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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

Tuesday evening's fire was visible for miles

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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

Spicy, homestyle Indian cuisine at Amma's

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Trailbridge in Southwest Philly

Trailbridge in Southwest Philly

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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.).


ūüćļ 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)

ūüĎč 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)

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