Can fighting homelessness slow the opioid crisis? North Philly-based nonprofit Pathways to Housing PA hopes so. Since October, the group has gotten about 45 people experiencing homelessness and opioid addiction off the streets and into housing. Some participants have taken significant steps toward sobriety. Others have continued to use. Some have thrived in their new homes. Others have struggled with basic community integration. But what they all have in common is clear: They’re not sleeping on the streets anymore. Meet the Pathways leaders — who are literally saving lives right in front of us — and some of the people they're helping every day.
Brandon Bostian was taken into custody yesterday on charges related to the deaths of eight people onboard Amtrak 188 when it derailed on May 12, 2015, arraigned and released on $81,000 sign-on bond. He nearly escaped prosecution, as the Philly DA's office declined to press charges, before a judge ordered them to be filed before the statute of limitations ran out last week. PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro stepped in last Friday to announce eight counts of involuntary manslaughter among other charges. Shapiro said this week it's important "someone spoke up for the victims."
Following the news out of Washington over the last week has been a bit like having whiplash. So if you’re unsure how your own elected officials have responded to the scandal-enveloped White House, you’re probably not alone. We’ve scoured what’s out there and contacted Pennsylvania’s federal elected officials to get their take — Republican or Democrat — on some of the reports regarding the president. Here's a look at what every member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation has said so far about the recent Trump-related scandals.
A new report from the nonprofit Brookings Institution, released this week, examines Philly’s burgeoning tech scenes against those in other cities, and suggests the city should invest more in education and medicine — particularly in University City’s Innovation District. “Philadelphia is already strong on life sciences more broadly, but in this particular area of precision medicine is really where [Philly] could potentially be a global leader,” Jennifer Vey, a co-author of the report, told Billy Penn. We take a look at the report, which highlights what Philly is doing well, how the city can lure back Big Pharma, and why working in neighboring communities may be the key.
Riot Nerd and Atomic City Comics are hype for the new series of Twin Peaks, so in advance of the May 21 debut, they're hosting a "Black Lodge Dance Party." Expect goth/industrial/darkwave tunes from the DJ, a themed photo booth, props and decor. Sip a Laura Palmer cocktail or a Joe Coffee Porter stout, and eat free donuts provided by FedNuts. 21+
Where: The Barbary at 951 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: May 19, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to May 20, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 cover
Billy Penn Likes
The Eagles have done A LOT this offseason to make their roster better. Signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith upgraded the receivers, while Chance Warmack and Timmy Jernigan bolstered both lines, respectively. Other signings, re-signings and draft picks have sured up areas of need, but the one glaring hole was a running back who could carry the load and gain tough yards between the tackles. So the Eagles went out and signed the guy who helped New England win a Super Bowl. Can LeGarrette Blount prove to be a game changer for the Eagles? Could he, and all the other additions to the team make them — gasp — Super Bowl contenders?
The Liberty Bell, the Rocky steps, America's first zoo, the Boner 4ever building on North Broad. You know, all the great Philly landmarks. After 40 years, the Beury building at N. Broad and Erie Avenue is looking for tenants to fill more than 11,000-square-feet of space. The plan is to create a mixed-use space with 62 one-bedroom units and commercial opportunities, with a huge second phase to follow. Phase one is expected to start this year, and the building could open by spring 2019. No word yet if 'Boner 4ever' will stay.