N.A. Poe’s Pufftoberfest celebrates 5-year anniversary of marijuana decriminalization in Philly

Philadelphia marijuana activist N.A. Poe will throw a celebration for the five-year anniversary of marijuana decriminalization in the city on Oct. 20, 2019. The event, dubbed Pufftoberfest, will run from 2-8 p.m. at 1717 N. Hancock Street in Olde Kensington. – MORE

Camden County officials ban single-use plastics in county buildings

Camden County banned single-use plastics like straws, utensils, containers, and bottle water offered at county buildings and events. – MORE

Eagles’ Malik Jackson helping pay for funeral of Texas woman killed by police officer

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson will join forces with Harrison Barnes of the NBA to cover the funeral costs of a Texas woman who was fatally shot at her home last week by police in Fort Worth. – MORE

Baby shot and critically wounded while in car in North Philadelphia

An 11-month-old was shot and critically wounded while inside a car in North Philadelphia on Saturday, officials said.  – MORE

New Jersey’s American Dream mega-mall to debut indoor Nickelodeon theme park, ice rink on Friday

American Dream, the expansive shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle center coming to Bergen County, New Jersey, is finally opening this week, after more than 16 years of planning and construction.  – MORE

President Trump visiting Pittsburgh days before one-year anniversary of Tree of Life mass shooting

President Donald Trump is visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday as part of his reelection campaign and the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at a Jewish synagogue in the city that killed 11 people. – MORE

University of Pennsylvania among best colleges worldwide, U.S. News reports

University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University aren’t just ranked among the best schools in the country, they’re now ranked worldwide in the U.S. News and World Report 2020 edition of Best Global Universities Rankings.  – MORE

Pa. appeals court denies Cowboys fan $700K for Eagles game bathroom brawl injuries

A Pennsylvania appeals court overturned a ruling Friday that would have awarded $700,000 in damages to a Dallas Cowboys fan who was assaulted at an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field in December 2014. – MORE

A glowing orange ‘Hunter’s Moon’ will light up the sky on Sunday

There’s a full moon upon us for the month of October, and this bright orange moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, will grace our skies Sunday though Tuesday.  – MORE

Lehigh County priest removed from ministry following allegations of sexually abusing a minor

Authorities are investigating allegations that a Lehigh County priest sexually abused a minor. The Rev. Robert J. Potts, 82, pastor of St. Ursula Church in Fountain Hill, has been removed from ministry services. Potts is accused of sexually abused a child in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Diocese of Allentown announced Sunday. – MORE

Philly woman arrested on Wildwood beach in 2018 files federal lawsuit

The Philadelphia woman who was arrested on the Wildwood beach filed a federal lawsuit, claiming she was “senselessly assaulted” by the two officers who took her into custody during Memorial Day weekend 2018. – MORE

New Jersey man sets all-time record on ‘Price is Right’ with $262,743 in winnings

A Monmouth County, New Jersey man set a new winnings record on “The Price is Right” on Monday, making the biggest pot in history more than $260,000 in cash and prizes.  – MORE

Philly mother shot, killed two daughters and girls’ father in Tacony day after purchasing gun

Damyrra Jones, 28, shot and killed her two daughters and the girls’ father inside a Tacony residence Monday night, just one day after she legally purchased a gun, police said. – MORE

Burlington County political candidate shown in photo in blackface, refuses to drop out of race

Photos of a candidate for township committee in Burlington County wearing blackface at a Halloween party surfaced this week, but the candidate said Monday he will not step out of the race. – MORE

Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion hurled 38,000-pound piece of shrapnel across Schuylkill River

The explosion that destroyed the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in June was so powerful it launched a 38,000-pound piece of equipment all the way across the Schuylkill River, according to a report released Wednesday. A failing pipe caused the disastrous refinery fire and explosions. In addition to the debris launched airborne, the incident caused the release of thousands of pounds of potentially deadly chemicals into the air, including including hydrofluoric acid, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board report states. – MORE