Philly Fire Department Christens New Fire Truck; Audio ExcerptIt’s been decades since the Philadelphia Fire Department held a ceremony christening a new fire truck. The forgotten tradition was resurrected Thursday. Bagpipes and drums welcomed the red, white and gold fire truck to the Engine 25 Firehouse in Kensington.
Preparations Underway For July Fourth’s Philly Firework Spectacular; Audio ExcerptA barge in the Navy Yard is being packed with explosives ahead of this Friday’s fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. A pyrotechnic crew loads thousands of shells into launch tubes aboard a barge. It’s all computerized and extremely organized to provide the audience with a spectacular show.
Plot Of Land Once Pegged For Shopping Center Now Delco’s Newest Park; Audio ExcerptA 37-plus acre plot of land along Springfield Road that was once pegged for a shopping center, is now Delaware County’s newest park. County officials calling it part of the “largest open-space acquisition by the county” in 50 years.
Federal Judge Blocks Indiana Abortion Law; Audio ExcerptA federal judge has blocked a new Indiana law that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’ genetic abnormalities. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt released a ruling Thursday that grants the preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The law was to set to take effect Friday.
Special Prosecutor Expected To Be Named For Van Dyke Trial; Audio ExcerptA Cook County judge reportedly said a special prosecutor for the Jason Van Dyke murder trial will be named in early August. Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with the murder of Laquan McDonald, appeared in court Thursday morning for a hearing.
Blackhawks Sign Michal Rozsival, Brandon Mashinter To 1-Year Deals; Audio ExcerptBefore the start of free agency Friday, the Blackhawks have retained a pair of their own players. Chicago has signed defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Brandon Mashinter to one-year deals, the team announced Thursday.