Social issues

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Cleaning Up Kensington

Cleaning Up Kensington

Empty 40-ounce bottles of Old English make a loud cracking sound as they roll down Kensington Avenue.  Devoured bags of Doritos and old, worn-out clothes pile up on the corners of the streets, while people stroll by ignoring the massive amounts of trash that is building up around them. Many people of Kensington have lost […]

 

MURL Wins Award

Congratulations! Your entry has been selected for presentation at the “Best Practices in Teaching of Diversity Competition” session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Boston. I am happy for you because I know how much effort you put into your entry. The AEJMC Teaching Committee’s panel of judges […]

 By Meggan Kole

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Through donations and volunteers, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) rescue aims to save as many unwanted animals as possible.  When the SPCA cannot hold anymore stray or abandoned animals, PAWS steps in and houses the often very sick and very old animals in order to save them from being killed. A few lookers popped […]

 By Tiffany Wilson

Fishtown: Black Doll Show

Fishtown: Black Doll Show
 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

Fishtown: Taking a Gamble

The frantic lights of the slots machine reflecting off the mirrored walls, the metronome-like rhythm of the roulette wheel carrying both a small steel ball and the hopes of many, the roar from a craps table after the roll of a seven and the curious absence of windows and clocks are all hallmarks of the […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Erika Ransom

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Layoffs, budget cuts, home foreclosure, bankruptcies, bailouts—adults from every corner of the country are feeling the sting of the current economic turmoil. And now the country’s economic woes present a new problem. Law enforcement officials nationwide are concerned that the economic recession may lead to increased incidents of child abuse, according to a recent survey […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Is Gambling Addictive?

Is Gambling Addictive?

Bill Kearney is a self-described “former compulsive casino gambling degenerate.” And even though he stops short of the word addict, many who are seduced by lure of fast money and big winnings find themselves in the clutches of an often misunderstood and underreported form of addiction. Take Kearney’s story. An entrepreneur in his twenties, he […]

 By Jacalyn Clay, Rachael Hidalgo and James Brotherton

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

Parkside: New Housing Hope for Residents

The national alarm of financial crisis has sounded. The once dynamic American economic life has been reduced to a waiting game. Until the economy hits bottom, this business of waiting will continue. In Parkside, there is no anxious waiting for the bottom. Parkside’s economy along with its housing market reached rock bottom decades ago. Unlike […]

 By Brittany Diggs, Jessica Ann Geoghan and Andrew Forgotch

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Logan: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Jason West decided to beautify his grandmother’s three-story row home by planting flowers and encompassing them with a rustic garden fence. He thought his kind act would rid his block of blight. Instead, it incited anger and disdain within the 20-year resident of the 5100 block of North Broad Street. “We had brand new gates, […]