“I was sad when I realized that people wouldn’t be able to come and see the work,” said Patricia Renee’ Thomas, a grad student in fine arts at Penn. The gallery representing her, Kapp Kapp, hopes to extend the show when it reopens.
Owner Jae Choon Kim and her daughter, Jenny Kim, are closing their doors. Jae, now 82, opened the store in 1979 with her late husband, Byung Kim, after moving to the U.S. from South Korea five years before.
Benson Churgai of Northeast Philadelphia is the first openly transgender recruit to graduate from the Philadelphia Police Academy. “I struggled for a long time with who I was,” Churgai said. "I knew that if I continued to live my life as [a] female, it was not going to work out.”