Statues at Starr Garden (Instagram/@gpatomk)

More MOVE victim remains? Activist says there’s new evidence

Penn Museum was surrounded by controversy two years ago when news broke it held the skeletal remains of one of the children killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing. An organizer at the center of those revelations believes the museum also held remains of another victim — and they say recently discovered photos from 2014 prove it.

Jordan Levy was at the press conference where the photos were announced, and has more details on the latest twist in the continuing saga.

Writer and activist Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad speaks at a press conference in front of Penn Museum on Thursday. Also present are City Council at-large candidate Nicolas O’Rourke, Mike Africa Jr., and Ramona Africa. (Jordan Levy/Billy Penn)

Basking in a month of Phillies homers, a franchise record

Basking in a month of Phillies homers, a franchise record

August began with Nick Castellanos belting a two-run, go-ahead home run to beat the Marlins in Miami, and it ended with Bryce Harper hitting his 300th career homer. The 59 dingers the Phillies put up last month are not only a franchise record, they’re the third most in baseball history.

Hittin’ Season’s John Stolnis recaps one of the most memorable months the Phillies have ever had.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper reacts after hitting a home run during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Former Philly Proud Boys leader Zachary Rehl was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Rehl was caught on video spraying a chemical irritant at law enforcement, but denied doing so in testimony. [CBS3]

• The Pa. Senate yesterday approved funding for state hospitals, first responders, universal free school breakfast, and public library aid — but not education or public defense. It also reintroduced the controversial school voucher program. [Spotlight PA] 

• Philadelphia public school students get free lunch and breakfast daily, but many don’t take advantage. A new Temple University study will examine why — and recommend ways to increase participation. [Billy Penn]

• Temple grad Sabriaya Shipley is Theatre Philadelphia’s new executive director, and the first openly queer Black person in the role. [PGN]

• The new Miss Pennsylvania, Emily Stephens, is a self-proclaimed shy kid who grew up in the Italian Market and now lives in Pennsport. [South Philly Review]

• We Walk PHL is a free walking group via the Fairmount Park Conservancy that meets at parks, playgrounds, and gardens all across the city. [West Philly Local]

• Rosh Hashanah is just over two weeks away, and several Philly restaurants are ready to provide all the brisket, apple cake, and latkes you need. [Eater]


The city was awarded a $25 million federal RAISE grant to install six slow zones to improve traffic safety around schools in North Philly, and Mayor Kenney joins Sen. Casey to announce details (11:30 a.m.)


💃🏽 Kick off Labor Day weekend in the city with a salsa and bachata dance party at Love Park. The first hour is a lesson, then you get to let loose as DJs spin. (7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1)

🎭 Gaul & Co. Malt House in Port Richmond hosts the inaugural Philadelphia Comedy Festival, featuring 12 hours of standup, podcast tapings, and music. Tix are a cool $100 per person. (12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3)

💸 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)