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Kenney names nominating panel for new Philly school board

Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkwood Civic Association, St. Anselm Church, 12670 Dunks Ferry Rd.

Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Mantua Civic Association, Grace Lutheran Church, Haverford and N. 36th streets

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Monday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at T.M. Peirce Elementary School, 2300 W. Cambria St.

Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Max Myers Recreation Center, 1601 Hellerman St.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Home and School Association, 440 North Broad St.

Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business & Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets, C2-28

Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Southwest CDC, 6328 Paschall Ave.

    Kenney names nominating panel for new Philly school board
    Philadelphia's new Board of Education started to take shape Tuesday with the naming of a 13-member nominating committee, the latest step toward re-establishing local control of city schools. The board would replace the School Reform Commission that has voted to dissolve itself.
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Jan 12

Daring to put legs on faith with the inspiration of MLK

NewCORE, WHYY, and Philadelphia Media Network are presenting a public discussion, “Does Dr. King’s Life, Legacy, and Hope for America Matter?” Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the Philadelphia Media Network Building, 801 Market St.

    Daring to put legs on faith with the inspiration of MLK
    On Monday, a day of service will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. In the spring, activities will mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Between now and then, a Philadelphia group will host conversations about King's legacy. University of Pennsylvania chaplain and author Charles "Chaz" Howard is one of the panelists.
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Jan 10

Black Lives Matter, family press Philly DA to release inmate they say is innocent

Eric Riddick was sentenced to life behind bars for the Nov. 6, 1991, murder of a 22-year-old friend. Investigators said he used a rifle to kill his friend from a balcony at 58th and Belmar streets in Kingsessing. A witness identified him as the shooter at trial.

    Black Lives Matter, family press Philly DA to release inmate they say is innocent
    But Black Lives Matter activists, who supported his campaign, haven't wasted any time in demanding that he deliver the progressive change he promised. About a dozen activists rallied outside Krasner's Center City office Tuesday afternoon to call for the exoneration and release of Eric "Man" Riddick, who has been in prison for 26 years for the 1991 murder of a Southwest Philly man.
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Jan 05

Bitter cold sparks continuing Philly efforts to shelter homeless

Holloman’s office is also extending hours at a warming site at Aramingo and Lehigh avenues in Kensington, the heart of the city’s opioid epidemic.

    Bitter cold sparks continuing Philly efforts to shelter homeless
    With bone-chilling temperatures in the weekend forecast, Philadelphia is nearly doubling the number of homeless outreach workers hitting the streets to bring people inside from the cold. Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services typically has 20 outreach workers at its disposal. "People can die out here, and we take that very seriously," said David Holloman, director of external affairs.
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Jan 03

Philly prepares for snow storm, freezing weather on Thursday

Prevention Point Philadelphia is offering daytime shelter at its drop-in center on the 2900 block of Kensington Avenue.

    City prepares for snow storm, freezing weather on Thursday
    Preparations are underway in Philadelphia for Thursday morning's expected snow storm and bitterly cold weather. As of late this afternoon, Philadelphia is expecting 5 to 7 inches of snow beginning around 9 tonight through 7 p.m. Thursday with gusting winds up to 45 miles per hour.
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Jan 02

‘It will kill you’: Philly outreach workers keep making rounds as bitter cold snap continues

Prevention Point on the left, and a homeless shelter on the right, at the intersection of Kensington Ave. and Monmouth Street. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    'It will kill you': Philly outreach workers keep making rounds as bitter cold snap continues
    A couple days before New Year's Eve, Robert Fifer leans his thin frame against the wall of the homeless shelter in Philadelphia he's been staying at since last week. The city has been under a Code Blue alert since Christmas Day, and it's bitterly cold again. Temperatures won't crack freezing.
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Dec 28

Philly police investigating after undercover cop fatally shoots unarmed driver

The incident started about 8:30 p.m., when two plainclothes cops stopped a 2013 Hyundai on Nedro Avenue near 16th Street after confirming it was connected to a Dec. 21 murder that happened about 5 miles away, on East Atlantic Street near Stouton in Harrowgate.

The incident started about 8:30 p.m., when two plainclothes cops stopped a 2013 Hyundai on Nedro Avenue near 16th Street after confirming it was connected to a Dec. 21 murder that happened about 5 miles away, on East Atlantic Street near Stouton in Harrowgate.

