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Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Kayla Conklin currently serves as the department head of the English department at Esperanza Academy Charter High School in West Hunting Park. That title is just one of many she holds at the school, mainly comprised of minority students in the surrounding neighborhoods. Between the hours of 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Conklin is either […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

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Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Those around him have often recognized Officer Ernest Pollard (above) for his dedication and desire to help others inside of the Goldie Paley PAL Center, as well as on the streets of Philadelphia … and on the basketball court. The Paley PAL Center, located on Germantown Avenue, is where Pollard spends much of his time during the […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

It has been nearly three years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began constructing its Philadelphia temple (above). Standing tall on Vine Street, between 17th and 18th streets, there are only a few more additions needed before it is open to the public next summer. However, the temple is only one of three […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Artist Tyler Teran Uses the City As His Canvas

Arts & Entertainment: Artist Tyler Teran Uses the City As His Canvas

Tyler Teran didn’t plan on being an artist. During his freshman year at Temple University, Teran hadn’t declared a major and considered studying history. But while taking a class for non-art majors, Teran realized he was happiest when creating. “It was an 8 a.m. class,” Teran said. “I don’t think I ever passed a class […]

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Germantown: Influencing the Community Through Religion

Germantown: Influencing the Community Through Religion

When you walk down Germantown’s antiquated cobblestone streets, you see a diverse pool of people from block to block. On one block you see people wearing Muslim clothing, and on another block you see people dressed in regular street wear. Christianity and Islam are the two dominating and integral religions in the Germantown community. Religion, in […]

 

Concussion Series: The Tau of Brain Injuries

Concussion Series: The Tau of Brain Injuries

The brain is a complicated organ. Containing billions of neurons, it is responsible for controlling the body, from reflexes to memories to body organs. In a way, it acts as a central computer, storing a variety of data for a person to use later. For 15 years, Dr. Dianne Langford, a neurologist at Temple University’s […]

 

Concussion Series: ““You Almost Don’t Know What a Concussion is Like Until You Go Through One.”

Concussion Series:  ““You Almost Don’t Know What a Concussion is Like Until You Go Through One.”

From the turf field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, one can hear the high-pitched frequency of whistles blowing mixed with the unmistakable sounds of coaches yelling as the St. Joseph’s Prep lacrosse team practices. The time is now 5:30. Practice is almost over with only 30 minutes remaining. Head coach Andy German is […]

 

Concussion Series: “All Athletes are Taught to be Tough.”

Concussion Series: “All Athletes are Taught to be Tough.”

In sports, one play can change everything. For Tracy Yatsko, then a 17-year-old athlete for Tamaqua Area High School located in Schuylkill County, PA, that play occurred during a basketball game. Jumping for a loose ball, Yatkso hit her head against an opponent’s. The result – a concussion. According to Jefferson University Hospitals’ Comprehensive Concussion […]

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