Reporter / Curator
Cassie Owens is a reporter/curator for BillyPenn.com. She was assistant editor at Next City and has contributed to Philadelphia City Paper, Metro, the Jewish Daily Forward, The Islamic Monthly and Spoke, among other publications. She's regularly covered culture and urban policy, from writing the first profile of YouTube personality Peanut Live to reporting on Newark's Valentine's Day vacant lot sale.
A new Pennsylvania bill would make the names of animal abusers convicted of felonies and misdemeanors public information.
North Philly native Ronald Crawford is holding an open therapy workshop tomorrow, hoping to reach Philadelphians dealing with trauma.
Students will celebrate the new marker this weekend, but a disagreement over paperwork has delayed permanent installation.
What the city is reading — and requesting — from local branches
Pennsylvania is one of the rare states that lets couples get hitched without an officiant.
Whether you’d like a tarot reading or simply a summery drink, here’s your guide.
Technology, gentrification and tolerance are changing the Gayborhood.
The Art for the Cash Poor event can help new collectors or buyers looking for deals
The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth is about to announce its first set of young scholars.
Benny Feldman’s “One Liners with Tourette’s” video has gotten more than 2,500 comments on Reddit and a whole lot of praise.
The annual celebration honoring the African diaspora kicks off with an offering of fruits, flowers, honey and more.
Schools shame kids who fall behind on lunch fees, but districts aren’t opting into a federal program.
Five hundred people are expected to attend the Philadelphia Futures graduation celebration for low-income first-generation college students.
Saudia Shuler went all out for her son with $25,000 worth of Dubai-themed sets.
Philly tourists in search of the Rocky statue find a fence: ‘We figured we’d at least see the steps’
What’s a tourist to do when the city’s most famous statue is closed off during renovations?
Pennsylvania offers film producers $60 million total each year in tax credits, and there are concerns even that money could go away.
“If you look around, there’s all kinds of different people here. Yuppies, business people, neighborhood folks.”
“We’re missing a prime opportunity in our schools to teach young people,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, who’s created legislation to address the issue.
The city has partnered with Temple Law School’s Sheller Center for Social Justice to research hurdles that the program may face.
It could be someone in OneWay, the gang that rode BMXes on the Vine Street Expressway.