A huge, three-part investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer takes a deep look at the activity of Philly's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. Under the Trump administration, ICE officials here have been more aggressive than anywhere else in the country. Though the region does not have an especially high number of undocumented residents, Philly's ICE office leads the nation in noncriminal arrest: 64 percent of immigrants arrested here last year had no criminal convictions. Here's part 1, on ICE culture and a marriage ripped apart; part 2, on Philly ICE's potentially illegal tactics; and part 3, about the helplessness local officials feel versus the federal deportation mandate.
Giving birth can be stressful for any woman, but for Black women — especially Black women in Philly — the difficulty can be compounded by how they're treated because of the color of their skin. Studies show African Americans often deal with implicit bias at hospitals, and have disproportionately high rates of infant and maternal mortality. The latter is higher in Philly than nationwide. To help combat the issue, the local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network is hosting Black Maternal Health Week, which aims to raise awareness and share stories about racism experienced in the delivery room.
We’re thrilled to introduce A.D. Amorosi’s new biweekly feature, which will aim to help fill the void in underground event coverage Philadelphia lost when the City Paper shut down. Amorosi has been covering the scene for more than three decades, and every two weeks he’ll bring to the fore the boldest music, theater, comedy, exhibitions, literature, dance and performance art the city has to offer. Here's what's kicking in Philly mid-April.
The best silly made-up holiday to happen this week was definitely National Pet Day. Because who doesn't love pets? We asked you to show us your adorable furry ones on Twitter, and you responded with great creature-filled kindness. Check out these 30 great best friends helping brighten the lives of Philadelphians.
- Danya's finger and reflection in a Wawa touchscreen kiosk got a star turn Thursday morning, when Good Morning America used our video to show off Wawa's new secret menu.
- Related: the chain may have national appeal nowadays, but Philly's still its home. The new Wawa coming to Sixth and Chestnut this fall will be the new flagship, and at 11,000 square feet, it's the company's largest ever — almost twice as large as any other Wawa in Philly.
- Confirmed: we'll be giving away jars of local honey from Philadelphia Bee Company to all guests at our cooking demo next Tuesday, April 17. Pick up tickets here for $15 to join us for a night of sweet and savory fun.
Graduate! Philadelphia in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia is hosting an adult college resource fair. Two sessions will discuss financing and career opportunities. Registration is required.
Where: Bonnell Building at CCP at 17th St. between Spring Garden & Callowhill streets
When: April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration