‘I killed a lady. … I took everything she had,’ teen told friends after killing his foster mother, sources say

by Chris Palmer, Mike Newall and Allison Steele, The Philadelphia Inquirer.  January 16, 2020 With a duffel bag of cash and a stolen credit card,17-year-old Xavier Johnson took friends on a shopping spree Wednesday. They drove through West Philadelphia in the car of the foster mother Johnson had allegedly stabbed to death hours before, law enforcement … Continue reading ‘I killed a lady. … I took everything she had,’ teen told friends after killing his foster mother, sources say

Missed asbestos, dangerous dust: How Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin H.S. project went wrong

by Wendy Ruderman and Kristen A. Graham, Updated: October 18, 2019 The Philadelphia Inquirer A few weeks into the school year, Benjamin Franklin High and Science Leadership Academy parents received an urgent note: Damaged asbestos had been discovered inside ducts in the boiler room and first-floor SLA commons. The Philadelphia School District shut the building to students on Oct. 1, … Continue reading Missed asbestos, dangerous dust: How Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin H.S. project went wrong