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Another Philly junkyard tire fire prompts air quality warning

An apparent junkyard fire yesterday afternoon sent black smoke into the air around 61st and West Passyunk in Southwest Philly. Yes, another one.

Illegal dumping is a big part of the problem. The Streets Department is getting $2 million to fight it, after cleanups fell steeply over the past five years.

Star and Kion Wright: The mother-son duo who breathe football

Rising Cheltenham high school senior Kion Wright is a defensive linemen fielding Division 1 offers. His mom Star coaches him — and plays herself.

  • Wright owns the Philly Phantomz, a new WNFL team whose entire roster she coached onto the leagues All-Pro List (herself included). Now, she’s growing a global nonprofit that brings football to African countries.

“We just bounce off each other’s knowledge,” Kion told BP contributor Ray Dunne about his mom, who balances work and play in more ways than one.

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The city’s biweekly briefing on gun violence prevention is happening on a different day and time this week, so Mayor Kenney joins city and police officials today (instead of Wednesday) to give an update on Philadelphia’s anti-violence efforts (11 a.m.). You can watch live on Facebook or listen on 900AM/96.1FM WURD.


? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this week! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

?️ The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity hosts a free young professionals happy hour at the Wet Bar, the lounge next to the W Center City’s rooftop pool. (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20)

✨ BYOBBS (bring your own booze, blanket, and snacks) to the Magic Garden for a night of performances and crafts. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 22)