Tanya Brown-Dickerson, whose son was killed by Philadelphia Police in December 2014, has dropped her lawsuit against the department, citing failing health. Her cousin, Black Lives Matter PA activist Asa Khalif, said, "The stress is too much for her heart ... At the end of the day, there is no amount of money that is acceptable to bring a loved one back.” Police pulled Tate-Brown over for a traffic stop and ultimately shot him in the back of the head, eventually acknowledging that Tate-Brown had not been reaching for a gun when he was killed. Brown-Dickerson's lawyer says her actions should not be taken as a sign that she approves of the officers' conduct.
Meet Stella the giraffe and Kira the western lowland gorilla. They're two of the many animals at the Philadelphia Zoo who help keep your power on. They eat leaves, twigs and other plants called browse, and that browse would otherwise be interfering with your power lines. Check out the details on the zoo's partnership with PECO, and thank a giraffe next time you turn a light on.
Newsrooms around Philadelphia —Billy Penn included — have spent this year reporting on issues that returning citizens face every day as they try to rebuild their lives after prison. An announcement Thursday about funding from the Lenfest Institute will allow that reporting to continue and expand. The Reentry Project tells the stories of men and women who've returned to Philadelphia after incarceration, their struggles and the programs that have helped them. Catch up on our reentry reporting here.
What's the fastest way to get from the Northeast to the Navy Yard? Take the Broad Street Line then a shuttle bus the rest of the way? Ride-sharing? What's the safest way to cross Roosevelt Boulevard? Don't? These are questions commuters and travelers within the city ask every day, and they're two of seven major transportations issues that need solving in the city. Curbed took a look this week at some potential projects that could change the way we travel in Philly.
|What||It doesn't get more Philly than block parties. This one promised to be even more fun to kick off the Unity Cup soccer match between Mexico and Ireland. Expect to meet people and eat tasty food from the city's many immigrant communities. This free, family-friendly event includes games, live music and more. You can enjoy Parks on Tap while you're there, too. It all leads up to the big match at 8:30 at the South Philly Supersite.|
|Where||Marconi Plaza at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, 19148|
|When||September 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm|
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A 10-page memo sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and signed by four players (including two Eagles) is calling on league officials to take action for racial equality and social justice reforms. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and wideout Torrey Smith both signed the memo, which includes asking the NFL to make November "activism awareness month," to hold sit-down meetings with police commissioners, participate in educational events and much much more. Read the full memo to see how these players want the league to step up.
Nothing says 90 degrees (that's what we're looking at this weekend, BTW) like a haunted house. Terror Behind the Walls is back at Eastern State Penitentiary for the season, starting this weekend. The 27th annual historic/haunted attraction has something call "Blood Yard" on tap this year. Here's what to expect.