News Briefings

City prison system doesn’t track trans inmates

Philadelphia Prison System spokesperson Shawn Hawes recently acknowledged the agency doesn’t track the number of trans inmates housed in its facilities. In an Oct. 20 email, Hawes also said: “We do not have any inmates housed discordant with their genitalia.”

Settlement in Scouts case

A settlement has been reached in the case of Patricia Evasew, who says her son committed suicide after being molested by his Scoutmaster.

Musician arrested on sex charges

Charles L. Cohen, a Center City musician, was arrested Sept. 28 after allegedly arranging to meet someone whom he thought to be a 14-year-old boy for the purpose of engaging in oral sex.

Rainbow flag to be raised

For the first time, Philadelphia’s annual rainbow flag-raising ceremony will take place the same day as OutFest.

Reconsideration request pending in benefits case

Attorneys for the relatives of a man whose former same-sex partner is seeking his death benefits want the state Superior Court to reconsider an unfavorable ruling.

Claim that man locked ex-boyfriend in closet proved false 

Philadelphia police received a false claim last weekend indicating that a man was holding his ex-boyfriend hostage after a break-up, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.

Atheist to speak in Center City

Two days before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, renowned atheist Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak about religion’s impact on women’s rights.

Word on SEPTA appeal pending

Information on whether the city will appeal a Commonwealth Court ruling exempting SEPTA from the city’s antibias rules remained pending this week.

Appeal of SEPTA ruling possible

City officials say it’s possible a Commonwealth Court ruling exempting SEPTA from the city’s antibias rules will be appealed in state Supreme Court.

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