More than 40 people were injured when a SEPTA train crashed at the 69th Street Transportation Center early Tuesday morning. A train from the Norristown High Speed Line crashed into an unoccupied car just after midnight and initial reports had the number of injured people around 33, but updated numbers has the total to 42. The injured people, including the train's conductor, were sent to eight area hospitals. None of the injuries, per SEPTA, are life-threatening, but four victims, as reported by NBC Philadelphia, are in critical condition.
In January, we reported on the effect of the soda tax from corner store owners who described it as nothing short of disastrous. We caught up with some of the same store owners from this winter, as well as some others in different neighborhoods, to see where they stood at the end of the long, hot summer when sales of sugary drinks typically soar. The result has been similar: Corner store owners find themselves concerned as they stare down revenues smaller than in previous years. Here's an inside look at their struggle.
Thousands of college students are gearing up for their glorious return to campus, so we decided to revisit a question we asked a few years ago: Which Philly college campus is the safest? In February 2015, Billy Penn uncovered some results that didn’t jibe with the stereotype that urban campuses are less safe than their suburban counterparts. Using publicly available data filed under federal and state law by each of the six major colleges and universities in the area, we’ve revisited the issue. Here's what we found.
Edward Snowden is coming to Philadelphia...via satellite. The former NSA contractor who was granted asylum in Russia after being charged with espionage will sit down for an interview with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, on the evening of Sept. 11 at the Free Library's main branch. Snowden will join the conversation from an "undisclosed location" while Scahill will be live in Philly. The two plan to discuss the state of surveillance and what it means for whistleblowers in Donald Trump's America. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Local woman Nora Wilson got herself certified in how to use naloxone, the drug that can save someone overdosing on opioids. She's hosting small classes that will go over procedures before and after administering the drug, what the effect will be to the person who has received it, and where you can buy it in an emergency or just to carry on you.
Where: Temple University at 1801 N. Broad St.
When: August 24, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Did you stare into the sun ? You did, didn't you? The cloud cover in the area during yesterday's eclipse made it much easier to see the moon slide in front of the sun, but still experts warned not to look directly into it without the proper eyewear. But other than a few corneas, America survived the solar eclipse. Philly had roughly 80 percent coverage, and it felt like nearly 80 percent of the city was out in the streets Monday. A reported 10,000 people went to The Franklin Institute alone. Newsworks has a nice gallery from around the country, so click here for a bunch of photos of people looking up in amazement.
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