Michael Tanenbaum

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Michael Tanenbaum is a Senior Web Curator for PhillyVoice.com, with interests ranging from technology and behavioral health to local community initiatives and cultural life. Michael has written for the Argentina Independent and Bespoke Magazine and previously served as a news editor for Xfinity.com before joining PhillyVoice. He received his B.A. in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


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October 19, 2021

Health News

Pennsylvania woman denied kidney transplant over COVID-19 vaccine refusal

A Pennsylvania woman in need of a kidney transplant was denied by Geisinger Health Network over her refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The 40-year-old mother from Lycoming County has been on dialysis and waited for an organ for nearly seven years, but her fear of complications from the vaccine will now prevent her from getting the life-saving surgery through Geisinger's transplant program.

October 19, 2021

Crime

Auto thefts, vehicle break-ins spike in Art Museum area, Philly police say

Philadelphia police say there has been a spike in stolen vehicles, car break-ins and other theft crimes in the vicinity of the Museum of Art and along Kelly Drive, as well as elsewhere in the department's Ninth District. Motorcycles and scooters have especially been targeted this year, police said.

October 18, 2021

Business

Historic Vickers Restaurant & Bar to close in Exton after nearly 50 years

The historic Vickers Restaurant in Exton, Chester County, will close for good on Oct. 30, ending a run of nearly 50 years. The restaurant has occupied a farmhouse on the homestead of notable Pennsylvania potter and abolitionist John Vickers, whose property was a central station on the Underground Railroad in Chester County.

October 18, 2021

Investigations

Babysitter fatally stabbed Pennsylvania woman after 'adverse reaction' to marijuana cookies, police say

Lavrius O'Brian Watson, 26, of Pocono Summit, is charged with criminal homicide in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Elizabeth Bennett Leonard. Watson, who had been babysitting for Leonard, allegedly consumed edible marijuana cookies and blamed the stabbing on an "adverse reaction" he had to the drug.

October 18, 2021

Investigations

Pottstown man killed wife, self in murder-suicide, investigators say

Carla Forde, of Pottstown, was beaten and fatally shot Monday morning by her husband, Edward Thornton, who then took his own life, according to Pottstown police and Montgomery County detectives. Investigators said the incident was preceded by a history of domestic violence.

October 18, 2021

Music

Bruce Springsteen teases 2022 tour with E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band plan to hit the road for a tour in 2022, The Boss said this weekend during a panel discussion in Asbury Park to celebrate the publication of bandmate Steven Van Zandt's new memoir, "Unrequited Infatuations."

October 16, 2021

Social Media

Flyers' Ivan Provorov introduces frightened dog to Gritty

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov introduced his dog to Gritty before the team's season opener against the Vancouver Canucks. After a skittish start, the pooch warmed up to the giant orange mascot, who's now enjoying his fourth season of hijinks with the team.

October 16, 2021

Lawsuits

Former Penn State students get $22,500 in lawsuit over roommate's alleged spying

A couple in Center County, Pennsylvania has been awarded $22,500 stemming from claims in a lawsuit against a former roommate when the trio attended Penn State University together. The roommate, 31-year-old Nils Knutrud, allegedly installed a secret camera and storage device inside a DVD player planted in the couple's bedroom. Videos and photos were later found showing the couple having sex and in various states of undress.

October 16, 2021

Investigations

Five charged with allegedly stealing $1.1 million from Atlantic City casinos

A theft scheme targeting Atlantic City casinos used false blank checks to steal more than $1.1 million in gaming chips in late August, according to New Jersey prosecutors. Five people from New York have been charged in the alleged scheme, which involved passing off fraudulent TD Bank Official Checks and America Cashier's Checks at the Caesars, the Borgata, Ocean Casino Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

October 16, 2021

Investigations

Man arrested in sexual assault on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line, police say

A man has been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman aboard SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line on Wednesday, Oct. 13. According to investigators, multiple witnesses saw the incident unfold but failed to intervene until a SEPTA employee called 911 to report the crime. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy, was arrested at 69th Street Transportation Center. Upper Darby police are leading the investigation.

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