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Massive Philly junkyard fire disrupts Northeast Corridor trains

Another huge Philadelphia scrap fire yesterday prompted air quality warnings and temporarily halted Amtrak service out of 30th Street Station.

  • The plume of black smoke could be seen for miles, drawing 100 firefighters to the scene of a Hunting Park junkyard, 6ABC reports. Health officials warned nearby residents to stay indoors.

Junkyard fires are common in the city. The same thing happened twice over the summer, as well as last November — and dozens of times before that.

Tuesday evening’s fire was visible for miles

Acclaimed South Indian restaurant Amma’s opens in UCity

The third location of Amma’s opened in University City earlier this month, bringing its family-style South Indian cooking to West Philly.

  • On the menu: The same spicy biryani and dosas you’ll find at the LaBan-approved Center City outpost, plus new shareable chaats in a setting that’s good for large groups.

There’s also specialty Madras coffee, and a semi-open kitchen so you can watch all the action. BP contributor Ronak Gandhi has a look inside.

Spicy, homestyle Indian cuisine at Amma’s Credit: Serena Gandhi for Billy Penn

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Trailbridge in Southwest Philly

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

  • A North Philly parenting workshop, run by the Institute for the Development of African American Youth, aims to prevent gun violence one father at a time. [WHYY]
  • Mayor Kenney yesterday signed a ban on firearms at Philly parks and rec centers. A state rule disallows local gun laws — so a legal challenge could follow. [6ABC/Billy Penn]
  • Students from Germantown’s Parkway Northwest High School commemorated International Peace Day with speeches, poetry readings, and rap performances. [WHYY]
  • At some of the branch libraries due for upgrades under Philly’s Rebuild program, renovations include a focus on creating safe spaces where kids and teens can avoid gun violence. [Capital-Star]
  • Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis is impacting all of us. What if news reporting could be part of the solution? That’s the focus of an all-day workshop today, stay tuned for our takeaways. [PCGVR/#BGVR22]

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 29: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 36 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,779: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 401: Year-to-date homicides, 1% ahead of last year’s pace and up 74% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH: Sep. 28, 2022

Mayor Kenney attends a grand opening for Sharswood Crossing, a 60-unit development at the PHA-led revitalization of the North Philly area that welcomed a Grocery Outlet last spring (11 a.m.). Kenney then speaks outside City Hall at a Women Against Abuse awareness briefing as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (12 p.m.).


? South Street hosts a huge block party this weekend, complete with Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz and anniversary festivities at Philly AIDS Thrift. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1)

? Devil’s Den is closing mid-October, so it’s throwing a blow-out farewell bash on 11th and Federal with a DJ and food trucks. (1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2)