When the Pennsylvania Innocence Project successfully helps a wrongfully incarcerated person clear their name and get released from prison, it's cause for celebration. But adjusting to regular life is just as hard for these folks as for anyone who's been behind bars, complicated by the trouble of having to constantly reassert their innocence. An annual conference for exonerees can help, but it's expensive — so the Innocence Project is raising money for the cause.
Pa. Lt. Gov. Mike Stack already faces a crowded field in his bid for reelection, with six Democrats lining up to challenge him the primary. Now another potential roadblock has surfaced. A petition filed in Harrisburg this week suggests the address Stack listed on his nominating petition is inaccurate — a mistake that could get him tossed from the race. Who's raising the issue? Sources tell Billy Penn that lieutenant governor candidate Nina Ahmad's campaign is behind the filing.
Many Philly neighborhoods are experiencing bursts of development right now, but in Olney, the revitalization is almost entirely led by immigrants. For PlanPhilly, reporter Jake Blumgart takes a look at what's happening along North Fifth Street, where influxes of various cultures — Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Guatamalan — have created flourishing business and residential communities far from the bustle of Center City. The vibe is one of rebirth, he finds, but really not of gentrification.
Within a week of the city announcing support of a potential injection site, two Twitter pages popped up to bring the voices of drug users to the online conversation surrounding the opioid crisis. Called @Kensington4CUES and @PHLUsers4CUES, the accounts tweet out a variety of info: relevant events and community meetings, tips on staying safe while using street drugs, and direct quotes from actual people on the street in Philly.
Not everyone can stomach day-drinking the entirety of St. Patrick's Day. If you're looking for a family-friendly alternative, the Please Touch Museum is hosting a series of festive activities throughout the day — including an Irish dance performance, a music and storytelling session and a collaging workshop using only the color green.
Where: Please Touch Museum at 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 19131
When: March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $19