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As promised by said cover, a “hidden history” of the banjo is in this book. It’s there, going back – way back, more than...
12/08/2022
Book Review: 'Well of Souls' maybe a good pick for banjo lovers

As promised by said cover, a “hidden history” of the banjo is in this book. It’s there, going back – way back, more than three hundred years as author Kristina R. Gaddy reveals an art-lover’s eye to explain why she focuses on this instrument, why she’s eager to tell the deepest story about it and why it matters.

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As Senate majority leader, Schumer has proven to be a surprisingly steady, if frenzied, force amid one of the more conse...
12/08/2022
Schumer reelected Senate leader after Dems expand majority

As Senate majority leader, Schumer has proven to be a surprisingly steady, if frenzied, force amid one of the more consequential sessions of Congress.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer was unanimously elected Thursday for another term as Senate Democratic leader, helming a bolstered 51-seat majority for a new era of divided government in

Nearly 66 years after the battered body of a young boy was found stuffed inside a cardboard box, Philadelphia police say...
12/08/2022
Police reveal identity of Philly's slain 'Boy in the Box'

Nearly 66 years after the battered body of a young boy was found stuffed inside a cardboard box, Philadelphia police say they have finally unlocked a central mystery in the city’s most notorious cold case: The victim’s identity.

His name was Joseph Augustus Zarelli.

12/08/2022

Democrats moved the bill quickly through the House and Senate after the Supreme Court’s June decision that overturned the federal right to an abortion. That ruling included a concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested same-sex marriage should also be reconsidered.

Democrats moved the bill quickly through the House and Senate after the Supreme Court’s June decision that overturned the federal right to an abortion. That ruling included a concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested same-sex marriage should also be reconsidered.

President Joe Biden says WNBA star Brittney Griner is safe in American custody and on her way home after being released ...
12/08/2022
Brittney Griner freed in US-Russia prisoner swap

President Joe Biden says WNBA star Brittney Griner is safe in American custody and on her way home after being released from Russia in an extraordinary prisoner swap.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says WNBA star Brittney Griner is safe in American custody and on her way home after being released from Russia in an extraordinary prisoner swap.

"President Trump and his counsel continue to be cooperative and transparent," Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said, accusi...
12/08/2022
Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida

"President Trump and his counsel continue to be cooperative and transparent," Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said, accusing the Justice Department of committing an "unprecedented" and "unwarranted attack" against Trump and his family.

Lawyers for former president Donald Trump found at least two items marked classified after an outside team hired by Trump searched a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Fla., used

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter...
12/08/2022
Philadelphia Tribune joins new voter engagement coalition

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter engagement at the forefront of Philadelphia’s coverage for the 2023 elections through the new coalition Every Voice, Every Vote.

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter engagement at the forefront of Philadelphia’s coverage for the 2023 elections

Sharpton, 68, has been a go-to advocate for grieving Black American families seeking justice for nearly countless incide...
12/08/2022
Sharpton says film debuts at 'critical point' in US politics

Sharpton, 68, has been a go-to advocate for grieving Black American families seeking justice for nearly countless incidents that highlight systemic racism. Democratic politicians see him as a necessary ally for shoring up their credentials on racial justice issues.

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester.

Hopkins shared how he started his culinary journey and ended up being a contestant on the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking...
12/08/2022
Philly chef heats things up on Food Network's 'Holiday Baking Championship'

Hopkins shared how he started his culinary journey and ended up being a contestant on the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” show.

It’s holiday time and that means baking competitions on the Food Network and this year we have a Philadelphia participant. Antoine Hopkins is the pastry chef at Normandy Farm Hotel

New York City Mayor Eric Adams appointed the first Black woman to serve as the city's First Deputy Mayor on Tuesday, rou...
12/07/2022
New York City Mayor Eric Adams appoints first Black woman to serve as first deputy mayor

New York City Mayor Eric Adams appointed the first Black woman to serve as the city's First Deputy Mayor on Tuesday, rounding off a year of high-profile appointments of women, including women of color.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams appointed the first Black woman to serve as the city's First Deputy Mayor on Tuesday, rounding off a year of high-profile appointments of women,

“Back in the 50s or early 60s, the Delfonics were founded by the late William Hart and their sound instantly took off,” ...
12/07/2022
The Delfonics are a Philly group with international appeal

“Back in the 50s or early 60s, the Delfonics were founded by the late William Hart and their sound instantly took off,” says Mike Washington, a musician/singer himself who now serves as the group’s musical director.

They caught the rising tide of R&B music at just the right time.

