For movie theaters in the Philly suburbs, getting customers to show up is a bigger hurdle than getting them to comply with coronavirus restrictions

While a couple local theaters have been heartened to see customers return, they're struggling financially with tightened restrictions and a cautious public and without new movies coming out of Hollywood.

7-year-old Zamar Jones, shot in the head in front of his West Philadelphia home this weekend, has died, police say
Zamar Jones had been sitting on his porch steps, next to his toy race car and scooter, when three men began firing at one another on the 200 block of North Simpson Street, police said.

Civic association head is charged in land theft that rattled South Philly’s Grays Ferry community
Mark Meighan is accused of betraying the trust of his longtime Grays Ferry neighbors in the way he handled seven rowhouse-sized parcels on South Dover Street.

Sorry, baby boomers: Millennials and younger are the new U.S. majority
A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows that 50.7% of U.S. residents were under age 40 as of July 2019.

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Pennsylvania suspends requirements for childhood immunizations, and that has pediatricians worried

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced late last month that it was temporarily suspending requirements for children’s immunizations, worrying doctors that the move sends the wrong message to parents and could mark a return for vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.

Digital divide among seniors makes for pandemic problems

An unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

Flag design by Philadelphia-born artist chosen to line iconic Rockefeller Center ice rink

His 8-by-5-foot flag design, “More Modern Madonnas,” was selected from more than 1,000 entries to fly on one of the 193 flagpoles that surround New York’s Rink at Rockefeller Center until Aug. 16.

Philadelphia braces for more recycling pickup delays due to trash crisis, impending storm Isaias

The Streets Department said garbage collection is back on schedule but recycling “continues to be delayed by several days.” The coming hurricane may cause additional hold-ups.

Penn, Drexel officers’ presence on 52nd Street renews calls to defund campus police

While both universities say campus police did not use munitions or make arrests that night, their presence at the violent scene has sparked outcry from students, faculty, and staff.

Wawa permanently closing Broad & Walnut store

"Due to the impact from the pandemic coupled with some operational uncertainties of today, our long-term plans for this store are no longer viable," the company said.

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Phillies diving into deep end of pool against Gerrit Cole and Yankees on reopening day | Bob Brookover

All the Phillies have to do in their return following a pandemic-forced week off is go against baseball's equivalent of a great white shark -- the New York Yankees.
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