father has been sitting in every hearing for two years to see the man accused of killing […]

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4-legged aide lends a ‘paw’ to kids with learning challenges

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When you think about effective educational tools, a dog probably doesn’t make your list. But for kids who have learning or emotional challenges, a dog can be exactly what they need in school. Paws and Affection, a Narberth-based nonprofit, trains service dogs to empower kids who have disabilities. Trainers spend two […]

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Kenney signs bill to protect vulnerable domestic workers

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new law that takes effect next May will provide protection for some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable workers: nannies, maids and other domestic employees. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the bill into law last week. Betania Sheppard often told her story in the nearly year-long effort to pass what’s known as Philadelphia’s […]

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Business owners ready for Small Business Saturday

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, a national event in which people are encouraged to shop small at independent businesses to support their local communities. Small business owners in Philly’s Fashion District in Center City are getting ready for the day.  George Thomas, the owner of  jewelry kiosk Creative Silver, said […]

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Black bear spotted wandering through Villanova

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A black bear has been spotted in wildcat territory. A bear was caught on video taking an early-morning stroll around a Villanova residence just before 7 a.m. Friday. Officials say Radnor residents should keep their eyes peeled for it, but there’s no need to worry.  “The bear is seen walking up […]

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Thor the Bulldog takes home top prize at National Dog Show

By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN (CNN) — The annual National Dog Show touted some amazing breeds, but a bulldog topped them all this year. Thor, a bulldog owned by a Philly-area native, is Best in Show at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show.  “Absolutely thrilled, it’s an amazing show and it’s a dream come true,” […]

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Center City shopping is on the rise, report says

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Santa Claus gave his reindeer the day off on Friday and opted for SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line to help shoppers usher in the holiday season.  And on this Black Friday, Center City District officials say the retail scene has continued to expand, creating more than $1 billion in retail demand annually. With […]

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50th anniversary of Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas in full swing

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 50th anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas competition in Philadelphia is in full swing. Aubrey Luce, 13, and Madison Pennington,12, are moving up in the world of Oireachtas — Irish step dancing — after competing and winning among a pool of hundreds of other dancers.  Claire and Maura Read of Delaware […]

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Kaplan: Philly government more honest than people think

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s chief integrity officer is retiring from the Kenney administration after four years of overseeing city employees’ compliance with ethics rules.  When the Eagles made it to the Superbowl in 2018, the situation presented some interesting questions for the Eagles fan who occupies the mayor’s office. “First, can he accept the […]