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Ousted Temple business school dean indicted on fraud charges tied to college rankings scandal

Fallout from the scandal has cost the university millions in legal settlements with the state and federal investigators and former students who contend their degrees have been devalued.

Philly rap star AR-Ab sentenced to 45 years for running a drug ring implicated in murder

“The court ... don’t understand my culture,” the rapper insisted, after a case that scrutinized his lyrics and social media persona. “We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers."

Philly police sergeant was caught on camera pocketing cash in a drug raid and later lied about it, feds say

Prosecutors say Sgt. Michael Kennedy, a member of the department’s Narcotics Field Unit, stole money while searching a Kensington apartment. Video of the purported theft later appeared on social media

Eight crewmen have pleaded guilty as probe continues into a record 20-ton cocaine bust on a Philly ship

News that eight men, largely from Montenegro and Samoa, had already admitted guilt in sealed proceedings came as one crewman was sentenced to more than 5 years in federal prison.

Ex-Drexel student whose Facebook posts wished ‘death to all Americans’ will be deported for ties to Yemeni rebels

Gaafar al-Wazer was suspended from an English-language program at Drexel after staff became concerned about Facebook posts showing him carrying an AK-47 and wishing “death to all Americans.”

Attorney Richard A. Sprague — the ‘fearless, fearsome, and feared’ giant of the Philadelphia legal world — has died at 95

Sprague died Saturday after a brief illness and a near seven-decade career as a relentless prosecutor, peerless civil litigator and towering figure in the history of Philadelphia courts.

Philly’s acting U.S. attorney launches network to defuse risk of extremist violence

Longtime terrorism prosecutor Jennifer Arbittier Williams hopes a new collaboration between authorities and community organizations can defuse potential extremist threats before they end in violence.

Rapper Dark Lo pleads guilty to threatening witness who helped put N. Philly rap star AR-Ab in prison

His admission of guilt is the latest development in a legal saga that has decimated the rap group Original Block Hustlaz while enthralling its legions of fans with every twist and turn.

Philly Proud Boys president Zach Rehl denies inciting Capitol riot as he fights for pretrial release

A judge ordered Rehl, one of four Proud Boys leaders facing conspiracy charges for the Jan. 6 attack, released to house arrest on Friday but immediately stayed the order so prosecutors can appeal.

Criminal charges expected for ousted Temple dean in rankings scandal, lawyers say

Meanwhile, Temple for the first time directly blamed M. Moshe Porat for the school's manipulation of data in a recent court filing, calling him the "mastermind" at the "heart of the scandal."