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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was
• Report examines city handling of MOVE victim remains
An independent report made some conclusions and recommendations but did not uncover why the city still held MOVE bombing victims’ remains as of last year, partly because many people refused to talk to investigators. The May 2021 revelation, which led Philly’s health commissioner to resign, was spurred by news that Penn also still held victim remains. A Penn anthropologist is suing the university, Billy Penn, and dozens of other media outlets over the issue. [PDF report/WHYY/Billy Penn/BP/Axios]
• Potato rolls debate goes national, Shapiro demurs
Calls for a boycott of Martin’s potato rolls over the family’s backing of Pa. gov candidate and election-denier Doug Mastriano became a national story after Billy Penn’s initial reporting a month ago, with headlines in The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Eater and more. His opponent in the gubernatorial race, however, is against the idea. “I’m not for boycotting a Pennsylvania business that supports hundreds of Pennsylvania jobs,” Josh Shapiro said. [BP/Wash Post$/Bloomberg$/Eater/Billy Penn]
• South Street wrestles with response
Two people face murder charges for their roles in the chaotic shooting that killed three and injured 11 last weekend on South Street. What can prevent it from reoccurring? Some area business owners believe lax enforcement is emboldening lawlessness, and police say they need more resources. Anti-violence advocates note dozens of officers were already on the street, suggesting better leadership, organization, and planning are needed. [AP/Inquirer$/WHYY]
• Pride marches fill Philadelphia
After a year of uncertainty as a new group of activists tried to build a more inclusive event, last Sunday’s PHL Pride March was a huge success, with thousands participating in the celebration of LGBTQ community. Yesterday another group came together for the 10th annual Disability Pride Parade, hailed by attendees as a welcome chance to connect in person. [Billy Penn/Billy Penn]
VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead
• Early start for 2023 mayoral candidates?
City Council has a new member this week, after Mike Driscoll was sworn in to replace Bobby Henon, but that’s just the start of an expected sea change on the legislative body as members begin to resign to run for Philadelphia mayor. Rumor has it the first announcement is coming soon — potentially this week, but likely this month — which could lead to a cascade of other candidates declaring. [Tribune$/Citizen/PhillyMag$]
• Some Philly public pools won’t open
Mid-June is when Parks & Rec usually announces the preliminary schedule for Philadelphia public pools. But despite huge recruitment efforts for lifeguards (Jess’s favorite summer job), it appears there aren’t enough to open all sites, with just 80% of positions filled. Last year, many closures happened in under-resourced neighborhoods. [WHYY/Billy Penn/Axios/Inquirer$]
• The Oval gets a Ferris wheel
With a launch event tomorrow, the city will officially kick off another summer of outdoor programming at The Oval, the muraled former parking lot in front of the Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. This year’s attractions include a giant Ferris wheel, a local beer garden, a music stage, and lots of kid activities. It’ll be open Wednesdays through Sundays. [Metro/Visit Philly]