For Ryan Decker, surviving the holiday shopping season is all about planning ahead. In fact, if he sees a gift for one o...
12/07/2022
There are ways to ease stress of holiday shopping

For Ryan Decker, surviving the holiday shopping season is all about planning ahead. In fact, if he sees a gift for one of his two young sons in March, he’ll go ahead and buy it, instead of rushing through his shopping list in December.

For Ryan Decker, surviving the holiday shopping season is all about planning ahead. In fact, if he sees a gift for one of his two young sons in March, he’ll

Law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 were honored Tuesday with Congressional Gold Meda...
12/07/2022
Jan. 6 'heroes' honored for defending Capitol from Trump mob

Law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 were honored Tuesday with Congressional Gold Medals, praised as "heroes" for securing democracy when they fought off a brutal and bloody attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 were honored Tuesday with Congressional Gold Medals, praised as "heroes" for securing democracy when they fought

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter...
12/07/2022
Philadelphia Tribune joins new voter engagement coalition

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter engagement at the forefront of Philadelphia’s coverage for the 2023 elections through the new coalition Every Voice, Every Vote.

The Philadelphia Tribune is among dozens of the city’s news media and community organizations that will be putting voter engagement at the forefront of Philadelphia’s coverage for the 2023 elections

"I'll work with anyone to get things done for the people of Georgia," Warnock, the state's first Black senator, said thr...
12/07/2022
Democrat Raphael Warnock wins reelection to U.S. Senate from Georgia

"I'll work with anyone to get things done for the people of Georgia," Warnock, the state's first Black senator, said throughout his campaign, a nod to the state's historically conservative lean and his need to win over GOP-leaning independents and at least some moderate Republicans in a midterm election year.

ATLANTA — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of President

The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even a...
12/07/2022
Biden's efforts to protect abortion access hit roadblocks

The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme Court stripped the constitutional right.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of

James Howard Jackson, one of three men and two accomplices who participated in the violent robbery and its aftermath, pl...
12/07/2022
Man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker gets 21 years in prison

James Howard Jackson, one of three men and two accomplices who participated in the violent robbery and its aftermath, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. It was not immediately clear which attorney represented Howard on Monday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who shot and wounded Lady Gaga’s dog walker while stealing her French bulldogs last year took a plea deal and was sentenced to 21

"Each plaintiff was sexually assaulted and battered by defendant Bill Cosby in the same or similar manner when he used h...
12/06/2022
5 women sue Bill Cosby for sexual assault and abuse under new NY lookback law

"Each plaintiff was sexually assaulted and battered by defendant Bill Cosby in the same or similar manner when he used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame and prestige given to him by [the] defendants . . . to misuse his enormous power in such a nefarious, horrific way," the suit states.

Two former actresses on "The Cosby Show" are among five women who filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby in New York state court on Monday accusing him of sexual assault

Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro is tapping longtime aides to take top positions in his office weeks before he is sworn in as Pen...
12/06/2022
Shapiro taps longtime aides to top jobs in governor's office

Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro is tapping longtime aides to take top positions in his office weeks before he is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 48th governor, as he prepares to leave the attorney general's office for a sprawling administration that runs the nation's fifth-most populous state.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro is tapping longtime aides to take top positions in his office weeks before he is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 48th governor, as he

Irving’s agent and stepmother, Shetellia Riley Irving, told The New York Times that the sides “mutually decided to part ...
12/06/2022
Nike says Nets' Kyrie Irving no longer one of its athletes

Irving’s agent and stepmother, Shetellia Riley Irving, told The New York Times that the sides “mutually decided to part ways and we just wish Nike all the best.” Irving, without mentioning Nike by name, appeared to address the matter Monday on his Twitter account.

Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Nike is officially over, the shoe and athletic apparel maker said Monday, a move that came a month after the company suspended the Brooklyn Nets guard

Bass will make history as the first female mayor of Los Angeles, also making her the first woman of color to hold the jo...
12/06/2022
Kamala Harris to swear in Karen Bass as first female mayor of Los Angeles

Bass will make history as the first female mayor of Los Angeles, also making her the first woman of color to hold the job. Harris, just the second-ever Black female US senator, made history when she became the first female, first Black and first South Asian person to serve as vice president.

