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Weekend News Briefs: 1/28 - 1/30

FRIDAY -- One person died in a Summerdale fire early Friday morning. Crews spent an hour extinguishing the blaze on the 4700-block of Roosevelt Boulevard, and discovered a man's…

News from SCRUB

A Philadelphia business owner arrived to work one morning and found that a large billboard  had fallen onto her Fox Chase office building causing extensive damage.   Initially an inspector from the city's…

    • The MDC will start looking into ways to connect the Manayunk Canal and Towpath to Pretzel Park and historic Main Street.

Connecting community assets in Manayunk

In Garrett Elwood's estimation, Manayunk is a little disconnected. Not from the outside world, that is — but from itself. "Pretzel Park feels detached from Main More »

    • Many comprehensive plans include health topics, but few tackle obsesity, nutrition

Philadelphia among trend leaders in city planning, public health partnership

In Philadelphia and a growing number of other cities across the nation, city planners and public health workers are working together to combat chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and high…

    • Photos by Torben Jenk

Cramp Shipyard demo proceeds on

The dismantling of the Cramp building – the hulking brick icon of Philadelphia ship building located at 2050 Richmond Street – continued in earnest Monday.The building will be torn down…

    • Ship's Ahoy at Penn's Landing

Ship's Ahoy at Penn's Landing

Greenpeace's field organizer in Philly, Myriam Fallon, has written a blog on the Arctic Sunrise's visit to the Philadelphia waterfront:The Arctic Sunrise is in Philadelphia for the second stop on…

    • Courtesy of Flickr user xnedski.

Blast from the past: Washington High yearbook photos from 1983

Courtesy of Flickr user xnedski. Here's a treat for a snowy Friday: Philebrity tracked down a slideshow of photos from the 1982-83 Washington High yearbook.

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DRWC outlines public realm improvement plans

More details about the plans for public space along the Central Delaware Waterfront emerged at Friday morning's meet up of the  Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.The revocation of Foxwoods Casino's license…

    • Marsden Street near Devereaux Avenue, by Melissa Mersereau Sanchez

Reader Photos: Snow

Marsden Street near Devereaux Avenue, by Melissa Mersereau Sanchez Reader Melissa Mersereau Sanchez sent us these snow photos from her neighborhood. You can email yours to info AT or upload…

    • Courtesy of Mega Millions

Winning lottery ticket sold at Bi Rite

Courtesy of Mega Millions The owners of a winning lottery ticket bought it locally. Bi Rite Deli at Red Lion and Academy roads sold the $250,000 Mega Millions ticket.The winning…

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Driver flees Castor Gardens crash

When a van and a school bus were involved in an accident yesterday afternoon, the driver of the van fled. Police say the driver took off after the two vehicles…

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Abduction attempts reported in 15th and 8th districts

Police in the 15th and 8th Districts have reported abduction attempts involving male and female offenders.15th District, 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 on the 5700-block of Ditman Street -- 12-year-old…

SEPTA is short railcars for commute

If your train’s been crowded recently, it’s not just your imagination.SEPTA general manager Joe Casey said at a SEPTA Board meeting this afternoon.Out of 349 railcars, 42 were out…

SEPTA approves borrowing to buy new railcars

The SEPTA Board approved the authority’s first borrowing plan in 12 years Thursday afternoon, agreeing to spend up to $250 million to purchase 120 new Silverliner V regional rail cars and…

    • SEPTA gets smart card assist from PIDC

SEPTA gets smart card assist from PIDC

The first death knell sounded for the era of the token this afternoon, as the SEPTA Board approved an innovative financing plan that would pay for a new smart card fare…

Mary Tracy presents at Design Advocacy Group meeting

Thursday, February 38:00 a.m.Center for Architecture1218 Arch StreetPhiladelphiaPlease enter through the building lobby, not the Bookstore and Design Center.Mary Tracy, Executive Director of SCRUB and…

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Checking in on the ACC development

A proposed 1,500-foot skyscraper that would be the city's tallest remains a ground-level parking lot. But the American Commerce Center project “is not scrapped,” the developer's attorney said.“We're still looking…

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UPDATED Police recover 250 guns from Holmesburg home

UPDATE: Sources from the city confirm the recovered guns were removed from the home of the deceased Joseph Kelly. All of the guns were registered to Kelly. Authorities believe some may…

    • 15th District Captain Bachmayer

15th District Captain: "You're not allowed to put anything out to block your spot"

15th District Captain Bachmayer With another snowfall on its way, Mayfair residents noted at last night's civic association meeting that some people are already saving their parking spots. "You're not allowed…

UPDATED Community meetings canceled tonight: Jan. 26

The Holme Circle Civic Association meeting has been canceled due to snow. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 23. UPDATED: The Greater Bustleton Civic League meeting has been rescheduled for…

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