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After fun first day, 100 Philly schools to close early due to heat

Monday was the first day of the academic year for Philadelphia public schools. Our photographers captured photos of students’ excitement all across the city.

  • But it’ll be early dismissal at 100 schools that don’t have “sufficient cooling systems,” district officials announced yesterday. Tuesday and Wednesday afterschool and sports are also canceled.

At Paul Robeson High School in West Philadelphia, air conditioners were installed just in time, Eden MacDougall reports — after 16 years without.

A father poses for a picture with his daughter as he drops her off at her first day of school at Masterman Credit: Nathan Morris for Billy Penn Logan Center

RIP Michael Hinson, one of Philly’s LGBTQ community leaders

Michael Hinson, a legendary elder in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community, died on Saturday at age 55.

  • Hinson was the city’s first LGBT liaison, and one of the first to strategize against HIV/AIDS in the Black community. He founded Colours Magazine, and co-founded the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council.

Friends and colleagues told Michaela Winberg that Hinson’s warmth and love left as much of an impact as his impressive list of accomplishments.

Michael Hinson had recently begun to tackle homelessness as head of the nonprofit SELF, Inc. Credit: Rodney Atienza / Courtesy David Fair

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Nothing public today for Mayor Jim F. Kenney.


? Philadelphia radio station WURD celebrates Founder’s Day at the Parkway Central Library with a job fair, panel discussions, live music, and awards. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31)

? Banksyland, a touring art exhibit featuring 80 pieces by world famous street artist Banksy, lands in Philadelphia. Tickets are $29, or $60 for the VIP experience with a poster. (Friday to Monday, Sept. 2-5)