Vice President Kamala Harris will swear in Karen Bass as the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles in an inauguration ceremony on Sunday in a meeting of two Democratic women who

The suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub clad in body armor and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle, ...
12/06/2022
Colorado gay club shooting suspect charged with hate crimes

The suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub clad in body armor and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding 17 others, was charged by prosecutors Tuesday with 305 criminal counts including hate crimes and murder.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub clad in body armor and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding

To recognize the hundreds of officers who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the medals will be placed in four locations — a...
12/06/2022
Officers to receive Congressional Gold Medals for Jan. 6

To recognize the hundreds of officers who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the medals will be placed in four locations — at U.S. Capitol Police headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution. President Joe Biden said when he signed the legislation last year that a medal will be placed at the Smithsonian museum “so all visitors can understand what happened that day.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House and Senate leaders will present law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with Congressional Gold Medals on Tuesday, awarding them

“I didn’t always dabble in baking. Of course when I was a kid, my mom baked brownies and carrot cake. She would make stu...
12/06/2022
Philly chef heats things up on Food Network's 'Holiday Baking Championship'

“I didn’t always dabble in baking. Of course when I was a kid, my mom baked brownies and carrot cake. She would make stuff around the house and let me lick the frosting. So, I always admired people that could bake but I didn’t grow up baking. My real love for pastry didn’t come until culinary school,” he shared.

It’s holiday time and that means baking competitions on the Food Network and this year we have a Philadelphia participant. Antoine Hopkins is the pastry chef at Normandy Farm Hotel

“We build a whole show around their music and their moves,” Washington says. “Their harmony is wonderful, and their song...
12/06/2022
The Delfonics are a Philly group with international appeal

“We build a whole show around their music and their moves,” Washington says. “Their harmony is wonderful, and their songs are about peace and love. And all that still comes through at a tine when the world is still yearning for peace and love.”

They caught the rising tide of R&B music at just the right time.

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, co-hosts of ABC News' "GMA 3," have been taken off the air following the public disclosure o...
12/06/2022
'GMA3' anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes taken off the air following report of romantic relationship

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, co-hosts of ABC News' "GMA 3," have been taken off the air following the public disclosure of a romantic relationship, network President Kim Godwin announced to staffers on Monday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, co-hosts of ABC News' "GMA 3," have been taken off the air following the public disclosure of a romantic relationship, network President Kim Godwin announced

"My band and I were so excited three years ago, but that damn COVID shut us down," said Scott in a press release with Sk...
12/06/2022
In celebration of 23rd anniversary, Jill Scott announces Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1

"My band and I were so excited three years ago, but that damn COVID shut us down," said Scott in a press release with Skai Blue media. "Now, we outside! Come see me. Come feel again. Relive your favorite moments. Ya'll ready to settle down and get with this?!? It's a lot of love here."

Picking up where things left off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jill Scott has announced that the Who Is Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol I tour will resume

“We are very excited to bring this full-service, state-of-the-art facility to the community,” says Jerry MacDonald, pres...
12/05/2022
West Philly Boys & Girls Club set to open

“We are very excited to bring this full-service, state-of-the-art facility to the community,” says Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of Caring People Alliance. “It features an early learning center and after school programming. In the future, it will offer teen and senior programming.”

Pennsylvania State Rep. Joanna E. McClinton will Join Caring People Alliance to Cut the Ribbon at the Doors of the new facility on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Body-camera footage showed that neither Dean nor the other responding officer identified themselves as police at the hou...
12/05/2022
Trial for Texas officer who killed Black woman hinges on gun

Body-camera footage showed that neither Dean nor the other responding officer identified themselves as police at the house. Dean's attorney contended the officer saw through the window that Jefferson was pointing the gun at him. Prosecutors said evidence would show otherwise.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Atatiana Jefferson was holding a gun but never raised it to point at the white police officer who fatally shot her through a rear window of

District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, wants Commonwealth Court to declare that the General Assembly lacks constit...
12/05/2022
Philly DA Krasner sues to stop lawmakers from removing him

District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, wants Commonwealth Court to declare that the General Assembly lacks constitutional authority to remove local officials like him — as opposed to state officials — and that the claims against him do not amount to the “misbehavior in office" required for impeachment.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Philadelphia's elected prosecutor asked a state court Friday to halt a Republican-led effort to remove him from office, arguing that the process ended when the Legislature's two-year

The case being argued before the high court Monday involves Smith, a graphic artist and website designer in Colorado who...
12/05/2022
Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

The case being argued before the high court Monday involves Smith, a graphic artist and website designer in Colorado who wants to begin offering wedding websites. Smith says her Christian faith prevents her from creating websites celebrating same-sex marriages.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, a dispute that's the

One of the criticisms of the Biden administration's response to the outbreak was that HHS waited more than three weeks a...
12/05/2022
Biden administration plans to let mpox emergency declaration end in January

One of the criticisms of the Biden administration's response to the outbreak was that HHS waited more than three weeks after the first confirmed US case to order bulk stocks of the mpox vaccine, partly out of concern about its shelf life.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that it does not plan to renew the public health emergency declaration for mpox.

“She was an incredibly faithful steward of her resources, and nothing gave her more joy than beating Pathmark or ShopRit...
12/05/2022
Edith Marion Sturgis, retired sales associate, dies at 88

“She was an incredibly faithful steward of her resources, and nothing gave her more joy than beating Pathmark or ShopRite on a sale item or having them ‘owe’ her money, creating more resources for her to share,” her family said in a tribute.

