PECO plans to build an electric substation in Wynnefield and residents worry about how the towers that would be installed might affect property values and bring electromagnetic radiation. Yet many described the worst part of the situation as the lack of transparency from the company, as the power company first didn't alert the neighborhood it planned to build and then scheduled a meeting the same time as a Wynnefield Residents Association meeting. Here's more on the issue and what Wynnefield plans to do about it.
The current process of assigning bail is far from scientific. As part of sweeping changes to Philadelphia’s criminal justice system that are afoot, city officials are working with top data scientists to develop a computerized risk assessment tool that looks at a variety of factors and assigns a defendant a label. But there’s a real concern that computerized risk assessment tools could predict recidivism by weighing factors that serve as a proxy for race and socioeconomic status, ultimately incarcerating more black and brown defendants while allowing white defendants to go free.
Monday was media day in the NBA and so after a Sunday in which the NFL showed unity in the face of Donald Trump saying any player who kneels during the national anthem is a "son of a bitch" who should be fired, NBA players had their say next. And while LeBron James had his press conference airing live on CNN after his "U Bum" tweet went viral, some of the answers by the Sixers were just as noteworthy. New Sixers guard JJ Redick said, "I think being anti-Trump at this point is sort of like eating breakfast in the morning. It's just something you do during your day. How often do you go through a day and not be offended by the guy?" Check out some of the other Sixers' comments, about basketball and other things, here.
Unbeknownst to the Mantua residents whose backyards abut Amtrak rail tracks, the transportation company sprayed herbicide in the area last month — a necessary task to keep the tracks clear. But environmentalists are concerned about the direction the chemicals were sprayed — upward into people's yards. Flowers and trees behind the houses on this stretch of Mantua Avenue are dying, and residents have been eating their vegetables, unaware of the chemicals.
The Villico family has run Joe's Pizza for 30 years, and they're hosting a party to commemorate their pearl anniversary. The second floor of the shop will rock with music, and there will be free drinks, food and a complimentary gift bag. RSVP to RSVP@JessicaScottLLC.com to get on the list.
Where: Joe's Pizza at 122 S. 16th St. 19102
When: September 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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OK, yes, it's 90 degrees outside. But you know this weather will flip in an instant, and the day you slip into those new boots or put on a light jacket, you'll be craving fall foliage. Peak Colorful Leaf Season is basically the entire month of October, depending on where you are in the state. Use this map to plan your Pennsylvania foliage viewing accordingly.
Angela Kashina is a traveling musician on a mission and she needs Philly's help. She discovered her love and talent for piano when she encountered a public one in a train station, and is on the hunt for more. Traveling might be easy for a musician, but it's tough for a piano. So if you know of any public pianos nearby, fill out Kashina's form and help a woman out.