Act 13, Pennsylvania's 2012 oil and gas law, requires natural gas producers to provide "maximum practicable contracting opportunities" to businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans. But a report from Fiscal Year 2015-16 shows 73 percent of companies didn't use the required online directory the state has provided to search for these businesses. A new report wants Pennsylvania lawmakers to create and enforce sanctions against natural gas companies that don't comply.
Wordsworth Academy was all over the news last fall when a teenager at the West Philadelphia facility died. An investigation published over the weekend by Philly.com revealed numerous serious problems — from broken bones, to rape and death. The young residents say their complaints often weren't taken seriously at the center, which treats people with profound mental illnesses and behavioral problems. Yet its license has been renewed time and again by the Department of Human Services, and the group that oversees it for the city, Community Behavioral Health, continues to fund it.
It's Draft Week! The Parkway is all but set for the NFL Draft which (if you somehow forgot by now) starts Thursday. We had the chance to speak with ESPN's NFL host Trey Wingo and executive producer Seth Markman on their plans for covering Philly's draft. From the chaos of televising a live event out on the Parkway to what if the Eagles trade their first rounder to whether Wingo will eat an entire cheesesteak live on air (and have to sit on TV for four hours afterwards), we asked all the tough questions.
Jordan Dodson has been called "one of the top young guitarists of his generation," and he'll be playing for free to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of this Society Hill landmark.
Where: Old Pine Street Church at 412 Pine St. 19106
When: April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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The El is a necessary lifeline for thousands of people who depend on it every day, to get to work, school or just somewhere else in the city. As part of our partnership with Philly.com focused on the Market-Frankford Line, we took the trip from one end to the other, talking with people at every stop. Check out our video collab, highlighting some of the conversations we had asking people what they love, and hate, about riding the El.
What if the Philly restaurant industry was organized enough to hold as much sway over local lawmakers as, say, the building trades, or the city’s universities? That's the idea behind Kitchen Cabinet PHL, a new coalition that aims to bring together restaurant owners, operators and managers in order to find strength in numbers and have a hand in shaping local policy. The group is in its infancy, but early supporters — including Councilman Mark Squilla — are optimistic.