Philly Police know the race of every single driver they pull over. Most local police departments in PA and NJ can't say the same, including Pennsylvania State Police. Forty-three percent of municipal police departments in our eight-county region mandate that officers log the race of every driver they pull over, according to a Philly.com report. Why? Tracking and observing these traffic stops can help identify racial bias where the agencies might not otherwise notice patterns —which is especially important during traffic stops.
Thousands of Philadelphians could face new challenges paying for substance abuse treatment if the Senate GOP’s healthcare plan becomes a reality. While the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill sets aside funding to address the opioid crisis, some activists and Democrats, along with the City of Philadelphia itself, have expressed concerns that the bill’s cuts to Medicaid funding could still dramatically impact access to treatment services for those with opioid use disorders, especially those who use Medicaid to pay for treatment. Here's a look at how Medicaid is used to pay for substance abuse treatment in Philly, and why that funding could be in jeopardy.
Asa Khalif's first protest was at 26th and Oxford when he was just 13. The leader of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania won't discuss how old he is now — he'd rather focus on the issues at hand. In an in-depth interview with Philadelphia magazine, Khalif discussed the work he's doing, the threats he receives and the support from his family.
Earlier this spring, a real estate agent gauged the the craziness he’d witnessed — offers 10K over the asking price, all-cash; a house bought, sight unseen, during a blizzard — and remarked to Billy Penn that 24 hours in this market was “an eternity.” It’s now apparent he was right. The numbers are out, and the Philadelphia real estate market had its hottest spring of the last five years. Here's how many more homes were sold than in years past and the top selling neighborhoods.
A free public celebration led by Councilman David Oh and Mural Arts Philadelphia will take place on Kevin Hart’s birthday with a family fun event and mural dedication at Max’s Cheesesteaks. Performances by Philadelphia favorites Freeway and Chill Moody will entertain, and Councilman Oh will welcome Hart back to his childhood neighborhood.
Where: Max’s Cheesesteaks at 3653 Germantown Ave
When: July 6, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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"The moment you lose control of the crowd that whole bar is going to be out of control.” Ah, summer Wednesdays. While you group-text friends trying to decide which bar to hit for cheap happy hour specials, the servers at these places are preparing for the onslaught. To kick off an occasional summer series, we asked Center City Sips servers to tell us what it's like to basically be in charge of people's after-work happiness. Here's what they said.
July 4th doesn't have to end just because you're back at work and nursing a BBQ hangover. Catch fireworks in South Philly tonight, courtesy of Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies play the Pirates at 6:05pm, and the show starts right after. Game tickets are still available (but you can't see the fireworks from the cheap seats), or you can just grab a spot outside the stadium.