David Gambacorta, Philly Inquirer

David Gambacorta

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Past articles by IT'SYA_BOI:

A.G.’s Office identifies man fatally shot by Deptford Township police

State investigators declined to clarify many details surrounding a March 10 encounter that left a Deptford Township police officer wounded and a man dead. → Read More

How we were able to test artificial turf from Veterans Stadium and what the tests showed

Inquirer reporters bought souvenir samples of the old Veterans Stadium turf on eBay and had them tested. → Read More

Artificial turf was once touted as a ‘magic carpet.’ Here’s the timeline of its tangled past.

Some scientists are now sounding the alarm because artificial grass typically contains PFAS, nicknamed “forever chemicals." → Read More

What to know about ‘forever chemicals,’ artificial turf, Phillies cancer deaths, and our story

Experts say data is lacking to understand the risks of inhaling PFAS or by coming into repeated contact with it on a playing field. → Read More

Six former Phillies died from the same brain cancer. We tested the Vet’s turf and found dangerous chemicals.

Tests run on two samples of old Vet Stadium turf found it contained 16 different types of PFAS, or per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances — so-called “forever chemicals." → Read More

Pa. attorney general charges five more Jehovah’s Witnesses with sexual abuse

Among the accused is a 44-year-old Witness elder who told one of his victims -- a 10-year-old girl -- that she was "tempting men." → Read More

‘Brother Hill’s addiction’: Secret records show Jehovah’s Witnesses tolerated abuse

Rarely-glimpsed files show that Witness elders compared one man's alleged abuse of nine boys to alcoholism. → Read More

Number of Philly cops out injured drops 31% after Inquirer investigation uncovers abuse

Doctors picked by the police union had diagnosed several hundred officers as being so injured that they couldn’t even testify in court. → Read More

Pa. attorney general charges four Jehovah’s Witnesses with sexual abuse of 19 children

Charges stem from a grand jury investigation that started after a 2018 Inquirer investigation examined how Witness leaders punished survivors after they reported abuse or sought help from police. → Read More

‘Don’t let us die down here’: A year later, a look at Hurricane Ida’s devastation of the Philly area

Victims, rescuers recall Hurricane Ida’s devastation on the Philadelphia area on its one-year anniversary. → Read More

Takeaways from our investigation into doctors chosen by the police union to treat injured cops

Twenty years ago, the Philadelphia police union negotiated the power to select its own disability doctors. It repeatedly recruited physicians with problematic practices. → Read More

Philly FOP picked problematic doctors for police ‘injured on duty’ benefit

Twenty years ago, the Philadelphia police union negotiated the power to select its own disability doctors. It repeatedly recruited physicians with questionable practices. → Read More

After the South Street mass shooting, residents ask police: ‘How are you going to keep me safe?’

For decades, Philadelphia police have wrestled with managing the crowds that squeeze through South Street. Some residents and merchants says the neighborhood has taken on an air of lawlessness. → Read More

Reform bill targets ‘disgraceful’ abuse by Philly police of a disability program

As legislation is introduced to reform the Heart and Lung disability program, Philadelphia police officials have referred one case of potential abuse to the District Attorney's Office. → Read More

‘I can be me’: Philly’s Gay Pride March marks 50 years

Thousands came together to remember past struggles, celebrate the LGBTQ community’s diversity and success, and steel themselves for growing political attacks that threaten to unravel hard-won rights. → Read More

Mystery deepens on whether 12-year-old boy was armed when police shot him in the back

The family of Thomas "TJ" Siderio prepares to bury the 12-year-old boy as investigators examine whether he tossed the gun before his was fatally shot by police. → Read More

The police shooting of Thomas Siderio could renew debate over use-of-force laws

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is weighing whether to change a state law that allows police officers to shoot a fleeing suspect. → Read More

‘It’s taxpayer money’: City Council seeks hearings on abuse of generous police disability benefits

Councilmember Allan Domb wants to examine abuses uncovered by The Inquirer. “It’s taxpayer money.” → Read More

‘Absolutely repulsive’: Outlaw slams cops who abuse Philly’s injured-on-duty benefits

The police commissioner directed Internal Affairs to investigate multiple officers who appeared to hold down second jobs while supposedly injured. → Read More

More than 650 Philly cops say they’re too hurt to work. But some are holding down second jobs

An Inquirer investigation has found numerous cops who have claimed to be too injured to work, but at the same time launched new businesses, toiled at physically strenuous jobs, and more. → Read More