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Police caught up with him three blocks away, where he’d crashed into two parked cars at Nedro and Opal Street. He got out of the car, and things turned bloody.

    Philly police investigating after undercover cop fatally shoots unarmed driver
    A Philadelphia undercover officer who stopped a car wanted in a murder investigation shot the driver Wednesday night in the city's Ogontz section after the man tried to escape. The driver, whose name hasn't been released, died Thursday morning. Police now say he was not armed - and he was not a suspect in the murder.
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Dec 27

Our favorite photos, videos of 2017

Protesters demanding protected bike lanes form a human barrier stretching for two blocks along Spruce Street near 11th Street, where a cyclist was killed by a garbage truck the previous morning. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Our favorite photos, videos of 2017
    2017 was a year of conflict. Protesters thronged the streets of Philadelphia in response to immigration policy, civil rights abuses, threats to the environment, and the opioid epidemic. Flip through the photo gallery above for some of the best snapshots of 2017. WHYY News took a deeper look at these issues.
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Dec 25

A Philly "Parranda" brings its own kind holiday cheer to displaced families

Since the hurricane, more than 400 families have left Puerto Rico and sought assistance at the Disaster Assistance Service Center at  5th and Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia, according to Phil Pagliaro, with the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

    A Philly "Parranda" brings its own kind holiday cheer to displaced families
    In Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving through New Years Day is packed with "parrandas," or colorful holiday celebrations with lots of music and food. As hundreds of people come to Philadelphia after Hurricane Maria, struggling to adjust, a group of local volunteers have attempted their own version of a parranda for displaced families.
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Dec 22

Penn grad students earn union vote, with a caveat

Fisher Bennett Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus, 34th and Walnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Penn grad students earn union vote, with a caveat
    Graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania will be able to vote on whether to form a union, the regional National Labor Relations Board has ruled. The decision is a victory for GET-UP, a coalition affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers that has been driving unionization efforts at the Ivy League school in Philadelphia.
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Dec 21

Volunteers bring Christmas to Kensington corner struggling with homelessness, addiction

Asteria Vives, head of Home Quarters and Friends, sings carols at the Emerald Street and Lehigh underpass, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    Volunteers bring Christmas to Kensington corner struggling with homelessness and addiction
    A group of volunteers brought a mobile Christmas celebration to people who are homeless and living in addiction in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood Wednesday night. The volunteers from Home Quarters and Friends, a group that works to help drug users get off the streets, started on a corner near the railroad tracks where the city and Conrail cleared out an encampment of homeless heroin users this summer.
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Dec 18

Pa. Convention Center art collection far from conventional

Some pieces are decades old. Photographer Tony Ward submitted five portraits, taken between 1976 and 1980, of congregants at the United House of Prayer for All People, a nondenominational church at 16th and Fitzwater. It’s where Ward’s grandmother worshipped at the time.

    Pa. Convention Center art collection far from conventional
    The Pennsylvania Convention Center has the tricky circumstance of being a public building - but not really. Although built with about $1.3 billion of taxpayer money, it's a building for hire so access is restricted depending on who is renting space at any given time.
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Dec 13

Philadelphia library to present new edition of Franklin ‘Junto’

In 1727, when Franklin was just 21, he organized 12 people to come together at a tavern at 3rd and Market streets in Philadelphia to talk openly and respectfully about certain areas of interest — business, science, politics, and philosophy.

According to the 92nd Street Y’s chief innovation officer, Asha Curran, almost 130 Franklin Circles are active in dozens of cities, each organized by its members. The Y provides a simple online toolkit to help people get the ball rolling.

    Philadelphia library to present new edition of Franklin 'Junto'
    The Library Company of Philadelphia wants to create a monthly forum of civil dialogue around civic and moral questions. It's doing so by taking a page from Benjamin Franklin, who began a self-improvement club almost 300 years ago.
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Dec 06

Winning by a single vote? Happens all the time

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    Winning by a single vote in Philly? Happens all the time
    Manayunk graduate student Phillip Garcia had a moment of fame this week when the Washington publication The Hill ran a story on how Garcia won a Philadelphia election board seat with just one vote. It turns out that's not such a novelty.
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