News Roundup: October 21, 2016

Pa.’s first step toward nixing life without parole could be taken this week

Here’s the difference between capital punishment and life without parole in Pennsylvania: The first has taken three lives in its 40-year history. The second kills an average of 28 people on an annual basis.

Which one is the death penalty, again? Read more. 


Spruce Hill Halloween Tot Parade Returns October 31st

The Annual Little Tot Halloween Parade and Party will return to Osage Avenue on Monday, October 31st. This yearly tradition, a joint effort between the Spruce Hill Community Association and the neighbors on the 4200 block of Osage Avenue, brings together hundreds of children, 6 and under, with their adult parent or guardian for an afternoon of trick-or-treating along a short parade route. Read more.

Cyclist videos roadside arrest, refuses to hand over cellphone to Philly police officer

Jean-Jacques Gabriel was biking home Tuesday night when a pair of strangers stopped by Philadelphia police called out, urging him to record the scene on his cellphone.

Two white, plainclothed officers had stopped two black men, whose hands were on the back of their heads, along Kingsessing Avenue, between 48th and 49th streets, in West Philadelphia, Gabriel said. It was sometime after 11 p.m. Read more.