Edith Marion Sturgis, a retired sales associate, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at her home. She was 88.

“No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors,” Prince Harry is heard saying. “I had to do everything I could to pro...
12/05/2022
'Harry & Meghan' docuseries trailer debuts

“No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors,” Prince Harry is heard saying. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”

Get ready for a more intimate look into the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"... It's socially isolating to be in a different income class. It's socially isolating to look different than your peer...
12/05/2022
Cal's Jadyn Bush wants affordable housing for marginalized people

"... It's socially isolating to be in a different income class. It's socially isolating to look different than your peers.... It was an important experience and it made me stand up for myself and want to tell my story to people and want to be really transparent from where I've come from and what I want to do and to bring as many people as I can along with me."

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jadyn Bush made a daily 90-minute commute just to get to her private Seattle high school some 30 miles away from her home in the diverse suburb

Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr. will begin the final part of his three-phase approach to laying a strong foundatio...
12/05/2022
Philly schools chief Watlington begins final part of strategic plan

Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr. will begin the final part of his three-phase approach to laying a strong foundation to improving academic outcomes for all students and achieving the Philadelphia Board of Education’s Goals and Guardrails.

Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr. will begin the final part of his three-phase approach to laying a strong foundation to improving academic outcomes for all students and achieving the Philadelphia

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This year there is a lot to see at the Auto Show including an E-Track. The E-Track will allow people to drive electric vehicles. Camp Jeep, where people can drive a jeep over rough terrain, returns to the show and you can test drive Toyotas at the Toyota Drive Center.

https://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/start-your-engines-the-auto-show-is-back/article_035a4609-2e4d-51ae-b701-b3fedd8946dc.html
All those predictions about elastic waists and leggings and flats and the way the pandemic had changed dressing forever turn out to have been not so true after all.

https://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/why-the-suit-is-the-shape-of-the-moment/article_e1b4b8b8-996b-59be-ab51-5b1db85bf9c8.html
Under the House bill, 23 health conditions, including respiratory conditions and cancers, would be considered to have either been caused by or exacerbated by military service, meaning veterans with these conditions would no longer have to prove that they were caused by their exposure to the toxins.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/house-passes-bill-to-expand-health-care-for-veterans-exposed-to-toxins-174-republicans-vote/article_4a3cdaae-ec30-508a-80cc-ea8adfcd73a9.html
“A lot of people don’t realize the hours we put in as educators,” DuPree said. “The hours that go into lesson and school planning, after school programming and helping our kids’ families. We also plan for the upcoming school year during the summer.

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The women take pride in their ability to bring representation to the mermaid community. As three Black mermaids, their presence is meaningful, particularly for children who haven’t seen anything like them before.

https://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/these-mermaids-are-here-to-celebrate-the-adventure-aquariums-30th-anniversary/article_c9897365-ed07-5ab1-a1f7-651b46157fa1.html
The new policy is not intended to apply to the vaccines and therapeutics that have been developed by private companies and are currently in the U.S. market.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/u-s-to-share-some-coronavirus-technologies-with-world-health-organization/article_34033f37-8411-5404-bdd3-bbeb983e0eb3.html
The West Philadelphia native, known to most as the DJ half of the Grammy award winning duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, will have the crowd moving to classics from his solo album, collaborations, mixtapes and more when he hits the "1’s and 2’s" over at Jack’s Bar and Grill on March 5 at 8 p.m.

https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/catch-a-free-concert-with-philly-favorite-dj-jazzy-jeff/article_c86d8c63-8b68-5b9e-b63c-0dd7ce98df85.html
“Increasing the slot tax threshold to account for inflation is a long overdue change that will alleviate unnecessary administrative burdens on casino operators, their customers and an understaffed and overwhelmed IRS,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the association.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/state_and_region/bill-would-raise-slot-jackpot-tax-report-threshold-to-5-000/article_3b222a52-549e-5b01-ac83-0e593143de95.html
“The core function of government is to protect the safety and the security of the people," Raskin said. "That’s the essence of the social contract. We have to secure and fortify the social contract for women of color all across America.”

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/across_america/members-of-congress-highlight-missing-minority-women-girls/article_2ce71d3e-170f-5884-a02d-d638a3f196d3.html
At-large Councilmember Kendra Brooks’ legislation requiring employers with 25 or more employees to provide 40 hours of COVID-19 sick leave for employees passed during Thursday’s City Council session.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-council-passes-covid-19-leave-legislation/article_4879b819-9758-5fc3-9261-cc044bae0a6d.html
For every day that passes now, the sport loses money, and whose pockets that money comes out of joins the lengthy list of contentious issues.

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