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 By Ian Darrenkamp and Stephen Kimmerly

Hunting Park: Explosion and Fire on Ontario Street

Hunting Park: Explosion and Fire on Ontario Street

Workers were cleaning up the mess after a sudden explosion and fire left a home on the 1100 block of Ontario Street literally a shell of its former self. Verlene Stephens has been living on the 1000-block of Ontario Street for the past six years, and she can’t recall anything like this happening before. “I’m […]

 By Melissa Nowicki, Michele Aweeky, Anna Yermilov, Kalima Thomas and Christopher Malo

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

On Monday, Occupy Philadelphia joined the Earth Quaker Action Team for a non-violent, theatrical protest. Protestors referred to the event as a mass “die-in” and gathered to oppose PNC Bank’s financial support of companies that perform mountain top removal coal mining and natural gas hydrofracking. More than 100 demonstrators, led by organizer Zachary Hershman, marched […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

In a basement of a small apartment in Tacony, four mentally disabled adults were found chained to a boiler and locked behind a steel door in what Philadelphia police described the location as a “dungeon” and a “cellar” with a rotten smell. The captors—alleged ringleader Linda Ann Weston, 51, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, […]

 By Kean Maynard

Feltonville: Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man in Flames

Feltonville: Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man in Flames

At around 10:45 a.m. today a motorcyclist was severely injured from a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of North Second Street and Wyoming Avenue, officials said. Rivera Walters, 24, was driving west on Wyoming Avenue when his bike collided with a vehicle being driven by a young Hispanic woman. The driver of the […]

 By Ian Romano

Burholme: Residents Sweep Rising Sun Avenue for Philly Spring Cleanup

Burholme: Residents Sweep Rising Sun Avenue for Philly Spring Cleanup

Hugh Campbell, a 45-year-resident of Burholme, thanked Matt Taubenberger for sweeping up trash Saturday. Campbell said he can’t shop at the stores on Castor Avenue because there is too much trash. “It’s good to see a couple of young fellas cleaning up,” Campbell said. “I’m a product of New York City and left because it […]

 By Passion Rutledge

Spot News: Housing Forum Urges Community Leaders to Lobby Congress

Spot News: Housing Forum Urges Community Leaders to Lobby Congress

With the final version of President Obama’s 2011 budget still pending, leaders in the Philadelphia community met yesterday to discuss the local implications of proposed budget cuts to housing and homelessness programs. Located at 1515 Fairmount Ave., the forum was a collaboration of The People’s Emergency Center, the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing and Project […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin

Germantown: Community Meeting Caters to Concerned Citizens

Germantown: Community Meeting Caters to Concerned Citizens

Sitting in the community room in St. Francis of Assisi Church, located at 4821 Greene St., were nearly 50 people from Germantown. The individuals differed widely in age, but remained seemingly equal in the amount of interest they expressed toward their community. The meeting, coordinated by West Rockland Street co-block captains Emaleigh Doley and Aine […]

 By Jennifer Lee

Election 2011: The Next Great City?

Election 2011: The Next Great City?

With the 2011 Philadelphia City Council primary on May 17, the Next Great City coalition gathered at-large City Council candidates and the public for the launch of the Next Great City 2, a new agenda aimed at City Council candidates. The Next Great City coalition is comprised of over 100 civic groups, labor unions, businesses, […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Divine and Dividing Issues

Manayunk: Divine and Dividing Issues

As they struggle with long-term demographic changes and the impact of a new round of clergy abuse scandals, the Catholic parishes of Manayunk warmly welcomed Cardinal Justin Rigali on Sunday. Cardinal Rigali celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Josaphat’s Church and preached a homily that referred  to the problems outlined recently in a Philadelphia […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]